In December Wired Magazine believed that wearables would be the computing trend to watch for in 2014 and believed it could be as big a market as smartphones. In fact it was the number one trend to emerge at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Since that time, Samsung has raced ahead in wearables with their Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit fitness band and Google has kick-started their Google Wear platform. Even Apple let it be known that there's a "Healthbook" App on the way which could strongly suggests that there could be a wearable device on their roadmap in the not too distant future. Today, The US Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a new design patent for Samsung Glass while granting Microsoft a design patent for an "Electronic Band." Yes, things are starting to get interesting.
Earlier this month the rumor mill was busy reporting that Samsung gained a new contract for Apple's next generation A8 processor. Yet within 24 hours, news surfaced that TSMC wasn't only producing the A8, they were in fact ahead of schedule in production for Apple's processors. That was good news considering that Apple had reportedly ordered 90 million iPhone 6 units. That's a huge leap from their record-breaking 51 million units sold in calendar Q4 2013. Today, The Korean press paints a painful picture of Samsung's US processor plant that was meant to produce Apple processors. It's just not going according to plan.
There's been a lot of noise in the media over the last months about the NSA being able to tap into your email with the help of Google, Apple and others. There has been angry reaction to this news by the companies that were supposedly working hand-in-glove with the NSA. These respective companies reacted to those claims with their own public campaigns. Yet when I read the other day that Microsoft had hacked into a bloggers email account, the ugly truth and hypocrisy of it all began to unravel. Then surprisingly late last week we were all unpleasantly reminded that Apple also reserves the right to do the very same thing and beyond on your iCloud email account. It appears that our only right that we have left is to not use a company's software. So if you use any company's software, just stop yapping about privacy, because in the end, it appears it's a right that no longer exists. It's just a thing of the past. Report Updated March 28, 2014 with NYT Link.
Last October Apple revealed the new Mac Pro in greater detail at a Special Event. There we learned of their state of the art automated assembly plant in Texas. Today we're learning through Apple's supply chain in Taiwan that Apple is now planning to begin new a automated manufacturing process for iPhone batteries.
A new Chinese-language online search engine - Chinaso.com - was launched Friday, marking China's first search service set up by the country's major news organizations. China is the world's largest market and it looks like they're trying to rid itself of Google. Though to be honest, there's an emerging trend in China that is out to challenge, if not eventually marginalize, traditional US based software kings.
Yesterday we reported that China Mobile had reported their first financial loss in 14 years as they surge ahead with their buildout of their new 4G network. We also noted that Mobile China only began selling Apple's iPhones very late in December which couldn't boost their yearend profits. Today, news has come to light about a comment that China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua made during his conference call that is certainly music to Apple's ears and it bodes well for Apple in 2014 and the iPhone 6 that will be released later this year.
As the saying goes, "Short term pain for long term gain." It's the philosophy that China Mobile has to take as they've just reported their first financial loss in 14 years as they surge ahead with the buildout of their new 4G network. Mobile China only began selling Apple's iPhones very late in December which couldn't boost their yearend profits. If Apple's future iPhone 6 is a winning design, it will be most welcomed by China Mobile as it needs to pay for their buildout of the largest 4G network in the world.
Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a new multi-sensor contact lens computer system that could work with many future devices including Google Glass and/or other future wearable devices, an Android smartphone, a television, a gaming system, navigation and/or car stereo and beyond. You may not be a fan of Google, but it's always interesting to see what the competition is doing. And in the blink of an eye, the market can shift if you're found sleeping in this fast past business. If you want to keep an eye on the future, then you just might find Google's latest invention interesting. Until Apple brings a wearable computer of their own to market, we may as well keep on top of what others in the industry are doing.
Apple introduced the first smartphone in the world to run on a 64 bit architecture last September. The iPhone 5S lead the way. Thereafter it was simply expected to become the basic performance of premium smartphones. However, Android OEMs can't match Apple's offering because Android isn't 64bit compatible at the moment even though Qualcomm has a 64bit processor ready to ship. While Samsung is hoping to be the first Android OEM to deliver a 64bit based smartphone this fall, industry Insiders aren't so sure it'll be ready in time. In fact they believe that will be pushed into sometime in 2015.
Writing to Apple, Twitter, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Google and other iconic Silicon Valley technology companies, Rev. Jackson said, "Technology is supposed to be about inclusion, but sadly, patterns of exclusion remains the order of the day. Rev. Jackson met with Apple and others yesterday in East Palo Alto to address the fact that leading tech companies are not including enough blacks on their Board of Directors.
In February Patently Apple reported on Brand Finance's Global Top 500 companies list where Apple was shown to be the top brand. Today a new chart from Infographics champions the fact that Apple is also the number one brand in the US. The loud and colorful Infographic chart tells us that Apple's Brand Value is more than the cost of the Apollo Space Program in today's dollars.
We reported on March tenth that Google planned to release a software development kit based on Android for makers of wearable devices, such as smartwatches. Google plans to release their own smartwatch manufactured by LG Electronics this June. Today, Google followed through on that promise with their new developer preview.
The news just keeps sneaking out of Apple's supply chain about the ramp up for iPhone 6 displays. We reported earlier today that Pegatron is opening up new factory space and recruiting workers to meet orders for the iPhone 6. Production is to start early next quarter – way ahead of the traditional ramp up to September launches of the iPhone. Now another supplier is shifting gears quickly to jump on production of the displays for iPhone 6. What's the urgency?
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a powerful new invention that has come out of the blue. It could apply to a future version of Siri that is designed to work with distributed sensors that a user could place throughout their home, Office or beyond. It's an advanced reminder system that could notify you that it's time to take your medications or that you have appointments or meetings in any room equipped with the appropriate sensors. The application has no limits. It could apply to reminding users of TV programing or any other reminder type users deem important. This wild invention coming to light right after Jonathan Ive's recent statement that Apple is at the beginning of remarkable time, is impeccably timed.