Pegatron has received a greater volume of orders for the iPhone 4S than originally expected, Commercial Times said on Wednesday. Reportedly, Pegratron had originally expected to build and ship 10 million iPhone 4S units, but it is now serving an order for 15 million units, DigiTimes said. Pegatron could ship 2-2.5 million iPhone 4S units during the fourth quarter of this year according to the report. The Taiwan-based manufacturer hopes Apple will bless it with iPad 3 orders as well, and has supposedly boosted its ability to build the metal chassis required for the device. More →
Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn will ship a total of 20 million iPad 2 units during the third quarter, DigiTimes said on Thursday. That figure is up 60% from the second quarter and the orders are expected to be the prime catalyst for Foxconn’s growth during the second half of this year. The iPhone and iPad maker on Thursday reported $945.93 million in net profits for the first half of the year. Rumors of parts shortages and labor problems originally suggested that Foxconn would have trouble meeting iPad shipment demands during the second quarter, when it was expected to ship 2.5 million to 3 million iPad 2 units to Apple per month, so it appears Apple has finally worked out the kinks in its supply chain. Apple is expected to ship 12-14 million units of its iPad 2 tablet during the third quarter. More →
Acer, ASUS and Lenovo will launch Intel-powered “Ultrabooks” priced below $1,000 during the fourth quarter of this year, Intel’s executive vice president Sean Maloney said during an event in Taipei. Several of Intel’s other partners aren’t as sure they will be able to hit that price target. DigiTimes said the bill of materials to build an 11.6-inch Ultrabook exceeds $700, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for profits. However, Intel did recently announced that it will invest $300 million in its Ultrabook initiative during the next three to four years, which could be used to offer manufacturers a subsidy per unit for marketing efforts. That, in turn, might help Intel’s partners keep their devices priced below $1,000. Intel hopes its new Ultrabooks will grab a 40% share of the notebook market by the end of 2012. More →
Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron will begin shipping the iPhone 5 in September, DigiTimes reported on Wednesday. Pegatron will join Foxconn as a manufacturer for the phone and has secured an order for 10 million units, according to the report. In July, Taiwan Economic News also reported that Pegatron had inked a deal with Apple to manufacture the iPad 3, although that device may be delayed due to component shortages. The most recent rumors around the iPhone 5 speculate that the update is bigger than initially expected and the phone will be thinner, lighter and more powerful. Early rumors had suggested that Apple was launching an “iPhone 4S” that would offer a minor update to the current iPhone 4 model. More →
Suppliers already shipped between 400,000 and 500,000 units of Apple’s refreshed MacBook Air in June, and shipments aren’t expected to slow anytime soon according to DigiTimes. Reportedly, the high volume of shipments is expected to remain just as strong in July and August, and “series sales” could top 14 million units this year. Apple officially took the wraps off of its updated MacBook Air on Wednesday. It has the same form factor as previous models, but it now offers a Thunderbolt I/O port, Intel’s Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors, a backlit keyboard, and runs Apple’s new OS X Lion operating system. More →
Last year, Huawei shipped 3.3 million smartphones, and this year the Shenzhen-based company has bigger goals in mind. On Wednesday the company lifted its yearly smartphone shipment projection to 20 million units according to Reuters — a jump from the 12-15 million smartphones the company said it hoped to ship this year back in April. “Our original target this year was at 12-15 million units globally,” Victor Xu, chief strategy and marketing officer of Huawei Device, said. “Currently, based on the sales in the first half of this year, sales in the domestic market might have already exceeded this figure. Therefore, we think probably that could be around 20 million units globally.” Huawei has launched a number of affordable handsets globally, and while some have landed on regional U.S. carriers, the larger U.S. carriers typically only stock its USB modems. The company also recently took the wraps off of its new MediaPad Android tablet, a device that is expected to launch this fall — although it’s unclear if it will make its way to the United States. More →
In a note to fellow developers, Mozilla team member Damon has declared the end of February as the target ship-date for Firefox version 4.0.0. The post reads:
Over the past several days, component leads have again reduced their blockers by identifying hard blockers and those we can live without. We’ve around 160 hard blockers remaining, and historically it has taken us six weeks to reach RC once we have 100 blockers left. We must press hard now.
Damon goes on to write that the first release candidate of Firefox 4 should be out by the beginning of February with a final version shipped before the month’s close. Anyone out there anxiously awaiting the release of FF4? More →
Yesterday, we published a post to let you know that the ship date for the Nokia N8 was being pushed back to October. This information was not speculative nor the sourced from a rumor, it, in fact, came directly from Nokia. Today, it appears that Nokia is doing an about face, saying that some N8 units — not all — will be delayed. The official statement looks like this:
There have been a few stories this morning about the N8 availability which we feel need clarification. As we have previously said, we still expect to start the shipments by the end of the third quarter. As with every global launch, when the device reaches the hand of the customer will vary by market and operator.
We have received a record number of online pre-orders for the Nokia N8. We had targeted our online pre-order customers to receive their N8s by the end of September. As it can take time from the beginning of shipment to arriving at their doorstep, in full transparency, we have advised our pre-order customers that they should expect their new Nokia N8 in October.
If you have been waiting patiently for your N8, we’re pulling for you. Hopefully, your region and carrier will be on the short-list and you won’t have to wait much longer. More →