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.
T-Mobile announced that they have sold 500,000 units of iPhones following their first quarter financial report Tuesday evening. The carrier started selling the phones on April 12 and the figures are still growing until now.
From the results of the report in the first quarter 2013, T-Mobile reported a decrease of profit compared the same quarter last year by 7 percent.
Earnings result excluding tax, depreciation, interest and amortization is $1.2 billion, down by 7.5 percent from the first quarter of 2012 but up from the fourth quarter of 2012.
On the other hand, the carrier started the second quarter with an aggressive beginning. Aside from adding the iPhone, they are also closing the deal to acquire the MetroPCS to furthermore expand their business. T-Mobile is also focusing on building their own LTE network to battle against their larger competitors.
It was reported before that the new T-Mobile CEO John Legere is going to make some changes in the company, “Our first quarter operating metrics and financial results are showing positive impact…” he said in a statement.
“Things only get more exciting from here, having brought T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS together to create the wireless industry’s value leader and premier challenger.” he added.
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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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.
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.