The iPhone 5 release date doesn’t just have the Apple community on edge. A recent report suggests fans of the new iPhone are not the only ones who will be ecstatic about the iOS 6 handset launch. It looks like OmniVision Technologies and Skyworks Solutions will benefit from the 6th generation Apple smartphone launch as well.
A recent article says Semiconductor stocks have had impressive gains as mobile devices continue to become more popular. “The industry has shifted from one focused on personal computers to one dominated by smartphones,” the article reads. So what does this mean for the iPhone 5 release date, OmniVision, and Skyworks?
A total of 655 million smartphone units are expected to be sold globally in 2012. This is more than double the units sold in 2010, while the sales of personal computers only grew about five-percent in the same timeframe. That said, companies who’ve been able to adapt, and angle their business toward the smartphone market have outlived those who stuck solely with working on technologies for PC’s.
If Apple is manufacturing a new iPhone model, it would mean a large order is being sent to chip suppliers, which would surely be a welcome boost to their overhead.
Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster says his company believes the next Apple handset “will represent the biggest consumer-electronics product launch of 2012 as well as the biggest device-upgrade cycle in smartphone history.”
If these analyst reports are correct then OmniVision Technologies and Skyworks Solutions will want to stay on Apple’s good side. That way the two companies can reap benefits from manufacturing components for the iOS 6 gadget.
Are you waiting for the iPhone 5 release date? What are your thoughts on the worldwide increase in smartphone sales since 2010? Do you think more companies need to adapt to smartphones and move away from PC’s?
Samsung Galaxy pre-order sales rocket
The Samsung Galaxy S3 – freshly reviewed here – looks set to outsell even its wildly popular precursor, the Galaxy S II. That’s if it can continue to sell as fast as pre-orders suggest it will.
According to Vodafone (speaking to The Inquirer), the Galaxy S3 has smashed previous pre-order records for Android handsets, while Carphone Warehouse says it’s the biggest-selling pre-order of 2012.
Apple testing widescreen iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 could sport a 3.9-inch Retina Display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.
Apple is testing multiple prototypes of the next generation iPhone, at least two of which feature the new widescreen Retina Display, according to 9to5Mac’s sources.
The iPhone 4S has a 3.5-inch 960 x 640 display, so the iPhone 5 prototype stretches it a little (the width stays the same, the length increases by half an inch) but it retains the same Retina Display pixel density.
Waterstones to sell the Kindle in-store
No longer will ebook enthusiasts have to furtively browse the Kindle Store while in Waterstones – the bookseller is set to sell Amazon’s Kindle ebook readers in its high street stores. It’s even throwing in free Wi-Fi so that you can shop for ebooks in-store.
Leap Motion – 3D control that’s better than Kinect
Leap Motion’s 3D control system goes one better than Kinect, giving high-resolution gesture control to any PC or Mac.
A small USB device hosts an array of cameras and sensors which combine to create a virtual 3D workspace that allows you to Pinch-to-zoom, doodle and play like never before.
It’s so accurate it can track your individual fingers, and detect movements of less than one-hundredth of a millimetre.
Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor
Talk to your plants like Prince Charles? Get the new Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor and they’ll able to talk back.
Pop the Wi-Fi Plant Sensor into your plant pot, use the free iPhone or web app to tell it what sort of foliage it’s monitoring, and it’ll gather information on soil moisture, temperature and light intensity – and tell you how to care for your plant.
The June edition of Stuff magazine is on sale now with an iPad edition available from the Newsstand shelves in the App Store. Further details can be found at
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Retreats After Rising On iPhone 5 Launch Expectations
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trading down 1.12% at $559 after rising on research note issued by analyst at Piper Jaffary.
The Company’s iPhone5 launch which is expected to be in motion in October this year had created lot of anxiety among the investors. This had made the shares to rise to $573.88 on 23 May, 2012. But the shares have retreated to trading price of $559 since then.
The Company has been involved in a legal battle with Samsung over patent infringement issues and has till date not come to any decision or settlement.
Shares had risen in the past few trading sessions on anticipation and expectations attached to its iPhone 5 launch creating excitement among the investors. The stock had fallen about 12% after posting second quarter fiscal 2012 results and guidance for a lower than expected earnings for Q3.
The note by analyst at Piper Jaffary had concluded that the tech company’s expected launch of its iPhone 5 originally scheduled for October this year may get pushed back to a later period in 2013 after a reported disclosure of shortage of 28 nm baseband radio chip at Qualcomm required in the product.
Also, the Company’s new product launch might open up marketing avenues in China where the market share of Samsung is still very high.
Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) were trading on a very low volume of 6.47 million shares as opposed to its average trading volume of 23.25 million shares.
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A reuters article reports that Apple plans to use a larger screen on the next-generation iPhone, and has already placed orders for the new displays. The screen will allegedly measure four inches from corner to corner, a 30% increase in viewing size. Reueters says the larger display represents a competitive move, after Samsung revealed its Galaxy smartphone with a 4.8 inch touch screen. As smartphones are becoming more capable of tasks traditionally filled by desk and laptop computers like writing e-mail and watching movies, it’s not surprising to see manufacturers move towards larger screens.
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Another rumor for the new iPhone according to a business newspaper in South Korea is that a retina display will be used in the next iPhone, a technology currently avaialble in the iPad that enhances image quality.
Even more rumors have thus far included the following:
-Improved camera optics,
-Apple will introduce a quad-core processor
-The look will be redesigned with a slimmer, metal backed casing
-Google Maps will be dropped in favor of Apple’s own 3D map service
-4G LTE conectivity
Apple itself has posted no new information or confrimed any of these rumors for the iPhone 5 as of yet, and the iphone5.com has been down ever since Apple won control over domain rights. But hopefully they have a “Wow” factor as the proverbial “ace up their sleeve.”
Apple is currently in talks with the world’s biggest telecom carrier, China Mobile, to have them begin carrying the iPhone in China. That wow factor that could break the iPhone into the Chinese market is the Qualcom Inc chip, which does support China Mobile’s network. Reuters reported that in a recent shareholder’s meeting, Chairman of China Mobile Xi Guohua said, “We’ve been actively talking to Apple on how we can cooperate…I can’t give you too many details, but I’d like to repeat that both sides do hope to boost our cooperation.”
No official release date has been mentioned, but Apple is expected to make SOME kind of iPhone5 related announcement at its World Wide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco beginning June 11th.
–>Facebook has released it’s latest app: Camera for iPhone. I’ve been reading the reviews, and I’d say it’s good news for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), for a change. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers seem to like it, despite its suspicious similarity to Instagram.
By Richi Jennings: Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Google Beatbox…
Cameron Scott brings us the facts, ma’am:
Camera will initially be available for…iPhones. It includes 15 of the kinds of filters popularized by Instagram. … The company did not use Instagram’s technology to build the app.
Facebook has recently been trying to provide a richer experience on mobile devices. … Camera is Facebook’s second supplementary mobile app. The other is Messenger.
Ellis Hamburger makes me feel hungry: [Me too -Ed.]
[P]roduct manager Dirk Stoop told me [it's] focused on letting you share photos as quickly as possible…in higher-resolution. … To Stoop, sharing moments often means sharing multiple photos, which is the main focus of Facebook Camera.
Once you’re in, you’re presented with a user interface that looks nothing like Facebook…and is a whole lot faster, too. … [It's] easy to swipe sideways to view multiple large photos inside one News Feed story.
Facebook Camera just instantly became the best way to upload photos to the social network.
Ian Paul wants some new friends:
After paying $1 billion dollars for Instagram about six weeks ago, Facebook recently launched its own Instagram clone. … So I grabbed Facebook Camera off the App Store…[and]saw the kinds of photos you always see on Facebook. … Facebook Camera sucks…because my Facebook friends generally share crappy photos.
Contrast that with Instagram where people…publicly broadcast amazing shots of exotic food or a great view…while Facebook users are sharing moments that don’t necessarily translate into great photos.
Patrick Moorhead wonders why Facebook bought Instagram:
Over the last six months, Instagram has been siphoning users off of Facebook. … Instagram had staying power. Instagram posed a long-term threat. … [But] Facebook Camera is one of the best photo apps I have used.
[There's only] one rationale to purchase Instagram. It was all about eliminating the competitive threat.
Alexandra Chang has the analysis:
Facebook wants to make clear that Facebook Camera…and Instagram are two separate entities.
Still, Facebook has…borrowed a lot from Instagram. First…Camera is fast. And it has plenty of filters you can use, giving your pics that oh-so-popular lo-fi look. … The overall layout is not unlike Instagram’s. Photos are presented in square format.
While Instagram has a huge user base…Facebook is vastly larger. … Facebook Camera caters to this audience.
[hat tip: Paul DeFilippo]
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