According to a new Korean report published today, Samsung, LG and other Android smartphone OEMs that design and sell premium smartphones that compete with Apple's iPhone 6 are getting really nervous that they'll be forced to delay their next generation smartphone models that were due out in the first half of 2015. Why? Because Qualcomm is having major problems with their next generation Snapdragon 810 processor that will take more time to solve.
Woz, The Myth Buster: On Monday we read that Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Mythbuster Kari Byron have teamed up to make a new reality show where the two text futuristic new gadgets. The show, called The Woz," hasn't been picked up yet, but the two have been working together filming for potential episodes. Today, the Woz reveals a Myth Buster of his own that will shatter the Apple start-up Myth of it all beginning in Steve Jobs' garage.
Apple has invented an apparatus that will make it easy for Apple's service team to replace an iPhone or MacBook battery quickly yet securely. Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple titled "Battery Removal Apparatus," which covers various methods for removing a device battery. The good news is that it may allow technicians to save an iPhone out of warranty by replacing a battery rather than having to purchase a new costly iPhone. So while Apple isn't giving users direct access to the battery, it's the next best thing.
A year ago Apple added the camera function known as Burst mode to iOS 7. At the top of the year Apple acquired a one-man photo technology startup called "SnappyLabs," which specialized in a camera app for burst mode capture. Today, Apple's Burst Mode patent filing comes to light. (Click on our cover graphic to enlarge the image.)
Apple was busy in the summer of 2013 acquiring several mass transit app companies such as HopStop, Locationary and most notably Embark that had a great app for customizing trips in your city or in a new city you're visiting. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their future mass transit "Commute App" that's now in the works.
On December 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a unique laser beam mapping invention. A future mapping application for an iDevice like an iPhone will use a laser sensor and laser beam to gather measurements of a room that includes shapes, distances, attributes of environmental objects and volume. While Apple's patent application provides us with an overview of the technical of the invention, they never really reveal the many applications that this invention could be applied to in the future. More than likely Apple will expand upon this invention in the future so as to provide us with more insight as to how consumers will be able to take advantage of this new laser beam system for iDevices that cover everything from an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. While Apple is careful to not mention the word 3D, the nature of the measurements would suggest that the data collected in three axis mode would create a 3D model. It's definitely one of Apple's most interesting inventions of the year.
On December 4, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new stylus invention relating to an advanced signal detection and demodulation architecture. For a company that supposedly has no interest in a stylus it's amazing that this year alone they've applied for ten new patents covering this type of device. It's evident that Apple has plans of introducing a next-gen smart pen at some point in the future. It's just a matter of time.
A few weeks back photos from documentary photographer Doug Menuez were released and presented on several tech sites. Today the BBC released a short video on the years after Steve Jobs left Apple showing various photos from Menuez's photo collection set to his narrative of that time.
Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of mobile-phone chips, earns more than 60 percent of its profits from businesses licensing its patented wireless technology, collecting $30.5 billion in licensing fees over the past five years. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a professional association that is the world's largest association of technical professionals, is holding a crucial vote this cominng Saturday that could put a huge dent in Qualcomm's profits stream if they vote for lowering licensing fees related to a range of wireless technologies. Such a move would greatly benefit Apple, Intel, Microsoft, HP and others. Qualcomm sees the vote as nothing more than a political move to weaken their market position.
A new report out from Sina Tech out of China today delivered bad news for Microsoft. According to their report "Chinese tech giant Huawei has said neither they nor any company ever made money producing Microsoft's Windows phones." Ouch, that's a zinger.
With just about a month's worth of data on iPhone sales, Kantar reports that the iPhone 6 Plus has captured 41% of "phablet" sales—sales of smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches and larger. Phablet sales currently represent 10% of overall smartphone sales, up from 2% for the same period last year.
Yesterday we reported that the FBI raided L.A. Unified and removed documents related to the ill-fated "iPads-for-all Project. The former L.A. schools Superintendent John Deasy acknowledged that the project was an expensive draw from bond funds. But he said there was no other way to pay for what he called a civil rights imperative — to provide low-income students equal access to technology in the nation's second-largest school system. Today, the negative news about the ill-fated "iPads-for-all" fades a little with the news that Apple is openly supporting another iPad project to support kids in Pittsburgh schools.
On Monday we reported that Intel processors will power Google Glass in 2015. The Wall Street Journal's Alistair Barr had noted that Intel had missed the entire shift to smartphones and tablets and is going full tilt to not miss the wearables and Internet of Things revolution. The announcement that Google Glass would be shifting processors from Texas Instruments to Intel was only the beginning. Today Intel is announcing yet another deal for powering a different smart glass product.
A new report from China states that a rumor has surfaced that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Pegatron could get as much as 50% of Apple's next generation 4.7 inch iPhone 6S orders in 2015 as Apple continues to diversify its supply risk.