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5.5 million iPhones were sold in the third quarter of 2010





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Today Canalys released new data on US smartphones shipments which shows that Apple became the №1 smartphone vendor in the USA with its 26.2% share. Its main competitor is now Research In Motion with its 24.2% share.

But besides that Canalys also found that Google's Android mobile OS represented 43.6% of the market in the last quarter, which means it’s the best-selling operating system.

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Detwiler: iPad 2G Will Have Two Cameras



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An investment firm Detwiler Fenton & Co. claimed today in its note on Barron's that OmniVision will be the supplier of CMOS image sensors for the next-gen iPad. That means the next iPad will have a forward-facing camera to support FaceTime feature.

Moreover, it is said in the note that Omnivision will also supply another 5MP camera which will be allegedly placed on the rear side of the iPad. OmniVision is an existing Apple's partner which currently supplies sensors for iPhone.


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Apple became the fourth global mobile phone vendor



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According to a new IDC report last quarter sales made Apple number four in the list of global mobile phone vendors. The first places are still occupied by Nokia, Samsung and LG Electronics respectively. Apple has been always perceived as a top smartphone vendor, but this is the first quarter when Apple really cracked the top-5 list of global mobile phone vendors.

It is the first time for 6 years when IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker has excluded Sony Ericsson from the top-5 list. The report reveals that over the last quarter the iPhone has appeared in 17 more countries, which can explain its explosive sales.

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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, October 29th, 2010. 21:55

Apple has a bad influence on the hard drive industry



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John Coyne, who is a CEO at Western Digital, revealed yesterday that tablet devices like Apple's iPad are negatively affecting on the hard drive business. Talking in numbers, iPad may reduce shipments of low-end netbooks and laptops on 10-20 percent over the next few quarters. But Coyne tried to reassure investors the business will be still profitable:

"What I would say to investors is to look at the long-term demand for storage, the fact is the most appropriate solution for mass volume storage is hard drives and to look at the long-term progress the industry has made over the last 10 years".


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Materials cost for sixth-gen iPod nano estimated at $43



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iSuppli's teardown analysis claims that the parts in the 8 GB version of the sixth generation nano cost $43.73. Manufacturing costs are estimated at $1.37. Based on iSuppli's breakdowns of all six generations of the iPod nano, the current generation ranks as second least expensive.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010. 13:44

iPod nano not iPod OS, not iOS, something new?



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Is it possible the new iPod nano isn’t running iOS, but isn’t running the old iPod OS, either? The latest firmware has hit Apple’s servers so developers are tearing into it and here’s what Steven Troughton-Smith had to say on Twitter: The nano codename is N20 it appears; also labelled as “1.0″ of the OS. Definitely not iOS. Rusty Mercury also says it’s running on a Samsung S5L8723, a step up from the previous Samsung 8730.

So what is this OS 1.0? something new? Something hybrid?




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010. 13:20

Blogger Unofficially Beats World Texting Record With iPhone 4



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After reading yesterday about Melissa Thompson, a 27-year-old British woman who used a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and its Swype keyboard to set a world record of 25.94 seconds, Brian decided to test his skill.

The official phrase you need to type is: "the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human". Brian typed this phrase and started and stopped the timer himself in 21.8s. Both his and Thompson's time have yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records.




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Videos with competitors' phones were deleted from Apple's site



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Along with a special press conference, dedicated to iPhone 4 antenna issue, Apple published a special page about the problem (here = http://www.apple.com/antenna/). You may remember we wrote about a series of videos posted on this page, where the company tried to convince everybody that almost every smartphone has an antenna issue. RIM's BlackBerry Bold 9700, Samsung's Omnia II, HTC's Droid Eris and Nokia's N97 were taken as examples. Now these videos are deleted from the Apple's site, though they are still available at the company's official YouTube channel.

After the press conference Apple's competitors claimed that their phones do not experience signal attenuation as much as the iPhone 4 and were dissatisfied by Apple's way of solving the antenna issue.




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iOS4 vs. WP7 in Browser Speed Test



This week developers started receiving Microsoft’s test units, which will allow them to test the performance of their apps for WP7 instead of using an emulator. The test smartphones are produced by Samsung and LG and have a Technical Preview version of Windows Phone 7, and guys at NewsGeek decided to compare its browser speed with iPhone 3GS' that runs on iOS 4.

Since the difference in speed is so huge it is noted that both of the phones used 3G network (not Wi-Fi) and iPhone 3GS is a completely finished product, while Samsung's test unit is a prototype with an unfinished OS that is still in development.

Newsgeek also found Internet Explorer in the Windows Phone 7 to be "surprisingly competent and quick" though it was mostly built off of IE7's desktop version.




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Samsung Jeered On iPhone 4 Antenna Issue



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As you know, recently Steve Jobs gave a promise that every customer that has problems with antenna in iPhone 4 will have a free bumper case. But that didn't stop Samsung to continue mocking on the situation.  The company's latest advertisement of Galaxy S smartphone just says "Hello", but those who experienced antenna issue on iPhone 4 will clearly get the hint.




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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, July 23rd, 2010. 17:09

New lawsuit: Apple falsely marked its products



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Last week organization Americans for Fair Patent Use filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas. Apple, Samsung Telecommunications America, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. are named as the defendants. The lawsuit says that these companies produce and/or sell falsely marked products with a patents that are expired or do not cover these marked products, with a purpose "to deceive the public about the patent coverage for their products."

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Written by SimplyMax

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010. 13:54

Next-gen iPad Will Have Smaller OLED-Screen



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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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Written by SimplyMax

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010. 17:10

Price of the iPhone 4 - $187.51



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iSuppli, a market research company, has figured out that a single iPhone 4 16GB cost $187.51 to produce.

The most expensive part of the device is the “retina display”, with its price standing at $28.50. According to iSuppli, it may have been produced by LG Display. The iPhone 4’s A4 processor cost about $10.75 and was made by Samsung Electronics.


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Camera Tests for iPhone 4 And Other Devices



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When the iPhone 4 was introduced at the WWDC, Apple especially noted the capabilities of the device, putting emphasis on its camera. The company said that, even though the iPhone 4 had only 5 megapixels, while 8 megapixels was beginning to be the norm for the latest smartphones, the iPhone 4 would have a far superior performance thanks to some special features that go far beyond the simple megapixel count.

Now the iPhone 4 is finally on the market, and so are samples of the new Droid X from Motoralla introduced on Wednesday. This made camera tests possible and this is what Macworld did in their series of tests aimed to compare 4 devices: the iPhone 4, it’s predecessor 3GS, the Droid X, the HTC EVO 4G, Samsung HZ35W and Galaxy, as well as basic Sony and Samsung point-and-shoot cameras. For the video test, the devices were also compared to the Flip Video M2120.


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New iPhone's Display Provoked Hectic Discussions



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In previous post we talked about new glass cover on iPhone 4. This time our attention was attracted by its new "Retina" display, which became a target of criticism for different industry watchers and rivals.

This Monday Steve Jobs claimed on his keynote that new iPhone’s display has a resolution higher than "the limit of the human retina", which he specified as 300 ppi for 10-12 inches distance between the phone and user's eyes. But display expert and DisplayMate Technologies president Dr. Raymond Soneira is ensured that the distinguishable resolution of the human retina is actually 477 ppi for 12 inches distance. That means the new iPhone's display may be retina display if only it was created to be held at 18 inches distance from the eye.

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