Apple suppliers cut iPhone 4 production ahead of iPhone 5 launch

By on June 21, 2011 at 8:30 AM.

Apple suppliers cut iPhone 4 production ahead of iPhone 5 launch

Printed circuit board (PCB) suppliers in Taiwan have noticed “disappointing orders” for iPhone and iPad hardware, according to DigiTimes. As a result, the suppliers have cut quotes by 10% on average for the second quarter, noting that there’s no sign of a rebound. The drop in iPhone hardware orders suggests that Apple’s highly anticipated next-generation iPhone is imminent; it’s largely expected that the company will take the wraps off of the device in September. The PCB suppliers that are cutting hardware sales expectations include Compeq Manufacturing, Nan Ya PCB, Tripod Technology and Unimicron Technology. More →

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ST-Ericsson’s PM2300 charges your smartphone in half the time

By on March 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM.

ST-Ericsson’s PM2300 charges your smartphone in half the time

In a blog post today, ST-Ericsson announced a new device that aims to keep your smartphone and tablet off the charger and in your hands for longer periods of time. Simply called the PM2300, the power product promises to charge your device’s standard, Li-Ion battery in half the time it takes current charging mechanisms. The PM2300,which is expected to be available this fall, also uses fewer PCB (printed circuit board) materials. ST-Ericsson lists the device’s selling points as:

  • Charges the battery at 3A instead of 1.5A max
  • Halves the battery charging time: less than 3h for a 25Ah battery
  • Charge even during intensive use cases: typical intensive use cases consume around 1A

If we can’t have longer lasting batteries, an improved charger that translates into less time tethered to the wall-outlet will have to do. More →

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