It's been known for some time now that LG Electronics, the major stakeholder of LG Display, plans to release its first flexible smartphone later this year. Where the news gets a little interesting is that company officials are hinted at selling the screens to other major mobile producers because the company predicts its flexible displays will become the latest mobile trend. Could Apple be one of these major mobile producers?
DigiTimes reported today that smartphone players such as Apple, Samsung Electronics and High Tech Computer (HTC) have started showing interest in adopting ultra-thin heat pipes for their smartphones and are expected to release heat pipe-adopted models in the fourth quarter, at the earliest, according to sources from cooling module player. Yet like so many times, Apple has been known to buck some of the industry's traditional trends. The most recent is Apple's AirDrop solution coming to iOS 7 which blatantly bucks the trend of using NFC technology that the likes of Samsung use in their Galaxy product line-up. Apple's Craig Federighi got quite the laugh making fun of Samsung's solution of physically having to tap smartphones in order to transfer photos or data to those in close proximity to you. So while the industry may be moving toward adopting ultra-thin heat pipes, it doesn't necessarily guarantee that Apple will follow.
The US Patent & Trademark Office recently showed activity in a series of Apple trademark filings related to Siri. Three were updated on June 13 and another was updated in mid-May. We usually don't cover many trademark applications as we now cover trademarks when USPTO deems them to be Registered Trademarks. Yet there are always exceptions and in the case of Siri, Apple may have provided us with a few hints at what could be next for our intelligent personal assistant. One of them was for "online social networking services" which will in-part debut with iOS 7. But there are a few other interesting one's that we could look forward to in the future and our report points those out for you.
During last week's WWDC Keynote, Apple's CEO Tim Cook emphasized a series of iOS strengths in the form of statistics. Market share stats, of course, don't always tell the full story. For instance, Android is statistically the leading smartphone operating system in volume, but not in profits. Apple still rules the profits stat where it really matters. That being said, Apple's CEO kept hammering stats home to their developer community to show them that iOS is still number one in the market. Yet the old adage states that "if you live by the sword, you'll die by the sword." Likewise, if you live by stats, you'll die by stats. New studies out this week show that Apple's iOS has lost significant market share over the last year.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 39 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Our report covers three new multi-touch patents, Aperture's 2D Slider Control, a few major design patents wins for the iPhone 5 and Lightning connector and others. Our report closes out by presenting you with a list of the remaining thirty patents that were granted to Apple today.
Last Thursday we reported that Samsung had revised their Galaxy S4 sales down as their false hype failed to convince consumers to buy into the cheesy plastic non-inspiring phones. Today, news is breaking that a massive wave of Samsung downgrades from some of the biggest names on Wall Street is hitting home.
On Saturday we reported that Apple will use Samsung as one of the main suppliers for the next generation iPad and iPad mini displays. Today we've learned that Apple's relationship with Samsung had begun months earlier and that it covers a wide range of components.
In September of 2012 we accurately reported that Apple had cut display orders to Samsung. In May we reported that Apple had resumed business with Samsung Display and speculated that Apple had likely shifted display orders from AU Optronics to Samsung. A new report out today confirms that to be the case and much more.
Today, Microsoft is releasing Office Mobile for iPhone available at no extra charge from the Apple App Store for Office 365 Home Premium and Office 365 ProPlus subscribers. Microsoft's new iPhone app enables great Office content viewing and on-the-go content editing capabilities.
Late last year Samsung fans and their respective fan sites went ballistic claiming that Apple's key patents found in their case against Samsung were found to be invalid. Many in the mainstream press ate it all up and it made headlines everywhere. Even many Apple fans began to shout that patents seemed to be worthless. At that point Patently Apple decided to step in with a report titled Cries of Apple's Patents Being Found Invalid a Nice Pipe Dream." We provided historical statistics proving that reversals of patents deemed invalid were common. Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office announced their official reversal, with Apple's patents being valid. Samsung may have maneuvered the press to give them a momentary victory over Apple, but in the end, Samsung is the loser, plain and simple, and the patent system has validated Apple's Intellectual Property.
Rumors that Apple has been working on a new mid-level iPhone have been around for some time now and there's a business case to be made for an economical iPhone as a means of capturing more share of the exploding market in China which Apple is most definitely interested in capturing. Today, the hottest rumor emanating from the Taiwan-based supply chain is boldly stating that Apple supplier Pegatron has landed orders for an inexpensive iPhone with plastic chassis and next-generation iPad mini from Apple and will begin shipments in August.
Everyone on the planet has covered Apple's WWDC conference keynote in some form or another, and with so much information available from Apple's own website on the event and their new products, the angle for today's report is a simple one. I chose to point out a few key moments that stood out for me and so many others; moments that everyone will be able to refer back to in a flash to include in a report, an email to friends and colleagues or just to banter around on the weekend over drinks. It was great to see Apple come out swinging and even a little testy at one moment but it was all in good fun. This was Apple's first big event of the year and we all know it was only the warm up for the really big events that will be unfolding later this year. For now, a quick look back.
In April we questioned the hype surrounding Samsung's Galaxy S4 with a report aptly titled "Is Samsung's Galaxy S4 Really Selling Off-the-Chart or are they Just Playing a Marketing Game?" Last week we reported that some of Wall Street brokers were cutting their estimates for Samsung due to "concerns" that sales may be slowing for Samsung's Flagship smartphones. Well, a new report out this morning confirms that sales are indeed falling and it doesn't look like Samsung will be hitting their S4 sales goal of 100 million units for 2013. Samsung was out to beat Apple's standing record of having sold 100 million of their iPhone 4S.
On June 13, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new kind of tablet cover. The patent filing is deadly focused on the make-up and process in creating the cover using various materials with non-radio portions so as not to interfere with the tablet's various radios. Considering that Apple's original Smart Cover was introduced in early 2011 and that this new filing was only filed in December 2012, it's pretty clear that Ive's Industrial Design Team have something completely new in mind. Could it be a new iBooks centric design? Only time will tell.