Any Apple fans out there waiting to grab the brand new iPod touch hotness? If so, you’re going to be pleased to learn that Apple’s newest iToy has hit the FCC for certification and has been mercilessly torn down. You’ll find that Apple A4 CPU, an internal antenna, 802.11 b/g/n, and a 3.44 watt-hour battery. Not to mention the Retina Display, front-facing camera for FaceTime, and rear-facing HD-capable shooter. Delicious.
Engadget is following up on their previous story about an updated Apple TV set to hit the market as a $99 set top box, complete with iPhone 4 internals. Their new report details Apple’s supposed plans to rename the living room companion from Apple TV to iTV. It also sheds some more light on what everyone has rumored — iOS applications will, in some form, make an appearance on the device. Streaming iTunes services obviously look to be a lock, however, it’s not all downhill apparently. If Engadget’s sources are right, Apple’s newest set top box won’t be able to output full HD video. Not 1080p, not 1080i — just 720p. It’s inability is being blamed on the Apple A4 CPU, though the current iPhone 4 can handle that just fine. We’re looking at an announcement in “the Fall” though Apple’s September iPod event might be a nice occasion, don’t you think? More →
Mingchi Kuo, a senior analyst at Digitimes Research, is predicting that an 11.6-inch Macbook Air — complete with Intel Core i-series processor — will be released in the second half of 2010. Kuo cites “discussions with upstream component makers,” and states that the new hardware will be manufactured by Quanta Computer. Kuo also wrote, “The new iPod touch will feature a 3-megapixel camera, capable of both photo and video recording, and will adopt Apple’s latest A4 processor.” The prognostications are not that shocking or outlandish, as both the Macbook Air and iPod Touch are due for a product refresh. Typically, Apple will refresh its iPod line before the holiday buying season, the refresh cycle of the Macbook Air has been slightly more sporadic. More →
A big report today from Digitimes, diving into supposed details surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone device. A few of the choice quotes from their interview with senior analyst Ming-Chi Kuo?
Apple initiated the iPhone 4G project at the end of 2008. According to our sources, Apple actually has another product codenamed N91 for the project, which offers less change from previous iPhones compared with the N90. It’s a parallel product to back up the N90 in case there are major delays due to significant modifications in casing, display resolution, digital camera support and so forth.
Apple has requested memory module suppliers to provide both 256MB (used in iPhone 3GS) and 512MB RAM for compatibility tests. According to our internal tests, iPhone 4.0 Beta is quite memory hungry compared to iPhone 3.0, and with more complex apps, increased multi-tasking needs and a 5-mega-pixel camera built in, the iPhone 4 needs 523MB RAM
I think most people would be shocked if the shipping device didn’t come with 512MB of RAM, but it’s interesting nonetheless. What do you guys think? Do you believe we’ll see the device everyone has seen (aka the GizmoPhone), or do you think Stevie J. will break out something totally different? More →
It’s not even official, but that’s not stopping Digitimes Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from estimating that Foxconn — manufacturer of the next iPhone — will deliver some 24 million units to Apple in 2010. According to Kuo, an initial shipment of 4.5 million devices will be followed throughout the rest of the year with 19.5 million additional units. Kuo also echoed John Gruber’s claims that the iPhone will have a 960×640 IPS display with FFS technology for a higher quality image with better visibility under direct sunlight, and that the phone will have 512MB of memory, or double the memory of the iPhone 3GS. This assertion is at odds with the findings of a recent next-gen iPhone prototype teardown which revealed the iPhone to be using the same 1GHz A4 processor with 256MB of system DRAM as the iPad. A more capacious battery is said to be included thanks to a 33% thinner display. Anyone else going to be on pins and needles for the next 21 days until WWDC? More →
This time, it is from the country of Vietnam and they have gone all out. Not only is the unit a little bit different physically from the one Gizmodo had (there are no screws at the botton of the device), but the gentleman who has the phone has torn it apart and revealed the custom Apple A4 processor. There is no working OS loaded (besides a test one called Bonfire) and the unit appears to be a 16GB mode, though it is pre-production obviously. Word on the street is that this unit was purchased for $4,000. Couple additional shots in the gallery and video after the break! More →
ARM Holdings, the Cambridge-based company which holds the licensing rights to the majority of processors found in modern mobile devices, is said to be in Apple’s shopping list. Apple, purported to be ARM’s largest customer, pays the company royalties for each iPod and iPhone sold. An unnamed trader speculated to The Evening Standard that Apple would likely offer ARM 400p per share, or £5.2 billion ($8 billion USD). Shares in ARM Holdings closed Wednesday on the London Stock Exchange at 250.5p, up 3.09%. Last April, Apple acquired chipmaker PA Semi for $278 million. Earlier this month rumors began circulating that Apple had bought out the privately owned and Texas-based ARM design firm Intrinsity, a company which built its reputation a upon its energy efficient microprocessors. Many believe that Intrinsity’s acceleration technology plays a key role in the A4 processor found in the iPad. If Apple were to acquire ARM, there is every possibility it could fall victim to an anti-trust legislation as it would be in a position where it could exert undue influence upon its competition which also rely heavily upon ARM. One thing is for certain, almost every mobile device manufacturers is probably sweating at the thought of this actually happening… More →
Samsung is reported to be singing the blues as it scrambles to recover from the partial loss of one of its largest customers. According to the Korea Times, which cites an anonymous industry executive, Apple will indeed discontinue its tradition of using Samsung-designed processors with its next iPhone. In its place, the phone will run a modified version of Apple’s A4 processor which just so happens to be proficient in handling 720p playback. It’s not a complete loss for Samsung considering it’s expected the electronics giant will be entrusted with manufacturing the chip, but no doubt Apple’s decision to keep mobile processor design in-house will effect Samsung’s bottom line. At this point it’s hard to say how much the iPad and iPhone chips will will differ from one another — size and battery life being the two key obstacles — but it seems safe to say Apple won’t sit idly by while everyone else brags about their smartphones having processors that clock in around the 1GHz mark. More →