As Taiwan’s Economic Daily News reports, "high-ranking officials" at Samsung has revealed that the company has not yet received orders for an A7 chip that is expected to be used in the iPhone 6. The fact is reportedly causing speculation at Samsung that Apple has decided to shift its orders for the A7 processor to Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC).
As Pocketgamer reports, this week Apple spoke with developers at the Game Developers Conference about providing support for an official iOS game controller. Last year Apple was rumored to have a game controller in the pipeline for iOS devices, but no such product has yet been released. The report notes:
Today Facebook invited members of the press to an event related to Android on April 4, and TechCrunch notes that Facebook will likely debut its long-rumored smartphone at the event. According to previous reports, the handset would be an HTC smartphone based on Facebook-modified version of Android OS.
According to a report from The Economic Times, Apple plans to triple the size of its reseller network to 200 stores in India by 2015. Reportedly, Apple's vice-president (sales) for India, Europe, Middle-East and Africa Hugeues Asseman discussed some of these plans with key franchisee owners and trade partners during his visit to Mumbai last month. The report notes:
The Wall Street Journal reports on recent Apple’s operations to increase sales in India, one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The company recently launched iTunes and Apple TV there. There also were rumors that Apple was planning to open retail stores in India.
AllThingsD reports that CEO of France Telecom-Orange, Stephane Richard at an event with journalists said that Apple had become "more flexible" beginning "to focus more on everyone else" and has become "less arrogant than in the past.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is in talks with music publishers to develop Spotify-styled subscribtion streaming music service for the Android operating system. Read the rest of this entry »
Joshua Topolsky from The Verge has written a lengthy report about his experiences using on-face computer Google Glass.
Google Glass is a small computer mounting to an eyeglass frame that has a display visible only to the user. The device includes GPS, a built-in camera, which can record what the wearer sees, and Bluetooth and Wi-FI connections. The wearable device can handle many of the tasks performed on smartphones, including sending text messages, showing weather reports, giving driving directions and more.
Nick Bilton shares information with The New York Times that Apple is "experimenting" with a glass-wrapped smart watches, "according to people familiar with the company's explorations." The article notes that Corning has developed a special glass which can be used on the owner's wrist due to its curving.
Apple has posted a document warning users that jailbreaking their iOS devices may cause instability, security vulnerabilities, shortened battery life, and other issues. The document was posted on February 3rd, the same day the Evasi0n jailbreak was originally expected to drop. Take a look:
Today, Apple published an iOS 6.1 press release revealing some impressive numbers on iOS platform and iOS 6.1 usage. As of today, 300 million iOS devices – iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone – are running iOS 6, with 450 billion iMessages sent, over four trillion notifications received and nine billion photos uploaded to Photo Stream.
After iOS 6.1 Beta 5 for developer’s release, Apple has just added iOS 6.1 for public. This update includes support for new LTE connectivity and purchasing Siri -based tickets to the cinema through Fandango, much as individual downloads of songs in iTunes Match and a new button ' reset ' to track advertising.
"This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
Purchase movie, tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
According to the Strategy Analytics’ latest research measuring global smartphone OS shipments for the fourth quarter of 2012, Android and iOS together represented 92% of all shipments. Both operating systems were able to considerably increase their market shares over Q3, with global smartphone shipments over the year reaching a record 700.1 million units.