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Apple Shipped 16.6% Of Global Smartphones In Q3 2012





Today Strategic Analytics published its latest report revealing that global smartphone shipments increased to 162 million in the third quarter of 2012. Executive director at Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston said:


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Written by maxim

Friday, October 26th, 2012. 21:40

Apple and Samsung Moving From "Frenemies" To "Enemies" Relationship



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Apple and Samsung have for a long time had a strained relationship, with the companies locked in many court trials relating to their competition in the tablet and smartphone markets. As tensions between companies have continued to grow, Apple has been trying to decrease its reliance on Samsung for production of components. Now The Korea Times reports on how the relationship between companies has moved from a "love-hate" to a "hate-hate" relationship.


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Monday, October 15th, 2012. 19:18

Tightened iPhone 5 Quality Control Standards Slowed The Production Process



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According to Bloomberg’s report, Apple has tightened quality control standards for iPhone 5 production, in order to decrease the number of smartphones that are delivered with scratches on its aluminum shell right out of the box. But the initiative seems to have slowed the production of the new Apple’s smartphone.

“Stricter benchmarks have hampered production of the iPhone 5's anodized aluminum housings, forcing Foxconn's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. to idle factories”.


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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012. 19:32

Insiders Detail Steve Jobs' Role in Apple's Mapping Effort



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Bloomberg has recently provided an interesting glimpse of Steve Jobs' role in Apple's mapping effort. The project has been a number of years in the making but which only now has made its way into the public's hands. The report claims Apple's mapping effort was Jobs' idea. He wished Apple to move away from using Google’ Maps on iOS devices.


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Charging The iPhone 5 Costs About $0.41 A Year



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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:


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Thursday, September 27th, 2012. 22:23

Phil Schiller: Scratching Of iPhone 5 Is Normal As With Any Aluminum Product



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According the report from 9to5Mac, one of its readers emailed Apple’s chief of marketing Phil Schiller, regarding scratching of the new iPhone. Scratches on the iPhone’s body are most visible on the black models because they reveal the silver color of the aluminum underneath the anodized slate color. Schiller said that scratching is “normal” when the device is in use.


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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012. 1:29

DisplayMate: iPhone 5 Display Is The "Best Smartphone Screen"



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DisplayMate published a comprehensive analysis of the iPhone 5 display and also provided detailed comparisons between Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4. The company concluded that the iPhone 5 has the best smartphone display they have ever tested.


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Tuesday, September 25th, 2012. 15:07

iPhone 5 Javascript Benchmarks More Than Two Times As Fast As iPhone 4S



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AnandTech published the first SunSpider benchmark for the iPhone 5. This benchmark measures performance of Javascript in web browsers.

Lower is better, so the iPhone 5 with the score of 914.7ms outstripped all other devices measured in the test. Moreover, it is the fastest SunSpider test for a smartphone they have ever recorded. The new iPhone is more than twice as fast as the iPhone 4S that scored 2250ms and significantly faster than the Galaxy S III that scored 1442.9-1824.9ms.


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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012. 13:19

Live iPhone 5 launch coverage




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Google Released Native YouTube App For iPhone



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Google, as promised, has launched a native YouTube app for Apple’s smartphone. Previously we reported that Apple would be removing the YouTube app from IOS 6 that is expected to be released in the immediate future. At that time, Google said that a native iOS app is in the pipeline.

YouTube app just appeared as a free download in the App Store.


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Apple Begins Prepping Yerba Buena Center for iPhone 5 Media Event



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Apple has begun preparing the Yerba Buena Center for its iPhone 5 introduction. The entrance of the Center is wrapped with colorful banners, suggesting that new multicolored iPods will be part of the event. The new banners evoke the imagery the company used to launch new iPods in 2010.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Saturday, September 8th, 2012. 16:15

Previously-Thought NFC Chip in iPhone 5 is Earpiece Speaker



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The latest pictures of the rumored next-generation iPhone published on Thursday by Sonny Dickson offer a look at a mysterious internal component located next to the earpiece. Some analysts suggested that the unknown component could be the NFC chip. But last week, the well-connected Jim Dalrymple of The Loop reported that Apple's next iPhone will not feature NFC technology, sometimes known as radio frequency identification, or RFID.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, September 7th, 2012. 0:58

Apple Will Discontinue iPhone 3GS And Introduce 8GB iPhone 4S



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According to a report from The Telegraph, Apple will likely discontinue the iPhone 3GS once it introduces the new iPhone at next week’s media event. The report also said that Apple will likely introduce an 8 GB iPhone 4S with a middle price point as it did with the iPhone 4 last year.

“The new update will mean that the 8GB version of the iPhone 4 will be the entry-level iPhone, probably given away free on £20 per month contracts, as the 3GS is currently”.

The Telegraph also notes that iPhone 5 will come in three different capacities, probably the same 64 GB/32 GB/16 GB line seen with the iPhone 4S.

Moving the iPhone 4 into the position that is currently occupied by the iPhone 3GS would allow more carriers to offer a free iPhone, because the iPhone 4 is sold in both CDMA and GSM versions while the iPhone 3GS is only offered in GSM version.

The iPhone 3GS would probably be most missed by customers who want to buy contract-free smartphones. Currently Apple sells contract-free, unlocked iPhone 3GS for $375 in the U.S. and at higher prices in other countries such as $455 in China. If the company elected to continue selling the device along with its three other iPhone models, it would have to cut the price even further.




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High Resolution and 3D Interactive Mockup of Apple's Rumored 'iPad Mini'



CiccareseDesign has created a new set of renderings and even a 3D model of the 7.85-inch "iPad mini" setting up for an October debut. The design is based on the numerous rumors, part leaks, and work by case manufacturers who are trying to determine what the device will look like in order to have their products ready for sale as soon as possible. As far as you know, the 7.85-inch iPad offers 66% of the surface area of the current 9.7-inch iPad and almost 40% more surface area than competing 7-inch tablets.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. 23:58

Apple Unsuccessfully Tried to Purchase Exclusive Access to TSMC Chip



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The outcome of the high-stakes Apple v. Samsung patent trial forced Apple to do their best to find new component suppliers. Bloomberg reports now that Apple and Qualcomm in an attempt to diversify their mobile processor supply chain each put forth investment bids topping $1 billion to secure exclusive access to chip supplies from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). TSMC denied separate investment bids from Apple and Qualcomm.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012. 18:30