Archive for November, 2011
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According to the report of Digitimes, Apple has asked its manufacturing partners Samsung, LG and Chimei Innolux to reduce the shipping of display panels used in the iPad 2 in this quarter. Market watchers believe that Apple is finally clearing the decks for the production and distribution of the next generation iPad 3. According to the report, Apple stockpiled components for an extra 4-5 million iPad 2 units during the third quarter, allowing it to reduce its orders for the fourth quarter.
Sales of iPads at the end market totaled 11.12 million units in the third quarter of 2011, according to data released by Apple. However, inventories of parts and components prepared by the makers in the supply chain for the production of iPad 2 in the quarter are sufficient for the production of 15-16 million iPads, leaving a stockpile of 4-5 million units of iPad 2 in the supply chain, the sources noted.
Apple should have no problem retailing its iPad 2 stocks in the final quarter of the year though. With the holiday season coming up, the company is sure to see a rise in sales of its hugely successful product line.
Yesterday, Apple released iOS 5.0.1, the anticipated update designed to fix multiple unspecified bugs that drained the iPhone’s battery much faster than expected.
The update also patched five security vulnerabilities, including one revealed earlier this week by noted researcher Charlie Miller, who demonstrated that Apple’s App Store code signing could be sidestepped to download malware onto an iPhone without the owner’s knowledge.
This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
– Fixes bugs affecting battery life
– Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
– Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
– Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
iOS 5.0.1 was the first update that Apple delivered “over-the-air” — in other words, without requiring users to connect their devices to a Windows PC or Mac, and launching iTunes — a new feature that debuted with iOS 5 in October.
Apple did not spell out the specific battery-related patches, saying only “Fixes bugs affecting battery life” in a short list of the update’s contents.
Apple disclaims eight hours of talk time and six hours of internet use via 3G, with standby time of up to 200 hours.
One buyer claimed his iPhone 4S battery life drains at 15 percent per hour while locked and on standby. Another said battery drained 10 percent in 12 to 15 minutes after using iMessage.
To do an over-the-air update, select the “Settings” app on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, then touch “General” and finally “Software Update.”
Now lots of old iPhone (iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, even iPod touch) users are hoping that they could be able to get hands onto Apple’s new personal assistant feature Siri sometime in the near future without having to upgrade the phone.
Siri is a personal assistant application for iOS. The application uses natural language processing to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to an expanding set of web services.
In a Monday press statement, Apple announced that its next round of international launches of the iPhone 4S will occur on Friday, November 11th. This next phase of Apple’s rapid rollout of the new device involves 15 countries, including Hong Kong and South Korea. The suggested retail price of the 16GB model of the iPhone 4S is US$199, US$299 for the 32GB model and US$399 for the 64GB model. However, final pricing in local currencies will be determined by the different countries. And it is said that the iPhone 4S will be available in more than 70 countries by the end of the year.