Sharp Corporation was reported to start the production of the LCD panels to be used for the new iPhone 5S coming out in the third quarter, according to a report from Nikkan Kogyo Shinbun of Japan.
The LCD manufacturer will use their Kameyama Plant No. 1 for the production of these panels. This plant has the capacity to produce more or less 600 million units per month but it has never been used in its full capacity due to the decline in business of Sharp.
Slow flow of cash has been a big concern of the Japan-based company. This pushed them to take investments from other suppliers Samsung Electronics and Foxconn. Samsung is the biggest stakeholder of Sharp Corporation.
Sharp is not the sole company to manufacture the LCD displays, Japan Display – a combined division of LG, Hitachi, Toshiba and Sony also received orders from Apple Inc. LG Display is currently the biggest LCD manufacturer in the world based in Seoul, South Korea.
There are no physical changes of the LCD panels for the iPhone 5S, it will just be identical with the earlier iPhone 5. The next generation iPhone will feature a fingerprint sensor, will run on iOS 7, and a much faster A7 processor.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there could possibly be delays with the iPhone 5S release due to the development of the fingerprint sensors and the reportedly delayed development of the iOS 7.
Instragram by Facebook has been a total success among people who enjoy taking photos. While it is enjoying the popularity leaving other photo apps behind, there is this new photo app that seems to be making a name on the niche, the Oggl.
According to Ryan Dorshorst and Lucas Buick, Hipstamatic co-founders, this iPhone app is “a community for creative people to capture and curate their lives through photography.”
Inspired by the idea of “capture-first” shooting like any other photo app, Hipstamatic’s Oggl utilizes films and lenses and allows a user to edit the photo after shooting. There is the mainstream edits and tweaking of the photo for different looks or “tap to preview” effects which is quite interesting.
After editing the photo to your satisfaction, the user can share the photos to Oggl profile and make a story out of it. It can also be shared on other platforms such as Facebook, Tumble, Twitter, Flickr, and etc.
On the app’s official release, Oggl will be free for download from the Apple App store. The app will come with 5 situational shooting modes such as sunsets, landscapes, food, night, and portraits. For more features, you can subscribe for $9.99 a year or 99 cents a month to access the film gears and lenses options. Aside from those options, the subscription will also allow the users to access the entire catalog of Hipstamatic.
Last year, Apple fans were surprised when the company announced its release and priced it starting at $329. It’s more higher than the Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire by $100 but still, the sales of the mini is enormous.
According to a study, if Apple will use this premium strategy to produce a much affordable and cheaper iPhone, they could see a dramatic increase of profit.
This week, J.P. Morgan analysts Gokul Hariharan and Mark Moskowitz studied and analyzed the prospects of a much cheaper iPhone. Already been rumored and as what the analysts are anticipating, the Cupertino, California-based company will roll out such device this year in a $350 to $400 price range. Though this price range is still high, they believe that an iPhone under $400 without a contract would be a hit in the market.
According to the analysts, Apple creates a demand when makes a price band. Tablet PC price ranging from $300 to $400 had a low demand but when Apple rolled out the iPad mini, this range became one of the biggest segment in the market. This also made tablet consumers to switch to iPad minis from other brands.
They also argued that if Apple doesn’t make this move, Android devices will outrun them. Android devices are rapidly increasing or demand is getting high in a short period of time. It was also reported that Android greatly increased its share in the market while Apple decreased.
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Customized order for iMac in the official Apple store now includes more storage options including 256GB, 512GB, and 768GB Flash storage both for the 21.5-inch and 27-inch versions.
Flash storage option in the iMac cost a lot, too. If you want the 256GB option, you just have to add $300, 512GB doubles the price with an extra $600. The new storage options of iMacs were not announced by the company, it came by surprise in the Apple store and was first noticed by MacRumors on Thursday.
Before the new storage options, orders for the 21.5-inche model iMac doesn’t have the flash options upon custom order. Choices were only the default 1TB 5400rpm SATA drive and the 1TB fusion drive that costs an extra $250. For the 27-inch model, it has the default Serial ATA drive option and flash storage option but only restricted to 768GB which cost an extra $900.
All the default-configured iMacs in both models were offered to be ship within a day from the official Apple store website.
The Cupertino, California-based company was reportedly having issues with production. It was determined to have stemmed from their screen lamination process which helped Apple achieve the thinner screen design in their computers. And now that it seem to be resolved, Apple is now able to offer more internal storage options.
Android reportedly caused the drop of shares of Apple Inc. According to analysts and income reports of both companies, though Apple sold many iPads in the first quarter, their share in the tablet PC market decreased slightly and might continue this year. While Android platform together with Samsung, Apple’s greatest rival, is enjoying a huge leap of profit and increased market share.
But one analysts, Carl Howe, concluded that Apple might also cause a drop of profit and share of Android smartphones in the coming years.
In a poll conducted by the Yankee Group, they have gathered data from 16,000 which are smartphone users and fans. Half of the group owns an Android smartphone regardless of the brand, 30% owns an iPhone and only 7% owns a Windows Phone.
For those people who are planning to buy a new smartphone in the coming months, 42% are planning to get Apple’s iPhone and also 42% are opting for Android-based smartphones. The remaining are either getting a BlackBerry or Windows Phone.
With Howe’s conclusion with the results, he said “This high buying intention compared to ownership indicates that Apple will likely gain share against market leader Android within the period,”
According to Yankee, there are twice as many smartphone buyer are eyeing on iPhone in the next 6 months. Other Android-based smartphone manufacturers are showing low buying figure which means Apple will regain strength and will be victorious in the competition of smartphones.
Have you dreamed of talking one-on-one over coffee to the Apple’s Chief Executive? Well, it is possible if you bid on a fundraising campaign.
A fund raising campaign is now heating up online as the bids in Charitybuzz website hits more than $200,000 for a chance to have a chat with the man responsible for the operation of Apple Inc., Tim Cook.
As of 10am today in the Charitybuzz, the bidder using the name “TheiPhone911″ is currently leading with a huge bid. The auction is still on going and still has 19 more days to go or until May 14 before it closes.
The purpose of this fund raising campaign is to raise money for the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights based in Washington.
The date with Apple’s CEO is limited to two quest only, and winner will be screened before proceeding to Mr. Cook. The winner will also be responsible for his or her own expenses.
This is actually the first time of Mr. Cook to spare some of his time for a fund raising campaign in spite of his very busy schedule.
The RFK Centre for Justice and Human Rights is also offering date auctions with celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro, and etc.
Apple Inc’s WWDC or the Worldwide Developers Conference is here again and as like always, there are high anticipations for new products and OS updates on stage.
Wednesday, the Cupertino, California-based company announced that the annual developers conference will happen between June 10 and June 14 in San Francisco, California. The company also announced their press release that the conference will be focusing on sharing the new iOS and OS X to the developers.
Also in the press release, Phil Schiller, worldwide marketing SVP said that “Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever,”. Apple is very excited in showing the developers the latest software technologies and advances as well as tools that will help them be more creative in making new apps. “We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.” Mr. Schiller said.
Mr. Schiller’s statement seem to be a positive sign that the OS X 10.9 and iOS 7 will be introduced in the WWDC. Also, with Tim Cook’s quarterly earnings call, he said that there will be products coming out this fall until 2014.
Since Apps Store opened its doors in 2008, Apple have paid a total of $9 billion to developers and total apps created available in the store have reached 850,000.