Samsung (005930) had better hope that Apple (AAPL) can’t patent screen resolutions. Engadget on Friday got a look at Samsung’s newest Series 9 laptops that made their way out to the trade show floor even though they weren’t announced as part of Samsung’s gigantic product launch earlier this week. The big news is that the new Series 9 features a 13-inch display that packs a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels (221 pixels-per-inch), roughly matching the 220 pixels-per-inch display used for Apple’s new 15-inch Macbook Pro. Engadget isn’t sure if Samsung plans to release this high-resolution Windows 8 laptop anytime in the near future, however, as it reports that “there was no news on what the manufacturer will call the new display tech, further specifications, or even whether this was just a proof of concept.” More →
Apple’s (AAPL) supply partners have reportedly begun production on Retina displays for its 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim. “The supply chain indications are that it’s for a MacBook Pro 13.3 — not a MacBook Air,” Shim said to CNET, adding that the displays are being made by Samsung (005930), LG Display (LPL) and Sharp (SHCAY). All three manufacturers are expected to initially produce a substantially larger number of displays than they did for the current 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Production for 13.3-inch Retina displays is believed to have begun in the third quarter and the panels are expected to debut this fall in 13-inch MacBook Pro computers.
After launching alongside a wave of positive reviews last month, Apple’s Retina display-equipped MacBook Pro has been in high demand. After its announcement on June 11th, shipping estimates quickly slipped to 2-3 weeks and within 24-hours dropped to 3-4 weeks, where they have remained until now. For the first time since its launch, shipping estimates for the MacBook Pro with Retina display have improved to 2-3 weeks throughout Asia, Europe and North America. Apple’s latest high-end computer features a 15.4-inch display with an industry-leading 2800 x 1800-pixel resolution, or roughly 220 pixels-per-inch. The computer is a mere 0.7 inches thin and weighs less than 4.5 pounds. The Retina MacBook Pro is powered by an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, up to 16GB of memory and 768GB of Flash storage. It has been rumored that Apple will debut a 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display this fall. More →
Everyone knows Apple plans on releasing its next-generation iPhone this fall, but its flagship smartphone could also share the stage with a next-generation iMac that will come complete with a Retina display. Unnamed supply-chain sources have told DigiTimes that Apple is implementing its Retina Display on all its products so it’s no surprise that the newest version of the iMac will likely have one as well. DigiTimes’s sources say that the supply chain “will start supplying components for the mass production of Apple’s upcoming new iMac all-in-one PC in July with the device’s official launch possibly around October.” More →
Apple may bring the high-resolution Retina display found in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro to its smaller 13-inch model with a product update this fall. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities on Thursday said in a note to investors that he expects the Cupertino-based company to ramp up production of a next-generation 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Retina display in September. The updated computer would then arrive on store shelves by October, in time for the holiday shopping season. More →
Apple on Wednesday released the latest update to its OS X Lion operating system, OS X 10.7.4. Along with a number of minor bug fixes and a security update to address a vulnerability in FileVault, the update included behind-the-scenes changes that will pave the way for future Macs with high-resolution Retina displays, according to Apple Insider. The Cupertino-based company has updated a number of apps — including the built-in TextEdit app — with double-resolution icons, increasing their sizes from 512 x 512 pixels to 1,024 x 1,024 pixels. The move suggests that Apple is planning to introduce new MacBooks with ultra-high-resolution screens, as it did with the Retina displays found on its iPhone and iPads. More →
In late 2009, a tablet concept in development at Microsoft set tech blogs aflutter. The device was code-named “Courier,” and it consisted of two connected touchscreens that folded open like a book. The slate was seen as a fantastic product that could serve as a digital notebook on top of a standard media tablet, but Microsoft would later confirm that work on the Courier was being discontinued. A new iPad app was made available this week that resurrects the spirit of the Courier however, and it’s easy to see why: the team behind Paper by FiftyThree includes several people who once worked on the Courier project at Microsoft. Billed as the “place where ideas begin,” Paper by FiftyThree is a stunning sketchbook with a built-from-scratch user interface that makes recording ideas, notes, sketches and diagrams an experience rather than a chore. A video showcasing Paper by FiftyThree follows below, and the app is available immediately in Apple’s App Store for free. More →
Following the circulation of a highly improbably rumor suggesting Apple’s next iPhone will feature a 4.6-inch display, a new report counters with claims that Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone will likely feature a display size in line with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Apple watcher iMore, which has accurately reported information regarding unannounced Apple products in the past, reports that the screen on Apple’s next iPhone will be the same size or at least roughly the same size as the iPhone’s current display. The site also claims that the phone will feature a new smaller dock connector and an embedded 4G LTE radio. The new iPhone will launch this fall according to iMore, which is in line with BGR’s exclusive report from last year. More →
There’s no going back to a standard-resolution display after using the new iPad, the iPhone 4 and 4S, or any one of a number of Android phones with qHD or better resolution, and Apple may be preparing to create a similar experience with its notebook computers. Apple’s next-generation MacBook line of laptops could feature high-definition Retina displays according to a recent report from Ars Technica. MacBooks with high-resolution Retina displays could launch as soon as this summer according to the site’s sources, one of which found double-sized graphics in the most recent preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. “I would interpret it to mean that Retina [MacBook] is close; perhaps concurrent with the release of OS X 10.8,” the unnamed source said. Apple is expected to launch an updated line of laptop computers this summer, including thinner 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros. More →
Since the release of the new iPad, the Internet has been overrun with concerns that Apple’s flagship tablet was overheating. The complaints led Consumer Reports to conduct a heat test, which determined the device ran 12 degrees warmer than its predecessor during heavy gaming. The Cupertino-based company, however, maintains that the new tablet is “operating well within our thermal specifications.” Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, spoke with CNET on Tuesday and said that the LED backlight is most likely the reason for the new iPad’s heating issues “The LED power at maximum brightness is 2.5 times that of the iPad 2. They had to jack up the number of LEDs so the peak brightness is the same as on the iPad 2. That absolutely makes it warmer,” Soneira said. “So, not only do the LEDs need two and a half times more power but the battery is going to run warmer.” The display expert continued, “Look at it this way, the [number of] LEDs is 2.5X compared to the iPad 2, and the battery is 1.7X [larger], so what happens is that if you run your new iPad at full brightness, the battery run time is less because you only put in 70 percent more battery but you’re using 150 percent more power.”
Amazon on Thursday updated its official Kindle app for iOS less than 24 hours before Apple’s new iPad launches. The Kindle 3.0 update adds a number of improvements, including a new eBook library design, cloud view and support for the new iPad’s Retina Display. The new library design facilitates easy access to a user’s books no matter where they are stored, with a new grid view and two tabs labeled “Device” and “Cloud” much like the layout on Amazon’s Kindle Fire. The update is available now for free in the App Store. More →
Well-known gadget repair company iFixit made its way to Australia on Thursday in order to be among the first to procure a new Apple iPad. Following a midnight launch at one Australian retailer, iFixit has managed to obtain the highly sought-after tablet and is already in the process of performing one of its famous teardowns. Gadget fans and investors alike will be watching closely as the firm reveals the manufacturers behind many of the key components found within the new tablet, and we’ll update this post as details emerge.
UPDATE: iFixit believes that the LCD panel in the iPad it is currently disassembling was manufactured by Samsung. Earlier reports stated that Samsung is the sole manufacturer of Apple’s new 9.7-inch Retina Displays, while a subsequent report claimed LG Display is also supplying panels for the new iPad. IFixit also states that the new iPad includes a 11,560 mAh battery. More →
Since Apple’s iPad event last week, the tablet has seen a record number of pre-orders with shipping times for new orders now reaching two to three-week delays. Canaccord Securities analyst Mike Walkley anticipates Apple will continue to dominate both market and value share in the growing tablet market through 2013. The analyst wrote in a research note on Wednesday that due to the company’s leading hardware specs, competitive pricing and iOS developer and application ecosystems, Apple’s lead will not be challenge in the near future. In fact, according to Walkley, Android vendors have indicated to him that they can’t compete. Read on for more. More →