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.

Nov 262012
 

It’s rumored that Apple has re-selected battery suppliers for its iPad tablet computer and MacBook laptop, as Samsung Electronics Company has now stopped to supply batteries for these two types products. Apple’s new battery suppliers are located in China, they are Amperex Technology Limited, hereinafter referred to as the “ATL” and Tianjin Lishen Battery.

Due to the patent battle between Apple and Samsung Electronics, Apple’s adjusting supplier behavior gives the impression as if Apple is trying to alienate Samsung Electronics Company. This week, Samsung Electronics Company modified its lawsuit content against Apple, which extended patent infringement and prosecution to Apple iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod Touch new products. Samsung Electronics claimed when they initially sued Apple, they didn’t know these two products, but these two products also belong to patent infringement, because their design and software are so similar with other Apple products.

Apple large size iPad display is supplied by Samsung Electronics Company, but the iPad mini display supplier is South Korea’s LG. Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently said on quarterly earnings conference call, Samsung Electronics is a key component partner, and at least in the near future, this status will still remain.

Nov 202012
 

According to media reports, earlier this month eBay launched a new block on its website to sell Apple Certified refurbished products, including a large number of iPad, MacBook and iPod touch.

The latest launched Apple Certified refurbished products currently listed on eBay include: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPod touch. According to eBay, every product has has quality inspection same with Apple’s own online store sales of refurbished products, and the warranty is one year. In addition, all iPad and iPod are equipped with a brand new battery.

For example, an Apple Certified third generation version WiFi iPad (32GB) sales price is $469 on the eBay Apple Certified refurbished products site. And a 15 inches MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 750G hard disk sales price is $1699.

EBay recently cooperated with AppleInsider and developed an apple product auction network application, to provide the reader with a smooth apple products auction site view, the readers can also filter products with the provided advanced control function according to the model, production year, prices and other parameters.

Nov 062012
 

A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin, United States on Monday withdrew a lawsuit by Apple, in which Apple accused Google’s Motorola mobile charge unreasonably high prices for the use of wireless technology patent license fee.

This lawsuit is part of the legal fight between Apple and Google worldwide. This summer, Google acquired Motorola Mobility and controlled its patents and used these patents to rival with Apple in court struggle.

Apple said in this litigation raised last year, Motorola required to receive royalties of 2.25% of the sales price of each device that used its patented technology. This fee is too high. The controversial devices include the iPhone and iPod Touch.

When Wi-Fi and cellular technology patents become part of the industry standard, the standard-setting organizations required Motorola obliged to license these technologies to provide a “reasonable” fee. However, there are a variety of answers to something that constitutes a “reasonable” charge.

The western Wisconsin District Court Judge Barbara Crabb does not provide grounds to revoke this litigation.

Motorola spokesman said the company is satisfied with the judge quashed the case. Motorola still has interest to reach an agreement with Apple.

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to comment on this message.

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.

Oct 232012
 

According to media reports, the well-known Apple news commentary blog Daring Fireball author John Gruber thought that the real name for iPad mini might be called iPad Air, and it will not be equipped with Retina display, while the sale price of this product will be lower than the current iPod touch.

Gruber thinks that the new iPad does not use Retina display, he explained: “Each new iOS mobile device has debuted with a non-Retina display, and then gone Retina two or three years later.” Graber said the Retina display is costive and it will make the latest iPad heavier and thicker, due to the extra power needed for the pixel-packed display. “I expect the primary attributes of the smaller iPad to be thinness, weight, and price,” writes Gruber. “A Retina display would make it thicker, heavier, and more expensive.

As for the pricing debate, Gruber thinks that the price of the new iPad will be less than the iPod touch. He said that “isn’t just smaller than the iPad – it’s miniature,” and technology is sometimes priced as “big is expensive, small is cheap, miniature is expensive.” In the UK market, the latest iPod touch is priced at £249 (32GB) and £329 (64GB).

For the naming issues of the new iPad, more people tend to that Apple will name it as iPad mini, but there is no evidence for this. Graber predicted iPad mini real name should be iPad Air, just as previous MacBook Air. His second guess is that Apple will just go with iPad, as it did with its third generation, and the iPad mini is the name he thinks is least likely.

Sep 252012
 

The report released this Monday by the U.S. time, Apple’s new iPhone 5 continues to break sales records since the release, but the new Lightning connector and the relevant adapters for the iPhone 5 gradual stockout makes Apple feel the pressure. Analyst said Lightning connector supplier shortage problem is caused by Apple suppliers replacement and productivity decline.

Apple’s new iPhone and iPod product line will use the the new Lightning connector, the new connector structure is very complex, which is 80% smaller than the previous, while it uses a new production process, thus the product yield is greatly reduced.

It is expected that the Foxlink Group is currently responsible for 60% of Apple’s Lightning connector, while the Foxconn is responsible for the remaining 40%. Although Foxconn is able to maintain steady shipments, the weakness of the former capacity has led to the emergence of the phenomenon of Lightning products in short supply. According to the data released by Apple suppliers, only when the Foxlink can maintain a high yield and be able to keep stable shipments, Apple Lightening shipments can keep stable, which means that the Lightning connector supply in the iPhone 5 initial listing will be difficult to meet the market demand.

Although there is still no specific data about the share of Apple’s suppliers, the industry generally believes that Apple’s data line orders transferred from Foxconn to Foxlink Group is the biggest reason that caused the shortage Lightning cable supply. The source revealed that Apple has asked Foxlink Group to hire more employees and increase the production line to guarantee the delivery of the Lightning data line. But all these Apple remedies still need time.

Sep 132012
 

According to media reports, although Apple put a number of new technologies into the iPhone 5, the company did not choose the wireless charging technology that Nokia Lumia 920 has, nor with the NFC chip which comes with the Galaxy S III.

Although some people think that Apple’s Passbook function is the NFC’s perfect partner, Apple iPhone5 does not contain the technology. The Passbook is used to store membership cards, gift cards, and a boarding pass and a baseball game tickets and other information. In an interview, Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said, Passbook can complete the majority of customers required services alone without using the existing merchant payment system.

Schiller said, it is not clear if NFC can become the solutions to solve any current problems, “Passbook can do various things customers currently need.”

As for wireless charging, Schiller said the wireless charging system still need access to a wall plug base, so therefore it’s unclear how much additional convenience it can bring. At the same time, the widely applicable USB charging interface, is not only able to plug into a plug base on the wall, but also can be used on the plane or the computer. He said: “We must develop another equipment that connects to plug base on the wall, in most cases it’s actual more complex.”

As for why the company changed the connector which almost all iPhone and iPod devices released since 2003 have, Schiller said, just because if the interface is not changed, then they can not develop products as thin as the new iPhone and iPod. Therefore, the new “Lightning” connector is launched.

Nevertheless, Schiller said that Apple did not change the connector. He said: “The new connector will appear many years later.”