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Chengdu Plant Shut Down May Reduce iPad 2 Production By 500,000 Units





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It seems that the explosion at the Chengdu Foxconn plant may in fact lead to a loss in production of 500,000 iPads, despite contrary reports from yesterday. The figures come from IHS iSuppli, which did note the exact figure will depend on how long the plant remains closed.

The Chengdu plant is said to produce 30% of all iPad 2s and some, including Mike Abramsky of RBC Capital Markets last week speculated that the impact could even be as large as a loss of production between 1.8 million and 2.8 million iPads. Whilst others such as Shaw Wu of Sterne Agee doesn’t believe the Chengdu shut down will have much of an impact at all on iPad 2 production, with other plants picking up the slack.


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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011. 16:45

iPhone 5 To Get A Curved Cover Glass?



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Today DigiTimes reported that Apple may adopt a "curved cover glass" for its iPhone 5.

The publication's industry sources revealed makers of cover glass will reluctantly invest into glass cutting equipment because of the high capital involved. They also told Apple has already purchased approximately 200-300 cutting machines for glass makers. However, the company hasn't yet created a timetable for iPhone 5, as it is still working with suppliers to improve yield rates.

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Apple Opening A New Data Center in Silicon Valley



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Apple is planning to open a new data center in Silicon Valley in the third quarter of 2011 to provide “additional IT capacity” to Apple’s rumored new cloud services that include music, video, storage, and more. The new space is located in Santa Clara, California, and it’s smaller than the massive data center Apple has been building in Maiden, North Carolina, throughout 2010 and 2011.

Apple is expanding its Internet infrastructure with a new data center in Silicon Valley, as it prepares to bring additional server and storage capacity online later this year. The new server space, housed in a third-party facility, will be smaller than the huge iDataCenter that Apple has built in North Carolina.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, May 20th, 2011. 19:37

Photo of Clipless Next-Gen iPod Nano with 1.3 MP Camera Surfaces



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Taiwanese website Apple.pro posted a photo of what they claim to be a seventh generation iPod nano featuring a 1.3 megapixel rear camera. The photo again clearly shows the camera hole, although there is obviously no camera module included with the case. Interestingly, the new photo shows no clip attached to the rear of the case, with the Apple logo appearing directly on the case itself. Today’s photo seems to confirm previous speculation that, in order to make room for the camera, Apple would have to ditch the clip entirely, although it doesn’t make much sense considering Apple has been heavily touting the iPod nano as a sport accessory that can be worn on the outside of the user's clothing for quick access to device functions.


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Apple Negotiating Deal With Nuance for Speech Recognition in iOS 5



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Apple is rumored to be negotiating with Nuance Communications, the speech recognition company behind the Dragon NaturallySpeaking engine that powers a number of popular applications for Mac OS X, iOS, and other platforms.

Apple has been negotiating a deal with Nuance in recent months, we've heard from multiple sources. What does that mean? Well, it could mean an acquisition, but that is looking fairly unlikely at this point, we hear. More likely, it means a partnership that will be vital to both companies and could shape the future of iOS.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Saturday, May 7th, 2011. 12:08

Apple Changes Its App Policy, Focuses On The Quality, Not Quantity



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Recently Apple has made changes to its app policy and focused on making the iOS App Store the most attractive rather than simply the biggest.

Lately the company has banned the idea of "incentivized app installs", which was used by certain game developers to prompt players to install other apps if they want to continue playing. Because of the incentives some apps become artificially popular and don’t reflect the actual situation in top games chart, for instance.

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Apple Officially Responds On Location Tracking Issue



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After a week of discussions around the discovery that the iPhone has an inbuilt algorithm of keeping track of users' locations in unencrypted file, Apple finally shed light on the subject.

Before we repost the company's official statement, here is a short summary. Apple says it's not tracking the location of iPhone users. It maintains a database of celltowers and Wi-Fi hotspots that allows to calculate your location when requested much more quickly than it can be made with the help of GPS only. The location data is being sent to Apple in anonymous form, and users' iPhones download only the necessary part of the database.

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Prototype next-gen Mac Pro detailed: redesigned, rackable, stackable



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Current Mac Pros’ design deputed in the form of the Power Mac G5 in mid-2003, almost eight years ago. Since then, the Mac Pro has received processor, RAM and storage updates, but the exterior design is basically the same. So, it’s not surprisingly that Apple is now toying with the re-designed version of the Mac Pro. A Mac Pro prototype is now in testing that features a narrower (just about 5 inches wide) and shorter (about 19 inches) design. One of the reasons that Apple might be making this particular Mac Pro prototype smaller is because it is able to fit on to a standard server rack. This makes sense in that a rack-mountable Mac Pro could easily replace the gaping hole in the product line left by the discontinued Xserve. The rumor says that the new Mac Pro features stacked drives with two drives per sled for a higher storage density than is currently available. The sleds can be configured either with SSDs or conventional hard drives. New Mac Pros would also have a Thunderbolt port and perhaps even BluRay options for the Final Cut Professionals.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. 20:07

Apple iPad 2 vs Motorola Xoom vs HP TouchPad vs BlackBerry PlayBook



Since Apple today announced iPad 2, it is a good time to compare it with other devices on the market. Let's see the spec diffs of Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, HP TouchPad and BlackBerry PlayBook:


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Mac OS X Lion's Safari is Snappier and More Stable Thanks to WebKit2



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In the forthcoming Mac OS X Lion Apple will use WebKit2 in Safari web-browser. Apple’s WebKit engine was announced in April 2010. The new WebKit2 offers both speed and security improvements:

WebKit2 is a new API layer for WebKit designed from the ground up to support a split process model, where the web content (JavaScript, HTML, layout, etc) lives in a separate process from the application UI. This model is very similar to what Google Chrome offers, with the major difference being that we have built the process split model directly into the framework, allowing other clients of WebKit to use it.

That means that Safari will be faster and more stable and if a webpage crashes or hangs, only that single tab will be affected instead the whole browser.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, February 28th, 2011. 15:09

Initial Verizon iPhone 4 Sales May Be Below Expectations



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This Wednesday Boy Genius Report revealed that the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 did not meet the expectations of Verizon and Apple. Their unknown Apple source even provided figures of sales in five Apple stores, two of which are "very, very prominent" locations. Here are the provided numbers for sales of iPhones with contracts of different carriers.

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011. 21:28

Apple reportedly testing three iPhone 5 prototypes



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A Taiwanese news site reports that Apple is now testing three radically different prototypes of the next iPhone. The first prototype, for business, a Blackberry-like iPhone 5 with a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard for faster typing. Another iPhone 5 prototype is said to closely resemble the current iPhone 4 with a longer-lasting battery and an 8 megapixel rear camera. If this prototype is released, the iPhone 5 will be to the iPhone 4 what the iPhone 3GS was to the iPhone 3G. Of the third prototype, nothing is known, but it may be the 4-inch iPhone 5 we posted about earlier today.




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Abramsky: Apple may benefit from partnership between Microsoft and Nokia



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This week Mike Abramsky from RBC Capital Markets released another note to investors, where he said that partnership between Microsoft and Nokia can "inadvertently help" Google Android, Apple and possibly RIM.

This Friday, at conference in London Stephen Elop, who was a Microsoft's Business Division head and now is a CEO at Nokia, along with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the strategic alliance.

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HP Unveiled Its New Tablet And 2 Smartphones



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This Wednesday HP announced its three new webOS-based devices - the TouchPad tablet and two smartphones named Pre 3 and Veer. Before they were unveiled general manager and senior vice president for the Palm Global Business Unit at HP Jon Rubistein told that the company is at the beginning of new epoch.

"Today we're embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available. The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world."


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HP TouchPad vs Apple iPad vs Motorola Xoom vs BlackBerry PlayBook



Engadget have posed a very interesting comparison table of the most interesting tablets that are known today. Have a look at specifications for HP TouchPad, Apple iPad, Motorola Xoom and BlackBerry PlayBook. Unfortunately there is no Apple iPad 2 in this table, becasue iPad 2 specs are all just rumors for now.

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TouchPad

Apple
iPad

Motorola
Xoom
BlackBerry PlayBook


Platform webOS 3.0 iOS 4.2.1 Android 3.0 BB Tablet OS (QNX)
Processor 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
dual-CPU APQ8060
1GHz Apple A4, PowerVR SGX 535 GPU 1GHz NVIDIA
Tegra 2
1GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core
Display 9.7-inch 9.7-inch
LED-backlit
IPS LCD
10.1-inch 7-inch LCD
Resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 768 1280 x 800 1024 x 600
Memory 1GB RAM 256MB DRAM 1GB DDR2 RAM 1GB RAM
Storage 16GB / 32GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 32GB 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Front camera 1.3 megapixel none 2 megapixel 3 megapixel
Rear camera none none 5 megapixel with
4x digital zoom, AF, dual-LED flash,
720p 30fps video
5 megapixel,
720p video
Cellular radio "3G and 4G variants" UMTS / HSDPA /
GSM / EDGE
EVDO Rev. A 3G and 4G
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR 2.1 + EDR
Gyroscope Yes No Yes --
Accelerometer Yes 3-axis 3-axis Yes
Battery capacity 6,300 mAh 6,600 mAH (approx.) -- 5,300 mAH
Weight 740g 680g (WiFI),
730g (WiFi + 3G)
730g 400g




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