Apple's plan to ditch Samsung started with the iPhone 5's A6 chip

Apple's plan to ditch Samsung started with the iPhone 5's A6 chip

By on October 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM.

Apple Samsung Manufacturing

Apple (AAPL) has long relied on Samsung (005930) for help with its hardware even though the two companies are perpetually at each other’s throats. But now unnamed sources have told the Korea Times that things have already started to change because “Apple has not collaborated with Samsung in the process to develop its A6 microprocessor used in its latest iPhone 5.” Samsung has traditionally manufactured the processors for Apple’s smartphones and tablets, and has also provided key development input as well. If the Korea Times report is correct, it means that Apple has already downgraded its relationship with Samsung to “manufacturing-only” and is likely to split off from Samsung entirely next year when it starts work on the successor to the A6 chip. More →

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Apple hires away former star Samsung chip designer

Apple hires away former star Samsung chip designer

By on October 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM.

Apple Hires Samsung Chip Designer

The rivalry between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) just became a whole lot more intense. According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has hired former Samsung chip designer Jim Mergard to possibly design new mobile processors for future devices. A former AMD (AMD) vice president and chief engineer, Mergard is said to be “very capable of pulling together internal and external resources to do a PC processor for Apple,” according to another former AMD executive and colleague Patrick Moorhead, who now works at Moor Insights & Strategy.

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Valve fed up with lame computer hardware, decides to make its own

Valve fed up with lame computer hardware, decides to make its own

By on September 5, 2012 at 11:35 PM.

Valve Enters Computer Hardware

Valve Software, maker of both the popular Steam online gaming platform and smash-hit games such as Portal 2, has finally had it with the moribund PC hardware market and is planning to build some hardware of its own. Valve has posted a new job listing on its website for an industrial designer capable of lighting a fire under the PC hardware market. The company says in the job posting that it’s “frustrated by the lack of innovation of in the computer hardware space” as “even in basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed much in any meaningful way over the years.” The end result, says Valve, is that it’s “jumping in” to the hardware space.

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iPhone 5 production faces setback as screens delayed at Sharp

iPhone 5 production faces setback as screens delayed at Sharp

By on August 31, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

Sharp iPhone 5 Screen

Demand for the next-generation iPhone is expected to be huge but the Wall Street Journal today says that Apple (AAPL) may not be able to keep up because Japanese manufacturer Sharp (SCHAY) has fallen behind schedule in producing iPhone screens. Unnamed sources told the Journal that Sharp has delayed production of the screens due to “manufacturing difficulties” and doesn’t yet have a timetable for when the screens will ship. This is particularly critical for Apple because Sharp is just one of three companies that manufacture iPhone screens along with LG Display (LPL) and Japan Display, although the Journal does say that it is still “unclear whether the delay at Sharp could lead to supply problems for Apple.” More →

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Smaller iPhone dock connector could flood the world with e-waste

Smaller iPhone dock connector could flood the world with e-waste

By on August 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM.

iPhone new dock connector criticism

Apple’s (AAPL) smaller dock connector for the next-generation iPhone will likely annoy more than a few users but it could also have some serious environmental consequences. TechCrunch’s John Biggs on Tuesday talked with Arman Sadeghi, the CEO of e-waste handler AllGreenRecycling, who said that even if Apple provides users with a way to make the new dock connector backwards compatible with the old 30-pin model, it will still result in a lot of users throwing their old Apple devices and accessories in the garbage. More →

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery raise questions over battery life

Leaked photos of iPhone 5 battery raise questions over battery life

By on August 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM.

iPhone 5 battery leaks

LTE traditionally requires a pretty substantial battery, but new reports suggest that Apple (AAPL) has either figured out a way to bring 4G LTE to the iPhone without the added bulk, or is preparing to deliver a seriously underpowered LTE device. After examining leaked pictures of the next-generation iPhone batteries, 9to5Mac found that they were only incrementally larger than previous iPhone generations’ batteries and measured in at 1,440 mAh, 3.8 volts and 5.45 watts-per-hour. By comparison, the Samsung (005930) Galaxy S III has a battery that checks in at 2,100 mAh while the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX checks in at a whopping 3,300 mAh. More →

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Apple could screw over iPhone repair shops with crazy new screw design

Apple could screw over iPhone repair shops with crazy new screw design

By on August 8, 2012 at 3:40 PM.

Apple Screw Redesign Rumor

People who think Apple (AAPL) products are difficult to repair now haven’t seen anything yet. A Reddit user named “thrownawayyesok” has posted a picture of dubious veracity showing that Apple is purportedly redesigning its screws to have asymmetric heads that might drive any third-party iPhone repairers to the brink of madness. Apple has come under fire in recent years for making its devices increasingly more difficult for third-party repair shops to crack, and the repair gurus at iFixit this summer said that Apple’s new MacBook Pro was one of the least repairable laptops they’ve ever encountered. Needless to say, the purported new Apple screws will only make things worse on the reparability front.

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Samsung’s new 350 ppi OLED panels could give Retina displays a run for their money

Samsung’s new 350 ppi OLED panels could give Retina displays a run for their money

By on July 27, 2012 at 4:10 PM.

Samsung OLED Displays 350 PPI

Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone is starting to look a bit dull, and if the Cupertino, California-based company doesn’t manage to spice up the displays in its next iPhone, it may find itself falling behind chief rival Samsung (005930). A report from Korean language news site etnews states that Samsung has begun producing next-generation OLED display panels that tout a staggering pixel density of 350 ppi. The Retina display on Apple’s iPhone 4S features 326 ppi and the panel on Apple’s new iPad sports 264 pixels per inch. According to OLED-Info.com, Samsung achieved the feat using Fine Metal Mask technology, and it can “quickly apply this production process to their current AMOLED fabs.” In other words, we may soon see Samsung smartphones featuring screens with industry-leading clarity in addition to the amazing color reproduction they already achieve. More →

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Hardware hack adds wireless charging to iPhone 4S [video]

Hardware hack adds wireless charging to iPhone 4S [video]

By on July 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM.

iPhone 4S Wireless Charging Hack

Rumors that wireless charging will be introduced in Apple’s next iPhone seem to pop up at least once or twice ahead of each new iPhone release. Perhaps Apple is indeed working on wireless charging technology, or perhaps people just wish that were the case. Regardless of whether or not Apple has plans to bring futuristic charging tech to an upcoming iPhone, one U.K. man took it upon himself to add the exciting feature to his iPhone 4S. More →

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Voice-controlled 4G cop car of the future identifies lawbreakers on its own [video]

Voice-controlled 4G cop car of the future identifies lawbreakers on its own [video]

By on May 24, 2012 at 12:05 PM.

Motorola Police Car Details

Police officers may soon find themselves patrolling the streets in next-generation vehicles that combine Knight Rider with modern technology to create a cruiser that can handle a good amount of police work on its own. Unveiled recently by Motorola Solutions, the 2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV and Detective vehicle combines cutting-edge technology with General Motors’s pedigree to create a product that is as much a partner as it is a car. Included in Motorola’s custom Caprice is a voice-controlled computer system, as many as eight cameras, 4G LTE connectivity and a host of functionality that will help cops patrol the streets more efficiently and effectively. For example, the cameras strategically placed around the vehicle can scan an officer’s surroundings at all times, reading and processing license plate numbers as the officer passes other vehicles. As many as 10,000 plates can be processed per shift, and in the event the registered owner of a scanned vehicle has outstanding warrants or unpaid tickets, the vehicle’s on-board computer system will automatically alert the officer. A promo video showcasing Motorola’s patrol car of the future follows below. More →

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Apple's design boss says the best is yet to come

Apple's design boss says the best is yet to come

By on May 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM.

Apple Jonathan Ive Interview

During an interview with The Telegraph published on Wednesday, Apple’s design boss Jonathan Ive said that his most impressive work at Apple has yet to come. While Apple’s late co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs still takes center stage when the company’s current product line is discussed, Jobs’s knack for surrounding himself with an amazing team was one of the key factors that led to Apple’s success. Among the top executives who had a hand in making Apple what it is today — the most valuable company in the world — is Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Industrial Design at the Cupertino, California-based company. While Ive is one of the executives behind all of Apple’s biggest hits, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the British designer who will receive knighthood on Wednesday in London says his best work is still buried deep in Apple’s labs. More →

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Samsung unveils Galaxy S3′s new quad-core processor

Samsung unveils Galaxy S3′s new quad-core processor

By on April 26, 2012 at 7:30 AM.

While the flagship smartphone itself will remain under wraps until next week’s press conference, Samsung on Thursday unveiled its next-generation mobile processor, the Exynos 4 Quad, which will power its upcoming Galaxy S3. The new 1.4GHz quad-core SoC is built on 32-nanometer architecture, and Samsung says the chipset will offer significant performance improvements over its previous-generation Exynos processor while consuming 20% less power. “The quad-core processor offers phenomenal multitasking abilities surpassing any single or dual application processor,” Samsung’s VP of System LSI marketing Taehoon Kim said. “Since all the cores must share a single battery, the power management and efficiency in the limited battery capacity are indispensable for mobile computing devices. Given the diverse functionalities consumers are demanding from their mobile devices today, the Exynos 4 Quad meets those high-performance needs while keeping power consumption very low.” Samsung’s full press release follows below. More →

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