News tagged ‘Samsung’
According to the latest rumors, Apple’s iPhone 6 will feature not only larger sapphire-covered display. Another interesting thing about the screen is that it will be manufactured using a new technique called Quantum Dot (QD or QLED) technology.
Looks like not only Apple and Samsung are currently working on their smartwatches. Another tech giant - Google - is expected to release its own wearable gadget as soon as this year.
It is Sunday today, so looks like it’s time for me to take a brief look at the most interesting stories of the last week.
As many of you know, Apple is expected to officially release a new OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 very soon, that’s why the guys from Cupertino seeded another beta to developers for testing. Apart from that, Apple released iOS 7.0.6 and Evad3rs came up with new Evasi0n7.
The NPD Group's Mobile Phone Track reported that Apple occupied 45% of the U.S. smartphone market in 2013. Over the year 2013 the market increased by 21%, with the total figure of 121 million smartphones sold. In Q4 the growth slowed down and were only 10% higher than those of the previous year.
Apple’s market share on Chinese market grew one percent in the last quarter. Now the company from Cupertino takes about 7% of smartphone sales in the country, AppleInsider reports. However, I should say that these figures do not include China Mobile iPhone sales.
According to the latest rumors, Apple won’t use an integrated chip combining a central processor and an LTE modem in its next-generation iPhone. As noted by iDownloadBlog (with reference to Fudzilla), Apple will continue working with Qualcomm - company’s main LTE chips supplier. As to the CPUs, they will probably be produced by TSMC since Samsung encountered some manufacturing problems.
Following Apple’s example, Samsung will add a fingerprint sensor to its Galaxy S5. According to the latest SamMobile report, the user will have to swipe across the home key at a moderate speed to make the sensor recognize the fingerprints. Not as convenient as Apple’s Touch ID, right?
According to a source in Taiwan, Samsung will not produce A8 processor for Apple because of low production yields.
TechNews Taiwan reports:
Samsung is currently the main problem facing the problem of low yield in its 20nm manufacturing process, not the title at Apple's demands, the need for an appropriate portion of A8 processor orders to TSMC, but based on recent progress news, Samsung was forced to abandon the orders may be more than just part of A8, A8 processor is probably all be produced by TSMC.
A company behind Basis Health Tracker Watch called Basis Science is currently on sale, TechCrunch reports. The company officials have spoken to a number of tech giants, namely, Apple, Google and probably even Microsoft and Samsung about a possible sale, however, it is still unclear if any of the companies agreed.
Korea Herald claims that we will meet new smartphones with a 'bezel-free' display and fingerprint scanning from both Apple and Samsung.
An industry source said Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy S5 would sport a display without a bezel, or the rim surrounding a screen, and allow users to scan their fingerprints at the bottom of the smartphone screen. The phone will also eliminate the home button hardware featured on the previous Galaxy models, he said.
Nikei reports that Sony is likely to increase the supply of camera components for the coming iPhone.
The Japanese firm already supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors for the current iPhone models' rear-mounted main cameras. Apple is likely looking to switch to Sony sensors for the secondary camera on the screen side, used for taking self-portraits.
The United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Thursday asked Apple, Google, Samsung, AT&T and Sprint to collaborate and come up with a technical solution to the problem of distracted driving.
No more rumors claiming that Apple’s long-anticipated iWatch will use solar power as a source of energy; as noted by several reliable insiders, the new wearable gadget will be equipped with a usual lithium-ion battery, manufactured (most likely) by LG Chem. However, there’s no information about the battery capacity of the would-be device.
According to the recent report from The Economic Times, Apple has resumed the production of its discontinued iPhone 4. The company from Cupertino plans to sell these handsets in the developing markets i.e. in India, Indonesia, Brazil and probably some other countries.
According to IHS analyst Rhoda Alexander, the company from Cupertino won’t release an iPad with a 12.9-inch display in the third quarter, as was reported earlier. With reference to the supply chain sources, she claims that Apple is currently testing larger screens, however, not in the quantities required for the Q3 2014 launch.