Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants take Apple’s side in its months-long legal dispute with Qualcomm

Apple and Qualcomm have been stuck in a legal deadlock since the start of the year, without any indications of a looming resolution, whatsoever. A few days ago, Qualcomm’s CEO made a comment that he would expect an out-of-court settlement, which kind of made us think that the two sides might soon talk out an agreement, but we haven’t seen anything further to those comments. If anything, Reuters has reported today that representatives of other tech companies are jumping in on the ‘fun’ by siding with Apple in its dispute with the chipmaker.

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Samsung reportedly scores Apple’s chip business back, 7nm A12 processor in tow

The glory days for the TSMC chip foundry may be over soon, if a new report out of Korea is to be believed. TSMC became the sole supplier of Apple’s A-series processors in 2013, and never looked back. This year, it has been tasked with producing the 10nm Apple A11 chipsets, and the expected upgrade super cycle brought on by the iPhone 8, has shot the TSMC shares into the stratosphere, making its founder a billionaire in the process.
That sweet deal with Apple may be coming to an end, a Korean publication tips, as Samsung has eventually won back Apple’s chip business. …

Apple’s iPhone 8 just made this chip foundry chief a billionaire

Apple, in its constant efforts to move away from Samsung as components supplier, has tasked the production of its 2017 edition A11 chipset entirely to the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC). Its 86-year-old chairman Morris Chang  has just become a billionaire in the process. Shares of TSMC have jumped 27% in a year, making his stake in the company valued at a cool $1 billion.

This upshot in the foundry’s valuation comes on the wings of the extra iPhone 8 business that analysts are convinced will cause major increase in demand for iPhones overall this and …

This giant Macbook-shaped roof will cover Apple’s new glass box store in Chicago

The construction of the new Apple store by the riverfront in Chicago has been underway for some time now. Designed by London firm Foster+Partners, the new store is nothing short of an innovative architectural decision. The store’s shape and looks remind of a Macbook, due to the metallic roof and the lid-shaped profile; but a large white Apple logo that construction workers rolled on top of the roof yesterday, erased any doubt of whether the finished building will resemble an Apple laptop.

Apple is moving its store from 679 N. Michigan Ave. to its new location that stretches from Pioneer …

Apple’s iPad Pro copied the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s exec says

 

The last couple of weeks saw the launches of high-performance tablet devices from two of the world’s biggest tech producers, Microsoft and Apple. The new Surface Pro and iPad Pro models set out to be gadgets capable of replacing your laptop and are aimed at the market of creative ‘on-the-goers’, who are willing to shed a buck.

Even though the devices are quite different, in terms of hardware and software, obviously incorporating proprietary tech of each manufacturer, both set out to fulfill similar needs and whims. In this regard, General Manager for the Surface family, Ryan Gavin, …

The first episode of Apple’s “Planet of the Apps” is now available to watch for free

A few months back, we told you that Apple was looking to make a splash in the TV content pond, by launching two show series this year – new ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series, hosted by no one else but James Corden; and ‘Planet of the Apps’. The first, as we know, has not been released yet and we haven’t had much detail about a possible date, but the first episode of ‘Planet of the Apps’ is now available to watch for free.

You can watch the video either on the series’ dedicated website or on Apple Music and iTunes. All subsequent 9 episodes of the first season will be available to Apple Music subscribers …

Apple’s standalone support app hits the U.S. App Store


apple-support-app Apple’s recently launched standalone support application is now hitting the U.S. App Store. The app, which had quietly debuted last month outside the U.S., lets you access product documentation, schedule appointments, as well as chat, email or schedule calls with an Apple Support technician, among other things. While the ability to look for nearby stores and schedule appointments at… Read More

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A small History of iPhone (From iPhone to iPhone 6, seven years of Apple’s iconic smartphone)

A small History of iPhone (From iPhone to iPhone 6, seven years of Apple’s iconic smartphone)

In early 2007 Steve Jobs announced the very first iPhone. Designed to “reinvent the phone,” Apple’s iPhone has revolutionized smart phones and shaped the industry into what it is today. The first iPhone mixed a capacitive 3.5-inch multi-touch display with touch-optimized software in a simple package that was unlike anything else on the market. Over the last seven years, Apple has refined and tweaked its iPhone into what it is today.

Apple has used combinations of metal, plastic, and glass to shape and form its ideas of what a modern smart phone should look like throughout the history of the iPhone. Major redesigns with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 saw Apple push the boundaries of smart phone hardware, all while competitors were catching up. Now that the smart phone industry is moving to larger screens, Apple has been forced to respond with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Read on to see exactly how Apple evolved its iPhone hardware over the years, in our history

Where it all began:

Apple’s first iPhone debuted in 2007 with the trademark home button, a metal rear casing, and just a 3.5-inch display. Its capacitive touch screen laid the foundations for modern smart phones.

iPhone 3GS:

Apple’s third iPhone is practically identical to its second. The iPhone 3GS has the same plastic rear, but Apple made the iPhone text stand out with a silver color. Inside, Apple focused on speed improvements and a 3-megapixel camera capable of recording video. Apple also introduced a voice control feature alongside a highly requested cut, copy, and paste feature in iOS 3.

iPhone 4:

Apple’s first major redesign of the iPhone featured a combination of stainless steel and glass. Both the front and back of the iPhone 4 is covered in glass, and the square and flat look is a radical departure from the previous 3GS model. Apple also introduced a forward-facing camera with FaceTime, a 3.5-inch Retina display, and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. iphone4_verge_super_wide
iPhone 4S:

Just like the 3G to 3GS upgrade, Apple’s iPhone 4S looks identical to the iPhone 4. After the infamous antennagate episode with the iPhone 4, the 4S improved on the dual-antenna design capsulated in the stainless steel band, all while gaining a faster processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, and support for the Siri digital assistant.

iPhone 5:

Apple’s second major redesign of the iPhone arrived with the iPhone 5. An all-new aluminum design encased a larger 4-inch display into the thinnest and lightest iPhone so far. Surprisingly light to hold, the iPhone 5 also included an improved 8-megapixel camera with a sapphire crystal lens cover and HD FaceTime camera at the front. Alongside the radical design, Apple switched to a new Lightning connector and redesigned its EarPod headphones.

iPhone 5C:

While many were expecting the iPhone 5C to be a budget iPhone, it debuted as an iPhone 5 with a plastic rear. That made it slightly cheaper, but its internal components are identical to the iPhone 5. While Apple had always stuck to black and white color combinations for its iPhone, the iPhone 5C introduced some much needed color to the range.

iPhone 5S:

Continuing the S trend, Apple’s iPhone 5S is almost identical in appearance to the iPhone 5 at first glance. New color combinations differentiate it from the 5, and a gold option offered an alternative to the typical black or white. Apple also redesigned its home button for the first time with the iPhone 5S, adding a fingerprint Touch ID sensor to unlock the device by simply touching your finger on the home button.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus:

Apple’s latest iPhones have one unmistakeable feature: size. The iPhone 6 is has a 4.7-inch display, and the iPhone 6 Plus jumps to 5.5 inches. Both have Retina HD displays with a curved body and NFC chips for Apple Pay, but the iPhone 6 Plus includes optical image stabilization with its 8-megapixel camera.

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Apple’s Finest Vs HTC’s One -The iPhone 5S vs. The HTC One

There are just so many mobile phones to choose from on today’s market that making the right decision can seem impossible. And if you’re looking for the best phone that money can buy, your decision isn’t easy either. Most mobile manufacturers have a flagship phone, the device that’s the highest featured for a given brand. And these phones don’t come cheap, since you’re looking at spending around five hundred pounds or so on a top of the line device. You obviously want to know that you’re making a good investment, since you’re spending a lot of money. But since so many of us are reliant on our mobiles for both personal and professional reasons, that getting a good quality and dependable device is essential. So how should you choose that great new phone? You can do the research yourself, of course. But going through mobile spec sheets to compare phones is difficult for many people, due to the vast amount of technical jargon that’s used. So why not let us help you out? We’ve taken some of the best and hottest new flagship phones on the market and matched them up in head to head comparisons. This method lets you see exactly how models differ and easily see which is the better buy for your cash. So, if you’re interested in which model we’re going to recommend for you today, then read on to find out more.

The Two Contenders…
HTC are probably best known for their high featured business phones, and their new flagship, the HTC One, is no exception. The HTC One is a fantastic hand set, with some brilliant specs. The most notable feature of the One is a new interface that HTC have laid over the Android operating system. The traditional home screen icons are gone, replaced with a system of user designed news feeds. You decide what you want, stock ticker, email in box, anything you desire, and then you get constantly updated information without even having to open an app. The eagerly awaited iPhone 5S is finally about to come on the market, and as expected it’s the biggest and best iPhone yet. It’s got some great specs, and includes neat features like a fingerprint lock system so that you don’t need to remember a password any more. These are two incredible mobiles, but the question is, which is going to be the best buy?

The Two Prices…
For the HTC One SIM free you’re looking at paying about five hundred pounds. If you’re looking at getting the One on contract from a mobile operator then your best bet is going to be with Vodafone, who will give you the device for no money down on a £25 a month contract. The iPhone 5S is a little more complicated. The basic 16 GB model will cost you about five hundred and fifty pounds SIM free. But if you want more memory than that, then you’re going to be paying a lot more, with the 64 GB model going for over seven hundred pounds. Not all operators have announced contract prices on the 5S yet, though generally for the iPhone O2 is usually the best option. So if you’re looking for a great contract on the iPhone, O2 should be your first port of call. Obviously, you’re spending a lot of money here, so you’re going to be expecting some big features…

Why Go for the iPhone 5S?
The iPhone 5S does have a few solid advantages over the HTC One. Firstly, the iPhone has more potential RAM than any other phone on the market, with a massive 16384 MB a full eight times more than the HTC One has. This means that the iPhone is much more responsive to user input, as well as being better at generally multi-tasking or running more than one process at a time. Screen quality is a little better too, with twenty per cent more PPI (pixels per inch) making the display on the iPhone crisper, clearer and better defined than that on the HTC. When it comes to camera specs, the iPhone is a clear winner. It has a 13.1 MP in built camera versus the tiny 4 MP camera on the HTC One. That extra resolution means that you’ll capture more fine detail and therefore take better quality pictures with the iPhone 5S. Finally, the iPhone is the more portable device. It’s around thirty per cent generally smaller than the HTC, as well as about ten per cent thinner, so it’s easier to put in your pocket. Plus, it’s also lighter, weighing in at just 112 grams as compared to the HTC at 143 grams, so it’s easier to carry around with you all day.

Why Go for the HTC One?
However, the HTC One also has some advantages over the iPhone 5S. The standard five hundred and fifty pound iPhone has a 16 GB internal memory, whilst the standard five hundred pound HTC One has a 32 GB memory, so you do get more internal storage for your money, meaning you can keep more music, photos and other data on your device. You can get a bigger memory on the iPhone, but you’ll be paying a lot more. The HTC One has the bigger screen, since it’s got a 4.7 inch display versus a four inch display on the iPhone. That means that typing on the on screen keyboard is a lot easier with the HTC. And there’s a better battery too. The HTC One gets around three times more standby time per battery charge cycle (twenty nine days versus ten and a half days) and around forty per cent more active talk time (thirteen and a half hours versus ten hours), so you’ll be charging your phone a lot less often.

Which is Better?
Tough choice here. We do like the bigger screen on the HTC One. However, the increased RAM, better display quality and far superior camera on the iPhone 5S really make it a better deal.

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Android tablets would be more popular than Apple’s iPad

A recent research has revealed that Google’s Android device shipments might topple Apple’s iPad usage. This would be for the first time in the history of tablet wars. Research firm IDC (International Data Corp) has predicted that Apple iPad has given up more mobile market share than any of its global rivals. There has been an increase in the multiple ranges of android powered tablet devices. These numbers are expected to increase further in the next year. Consumers would be using more android tablets than iPad. This will bring an end to Apple’s iPad dominance since its first release in 2010. Apple devices ships with an ever growing price rates, whereas its competitors are releasing cost-effective tablet devices with better marketing strategy and with greater variety of products.

Analyst Peter Misek stated that iPhone is playing defensive with the Samsung devices and added that when other mobile device manufacturers fell off the market, they dropped faster and even further than expected. IDC said, Apple might be losing some of its lead on tablets but remain on top for other products. IPad shipments are expected to hold 46 percent of the tablet market in 2013, dropped down from 51 percent during the last year. Tablets running Android are expected to grow their market share to 49 percent this year from 42 percent last year. Google’s Nexus 7 and Amazon’s kindle uses its own Android customization and acquired a bigger chunk of customers and users last year. IDC has also mentioned that almost 50% of tablets shipped this year had screen sizes below 8 inches. The usage of smaller or mini tablets is expected to grow in 2013.

Last month, HP announced the launch of Slate 7 tablet. Till today it’s the most cost-effective tablet device that is running Android and is from a reliable manufacturer with a premium badge. This particular device is expected to leverage Android’s web traffic over the tablets. Apple is expected to increase its revenue by $ 26 billion for the current fiscal year, which is almost half of what they raised last year i.e. $ 48 billion. A number of suppliers to the Apple computers have also seen some fall in their shares this year. Major component suppliers like Toshiba and Qualcomm have experienced such down falls, but because of their significant business with android devices they are unaffected. The open ecosystem of Android has facilitated more suppliers. The android suppliers on the other hand have seen increase in the market share. According to IDC, global market shipments grew from 72 million units to 128.3 million units.

Also in the Smartphone market, Samsung has already left Apple behind which reached 545 million units last year. Samsung is expected to sell around 290 million units this year, which is around 35 percent than the last year, whereas Apple’s Smartphone sales is expected to reach 180 million units this year, up by 33 percent since the last year. IDC also added that the windows 8 devices would increase their market share from 1 percent last year to 7.4 percent in the coming years presumably 2017.

These changes in market shares and customer preferences will greatly improve Android Application Development services. There will more apps for android devices and the cloud technology will take it to a brand new level.

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