Taiwan-based component suppliers are beginning to prepare materials that will be assembled to build Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 and iPad 3 devices, DigiTimes reports. The report goes on to state that Apple will unveil its fifth-generation smartphone and third-generation tablet in September ahead of launches in October. Details on the devices were scarce in the report, though it was mentioned that Apple’s next iPad may be even thinner and lighter than the current iPad 2 model, and it may also include a 250dpi display. DigiTimes cites anonymous industry sources in claiming that Apple intends to begin low-volume production of the iPhone 5 in August, and production will then ramp up in September. IPhone supply volume is expected to total 24-25 million units in the third quarter, 6-7 million of which will be the new iPhone 5 model. Total iPhone volume for 2011 is expected to reach 85 million, and DigiTimes says iPad volume may break the 40 million-unit mark. More →
DigiTimes is reporting that sources at upstream component makers have said Apple’s popular iPhone 4 and iPad 2 products could be facing a shortage of materials as well as labor at Foxconn plants in China for the second quarter.
Commenting on the rumor, Foxconn only emphasized that the company’s capacity is being arranged fully at the request of its clients and the company will do all it can to satisfy its clients’ needs; however, the company declined to comment whether the labor shortages will cause delays in shipments. Foxconn emphasized that it has experience arranging manpower to assist its clients in reaching their goals.
Apple has been pushing its component suppliers and manufacturers to increase production to between 2.5 and 3 million iPad 2 units per month, though it’s being reported that in addition to Foxconn labor issues, supplies shortages from Japan are still seriously impacting Apple. It looks like Apple really was right when it said it was manufacturing iPad 2s as fast as it could. More →
A device isn’t really released until the gang over at ifixit have torn it limb from limb, am I right? Today’s victim: the Motorola XOOM tablet. After several hours and 57 screws, the ifixit team have given the XOOM an 8 out of 10 rating on ease of repair (10 being the easiest). The site notes that the “LCD and front panel glass are not fused together” — making for easy glass-break repairs — and that “individual components are separately attached to the motherboard, allowing each component to be replaced on an individual basis.” Ifixit does caution that due to the fact that there are over fifty screws, repairs, while easy, do require quite a bit of labor. Hit the read link to have a look for yourself…and try not to drop your XOOM! More →
A source that has proven reliable in the past outs new components that will allegedly be part of Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPad. GlobalDirectParts, consumer electronics parts supplier and source of the Verizon iPhone parts video that ended up being the real deal, has added two interesting new items to its website. The first is an “OEM Apple iPad 2 LCD screen,” which rings up at $218.19 compared to the current-generation iPad’s display which cost $144.99 from the supplier when it first became available. This further supports rumors that Apple’s next iPad will have a high resolution display. The second component of interest is a $9.99 “OEM Apple iPad vibrating motor,” which would be a completely new addition to the iPad 2 considering the current iPad does not include a vibrate function. More →
Here’s a head-scratcher: analytics company iSuppli has completed its analysis of Samsung’s GT-P1000 Galaxy Tab, and, according to their report, the device contains $205.22 worth of components and costs roughly $214.57 to manufacture. The Galaxy Tab has received some serious criticism for its less-than-competitive price-point ($599 in the U.S.) when compared with Apple’s 3G iPad ($629); iSuppli estimates that the 16GB 3G iPad contains $264.27 worth of components. The Tab’s most expensive bits are its 7-inch display and NAND Flash memory which cost $57 and $51 respectively. If iSuppli’s estimates are accurate, it would seem as though Samsung voluntarily put the Galaxy Tab at the higher end of the price-point spectrum. More →
According to market intelligence firm iSuppli, Nokia’s N8 handset is stuffed with exactly $187.47 worth of components. The Finnish handset manufacture’s Symbian^3 device sells for €529 and $549 in Finland and in the U.S. respectively. iSuppli notes that the most expensive component is the device’s 3.5-inch Samsung AMOLED display and touchscreen panel, which carry a price tag of $39.25. Other high end components in the device include 16 GB of mass storage ($37.12), a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss lens ($31.08), and a $22 chipset the houses components from both Texas Instrument and Broadcom. Nokia is aiming to sell 50 million Symbian^3 devices; Nokia’s second Symbian^3 device, the C7, was just recently released. More →
The gang over at iFixit have done the honors of tearing the Nokia N8 to pieces… right down to the screws. There aren’t too many surprises found inside the device, and iFixit gave the handset an 8 out of 10 on their fixability scale (10 being the easiest); they also note the “creative” placement of the antennas and beefy Xenon flash. The only thing that stuck out to us was the fact that the battery — which is not user accessible — appears to be Nokia’s standard smartphone battery
trapped slid inside the device’s housing (iFixit notes how easy it would be for a consumer to replace their own battery). Hit the read link to have a peek for yourself. More →
The gang over at ifixit have taken Apple’s newest iPod Shuffle and given it a proper tear down. The fourth-generation Shuffle doesn’t contain any mysterious secrets — we’re not sure there is room for them — but the site does list a 51 mAh battery, logic board, click-wheel, and casing. It is pretty remarkable that a 51 mAh battery can last for 15 hours; most smartphone batteries — powering a screen — start at 1,000 mAhs. The site does say that in order to get inside the device you basically have to break it; making self-repair an interesting proposition. Hit the jump to see the tear-down in its full glory. More →
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that BlackBerry maker Research In Motion sold right around 150,000 Torch handsets during its opening weekend. The sales estimates come courtesy of RBC Capital Markets and Stifel Nicolaus. Curiously, the launch numbers keep being compared to the first weekend sales figures of the iPhone 4; which launched on June 24th of this year in five countries and on multiple carriers. The WSJ also calls into question the profitability of the handset for RIM. Research firm iSuppli pegged the cost of the slider’s components at right around $171 — with an additional $12 for manufacturing — bringing the total to $183. The LCD and Samsung flash-memory are the unit’s two most expensive parts and cost approximately $35 each. As a point of comparison, iSuppli estimates Apple’s iPhone 4 at $188 and the HTC DROID Incredible at $165. When compared component for component, the Torch’s part costs do seem a little steep. Again, the numbers are all speculative… but 150,000 seems to be an acceptable result for an opening weekend release on one carrier, no? What do you think? More →
International trade company Alibaba has posted two purported components for the next generation iPod Touch. These products include an LCD assembly unit with digitizer and a stand-alone digitizer (both of which include a hole in the top center of the assembly that could be used for a front-facing camera). These components potentially support the notion of a front-facing camera put forth earlier by UK retailer John Lewis, however, as MacRumors points out, the implied back-to-back positioning of a front and rear-facing camera on a device as slim as the iPod Touch is difficult, if not impossible. If Apple was going to include a center front-facing camera as shown above, the rear camera must be positioned to the side or removed completely. In light of this camera positioning information, what do you think? Real or just some fake knock-offs?