9to5Mac, with the help of analyst Matt Margolis, unveiled that the iPhone maker recently placed a large order with GT Advanced Technologies for furnaces and chambers used in making sapphire displays. According to 9to5Mac, GT Advanced has already received 518 furnace and chamber systems, which would let it build 103 million to 116 million 5-inch displays per year. (Another … Read more
The image of the emblematic smartphone game has not been held in high regard of late. Certainly not with titles like Flappy Bird seemingly taking over the world, earning $50,000 a day off our meaningless compulsions and further cementing the well of condescension "hardcore" gamers have for the mobile platform and its capacity.
That's where Threes comes in. Released Wednesday as a universal iPhone and iPad app, the $1.99 title -- a simple math-based puzzler with gorgeous design and catchy music -- is what an overtly refreshing, downright fantastic mobile game should be.
It's … Read more
Tim Cook is standing onstage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.
He turns to leave, having finished his speech.
Then he seems to have an afterthought. He turns back to the audience and says the magical words: "One more thing."
The crowd shimmers with anticipation.
Then Cook says: "The iPhone 5A. The 'A' is for 'Android.'"… Read more
The Retina display, found in Apple's iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and MacBook Pro, might soon look a bit better, thanks to quantum dots.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday published four patent applications from Apple, noticed earlier by Patently Apple, on technology that would employ quantum dots to deliver better color accuracy in the company's Retina display.
Apple's patent applications get into the minutiae of quantum dots and how they work, but the gist of the technology is this: quantum dots are exceedingly small nanocrystals with the ability to (among other things) emit light … Read more
Sapphire has been the latest loaded buzzword floating around the world of Apple. The company could soon fire up a new facility in Arizona to churn out sapphire screens for...something. Maybe the displays of an upcoming iPhone 6? Maybe a new iWatch, or perhaps just more Touch ID screens?
The notion of using sapphire glass to give the next-generation iPhone a virtually unscratchable screen seems to be generating the most excitement -- imagine, at last, an end to all those shattered glass iPhone faces! … Read more
Apple has reportedly resumed production of the discontinued iPhone 4, but only for three countries.
The smartphone, which was retired last September, has gone back into production for customers in India, Indonesia, and Brazil, according to an Economic Times report. Citing three unidentified senior executives, the report said the move is aimed at recouping market share lost to Samsung in countries where Apple did not have budget-conscious handsets.
Recent iPhone 4 shipments in India bear December manufacture dates, according to the report, which noted that this is the first time that Apple has resurrected production of a discontinued handset.
CNET … Read more
Like it or not, the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to usher in the era of ultra HD smartphone screens.
The Galaxy S5 won't be the first mobile handset to showcase a 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution -- that honor belongs to the Vivo Xplay 3S -- but it will be the handset that draws the most attention, at least initially. And part of that conversation will revolve around just how necessary, even useful, it is to top a phone with a screen resolution so high.
Apple has long stood by the 326ppi pixel density of its Retina Display … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Discussing five movies about relationships per month could cut the three-year divorce rate in half.
- Beware the one-ring phone sex scam.
- Tech is cruelly ripping teens from their natural shopping mall habitats.
- Facebook celebrates 10 years with Look Back.
Antonio Viana, president of commercial and global development and executive vice president at ARM Holdings, said the premium segment of the smartphone market will grow much slower than the other areas -- only about 4 percent each year through 2018 versus 14 percent annual growth for mid-range devices and 17 percent annual growth for low-end phones. The high-end market will grow more in North America, he said, but Apple still … Read more