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.
Samsung will release another competitor for the tablet PCs again. After focusing too much in the Galaxy S4, some people almost didn’t notice the next generation tablet that the South Korea-based company is working on. And now, they announce the latest Galaxy Tab 3 that runs the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS, a 7-inch display and thinner bezels on the sides giving you a much larger display.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 has a powerful 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, and comes with an option of 8gb and 16gb internal storage models. It also has a memory card slot that supports up to 64gb of memory. It also has a 1.3mp front facing camera and a 3mp rear camera. Another thing that this device boasts is the thinner bezels on the sides compared to the Galaxy Tab 2.
Wifi-only models of the Galaxy Tab 3 will come first on May and the Wifi and 3G models will come in June. No exact date were stated by the manufacturer but it will roll out for sure.
The release of Samsung’s new tablet PC just followed the release of the very popular Galaxy S4 smartphone. The S4 smartphone boasts its larger screen than the S3 having a resolution of 1080×1920, and features an awesome 8-core processor. That is quite powerful already doubling that power of the latest Apple’s iPhone 5. The 13 mp camera of the Galaxy S4 is such a hit for the users who loves taking photos in their travels and everyday life activities. The predecessor Galaxy S3 has cool features in the camera but with the Galaxy S4, loads of stuff are added such as using both the front and rear camera simultaneously while taking pictures.
For the pricing details, Samsung did not mention any and it remains unconfirmed until today. Even the wireless carriers did not announce their prices yet or whether they will also sell the tab. However, AT&T announced that they are accepting orders for the Galaxy S4 starting at $249. Other carriers such as Sprint and Verizon Wireless also committed that they will sell the Galaxy S4.
When you think of luxury and wealthy people’s phone, Vertu comes first in mind with their worlds most expensive phones adorned with precious gems that will make it stand out against the most expensive smartphones available today. Vertu just released their latest android smartphone but forget about it for now.
In Hong Kong, a businessman popularly known as “Joe” requested a British master craftsman named Stuart Hughes to show off his wealth through an iPhone 5. According to the reports, Joe’s family owned precious gems such as a 26-carat black diamond for generations.
According to CNN and Stuart Hughes’ own website, the iPhone is made out of a solid gold chassis adorned with 600 white diamonds on the side, 53 diamonds making the Apple logo in the back and the highlight which is the 26-carat black diamond in the home button.
This black diamond iPhone is said to be valued at approximately $15 million according to the craftsman who said he saw the the certificate of authenticity.
This is just one of the most expensive phones reported. According to Hughes, he also crafted a phone that was valued to be $153,000. In 2011, he set a record by crafting an iPhone 4s with 500 pieces of diamond and was valued to be $9 million.
T-Mobile, one of the biggest wireless network provider in the US, is now marketing the popular iPhone 5 not in a common contract way but in something new that might appeal a lot of users.
The wireless network provider is now promoting the latest iPhone 5 without having to tie up or have a contract with them but to pay $579.33 upfront. This is something new to wireless providers and T-Mobile opened a new strategy that might attract or get back the costumers that they have lost over the year.
Costumers who passed the credit checks, a $99 down and 24 months of installments without interest for the 16GB iPhone 5, 32gb at $199.99 and 64gb at $299.99.
In the event that T-Mobile held on March 26 in New York, the company announced that they will start the iPhone deliveries on April 12. Also in the event, the company introduced some of their new programs including the their 7 LTE systems. This strategies of John Legere which became the CEO of T-Mobile in September, seems to appealing. This is a kind of service that guarantees a whole new kind and straightforward support.
The outcomes of this strategy is the first effective development and showing beneficial strength in the last four years of their effort, according to Legere.
“We have made content progress in backing our labeled business in the first quarter of the year, which provides a firm base to develop on. I believe the best is yet to come!” he said in the event.
The rumors about a new iPhone is getting stronger. Talks suggest that the new phone that looks like iPhone 5 will be out this summer.
According to people knowledgeable with this matter, the Cupertino, California-based company is due to start the production of this new iPhone in the second quarter of 2013.
The rumored iPhone name is presumably iPhone 5s will be out this summer. This is the time that Apple releases new models of phone in their iPhone line since 2007. Three models came out on the same time from 2008 to 2010, iPhone 4s came out October 2011 and iPhone 5 followed in September the following year. According to experts, this releasing dates are obviously timed to position good sales from holiday shoppers.
And according to the reports coming out, Apple is also planning to release a much cheaper iPhone that could be out in the third or the fourth quarter of this year. This is not confirmed by the iPhone maker itself but when rumors starts to grow regarding Apple, there’s a big chance that it will be positive.
The cheaper iPhone talks started over the years. Experts said this move of Apple could make sense since the Android OS phones, in a wide range of, manufacturers, models and prices, are still in the continuing success.
Now that the Galaxy S4 from Samsung is officially out and seems competing with the iPhone 5 in the market, people are now beginning to anticipate the next phone in the Apple’s iPhone line. Apple, clearly the greatest rival of Samsung, is due to release a new device in this year for them to maintain their scheduled release date of new devices. Even when iPhone 5 is not yet released, the speculations of iPhone 6 already began such as the release date and etc.
There are no leaks or reports about the new casing, release time frames or features yet. Apple is known for taking any measures and going to extremes to protect their technology and inventions. The rumors that spread around are not just from the fans of Apple, even the analysts and experts have been watching closely and expecting about the next generation of iPhone that Apple will release this year.
No one can confirm the release date of the anticipated iPhone 6, not even Apple, but there were speculations that before 2014, the latest iPhone will be out. Analysts have also been expecting a small update of the iPhone 5 which will be iPhone 5S but nobody mentioned what the “S” would mean since it already has the SIRI feature. If this is going to happen then the next iPhone will be released in the first quarter of 2014.
As Samsung finally released their Galaxy S4, Apple’s iPhone 5 sales is not affected in the market. According to analysts, Galaxy S4 is not as refined as iPhone 5.
Brian White, Topeka Capital Markets analyst, have said Samsung crushing Apple in the phone market is a complete nonsense. During the stock downdrafts, there are analysts that said Samsung is “out-innovating” Apple.
White said that the Galaxy S4 smartphone doesn’t have some good edges or atleast some good points to make it a much better phone than the Apple’s iPhone 5. In terms of size, White pointed out that iPhone 5 is 20% lighter and 18% slimmer than iPhone 4s but S4 is only 2% lighter and 8% slimmer than its predecessor, S3. He also said that the S4, aside from being clunkier, it is more awkward.
In terms of materials, Brian White emphasized that iPhone 5 is made up of aluminum uni-body casing while Samsung Galaxy S4 is only made of what he said, cheap plastic.
Gene Munster, an analyst of Piper Jaffray said that iPhone 5 will still be the smartphone leader in 2013.
With what Brian White said that S4 doesn’t have nice edges than iPhone 5, other analyst said that the Super AMOLED display with 441 ppi of Samsungs’ is pretty impressive. It is much higher compared to Apples’.
Whether if it’s true or not, some have predicted and expected that there will be an iPhone 5s and will come most likely in summer or fall.
With the Galaxy S4’s recent release, maybe it is too early to compare the two smartphones in terms of sales. Only time will tell what phone will take the lead.