According to multiple reports from the industry, Apple is said to have picked Taiwan-based touch panel maker TPK to build flexible AMOLED panels for the upcoming iWatch. Besides the flexible AMOLED panels, the iWatch is expected to have a 3D protective glass, which means the cover glass will have a curved aspect.
The mass production of the iWatch is expected to kickstart in the second half of this year and Apple is reportedly aiming to release the iWatch by the end of 2014, as well. TPK has partnered with Apple before when it supplied the touch panels for the first iPad and also produced around 80 percent of the touchscreens for the iPhone 4s.
It seems that, after all, the iWatch will launch in 2014, after some rumors had appeared saying that we will not see it until 2015. According to rumors from the supply chain that our own source has been able to confirm, mass-production of Apple’s smartwatch will begin in the second half of 2014, and the launch is projected for fall, possibly at the same event as the next iPhone.
TPK is also said to have entered into a deal with Japan-based Nissha Printing in order to develop the silver nanowire technology that could be used in the iWatch. This would allow for the glass to be transparent while adapting to the curved surface. Tom Sun, TPK’s president, said that the production of the silver nanowire displays is now at the capacity of two million units per month.
Tablets are becoming more and more embedded into our daily lives and Apple’s iPad, as the king of the hill, is the most looked for device thanks to its versatility and multiples uses. According to a new report from The Washington Post newspaper, the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is upgrading its image by using Apple’s iPads.
The airport’s shopping and dining areas are getting upgraded in order to lure passengers into spending more cash before they fly off. For that, iPads could be deployed at full service spa units, iPad bars, restaurants and other shopping areas. Lori Aratani from the Washington Post says that the iPads could be used for playing games or to check e-mails:
Terminal A of the Reagan airport is undergoing a $37 million makeover in order to make the space lighter and more spacious. To accommodate the huge number of those who fly through its gates, new flooring and additional windows have been installed. Almost 21 million passengers flew through the Reagan National airport in 2013. If you happen to fly from or to the Reagan National airport, let us know if the iPads have already been installed. One thing wasn’t mentioned, though - what will be the exact iPad version that will be used.
Details are still being worked out, but folks who come to the airport will be able to check e-mail and perhaps play a game of Candy Crush on one of several publicly available iPads. Those seeking relaxation could unwind at the full-service spa. The revamped offerings are set to come in Spring 2015, an airport spokesman said.
According to The Washington Post, the United States Postal Service has approved a commemorative Steve Jobs stamp that will be printed next year and will be released at some point in 2015. The Washington Post has also revealed other future postage-stamp subjects for the coming years, such as Johnny Carson, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Harvey Milk, Wilt Chamberlain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Lennon and others.
The late Apple co-founder passed away in 2011 after losing the battle with pancreatic cancer. He has been posthumously honored with a special Grammy Merit Award, a Disney Legends Award and has been inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, among other awards. With these future postage stamps, the United States Postal Service hopes to build revenue from younger collectors, as it faces some financial hurdles.
Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s executive director for stamp services and corporate licensing said that the new focus on pop-culture was a decision “we hope will bring new eyeballs” and that it is meant to “keep the American public engaged.” She also added:
If you are still using snail mail, would you be interested in buying a postage stamp with Steve Jobs? Do you think this is a good strategy to attract the younger generation to traditional communication methods?
But we’re not going away from our roots. It will be very interesting to see what the American public thinks of the stamps under consideration. I’m sure people are going to be vocal about it.
Feb 20, 2014 - 4:05 PM - by dgstorm
Those gifted geniuses in Apple's engineering labs are at it again. They recently patented a new technology which will likely offer a wide range of intriguing possibilities for iPad accessories. The patented tech is a "keyed magnetic structure." It's basically an arrangement of magnets which can be positioned on either side of the tablet. This structure can be implemented along with traditional magnets which will be able to receive input from iOS.
This technology will basically allow the iPad to connect to and interact with accessories in new and intriguing ways never before possible. Here's a quote with several of the possibilities,
That sounds very exciting! It's truly amazing how far they are taking even the simplest of technologies. The interactivity and interconnectivity of devices today and in the future is becoming astounding!
Apple illustrates this with a drawing of two tablets attached via a magnetic connector. This forms a system that will probably make playing Battleship a blast.
The patent will allow for detachable covers with integrated keyboards, drawing pads, and other inputs. Or altogether different kinds of smart-accessories, such as a magnetic stylus holder that makes the iPad activate and deactivate stylus recognition on attaching and detaching it. The user makes no input whatsoever. In another example, a new type of accessory allows the tablet to be hanged on walls, or carried like a briefcase.
Another interesting possibility is a magnetic ring. The user wearing it can control the iPad's Hall Effect sensor, which is the mediator between the tablet and the Smart Cover. The user will be able to control different software functions this way.
Google has updated its translation app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users with native iOS 7 support and additional languages, along with some other new features. The updated Google Translate iOS takes advantage of the redesigned keyboard and status bar introduced with iOS 7. Besides this, users can now enter handwriting in a variety of new languages including Arabic, Esperanto, Gujarati, Hebrew, Javanese, Maltese, Maori, Marathi, Persian, Punjabi, Telugu, and Zulu.
Handwriting input support was introduced in the previous version, Google Translate 2.0, letting you to write words with your fingers. By using Google Translate for iOS, you can translate between 80 different languages, listen to your translations spoken aloud, directly translate speech and handwriting, star favorite translations for quick access even when you’re offline, and view dictionary results for single words or phrases.
The iOS app Google Translate is available now as a free, 3.4-megabyte download from the App Store. Follow the direct link from below to download it and make sure that you have at least iOS 6 to run it.
Recently, Samsung has been making a few hits towards Apple, by releasing advertisements mocking the fruit company's products. The former posted a new commercials, taking hits at Apple's iPad Air.
Although the larger iPad was recently slimmed down, and renamed to the iPad Air, Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro seems to be thinner. How much thinner you ask? A whopping 0.2mm less than the iPad Air.
The ad uses Apple's idea of showing a pencil with an iPad Air hiding behind it. As the camera pans upward, we see the iPad Air behind the pencil, but then Samsung adds its spin on the ad, hiding the Galaxy Tab Pro behind both objects.
While the iPad Air is only 7.5mm thick, the Galaxy Tab Pro is 7.3mm thick, which technically means it is thinner, though not by much. But of course with a marketing standpoint, Samsung is obviously looking to say its product is better.
According to some inside sources who have spoken with the AppleInsider publication, Apple is preparing to launch the iOS 7.1 update in the middle of next month. The testing period had allegedly initially began in November and it’s now nearing its final point. The release of iOS 7.1 will have an important meaning for business users, as it will feature the new Mobile Device Management options designed to allow corporate and educational organizations to manage large numbers of devices:
iOS 7.1 will come with important improvements that will prevent students from bypassing restrictions installed on school issued devices, like it has happened in L.A. school district were pupils were able to delete management profiles from their iPads.
An unverified source reported to AppleInsider that Apple is working with a select few MDM vendors and institutional clients on efforts to improve iOS managed deployment, and that those improvements are currently set to ship as part of iOS 7.1 “around March 15.” While only a vague date was offered in regard to the release, the person did provide concrete information on Apple’s mass device deployment initiative, including new never-before-seen features.
Besides the rumored improvements to Mobile Device Management options, iOS 7.1 is expected to come with a number of visual tweaks, like the revamped shift and caps locks keys on the keyboard, refined icons for the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages apps, and a new look for several aspects of the Phone dialer. Of course, some other various bug fixes and performance improvements will also be put in place.
A few days ago, we were sharing with you an interesting report from a reputed analyst who was saying that Apple will launch only a single iPad version this year - the upgraded iPad Air. According to him, Apple will be busy this year working on the operating system for the iWatch and with the work on the upcoming 12.9 inch iPad Pro.
However, many are pretty skeptical and don’t think Apple will ever launch such a product on the market. But Italian consulting company SET Solution thinks otherwise and has released a new iPad Pro concept, showing a 13-inch tablet with a thin side bezel, running OS X with easy integration of a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Apple’s OS X and iOS have begun to share a common sense of design principles which has created speculation with regards to a potential product that would combine these two. However, recently, Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi said that this would be a "waste of energy" and they said that Apple is focused on building the best products for unique purposes.
What’s your own take on this? Would you buy a product like the one depicted in the video or you agree with what Apple’s executives have said?
Albeit we’ve recently been tipped that the iWatch will launch only in 2015, rumors, leaks and speculations surrounding it don’t seem to stop. One of the most hard to believe recent rumors was the one which was saying that the iWatch could be so technologically advanced that it could have heart attack predicting features. Now, a new report says that Apple could be interested in acquiring Basis Sciences, the company behind the Basis Health Tracker Watch, one of the best smartwatches on the market with a focus on health tracking features.
The company is apparently up for sale and has spoken to Google, Apple and possibly Samsung and Microsoft about a potential sale. While Google and Microsoft haven’t released yet a smartwatch device, we know that Samsung has launched the Galaxy Gear, so they could make good use of Basis’ patents and technologies.
Basis is allegedly looking for a “sub-hundred million” dollar price target, which would obviously be an amount Apple can easily afford to pay. We’ve seen that the Cupertino Company has recently increased the hiring of new experts on the mysterious iWatch, but buying a company specialized in making smart watches would really help Apple lay the ground for their own, upcoming device.
The Basis Health Tracker Watch is one of the best health-oriented smart watches on the market, as it is packed with sensors to keep track of a user’s heart rate, motion, calorie expenditure, sleep cycle and changes in skin temperature and perspiration level. Almost all of these features could make their way in the iWatch, as well.
With every new iPad or iPhone upgrade, we are used to seeing new processors, as well. So, as we’re waiting for the sixth-generation iPad and the iPhone 6 to get launched on the market, it seems that production for the upcoming A8 chip has already started. According to Taiwan-based TechNews publication, cited by MacRumors, Apple could choose the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) as the main supplier, as Samsung has reportedly dropped out of production over low yields:
An inside source said that Taiwanese contract chip manufacturer had already begun making Apple’s A8 processors. Up until now, Samsung has been the sole manufacturer of Apple’s processors, so if this rumor turns out to be true, then it will be for the first time when the partnership between Apple and Samsung breaks.
According to the report, this shift away from Samsung for the A8 processor is not expected to affect production of the A9 processor in 2015. An earlier report suggested Samsung and TSMC may share the production of the A9, with Samsung supplying approximately 40% of Apple’s 14-nm A9 chip family in 2015. This latest report claims Apple may start A9 production with TSMC and its 16 nm process and then shift to Samsung and its 14 nm process when the Korean company can meet demand.
The TechNews puiblication says that TSMC could become the sole manufacturer of the A8 chips thanks to its success it is having with the latest 20-nanometer manufacturing process. Recently, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will release only the upgraded iPad Air this year, so if this turns out to be true, then it makes sense why Samsung allegedly decided to stop collaborating with Apple.
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