China Times reports that Taiwanese chip company Chipbond has been chosen to supply a number of iPhone 5S’ components, including chips to support near field communication (NFC) functionality, fingerprint sensors and touch display drivers. According to the report, Apple will use the fingerprint sensor capabilities to improve the security of NFC-based features such as mobile payments.
Bloomberg reports that Swatch CEO Nick Hayek does not believe that potential iWatch could replace the iPhone. At a press conference in Grenchen, Switzerland, Hayek hinted that a smart watch from Apple will fail due to the small size of the display.
According to The New York Times, Apple is going to undercut its future competitors in respect of royalty rates for its upcoming streaming music service, offering a rate that is just half as large as the rate paid by Pandora despite speculations that Apple is planning to offer more flexibility than allowed by the Pandora’s license. The report said:
According to Reuters, Intel is likely to move into contract manufacturing business, which suggests that Apple could become its future customer with chips for the iPad and iPhone, thus reducing its reliance on Samsung as a supplier. Reportedly, last year Intel and Apple executives discussed the issue, but no agreement has been concluded.
Today Apple received a 2009 patentapplication. It allows users to control the device by pressing or squeezing parts of the cover. Illustration of a range of different devices in the patent reveals potentially sensitive to touch areas.
As Ferrari unveils its new 963 horse power “LaFerrari” hybrid car, Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo said Apple and Ferrari are in talks to broaden their partnership in the sphere of in-car entertainment. According to Bloomberg, Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo said that Ferrarri would be “more precise” about their partnership with Apple over the next few months.
Today Google updated its Google Maps app for iOS with version 1.1. This is the first update since the company released its standalone app in December after Apple replaced Google’s Maps app with its mapping solution in iOS 6.
The update brings several improvements to Google Maps, including easier searching for local places and integrations with Google Contacts.
According to Bloomberg's report, Apple’s rumored smartwatch could launch this year.
Bloomberg claims citing a person familiar with Apple’s plans that features under considerations for the device include allowing users to make calls, check map coordinates and see the identity of incoming callers. The device could also include sensors for monitoring health data, such as heart rate, and a pedometer for counting steps.