News tagged ‘OLED’
In a recent visit to South Korea Tim Cook, temporary Apple’s CEO, has discussed with Samsung the possibility of implementing AMOLED displays in the next-generation iPad, dubbed iPad 3. Apple would be interested in the technology for an “upgraded version” of the iPad 2.
“Apple wants to tap into Samsung’s AMOLED technology for an upgraded version of the iPad 2, considered as many by the iPad 3 that is likely to be launched toward the end of this year,” a source told The Korea Herald on Wednesday on condition of anonymity. During Cook’s trip last week, Apple seems to have offered Samsung an advance for the AMOLED displays, the source said.
Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak confirmed that Apple managed to solve problems with the painting of the white iPhone 4. Last week we reported that Apple in collaboration with the unknown Japanese company created the new coloring process to address issues with the device. Wozniak also claimed that the device should come soon. He said one of the reasons which caused the delay was the device’s parts soled by the well-known kid (he ordered white iPhone 4 parts and then made some conversion kits and sold them). Those parts led to light leakage issues and washed-out pictures. So, the white iPhone 4 seams to be real.
Today at the media event in Tokyo Sony unveiled its next-gen PlayStation Portable that will challenge Apple's iOS as a game platform.
The device's codename is NGP (Next Generation Portable) and it was built around five concepts: Revolutionary UI, Location-based Entertainment, Social Connectivity and Converging Real and Virtual Reality. And here are the characteristics of the device according to Engadget:
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New report published by Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes reveals that Apple will not use AMOLED displays in its next-gen iPad because of insufficient supplies.
Currently the component makers in China and Taiwan attempt to increase their production, but it is still not enough for Apple.
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Yesterday iFixit posted some pictures of 11.6-inch MacBook Air teardown. Here are results of this disassembling:
Come on, you knew this post was coming. Here we have a prototype Nokia E7 and its new 4-inch, 640x360 pixel Clear Black Display pitted again the iPhone 4's 3.5-inch 960x640 pixel Retina display. To our eyes, the iPhone 4 display has a noticeable blue warmth and wasn't as vibrant or bright as the CBD. The CBD, however, did come across a bit oversatured (just look at those red "breaking news" bars), but hey, it's AMOLED. It certainly looks just as good as the Galaxy S' Super AMOLED. We'll have to see how the polarized layer on the CBD affects sunlight viewing. More on that later. Until then, play nice dear readers.
Do you remember the robot called T-1000 Skynet made of liquid metal in the film Terminator 2? It seems that Steve Jobs decided to create devices of next generation using Liquidmetal Technologies, a California company from which Apple has recently acquired the exclusive rights for creation of liquid metal alloy products.
One of the best and most distinctive factors in all Apple products is how this company produces its own devices, the quality of production, as well as the materials used, which, undoubtedly, have first-class quality.
Now that Apple has the exclusive rights to create products of the liquid metal, we can assume that it has no plans to create a robot for the next Terminator movie, but probably will use it for such devices as iMac, iPad and iPhone of the next generation in order to be one step ahead of its competitors.
Today Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes released another article which reveals that the producing of next-gen iPad will be started in the last quarter of 2010. New tablet will have 7-inch and 5.6-inch OLED displays supplied by Compal Electronics. Both of these small (compared to the current 9.7-inch model) devices will "target the e-book reader market, separating them from the 9.7-inch model, which mainly targets multimedia entertainment".
Choosing the OLED panels is explained by the assumption that its costs will be dropped soon, as LG display and Samsung Electronics are currently devoting resources into its development.
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We know how the new iPhone 4 compares to the iPhone 3GS. Now it is time to size it against its fiercest competitors from all the major platforms. Take a look at the results against the HTC EVO 4G, Nokia N8, Palm Pre Plus and HTC HD2:
Yesterday Digitimes posted an interesting interview with its own senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who disproved many rumors about upcoming iPhone.
He told that Apple once considered using OLED display in iPhone 3GS, but it was found to be unsuitable for displaying text, and now this is a key direction in which Apple is improving its iPhone since the company promotes iBookstore for it. Moreover, in February scientists unveiled that Apple iPhone 3GS' LCD display is much better than the OLED screen in Google Nexus One, because the latter doesn't reproduce colors accurately and has lots of artifacts.
Ming-Chi Kuo also revealed that the work on iPhone 4G was started at the end of 2008. Its codename is N90, and not many people knew about this, but Gizmodo found exactly the N90 prototype. There is another iPhone with codename N91 that is a lesser upgrade that must be used «in case there are major delays [of components] due to significant modifications.
With regard to the iPhone 4G's processor Ming-Chi Kuo told:
"Since the launch schedule of the Cortex A9 processor is estimated for year's end and iPhone 4.0 is not ready to fully utilize a multi-core processor, the A4 is the most likely candidate".
This is not the first words of Ming-Chi Kuo about iPhone 4G, previously we posted another information revealed by him, you can read it here.
An Italian blog ispazio.net had recently acquired photos of iPhone 4G screen and frame. They say it's real because the pictures were taken from reliable sources.
The iPhone looks very similar to the prototype found by Gizmodo. The frame has the same front-facing camera and corners. Screen connector looks bigger than before, which confirms that there will be more connections to the motherboard and as a result - more pixels than in the current models.
The blog also say its iPhone has LCD display. The current Apple's models also have LCD, but most of the company's competitors already use AMOLED displays in their phones.
Here is one more iPhone 4G concept from Antonio De Rosa. It looks particularly beautiful. This is a 3D rendering and I advise you to zoom the images to appreciate the quality of the details:
The device has a new AMOLED screen, an aluminum body, a front camera and of course the iPhone OS 4.0.
As always before the release of a new device many designers and regular users make interesting concepts. Here is a new one for iPhone 4G:
The author also provided a probability percentage value for each functionality of seeing it actually implemented:
- Removable battery (30% probability)
- Flash LED (50%)
- Back (Case) touchscreen, like the surface of the Magic Mouse (75%)
- Front camera (70%)
- Contacts on the Home Screen, as shown by a recent patent (70%)
- 64GB flash memory (60%)
- Dual-core processor and more RAM (80%)
- OLED display (90%)
iSuppli has estimated the cost of Nexus One smartphone's parts. The result is $174.15. This amount includes hardware and component costs, but does not take into consideration expenses like manufacturing, software, box contents, accessories and royalties.
The Nexus One's Snapdragon processor, which allows 720p video playback, is estimated to cost $30.50, making it the most expensive component of the phone. The 3.7-inch AM-OLED display is estimated at $23.70. Here is a full list:
Google today announced the launch of its Nexus One smartphone. It is based on the Android 2.1 operating system and offers 800x480 screen, 5 megapixel camera with flash, Qualcomm's 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The Nexus One offers 512 MB of Flash and 512 MB of RAM, and ships with a 4 GB Micro SD card with support for cards up to 32 GB.
Nexus One is initially available from the Google web store in the US without service for $529 or starting at $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile USA. In the near future, Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone in Europe plan to offer similar service plans.
Here is the full list of hardware and software features: