Mobile Technology News, April 18, 2013
As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.
- Apple Predicted to Tap Taiwanese Supply Chain for iPhone 5S Fingerprint Sensor [iOS Blog]
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has been one of the most vocal sources claiming that Apple will be including a fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S, indicating that Apple’s 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec is ready to bear fruit for the company as a differentiating feature for the next iPhone.
In a new research report, Kuo outlines his belief that in order to limit rival Samsung’s involvement in the iOS device supply chain, Apple will turn to a series of Taiwanese companies to support its fingerprint sensor implementation.
Assuming this is the case, we predict a production flow of the fingerprint sensor as follows: Apple (design) –> TSMC (foundry) –> Xintec (wafer-level packaging) –> ASE and Sharp (module).
While there’s no question that Apple possesses key fingerprint sensor technology, we also think TSMC is a reasonable foundry choice for Apple as it used to serve AuthenTec. We expect Xintec to make the supply chain on its expertise in wafer-level packaging and TSMC is its largest share holder. However, as it was loss-making in 2012, it’s possible Xintec will get capex support from TSMC for the new business.
Kuo is upbeat on the futures of TSMC and ASE, arguing that Apple will continue to forge closer ties with the Taiwanese semiconductor industry. The biggest win for Taiwanese industry would be a shift to TSMC for the A-series chips used in Apple’s iOS devices. Apple has long been rumored to be working to shift production of the A-series chips from Samsung to TSMC, with the latest rumors suggesting that move may finally take place with new 20-nanometer A7 chips in early 2014.
- iPad 5 Estimated to Be 15% Thinner, 25% Lighter Than Current iPad
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has on a number of occasions offered accurate information on Apple’s product plans, recently published a new research note outlining his expectations for Apple’s fifth-generation iPad. Kuo expects mass production and shipments of the new iPad to ramp up in the August-September timeframe, with the device registering roughly 15% thinner and 25% lighter than the current full-size iPad.
We think the tablet will, at 7.5-8.0mm, be 15% thinner than iPad 4. The new device will likely be about 500 grams, or some 25% lighter than iPad 4, run on an A7X processor, and sport cameras with similar specs to the iPad 4’s (front HD, rear 5MP). The casing shape and color (silver and black) and narrow bezel design will be similar to the iPad mini’s.
The prediction of a 7.5-8.0 mm thickness is in line with previous claims that the next iPad will see a roughly 2 mm reduction from the current 9.5 mm thickness.
Mockup of current iPad, iPad 5, and iPad mini
Kuo predicts that Apple will adopt the same GF2 touch technology used in the iPad mini, enabling Apple to design a thinner display for the new full-size iPad. In addition, more efficient display and chip technologies are expected to bring down the device’s overall power consumption, allowing for a smaller and thinner battery.
We therefore think that iPad 5’s battery capacity will be 25-30% smaller, at 8,500-9,000mAh, than iPad 4’s, and the battery’s thickness will be 15-20% smaller, at 7.5-8.0mm, and the number of cells will be reduced to two from three.
As for the chip powering the iPad 5, Kuo believes that Apple will be sticking with Samsung for a new A7X chip that will take advantage of Samsung’s 28-nanometer process node. There have been reports that Apple will be shifting its A-series chip production to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), but it appears that Kuo believes that transition has a bit further time horizon, in line with rumors that a partnership between Apple and TSMC for 20-nanometer A7 chips will not begin production until early 2014.
Just last week, Kuo issued a report claiming that Apple’s iPhone 5S, lower-cost iPhone, and second-generation iPad mini will launch later than currently expected by market watchers, with a variety of technological challenges still needing to be addressed by Apple. While Kuo did not offer specific predictions of when Apple will launch those devices, he did lay out a series of three scenarios addressing the possibility of August/September, September/October, and October/November timeframes.
- Intel’s CEO coy about hinting at Apple deal
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- Apple Seeds Latest Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to Developers
Apple has notified developers in the Apple Developer Network of the latest beta for OS X 10.8.4 today. The new build is known as Build 12E33A and is the 3rd beta of the latest version of Mountain Lion. This new build comes a week after the previous beta was released which is keeping in line with [...]
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- Apple shares fall below $400 mark
Shares in Apple fall to their lowest level in more than a year, on fears of slowing sales at the computer and mobile phone giant.
- Huff TV: WATCH: Roy Talks Social Media Journalism
Roy stopped by Bloomberg TV Wednesday night to chat about "the brave new world" of journalism in the age of social media. Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms impact the way news breaks and as Roy noted, it’s not always a positive impact.
- Apple Promotes Mother’s Day on Online Store and ‘Cards’ App [iOS Blog]
Apple has updated its Cards app to promote Mother’s Day more prominently, as well as putting new Mother’s Day ads on the Apple Online Store. Mother’s Day in the United States occurs on Sunday May 12th this year.
• Improves address verification on multi-card orders sent to recipients in different countries
• Fixes several issues that caused the app to quit unexpectedly
• Improves application performance
Apple currently offers 34 styles of greeting cards for Mother’s Day, as well as dozens of others for different holidays.
- Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: Should he stay as boss?
Should Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer remain as chief executive?
- Café McMullen: Technology and Education
Are teachers and classrooms an archaic view of education? Are we evolving past the norm we have seen for as long as we can remember? I have to say the teacher in me is not quite ready to sign on to this view whole-heartedly yet.
- Apple Extends Repair Program for MacBook Bottom Case Defects [Mac Blog]
In 2011, Apple announced a worldwide repair program for MacBooks with a defective bottom case, which caused the rubber surface to separate from the hard plastic casing.
The program originally stated that Apple would replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook for two years from the date of purchase, but the company recently extended the replacement period to four years from the original date of purchase.
Apple has determined that under certain circumstances the rubber surface on some MacBooks may separate from the bottom case of the system. MacBooks shipped between October 2009 and April 2011 may experience this issue.
Apple will replace the bottom case of any affected MacBook, free of charge, that exhibits the issue.
This program covers affected MacBooks for four years from original purchase date. Apple will continue to evaluate the service data and will provide further extensions to this program as needed.
Apple is offering several different repair options, which include visiting an Apple Retail Store, an Apple Authorized Service Provider, or ordering a replacement kit online.
- Could This Be A Way To Predict Breast Cancer Survival?
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- Social Media Investigates Boston Attacks: Should The Crowd Be Pointing Fingers?
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- Pocket Updated with New Send to Friend Functionality [iOS Blog]
To celebrate the one year anniversary of its rebranding, Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has implemented new sharing capabilities.
Pocket has long had tools to share articles via social networks like Facebook and Twitter, but has added a new “Send to Friend” function along with a redesigned Share Menu.
Send to Friend offers a way to share annotated content from Pocket with anyone. Select an article, add comments or highlights, and then email it to a friend. If it is sent to another Pocket user, the notification will be received directly in the app.
A year ago today, we became Pocket. It seems only fitting that we’d celebrate with a new feature designed to rethink another core element of the Pocket experience: Sharing.
INTRODUCING SEND TO FRIEND
Send to Friend is a new, simple way to share content with the people who matter to you most. With just a couple of taps you can share content from Pocket with friends and family, along with a comment and a highlighted quote. They’ll receive an email with the link, and if they have Pocket, they’ll also be notified right inside the app.
RECEIVE SHARED CONTENT IN POCKET
Once a friend sends content to your Pocket with Send to Friend, it will appear in an inbox, where you can see their comments along with any highlighted quotes they chose to share with you.
NEW SHARE MENU WITH MORE ACTIONS
Pocket’s redesigned Share Menu adds Send to Friend, as well as actions for the selected item: Copy Link and Open in Browser.
BUG FIXES & PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS
This update also includes a number of bug fixes and performance updates.
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- Daniel Newman: Executives Using Social Media — A Waste of Time?
As a startup CEO and someone that has spent the majority my career in a leadership capacity, I have seen social media as part of my job for as long as I realized its viability for building a brand.
- Apple Seeds Build 12E33a of OS X Beta 10.8.4 to Developers [Mac Blog]
Apple today issued build 12E33a of OS X Mountain Lion to developers, eight days after build 12E30 was released. Build 12E33a marks the third beta iteration of OS X 10.8.4.
Apple continues to ask users to focus on Wi-Fi, Graphics Drivers, and Safari.
The update is available through the software update tool in the Mac App Store and it should appear on Apple’s Developer Page shortly.