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Touchscreen Production Issues Contributed To iPad Mini Pricing





Digitimes reports that one of the main reasons that Apple was unwilling or unable to release the iPad mini with the price below $329 is difficulties with production of touchscreens as Apple switches to new "GF2 Dito" technology. The report notes:


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Friday, October 26th, 2012. 0:55

iFixit Teared Down Apple’s new iPod Touch



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Experts from a teardown firm iFixit examined the internals of the new fifth-generation iPod touch. The teardown offers a look at how Apple has managed to pack all of the details into a body, which has 20 percent less volume than the fifth-generation iPhone. The iPod touch lacks cellular communications technology and carries fewer details, which are consolidated into a handful of parts. The battery and logic board are smaller than in the iPhone 5 and they are arranged in a top-and-bottom layout unlike the side-by-side layout used in the iPhone.


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Thursday, October 11th, 2012. 20:11

iPhone 5 Bill of Materials Estimated at $167.50



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UBM TechInsights has released an early Bill of Materials estimate for the new iPhone 5. This does not include the cost of hardware design, software, production, etc. But still quite interesting:


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Saturday, September 15th, 2012. 16:05

Updated iPods Arriving Alongside Next-Generation iPhone



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9to5Mac reports that the updated iPod line is also likely to be introduced at the next-week media event Apple holds to unveil the next-generation iPhone.  As usual, the details on the updated devices are scarce, but it seems that Apple will release two or even three updated product lines. Two of the lines appear to correspond to the current iPod shuffle and iPod nano. As for the third product, the report speculates that it could arrive as a new line, allowing Apple to continue offering the current iPod nano design that has gained a following for its small size combined with touchscreen capabilities.


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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. 22:58

'iPad mini' will be challengingly thin thanks to 'GF2' technology



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Apple’s iPad mini will reportedly so thin and light that production of the device will be a challenge to a company. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities claims that the smaller iPad will feature industry leading "GF Ditto," otherwise known as GF2, touchscreen technology. He said that Apple will be the first company in the world to commercialize and mass produce GF Ditto technology.


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Wednesday, September 5th, 2012. 0:38

What's new in iOS 6 Beta 2 firmware (x8)



Apple released iOS 6 Beta 2 today. Let's take a look what's changed:

1. Apple added a toggle to control whether or not you can use iOS 6′s new Shared Photo Streams feature. The toggle is in both the Photos settings page and the iCloud settings.

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Microsoft Announces Its New Tablet Called Surface



Microsoft has unveiled its new tablet that will compete with iPad, Google’s Android and tablets from other manufacturers.

The Microsoft Surface is a 10.6-inch tablet running Windows 8 and will come in two models. One will be powered by OS Windows RT and ARM processor. It will ship in 64GB or 32GB versions.


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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012. 11:36

Apple TV Set To Include Motion Sensing Technology



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Аnalyst from Topeka Capital Markets Brian White has published a new report, where he addresses some of his expectations for the product based on a recent visit to Computex trade show in Taiwan and talks with some supply chain companies.

White believes that the future television set will support several methods of interaction, including motion detection technology, maybe similar to technology found in Microsoft Kinect products.


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Monday, June 11th, 2012. 20:57

US Air Force may buy 18,000 Apple iPads for cargo aircraft



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According to Nextgov, the U.S. Air Force's Air Mobility Command recently put out a notice that it plans to buy as many as 18,000 of Apple's iPad for use on cargo aircraft. Such order could be the largest single federal order for the iPad 2.  The Air Mobility Command revealed on Federal Business Opportunities that it plans to buy a "minimum of 63 and a maximum of 18,000 iPad 2" units or "equal devices."

Though the iPad was the only tablet named specifically in the listing, Glen Roberts, AMC public affairs director, said the command seeks "a tablet device" but "not necessarily an iPad." The Air Force seeks proposals from tablet makers and seeks to obtain them at the lowest possible fixed price. A move to tablets, iPad or otherwise, would allow the Air Mobility Command to adopt an electronic flight publication system to save time and money, as well as boost efficiency.

First iPad was brought to the U.S. Air Force by the Federal Aviation Administration which started using Apple's touchscreen tablet as an electronic flight bag last July. Previously, commercial and charter airlines relied on cumbersome 40-pound paper manuals.




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Sunday, February 12th, 2012. 22:11

Mujjo Conductive Gloves For Using iPhone In Cold Weather



Using iPhone outdoors presents some problems for people living in cold climate. One of the solutions is wearing conductive touchscreen gloves.  A Dutch company has released new touchscreen gloves called Mujjo, which contain nylon fibers coated with silver in its fabric. The silver in the gloves makes them touchscreen compatible.

This touchscreen gloves are available only in two sizes, but they stretch to fit the largest of hands. You can purchase them for about $33 on the Mujjo's website.




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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012. 2:09

Apple to ship high-res 'iPad 3' in March, 'iPad 4' in October



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Citing component makers in Taiwan, DigiTimes reported on Friday that the so-called "iPad 3" will launch in March with a high-resolution Retina Display, while an "iPad 4" will arrive in October of this year to counter a rumored Google-branded tablet as well as touchscreen devices running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

Apple will ship the so-called "iPad 3" with a full HD display in March and then "iPad 4" - named so by its component suppliers - with killer applications in October, according to industry sources in Taiwan. [...]

But a true battle for market share will arrive in the second half of the year when Apple ships its iPad 4 in October, about the time when Microsoft releases its Window 8 and Intel unveils its Clover Trail-W platform, the sources commented.

The 9.7-inch iPad 4 is expected to come with much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android-, Wintel- or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter, said the sources.

Finally, Digitimes suggests that Apple will continue to sell the current iPad 2, but will drop its price to $399, much like Apple currently does with older iPhone models, to counter lower priced tablets that are available, such as the Kindle Fire for $199.




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Apple granted original list-editing iPhone patent, 13 others



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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple an original iPhone patent for editing lists by using touch gestures. Such technology gives an opportunity for inventions regarding use of the handset as a portable hard drive and a filing for the company's now defunct Bluetooth headset.

The original touchscreen patent, first filed for in June 2007, covers a method for displaying and managing lists on a portable multifunction device, and details a simple computer user interface controlled by finger gestures rather than a sequence of button presses and stylus touches. What the abstract describes is the basic list management system found on current iOS devices.

Included in the patent background is a look at the state of portable devices at the time, which Apple claimed "resorted to adding more pushbuttons, increasing the density of push buttons, overloading the functions of pushbuttons, or using complex menu systems to allow a user to access, store and manipulate data." A far cry from what the company eventually released in the original one-button iPhone.

The company explains that devices which rely on physical pushbuttons are inherently limited in their configurability, and that a conventional user may find it frustrating to operate such an inflexible interface.

Because such devices are designed to read the precise pinpoint contact of the stylus (when a user makes a selection on the touch screen with the stylus), making selections on the touch screen of the device without a stylus, for example, with a user's finger, can prove to be somewhat difficult.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, January 6th, 2012. 1:43

Apple granted another key multitouch patent



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The United States Patent and Trademark Office published on Tuesday that Apple won a core multitouch patent that describes how touch events are recognized by a touchscreen device. The patent blog Patently Apple also noted that this patent was one of the "200+ Patents for new inventions" Jobs lauded when the iPhone first debuted in 2007.

The newly granted patent focuses on the oscillator signal and circuit of a touchscreen-equipped device, an integral invention directly related to how users interact with their multitouch products.

Apple states in the filing: "In general, multi-touch panels may be able to detect multiple touches (touch events or contact points) that occur at or about the same time, and identify and track their locations."

One way to record multiple touches is to generate an oscillating signal circuit that can power and clock inputs over a substrate as in a capacitive touchscreen display. But it is difficult to create a precise circuit-based oscillator. According to Apple's patent, the solution to capacitive touchscreen problem is to calibration logic circuitry which compares the signal oscillation against a reference signal and tunes the clock frequency accordingly. The invention provides for an accurate capacitive display that can not only sense multiple touches, but also detect hover or near touches which are also recognized as "touch events."




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011. 22:21

Rumors: Apple Has Been Researching And Prototyping Small Wearable Devices



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Nick Bilton from The New York Times, who in October wrote that large parts of rumoured Apple’s television sets appeared in the company's supple chain, now reports that Apple may be researching and even prototyping new wearable devices.


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Logging Software From Carrier IQ Is Found On Many Mobile Phones



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During the last several days, there have been many reports on the findings of Trevor Eckhart revealing that logging software is present on many BlackBerry, Nokia and Android phones. The software called "IQRD"  was developed by the company Carrier IQ. The PCWorld summarized the video showing the scope of logging.


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Thursday, December 1st, 2011. 20:17