According to TechNews, the fingerprint sensing home button rumored to be on Apple’s next-gen iPhone will be a capacitive touch-sensitive button covered by scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, instead of a touch-sensitive virtual button. The source added that iPhone 5S is expected to arrive this summer along with the rumored low-cost iPhone.
The latest news from DigiTimes revealed that the Apple’s next-generation smartphone components will start shipping at the end of May, and the new iPhone 5S has an opportunity of showing up in the third quarter. According to many previous rumors hit the website that iPhone 5S will be announced in July or June, and many people said Foxconn is currently preparing to ramp production on the iPhone 5S and that it may come equipped with a fingerprint sensor.
Based on its latest specification data, the DigiTimes also revealed that iPhone 5S will not receive a big change and may just be a slightly upgraded version of iPhone 5 (iPhone 5S), and iPhone 5S is expected to feature a higher-end processor as well as higher-megapixel camera modules.
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Leaked photos from a Chinese forum could be giving away secrets about the sequel to the Apple iPad mini. The 7.9 inch tablet was released by Apple with a resolution of 1024 x 768. This works out to a pixel density of 162ppi, which is a number Apple wants to raise substantially with the sequel. Rumors have circulated that the Cupertino based tech giant has decided not just to increase the resolution of the screen, but to make it a Retina display.
The leaked images of what is said to be the Apple iPad mini 2 shows a thicker casing than the one used on the original iPad mini. In the same way that leaked pictures of the thicker casing for the third-generation iPad 3 foreshadowed the Retina display on the that tablet, the thicker casing for the next Apple iPad mini would seem to reveal that as expected, the one major complaint buyers have had with the byte-sized (groan) version of the iPad will be addressed by Cupertino. We could see the next Apple iPad mini offering a screen with a pixel density of 324ppi. Analysts already have figured upgrading the screen to a Retina Display would require a 30% price hike on a tablet that is already priced near the top for its category.
The leaked photos also show that the Apple on back of the device has been replaced with a blue colored one. The color itself looks similar to what is available with the 5th-generation Apple iPod touch which means we could see several color options for the next Apple iPad mini.
Rumors from new supply chain revealed the latest information on the iPad mini display and the possible display of the next-gen iPad mini. News from China showed AU Optronics, Apple’s supplier, has not only boosted production of current generation iPad mini displays, but has begun production on a display for the next-gen iPad mini.
The report comes from DigiTimes, and says that “yield issues throughout the second half of 2012” meant that AU Optronics couldn’t produce enough iPad mini displays, leading to fewer shipments than Apple had originally estimated for the tablet. But, production has increased; AUO has increased its iPad mini display yield to 1 million panels per month.
The report also mentions that AUO is “working on panels for Apple’s next-generation iPad mini”, which is expected to launch later this year with a Retina display. But no details about the iPad mini 2 display were supplied in the report.
Around two months ago, the purported iPhone 5s the rear housing was leaked on the web. Now new photos of parts not only for iPhone 5S, but also for iPhone 6 surfaced again. The purported mages that are claimed to be the parts for the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6 have been published by a French website. The images, which claimed were coming from a source connected to an Apple supplier that makes the components, allegedly are of the loud speaker module for the Apple iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6.
One picture shows what the parts look like the louder speaker unit from the iPhone 5. However, that is uncertain that the parts pictured are destined for upcoming iPhone versions based solely on the images.
According to the site, nowhereelse.fr, Apple will rollout three versions of the iPhone in 2013 with the Apple iPhone 5S providing an incremental update before major changes are made on the Apple iPhone 6. A third model, called the Apple iPhone Math or the Apple iPhone +, would offer a large sized version of the phone, possibly 4.8 inches, to compete with Android phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
The additions to the iPhone line would also come with alterations to Apple’s release schedule, according to the report. One of the rumored models would launch between March and July of this year, while a second would be released near the end of 2013. Besides, a cheaper version of iPhone was rumored to be released later in 2013.
It’s reported that Samsung is working on a number of new tablets, one of which has already been confirmed by the head of the Korean tech giant’s mobile division. That tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, would challenge the 7.9 inch Apple iPad mini and would be priced in the $249-$299 area. Besides, the screen is said to have resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, which is the same resolution of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
In addition, the same report says that Samsung is looking to build a 7 inch tablet that will undercut the ASUS produced Google Nexus 7 in price. That tablet is priced at $199 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model, to $299 for the 32GB Wi-Fi and HSPA+ model. The word is that Samsung is looking to sell the new 7 inch slate for $149 to $199.
Samsung is said to also be working on a new 10.1-inch tablet as the company aims to ship 40 million tablets this year after shipping 15 million in 2012. Samsung is trying to get the trio of new tablets out in the first half of the year before Apple introduces its new tablets.
It seems the Tablets battle is kicking off. Which party will you join?
Released on Tuesday, the latest stats from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech show that Apple is far from the sickly company that is getting eaten alive by Android. For the 12 weeks ended December 23, 2012, the Apple iPhone represented 51.2% of smartphones purchased in the U.S. That was up sharply from last year’s 44.9% share which had given iOS the slimmest of leads over the 44.8% controlled by Android.
Apple’s gain was actually Android’s loss as Google’s open source OS accounted for 44.4% of the U.S. smartphone market in 2012, down .4 percentage points from last year’s figure. Also in decline was BlackBerry which controlled a miniscule 1.1% of the U.S. smartphone market in 2012, down sharply from the 6.1% the Canadian firm owned in 2011. Windows Phone saw an increase from 2.2% to 2.6% over the year.
19% of U.S. iOS sales in the period came from Android owners, up from 9% in 2011 and indicative of a subtle shift in the market. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Verizon where 49% of iOS sales came from users of another platform, 30% of them coming from Android. 58.8% of Verizon customers were iOS users in the 2012 period, up sharply from 47.4% in last year. Verizon’s Android users dropped from a leading 47.5% in 2011 to 38.5% in the last weeks of 2012.
Ironically, only 6% of AT&T’s customers switched from Android to iOS in the 12 weeks. On the nation’s second largest carrier, iOS accounted for 74.7 percent compared to last year’s 66.7 percent. Android users dropped to 19.6 percent of the carrier’s customers in 2012 from 22.5 percent last year. Meanwhile, 35% of all iOS sales during the three months came from those upgrading from another Apple iPhone model. That number came in at 55% for AT&T customers and 37% at Verizon.