The latest news to hit the iPhone 5 rumor mill is that Apple's next smartphone may sport a curved glass screen, similar to the one found on the iPod Nano 4G.
This latest report comes from Taiwan's DigiTimes. Citing industry sources, DigiTimes reported today that Apple has bought 200 or 300 glass-cutting machines to be used by glass makers, who are apparently hesitant to invest in the expensive equipment on their own.
To no surprise, no time frame has been released yet as to when the iPhone 5 may ramp up production, as DigiTimes says that Apple is … Read more
In case anybody had any doubts about the impact of the iPad on the PC, Intel laid those doubts to rest this week at its investor meeting.
Echoing trends touched on in an April 23 post, the company that makes the silicon core of most of the world's PCs said this week, in effect, that laptops will become a lot more like tablets, i.e., more like the iPad.
And why will this happen? The slide below--shown at the chipmaker's investor meeting--makes this clear.
This time, thin is really thin: At the meeting at Intel's headquarters in … Read more
Confirming reports from earlier this week, Apple is moving forward on plans to put iPads to work in its retail stores, not just as display models, but as tools to sell its other products.
In Australia and other countries, where it's already Sunday, Apple stores have opened with a new setup that makes use of iPads as informational tools to customers around the store, taking the place of the paper-based informational signs next to the company's products.
In the shadow of tablet titan Apple, a market for white-box tablets has sprung up, brimming with inexpensive offerings. But it may be short-lived, underscoring the importance of a holistic design, according to a market research firm.
In the wake of reports of supply shortages for 9.7-inch displays--the size Apple's iPad 2 uses--it may be the case that one person's shortage is another's market opportunity.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has called Apple out for not responding fast enough, or at all, to a developing legal situation that's got some iOS developers spooked.
In a post on the group's blog today, EFF staff attorney Julie Samuels said Apple has put developers in a difficult position by requiring them to use within their apps in-app purchase (IAP), a mechanism that's been targeted by a third-party group that says the technology infringes on its patents.
The 10-year anniversary of Apple's retail stores went by yesterday without so much as a peep from the company, though new evidence suggests changes are on the way for how customers will be able to make purchases at Apple's stores.
Following reports from earlier this week that Apple was delivering new tools and hardware to its retail stores to coincide with the anniversary, 9to5mac today managed to get a hands-on with new sales software the outlet says Apple will be rolling out to its stores this weekend.
That new software isn't for the registers or any of … Read more
Apple has deals with three of the big music labels to license a new cloud music service. And it is in talks to close a deal with holdout Universal Music Group, the world's biggest music company.
But when Apple gets its Universal deal done, it still won't be ready to launch.
That's because Apple has yet to nail down terms with the big music publishers, who own a separate set of rights. And Steve Jobs will need their sign-off, too.
While Apple came to terms with Warner Music and EMI Music weeks ago, and has now struck … Read more
An explosion at a Foxconn factory near Chengdu, China, has killed at least two people and injured 16, according to a statement sent from the company, which reportedly manufactures Apple iPads at the site.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the explosion occurred Friday night near the southwestern China facility, halting production.
In a statement initially sent to Gizmodo, Foxconn says the situation is now under control and the production hold will continue while police investigate.Here's the full statement, which Foxconn sent to CNET this afternoon: We can confirm that at approximately 7 p.m. on May 20, there was an explosion at our Chengdu campus. At this point, we can also confirm that there were two fatalities with injuries to 16 other employees. We are working with medical officials to provide treatment to the injured employees and we are working with government and law enforcement officials to contact the families of all employees affected by this tragedy.
The situation has been brought under control by the fire department and the cause of this explosion is being investigated by local police officials. Foxconn is cooperating fully with that investigation. Production has been suspended at the site of the explosion until the completion of the investigation. The safety of our employees is our highest priority and we will do whatever is required to determine and address the cause of this tragic accident.
Apple did not immediately return CNET's request for comment, but it did provide the following statement to AllThingsD. "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy at Foxconn's plant in Chengdu, and our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are working closely with Foxconn to understand what caused this terrible event."… Read more
In an ongoing legal battle over its App Store trademark, Apple has hit back at Amazon.com, denying Amazon's claim that "App Store" is a generic term.
In papers filed in federal court yesterday, Apple said it "denies that the mark APP STORE is generic and, on that basis, denies that the Amazon Appstore for Android service is an 'app store.'"
Apple also told the court that it does not believe "the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps," or that "the words 'app store' are commonly used among many … Read more