News tagged ‘Samsung’
According to the latest reports from supply chain insiders, Apple has recently decided to make Samsung one of its major hardware suppliers. I'm now talking not only about the chips for next generations of iPhones and iPads. As noted by BusinessKorea, the guys from Cupertino plan to use Samsung as a primary components manufacturer for the long-anticipated Apple Watch as well. This indicates that Apple will soon once again become extremely dependent on its market rival from South Korea.
It is Sunday today, so you're probably waiting for our traditional roundup of the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Let's take a look at them right now.
Looks like the concept of the smartwatch is much older than we all have thought. According to the video, which I managed to find on 9to5Mac this morning, back in 2001, IBM created a kind of smartwatch with small black-and-white display with touch input and something very similar to Apple's Digital Crown. The video is available below, so take a look and tell me what you think.
According to the latest report from The Korea Times, Apple has made Samsung its primary chip supplier. 80% of orders for 14-nanometer processors will go to the South-Korean manufacturer starting 2016. As to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), it will get the remaining 20% of orders, which is also pretty good for this firm.
It is Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting stories of the past seven days. Let’s take a look at them right now.
At the annual two-day Mobile Pwn2Own conference held earlier this week by HP, several groups of developers managed to find a number of bugs in iOS, Android and Windows Phone platforms and successfully hacked Apple's iPhone 5s, Samsung's Galaxy S5, Google's Nexus 5, Microsoft's Nokia Lumia 1520 and Amazon's Fire Phone. What I find interesting is that the hackers were able to get full control over all of the handsets except for one. You will never guess, which device turned out to be the most reliable.
According to the latest report from Digitimes, both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are currently struggling to get the rights to manufacture the next-generation Apple A9 chip, which will reportedly be used to power company's iPhones and iPads next year. The guys from Cupertino will choose the primary supplier by the end of 2014, the reporters claim.
According to the latest reports from J.D Power and IDC, Apple currently remains world's top tablet manufacturer with 22.8% market share and 12.3 million iPad units shipped in the third quarter of this year. Still, the researchers claim that Apple's tablet sales are weaker than in the year-ago quarter. The manufacturers of the lower-cost tablets, for example, Lenovo or RCA, saw a noticeable increase in sales in 2014 and that means that more and more people prefer cheaper, but pretty efficient and reliable Android devices to hi-end and expensive iOS products.
A research firm IDC has today released a report on global smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2014. According to this report, world's smartphone market grew 25% if to compare this year's results to those of the third quarter of 2013.
How fast is iPhone 6 compared to other popular smartphones? PhoneBuff performed a serious of real tests.
Each phone was raced through a series of apps including the camera, photos, web browser, Dictionary.com, Photoshop Touch, Google Earth, Temple Run 2, Fifa 14, Smash Hit, and Angry Birds. The series of apps was then opened for a second time to test the multi-tasking abilities of each device.
Take a look at the results in the video below:
Ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch this September, Apple's iPhone 5c became the top selling smartphone in Britain. In fact, this handset was so popular that it even outsold the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s. And that is an impressive result, I must admit.
According to the latest report from reliable insiders, the guys from Cupertino are planning to release a gold version of their next-generation full-size iPad nicknamed iPad Air 2. The gold version of the 9.7-inch tablet will be available together with the usual silver and space gray models, Bloomberg reporters write. If Apple releases a new iPad Air model, company's tablet lineup will match the lineup of the iPhone 5s, which is also available in three different colors.
Looks like the guys from Cupertino can’t or don’t want to get rid of the dependence on their main market rival, which is Samsung. According to the latest report from DigiTimes, the South Korean manufacturer will supply Apple with 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch panels for the upcoming iPad models. First shipments will be sent to Apple at the end of this year, so looks like the appropriate deal between tech giants has already been signed.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Consumer Reports, Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus is not as bendable as it was believed. It took 90 pounds of force to bend the recently-released 5.5-inch iPhone and about 70 pounds of force to deform its 4.7-inch sibling. The larger handset is actually stronger, which is a bit of surprise for me.
Though Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is the main supplier of the advanced 20-nanometer A8 chips used in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung reportedly continues to produce about 40% of high-end processors. As revealed by IHS, the manufacturing cost of the new SoC is $20, which is $3 more than the manufacturing cost of the A7 processor.