Jun 152013
 


Recently, there has been media exposed a group of components of the new iPhone, including the Lightning Interface cables and speakers. Presumably, these components may be for the iPhone 5S, but also may be for the low-cost iPhone.

As it can be seen from the figure, this unknown iPhone’s Lightning interface/headphone jack cable and speaker design is very similar to the current iPhone 5. But there are some significant differences.

First, the interface of the new cable has slight adjustment, the contact has been redesigned, and also the touch down point position has also been moved. Another difference from the iPhone 5 is the side wall fixed structure, the new version has slightly offset.

While the rest of the cable are with the same electronic components as the iPhone 5′s, including the same fixed way Lightning connector and headphone jack, and an antenna connector.

As for the speaker, the new resonance box is larger and more square, the contact position has also changed. In addition, this component looks very similar with the one exposed in January of this year.

According to speculation, the next generation iPhone or cheap iPhone will be released this fall.

Jan 072013
 

There are reports that Apple is expected to release the updates of its five major products this year, including iPad mini, iPhone 5S, iOS 7 and the 55-inch Apple TV. Since October last year, the media has been discussing the Apple Radio, therefore the time of launching at the beginning of this year is not surprising. This free radio service is expected to be integrated into iTunes, to strongly compete with Pandora.

The Piper Jaffray analyst speculated that this service will be announced synchronously with other news in March. And the iPad mini equipped with Retina display may be launched in March, the current iPad mini display resolution is 1024×768.

By June in 2013, Apple is expected to launch iOS 7 and the iPhone 5S. The iOS 6 removed YouTube and Google Maps app, which makes users very dissatisfied. And the iOS 7 is expected to strengthen the e-money package services Passbook.

The analysts Gene Munster and Douglas Clinton think that, the iPhone 5S will be launched in September. But there are also reports that the fastest in June. The iPhone 5 was launched in September 2012, so was the iPhone 4S (in 2011). The iPhone 5S will look exactly the same with iPhone 5, same size and width of the screen.

In November 2013, Apple may launch the longly legend Apple TV. The analyst believes that Apple TV may range from 42 inches to 55 inches, the price ranges between 1500-2000 U.S. dollars. Samsung, Vizio, and Panasonic has launched the same size TVs, but the prices are all less than $1,000.

Jan 042013
 

According to media reports, Apple is preparing for the launch of different colors and sizes iPhone. So far, the iPhones Apple has launched only have one screen size.

Reported that the next generation iPhone will have different sizes models, which will make Apple better segment the market, and expand market share.

Apple may launch three different sizes iPhone models, including the 3.5-inch trumpet iPhone, 4-inch medium-sized iPhone, as well as the larger screen size iPhone.

The report also said that the next generation iPhone may be introduced at this period in June this year.

At the same time, Apple will provide more iPhone color choices, just as what Apple did to the iPod Touch.

Today, beside Apple, every other smartphone vendor has introducedlarger screen size products than the iPhone, therefore it’s also reasonable for Apple to increase the iPhone’s screen size. The 4-inch iPhone is very good, of course, it will be better if the screen can be larger.

It may bring the developers some trouble to launch different screen sizes iPhone. When Apple to introduce the longer screen size and different proportion iPhone 5, the developers will have to update their applications. Now it is not clear what developers will do when the three screen sizes iPhone are launch, but if the proportion of new iPhone screen is same with iPhone 4, it will be less trouble for developers. Or, Apple can solve this problem with a software solution.

Dec 252012
 

According to media reports, in an event on Monday, the U.S. famous Internet industry investor Mark Cuban said, Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone performance far exceeds that of the Apple iPhone 5.

In the activities, Cuban was asked which electronic products he is using. Cuban replied, lately he replaced his smart phones, which is to replace the original iPhone 5 with the  new Nokia Windows Phone Lumia 920.

Cuban said: “I have an Apple MacBook Air laptop, but I plan to try to use pre-installed Windows 8 Acer notebook. I like my Windows 8 phone, I have two phones, the first is Samsung and the second is the iPhone 5. And the new Nokia Windows phone replaced my iPhone 5.

When asked Why replaced the iPhone 5 with Lumia 920, Kuban said: “Lumia 920 performance exceeds the iPhone 5′s, more than a little.”

But some people in the industry think that the saying that Lumia 920 performance is far more than the iPhone 5, may represent the views of Cuban himself. Lumia 920 hardware configuration is good, such as wireless charging function, touch screen response and so on, but compared with the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S II, Lumia 920 is not so thin and light, and the weight is also heavier. On the other hand, compared with the iPhone and various Android phones, the Windows Phone mobile phone application choice is not that more.

Dec 202012
 

According to media reports, the US Patent and Trademark Office this week approved a patent application filed by Apple in 2007, which is for Apple’s first generation iPhone design patent, Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs and the chief designer Jony Ivy had been involved in the design.

This U.S. Patent No. is No.D672769, and the patent name is “electronic device”. The design patent also attached with the picture of the first generation iPhone.

The first-generation iPhone uses the aluminum backplane, the iPhone 5 Apple released this year again uses this design, the iPhone 5 is also equipped with a metal backplane. The products between the first-generation iPhone and iPhone 5 are with other materials backplane, among which the iPhone 3G and 3GS use plastic backplane, while the iPhone 4 and 4S uses glass back.

The basic design of the first generation is also very similar with the latest version iPhone. Each generation iPhone is equipped with a homepage button at the bottom of the screen, headphone jack is at the top, volume control is designed in the left side, the lock screen button is at the right side of the top, the camera is in the real, while the speaker, microphone, and data/charging ports are at the bottom.

The first generation iPhone was released in January 2007 by Steve Jobs at Macworld show, and eventually began selling in June the same year.

Since then, each generation iPhone has achieved good sales performance, Apple’s sales continue to break the previous record. Now, Apple releases a new iPhone every year. And the IPhone 5 released this year for the first time to extend the display to 4 inches.

Dec 122012
 

According to U.S. investment bank Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, Apple iPhone 5S will be released in June next year, as the next member of the iPhone family, it is not simple an iterative upgrade. At that time,the iPhone 5S will not only have a “super-high-definition screen and camera”, but also have a variety of colors to choose from like the new iPod Touch.

In addition to the screen, camera and body colors to be updated, iPhone 5S will be the first time to add a storage capacity of 128GB model. Based on Apple’s recent massive investments on the Passbook, Misek also speculated iPhone 5S will support NFC technology, and have a larger battery capacity.

Misek had speculated that Apple TV will be released by the end of the year, but the prophecy did not come true. Many people think his saying has somewhat “exaggeration”. But his guess is not groundless, although the industry is widely regarded the iPhone 5S will only be upgraded in a few specifications, and also there has been reports that the iPhone 6 will usher in major innovation. The well-known technology website BusinessInsider also believes that in response to the current trend of declining sales, next year Apple will shorten the iPhone’s new release cycle. They said: “Apple certainly does not want to see most of the year’s results are concentrated in the six months period of time. In order to avoid this phenomenon, they need to accelerate the pace of product launches.”

Finally, do not forget, Misek forecast on the iPhone 4S is quite accurate.

Dec 052012
 

The U.S. investment firm analyst Shaw Wu said in a report, the Apple iPhone 5 production has been improved, and it is expected in the holiday shopping season when Apple’s current fiscal quarter, iPhone sales is likely to exceed the Wall Street analysts’ expectations.

Shaw Wu released the latest research report and said: “In Apple current quarter ended December, iPhone sales is likely to exceed Wall Street analysts expectations which seem a little radical, that is, about 45 million and 46 million units.” In other words, he expects Apple’s iPhone sales in the current quarter will be over 46 million units.

Industry has pointed out, this is a major trend that needs to focus on. Just in the last month, investors were worried that Apple could not produce enough iPhone to meet market demand. Now it seems this “wrinkles” have been “ironed”.

Shaw Wu also expects Apple’s Mac sales will be less than what Wall Street analysts have expected, due to the factors of constrained supply. In addition, the IPad mini sales performance will also not be as desired, the same reason as Mac. In other words, the reason why Shaw Wu raised Apple expected performance is that the iPhone will have a strong sales performance. He expects Apple’s current quarter revenueis $54.6 billion and earnings per share of $13.70, which is higher than Wall Street analysts expected average revenue of $54.4 billion and earnings per share of $13.30.

Nov 022012
 

According to media reports, Apple’s new iOS devices sales is more impressive in shopping season, which involves at least four new products: the iPhone5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch, fourth-generation iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

In the past, there is a huge gap between the 3.5-inch Touch and the 9.7-inch iPad. Now the screen size involves four inches, 7.9 inches and 9.7 inches.

iPad Mini

 

It’s price is from $329, with a memory of 16GB (Wi-Fi version), the 4G LTE version is $130 higher than the regular edition.

Advantages: the right size; as portable as Kindle; fully compatible with all iPad and iPhone applications; good battery life; fairly low price.

Disadvantages: This is the only new iOS device without Retina Display, whose speed is not as faster as the updated and larger iPad.

Who should buy the iPad Mini? Obviously those who want to save money, because the cost of the equipment is less than the fourth-generation iPad. If you do not mind to have Retina Display, or are considering a second-generation iPad, or if you have children, or if you often take a commuter car, then the device is a good choice for you.

The fourth-generation iPad

 

Sales price is from $499, 16GB memory (Wi-Fi version), LTE version is also $130 higher than the regular version.

Advantages: fast speed; beautiful Retina Display and impressive game graphics.

Disadvantages: heavier; larger (relatively speaking), nearly the same with the previous generation iPad.

If you’ve never owned iPad, then the fourth-generation iPad is a good choice. This is an excellent portable device, a Tablet PC which is an easy to read and watch, also can become a “game machine”, in short, it is a multi-functional device. However, if you have a third-generation iPad, then there is no need to buy the fourth-generation iPad.

Recommended storage: Given the size of many high-definition video and gaming, 32GB or more memory.

Fifth-generation iPod Touch

Starting at $299, 32GB memory (Wi-Fi Edition), no LTE version.

Advantages: 4-inch Retina Display; camera with LED flash; good battery life, similar to the iPhone’s functions; 32GB memory; slim and small.

Disadvantages: speed not as fast as iPhone 5, no LTE version.

Who should buy the fourth-generation iPad? The iPhone users do not need to buy. It’s for those who are music lovers, like ultra-portable devices, large screens, large storage space, and want to buy the cheapest iOS devices. The device can be used as electronic readers and web browsers, but not as versatility as the iPad.

Recommended storage: If you want to play games or watching video, 32GB can. If used as a video camera, you need to 64GB.

To sum up: If you’re a Windows user, curious about the iOS, if you have a MacBook Air and iPhone, or if you want to use the best e-reader on the go, and then you can select the iPad Mini. If you already have an iPad, then also buy the iPad Mini. If you value speed and performance, or if you have a desktop and want a laptop, or you want to buy the first iPad and want to buy the best, you can select the fourth-generation iPad. If you want to save money, then select iPad Mini or consider the iPod Touch. If you are a melomania, but don’t have the iPhone, consider to buy the iPod Touch. If you only use for music, video and photo, considere the fourth-generation iPod Touch. If you want the best camera,  or you have a smart phone then buy the iPod Touch. If you want the Retina Display, but do not want to pay a lot of money, then you can consider the used third-generation iPad.

Nov 012012
 

According to media reports, Apple disclosed in the 10-K file handed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the 2012 fiscal year, the company’s investment in research and development is $ 3.4 billion, about $ 1 billion more than the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 34%. Apple also disclosed in the 2012 fiscal year the number of employees increased by about 12,400.

Apple’s 2012 fiscal year, R&D investment growth is impressive, because the R&D investment growth is far more than Apple ever had before. For example, in the 2011 fiscal year, Apple’s R&D investment growth was $ 600,000, and $ 500,000 in fiscal year 2010. The substantial growth of Apple’s R&D investment may be related to a number of factors.

Firstly, Apple introduced the A6 chip, which is Apple’s first fully independent design chips, and need to invest a lot of time and resources. Secondly, Apple introduced the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro and iPad mini and iPhone 5 this year, whose development work could have started before the 2012 fiscal year, but it will certainly have a significant impact to R&D investment increase of $ 1 billion in fiscal year 2012. In addition, although lighter and thinner, iPad mini battery life is nearly the same with the iPad, which surely means daunting challenges.

Substantial growth of R&D investment in 2012 fiscal year may also mean that Apple will introduce more new products next year.

Oct 262012
 

The analyst firm Digitimes Research predicts that in 2013, Apple is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest PC maker. Apple has released the new iMac, retina screen 13-inch Macbook Pro, iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad. Its Mac series products are moving towards thinner, lighter and higher resolution direction. Digitimes Research forecasts that Apple products total shipments will be more than 24 million units in 2013, an increase of 15% than 20.8 million units in 2012, which makes Apple possible to become the world’s fifth-largest PC maker in 2013.

Previously the data IDC and Gartner released showed that the manufacturer who ranked fifth in global PC shipments in the third-quarter is ASUS, whose market share is more than 7%.

The iPad Mini used DITO touch technology and other new technologies, so production capacity will be caused in the early and influence its shipments in the fourth quarter. However, with capacity rising costs will gradually decline, the gross profit margin will increase. Digitimes Research forecasts that, iPad’s total shipments is 65 million units 2012 and to rise to 75 million in 2013, or even 80 million -85 million units.

Apple also announced the upgraded version A6X processor for the iPhone 5 A6 processor. In the case that the basic structure has not been changed, the CPU frequency enhanced then the performance is enhanced. Digitimes Research predicts the overall performance of the A6X processor is six times than Surface Tegra 3 processor that the Microsoft Tablet PC equipped with, and the speed is twice than Samsung Exynos 5250 processor used on Nexus 10.