"Workers have been recruited at Foxconn’s plant in Zhengzhou, eastern China, for the past month, ending a hiring freeze imposed in February, said the person, who asked not to be named because the plans haven’t been made public. The extra workers will assemble the new device as well as existing models and have been added at Apple’s request to boost capacity, the person said”.
Today Topeka analyst Brian White released a new research note summarizing his expectations on the iPhone 5S expected to arrive this summer.
It seems that he reversed his prior claims that the next iPhone model will have several different screen sizes, saying that at a trade show in China various sources claimed that the screen size would remain unchanged from the iPhone 5.
M.I.C Gadget reports that a new lawsuit at Apple were filed by the Shanghai Animation Film Studio. Apple allegedly permitted the sale of films without the consent of the Studio. Given that Apple does not directly sell the audio or video content through the iTunes Store in China, it seems that the problem is with movies provided through third-party applications in the App Store.
iOS version of Xiaoi (center and right) and Android version of Xiaoi (left)
As Shanghai Daily reports, Apple is facing a suit in China from a local company claiming that Siri infringes on its patent rights. The court in Shanghai will hold a pre-hearing today where Apple and the plaintiff, Shanghai Zhi Zhen, should exchange evidence. The reportnotes:
An appeal filed by Apple over its use of the "iPhone" trademark in Mexico, was rejected, according to The Wall Street Journal. It continues for some time, but did not appear to affect Apple’s ability to sell the iPhone and related services in the country.
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.
Today analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital issued a note to clients (via Forbes) providing his expectations for much-rumored cheaper iPhone. According to White, Apple can release the low-cost iPhone as early as June and the device will be called “iPhone Air” or “iPhone mini”. He also expects that the contract-free model will cost from $250 to $300, which would allow the device to compete with high-end smartphones priced below $320 from China-based Xiaomi. He also noted:
Brightwire provided a translated report from Chinese media which claims that Apple is preparing the launch of the iPhone 5S and 5-inch iPhone 6 this year:
"- A source told Chinese mobile phone information site Laoyaoba.com that it has seen the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 at Apple's suppliers. Both models may be released in 2013, according to the website's microblog on Thursday evening.
Recent production issues of the iMac, which appeared in 2012, almost resolved. According to a report from the China Times, as well as information from BrightWire, difficulties with supply constraints can be facilitated.
Jeremy Horwitz from iLounge provided a new report that details the fifth generation iPad, as well as the future model of the iPhone. Horwitz said the cover designed for fifth generation iPad will have many features that are present in the design of the iPad mini.