Earlier this month The Wall Street Journalreported that Apple started production of the iPad mini and its launch is expected within weeks. Today WSJ published a new report saying that Apple’s component suppliers has received orders to produce over 10 million devices for the fourth quarter. The report said:
While AuthenTec's board of directors is expected to approve Apple’s acquisition of the fingerprint sensor company for $356 million, a new report claims that Apple also plans to draw on expertise of other company to assist with creating its mobile payment service. The Australian reports that Apple has reached a deal with Australian firm Microlatch to work together on integration of similar fingerprint recognition technology with mobile payments via NFC (near filed communications).
Today energy efficiency company Opower published a study estimating the annual cost for charging the new iPhone 5 at $0.41. While a user’s actual cost varies based on electricity rates in their regions and on use, the company's estimate assumes that a user charges the device once per day at 11.8 cents per kWh (U.S. average).
Although an individual iPhone 5 consumes a tiny amount of energy, the great popularity of Apple’s smartphones results in considerable energy demand in total. The company notes:
According to Korean websiteetnews.com, fingerprint sensor company AuthenTec has notified many of its customers, including Dell, Lenovo, HP, Fujiitsu and Samsung, that it will stop offering its technology to them as of next year. In July Appleagreed to buy AuthenTec, and it is expected that AuthenTec's board will approve the acquisition in October.
Earlier we reported on Apple’s announcement that customers had pre-ordered more than two million iPhone 5 in the first twenty four hours of availability. Today Apple announced that first weekend sales of the new iPhone 5 exceeded 5 million units, surpassing the four million iPhone 4S sold during the device’s opening weekend last year. The company also announced that more than 100 million iOS-devices have been updated to its new iOS 6. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said:
Earlier this year, Apple revealed its plans to build a second solar farm several miles away from its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The new 20-megawatt facility would complement another 20-megawatt solar farm that seems to be nearing competion across the street from Apple’s data center.
“We’re happy to announce that Office for Mac 2011 (version 14.2.4) now supports Retinadisplay for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Text everywhere is incredibly crisp and all key areas of the interface are now sharper than ever”.
Following Apple announcement made earlier today that it received two million pre-orders for new iPhone in the first day of its availability, analyst from Piper Jaffray Gene Munster has issued a new research note forecasting that Apple will sale from 6 to 10 million units during the launch weekend. He bases his estimates on impressive pre-order numbers and comparison with last year’s pre-orders for the iPhone 4S. He noted:
Today Applepublished a press release saying that iPhone 5 saw record-breaking pre-orders of more than two million units in the first twenty four hours of availability. The performance breaks iPhone 4S record that saw one million units pre-ordered during the first day of availability. Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said:
New aerial photos captured by WCNC-TV and published by GigaOm this week demonstrate that Apple's massive solar farm set to power its North Carolina data center is almost finished. The new expansive facility locates adjacent to Apple's data center in Maiden, N.C.
The unscientific test carried out by The Mac Observer claims to show significant boost in MacBookbattery life using a new developer build 12C35 of OS X Mountain Lion, with the latest beta showing an 85-minute increase from the current 10.8.1.
Using OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard as a baseline, the compiled test data showed a significant hit to battery performance with the introductions of 10.7 Lion and 10.8 Mountain Lion. Upon release, Lion lost over 40 minutes of battery life and took three revisions to regain Snow Leopard power efficiency. In contrast, Mountain Lion saw a huge 105 minute loss in battery performance when it was released in July, with the latest 10.8.1 version moving the OS only 30 minutes closer to baseline.
A reliable source provided 9to5Mac with the officialApple Campus 2 blueprints yesterday. The images are purported to be from Apple's architectural team and offers a closer look at the design of the company's planned "spaceship" campus in Cupertino, California.
iLounge reports that Apple will be the only supplier of its new adapter for the next iPhone that will allow the new device to be used with 30-pin dock connectors. Reportedly Apple will sell these adapters for $10 each or $29 for three pieces. However, it is also possible that the company will allow third parties to manufacture such adapters at a later date.