Do We Need A Google Nexus Tablet?

The Google Nexus tablet appeared as a rumor, but we might actually see it in flesh next month. It seems that ASUS will give birth to the first Nexus tablet, a device with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset, 7-inch display and 1,280 x 768 pixels resolution. At least that’s what the dot com rumor mill is bringing.

But do we need a Google Nexus Tablet? There are over 50 Android tablet models already available on the market and none of them managed to impress the audience. Well, there is Amazon’s tablet which had tremendous sales, but there are countries where the Kindle Fire experience is far from being complete. Many of the Amazon services are restricted to US and UK. On the other hand, comparing Kindle Fire’s sales with iPad’s success you would say that Amazon’s slate doesn’t even exist.Google Nexus Tablet

But a Nexus tablet with a price below $250 would become a sales hit instantly. It would come with some of the goodies of the Nexus smartphones: you won’t have to wait for ages until the software updates are released and, more important, the Android experience won’t be altered by a TouchWiz-ish UI. Then comes the symbiosis with the Google Play services which extends way further than an app market. As you probably know you can watch movies or TV shows or download e-books directly from Play Store. But, once more, some of the countries can’t enjoy these features.

The Nexus tablet’s success would boost the morale of other Android tablet makers. The companies would be able to see what it takes to fight against the iPad. May customers find iPad’s user interface old and too minimalist. It’s simply boring some times.

On the other hand, a Nexus tablet without 3G would be a complete fail. A tablet is supposed to offer portability, like an extension of a smartphone, which would allow you to watch videos, play games, browse the web or chat with your friends, all these on a bigger display. It should give you more work space than a smartphone and some extra maneuverability when compared to a netbook or notebook. You would want the tablet both when you are at home or on the road, where a WiFi connection is not available.

I’m not saying that a WiFi-only version would not be popular, but many of the customers interested in traveling would simply not buy it. Plus, you won’t find a WiFi-only Google Nexus tablet on the shelves and in the offers of the carriers. On the other hand, it seems a little bit odd that Google isn’t thinking of launching a smartphone or tablet developed by Motorola under the Nexus brand, especially now after the acquisition was completed last week when the Mountain View-based giant named a new Motorola Mobility CEO and received the approval of US, China and Europe. What are Google’s plans for Moto?

That’s what the Android tablet and smartphone makers are asking, too. The companies are afraid that Google will neglect them and turn its attention to their new baby. Samsung is preparing a major upgrade for Bada, replacing it with Tizen OS. The forecasts for Tizen OS are not positive at all, but Samsung is a giant, with extensions on many fields, and their experience with Android will help them a lot.

ASUS has nothing to lose after they teamed-up with Google and the partnership comes as a confirmation that their Transformer, Slider and Transformer prime were great products. The company constantly rolled out software upgrades and showed that they care about their customers. They had a few GPS problems with Transformer Prime but nothing too serious. They brought an Android 4.0 quad-core tablet in January 2012, and there are certain markets where the Transformer Prime is the only quad-core tablet available for purchase, even though CES and MWC where full of Tegra 3 slates.

I was saying that ASUS cares about their customers and the market feedback. I remind you that when it was discovered that Transformer Prime’s bootloader is locked many of the users complained. The Taiwan-based company heard that and announced they will soon release a tool that will unlock the bootloader. And they kept their word.

Now I’m inviting you to continue this discussion in the comments section below. Are you interested in the new Nexus tablet and what do you think are its chances too succeed on the market?

Flipboard Beta For Android Now Available For Download

We’ve talked about Flipboard before, the news application with a unique user interface. Flipboard is available for iOS for a long time and it also debuted for Android exclusively with the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S III.

Some smart guys have “stolen” the Flipboard.apk file from the Samsung’s flagship and made it available for download, thus any owner of an Android smartphone was able to install the news app on their device. But the guys at Flipboard went eve further and launched a not so official update that made their application compatible with more smartphones running on Google’s mobile operating system.Flipboard Beta For Android

We don’t know whether Samsung signed a partnership deal with Fliboard, with terms specifying that the South Korean company has exclusivity for the app on the Android platform, for a determined time frame. If that’s the case, we would have to wait longer until we see the official Flipboard application in Google Play Store.

But this kind of things can’t stop the developers to launch a test version, compatible with most of the Android smartphones. The beta version of Flipboard for Android devices debuted yesterday, when the 1.8.4-63 version was officially made available for pre-order. Unlike the other versions “stolen” from Samsung Galaxy S III, the Flipboard beta for Android seems to be pretty stable.

But there are a few things that bugged us inside the Fliboard beta version which have let us waiting for too long in some situations. But, as a whole, Fliboard offers a very pleasant experience, comparable with the one the iOS user can enjoy for a long time.

So, do you want to try Flipboard beta? You can either download the application here or you can subscribe here using this link that will redirect you to the Flipboard for Android official web page.

Microsoft Upgrades SkyDrive For Windows And Mac OS X

Just one month after SkyDrive was officially launched for Windows and Mac OS X platforms, Microsoft comes to bring important upgrades to their service that allows users to upload and sync files to a cloud storage and then access them from a Web browser or their local device.

It looks like Microsoft continues to work on their SkyDrive storage in the cloud service for Windows and Mac, as now only one month after the service debuted on Microsoft’s and Apple’s platforms, the Redmond-based company launches new updates for the users.Microsoft Upgrades SkyDrive

The official Windows Blog writes that after Microsoft upgraded the SkyDrive application, the desktop user interface for the storage in the cloud service, the image sharing feature was introduced and the number of files that can be stored in the cloud was increased.

Anticipating the launch of the new Windows 8 Release Preview version, Microsoft have added a photo sharing feature to SkyDrive, which allows the users to view photo albums from any device attached to the SkyDrive account, using the image viewing application integrated in the operating system.

The SkyDrive users can now store up to 10 million files on the cloud servers, after the limit was increased from 150,000 files. Another important feature is the photo sharing function we mentioned above, that will now help the users to view their photos on any device connected to the account.

In a response to the critics coming from the Apple Mac OS X users, Microsoft has disabled the SkyDrive icon in dock, when the service is active.

The SkyDrive upgrade also comes with improvements in speed and bug fixes, and the automatic SkyDrive update should be applied to all the users in about a week.

The upgrade packages for the new SkyDrive version are available for automatic download and install on the compatible devices as of today.

Thus, if you are one of the lucky SkyDive users that received Microsoft’s update, please let us know whether the new changes have been applied to your cloud drive in the comments section below.

Gigabyte X11 Set To Become World’s Lightest Ultrabook

Equipped with a 11.6-inch display and fitted into a case made of exotic materials like carbon fiber, Gigabyte X11 is set to become the lightest ultrabook in the world.Gigabyte-X11

The case with a slim but solid construction has glossy surfaces, which remind us of carbon fiber. The same type of material, but a bit rougher, was used for the restpad. The chiclet keyboard seems to be a little bit crowded, when compared to the large restpad, but, fortunately, the keys groups are very well organized and they shouldn’t create you problems while typing.

Looking at the case, Gigabyte X11 seems to have some similarities with the Apple MacBook Air line-up, but with a color range that is darker, less ostentatious.

Gigabyte X11 was officially unveiled by the officials of the Chinese company along with its technical specifications. Therefore Gigabyte X11 sports a dual-core Intel Core Ivy Bridge ULV processor, Intel HD 4000 integrated graphic card, 4 GB of RAM DDR 3 dual-channel and SSD storage of 128 GB.

Gigabyte X11 also packs a 4,370 mAh battery that offers a battery life of 4-5 hours, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectors, video mini-DisplayPort out, WiFi N network adapter, Bluetooth 3.0, and microSDHC card slot. Gigabyte X11 measures 97 x 192 x 3~16.5 mm and weighs in only 973 grams.Gigabyte-X11

Depending on the components you choose for your Gigabyte X11, you would be able to acquire the ultrabook between $999 and $1299 starting this summer.

iPhone 5 Front Panel Gets Compared To iPhone 4S

We’ve seen cases, design schemes of what it seemed to be the new iPhone 5. The international press constantly speculates abut the design and the technical features of the Apple’s highly-awaited smartphone and today, we finally get to see a comparison between the alleged iPhone 5 front panel and an iPhone 4S terminal.

In the video below you can see the new iPhone 5 front panel overlapped over an iPhone 4S, allowing us to figure out how big the display of the next iOS smartphone will be. Basically, only the height of the terminal will be changed, as the with will remain the same.iPhone 5 Front Panel Gets Compared To iPhone 4S

Therefore, we can estimate that the iPhone 5 will be about 10 mm taller than the iPhone 4S and the components confirm the rumors that surfaced on the web a month ago. It seems that the device will have a 4-inch display compared with the 3.5-inch panel of the current Apple smartphone model.

Modern smartphones are featuring bigger displays nowadays, but all the iPhone models so far came with 3.5-inch panels. This change will probably be welcomed by most of the Apple fans, as an increase in size will come with an improved browsing experience and more work space.

The rumor mill also speculates about the future technical speculations of the new iPhone 5. It seems that besides a bigger display the next gen iPhone will come with a more powerful processor, as well. My guess is that iPhone 5 will sport the dual-core 1 GHz A5X chipset that underpins the new iPad. It’s in Apple’s habit to equip their smartphones with the chipset of the iPad that is launched before it. Therefore iPhone 4 came with iPad’s A4 chipset, iPhone 4S packed the dual-core A5 CPU of the iPad 2, and, most likely the iPhone 5 will feature the 1 GHz A5X processor of the new iPad.

Apple will probably increase the RAM to 1GB and it was reported that the new iPhone will come with wireless charging, but the latter feature seems pretty unlikely. I am pretty sure that the new iPhone 5 will come with 4G LTE connectivity, supported by the A5X chipset.

As about the iPhone 5 release date, rumor has it that Apple will unveil the device at an event scheduled for October.

ASUS Teases Dual-Boot Tablet With Windows 8 And Android For Computex 2012

A few days ago we presented you an ASUS video teaser for the upcoming Computex event. The video was about the ASUS “next transformations” that will be unveiled by the Taiwan company at Computex 2012.

We initially thought that Taiwanese company is teasing the Google Nexus Tablet, as it was reported that the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean slate will be manufactured by ASUS, rumored to come with quad-core Tegra 3 chipset and 7-inch display.

Yesterday, ASUS returned with two more teasers and the mystery became more… well, mysterious. We know now that the Google Nexus tablet is not the next transformation, but we’ve seen a video that is centered on the idea of two sides, like the panel with “Tai” and “Chi” written on its opposite sides.ASUS Teases Dual-Boot Tablet

Anyway, the Tai Chi video seems to have no sense until you watch the second one that presents an interesting idea: water drops converging into one, with Windows 8 and Android logos making a cameo at the end of the teaser.

This can mean that we will see a new Transformer tablet at Computex 2012, a device capable of dual boot between Windows 8 and Android 5.0. Or maybe between Windows 8 and Android 4.1 as the latest rumors are saying that Google’s Jelly Bean will be 4.1 instead of 5.0. ASUS will make the big announcement on June 4th, in Taipei, where a lot more Windows 8 tablets will be demoed.

On the other hand I don’t think that the dual-boot tablet will switch between Windows 8 and Android Jelly Bean as Google’s new OS wasn’t officially unveiled, as it’s expected to debut at Google I/O event  scheduled for late June. Therefore the most plausible solution for the dual-boot ASUS tablet is Windows 8 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

As I mentioned above, the teaser videos only made us ask more questions, thus it’s wiser to wait until the ASUS unveils the device at Computex Taipei 2012. We will return with more details on Monday. We are also curious to see what chipset solution ASUS chose for their dual-boot tablet.

China Approves Google – Motorola Deal, Wants Android To Remain Open Source

Last year Google announced they are willing to acquire Motorola Mobility for $12 billion, but the deal haven’t been completed, yet. The Chinese government was initially against the Google – Motorola deal, but now it seems the Asians have approved the acquisition, several months after the European and American authorities approved Google’s bid.

But China has its conditions: Google will have to keep the Android OS open source for the next five years. It’s hard to believe that Google won’t respect this condition, especially because the fact that the Android is open source made it so famous and highly appreciated.China Approves Google

The Chinese authorities’ interest in Android remaining open source is easy to explain: most of the low-cost Android terminals are manufactured in China, an they generate important profits for the Asian country. Just look at the problems of the Windows 8 RT OEMs, which will have to add the Windows 8 licence costs to the final price of the tablet, making them less competitive on a market already full of cheap tablets. That’s the reason why Android became world’s most popular operating system, as you can find Google’s OS on smartphones and tablets with ridiculously low price tags of $65 or $35.

When Google announced their decision to buy the phone division of Motorola, many of the analysts interpreted the deal as the search engine giant’s attempt to have an upper hand advantage in the patent wars against Apple. Thus, no one expects Google to start developing smartphones together with Motorola Mobility, but only to use the phone maker’s patents to fight their rivals in courts.

Just look at Motorola’s current line-up of high end devices, like Droid RAZR, RAZR Maxx and Droid Bionic, as none of the aforementioned devices have receive the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update, yet, when they should be the first smartphones upgradable to latest Android firmwares.

Google Chrome Overtakes Internet Explorer, Becomes World’s Most Popular Web Browser

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, was most popular web browser for many years in a row, dominating the market. Well, it looks like Internet Explorer’s best years have passed and now its crown is taken by another browser, Google’s Chrome, shows Statcounter’s graph.

Internet Explorer is represented by the blue line in the graph above, showing that Microsoft’s web browser is in freefall since 2011. Firefox’s market share (the orange line) also dropped over the last year, but now it is stable, while Google’s web browsing solution, Chrome (the green line) has a significant growth, overtaking Internet Explorer in the last time frame.IEvsChrome

Apple’s Safari and Opera complete the top 5 most popular web browser, both with a constant performance, without spontaneous grows. The chart also covers the month of May, which started with IE and Chrome fighting shoulder to shoulder, but starting last week Google’s web browser have climbed on the first place.

Chrome have managed to move ahead of Internet Explorer a while ago, but only stayed up top for one day. At things stand, both browsers have a market share of around 33% and considering Chromes recent grow and the recently launched application for the devices running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, I can see Google’s web browser to grow even further. It seems that Google Chrome will soon arrive in iTunes, helping the browser’s market share increase even further.

Moreover, rumor has it that beginning with Android 5.0 Jelly Bean, Chrome will become the default browser, and thus we might see its market share increase once the Jelly Bean terminals hit the market.

The popularity of Microsoft’s operating system, Windows, helped Internet Explorer stay the most popular web browser for so many years, but it looks like the users are starting to turn their attention to Google’s solution, especially after the European Union’s regulations that enforced Microsoft to notify its users that they can download several other browsers, as well.

Factors E-learning Developers Need to Consider to Ensure Effective Learning

Over the past few years, the world of learning has seen a paradigm shift in its dynamics. From the confines of the classroom, learning has stepped out and reached students in the virtual world.

Whether it is taking courses on computer while relaxing inside the comforts of your house or taking an online course on your mobile when you are traveling, learning has opened up a whole new dimension for learners as well as course developers. Since the target of today’s learning is to teach a concept in as simple a manner as possible and within short time span, E-learning is the preferred choice. To match up to this latest and budding trend, it is the E-learning developers who have to take up considerable amount of responsibility in ensuring effective learning courses are delivered.

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E-learning developers have to incorporate latest technology and tools along with a strong content strategy in providing learners an awesome learning experience. Their focus should be directed at developing courses that can engage and compel learners to actively take a course online. While doing these, there are certain factors that developers need to consider in order to ensure effective learning is offered to learners across the globe. Firstly, developers of E-learning courses need to keep in mind that the main idea behind online courses is of bringing learning to people rather than people to learning. In doing this, the developer needs to create a course that cuts instruction time by, say about 60%. This would result in smoother communication with the learner, ensuring fast learning as well.

While designing the course, the prime factor that should be kept in mind is that it needs to be informative. This lies at the basis of offering effective learning to students; however, there should be a balance of the text and graphics on screen. After all, the intention is to enlighten the learners with some new concept, rather than cramming them with massive amounts of information. So, offering information in small chunks that are presented in an interesting manner can account for effectual learning.

Just designing a page completely around content or singly around graphics can never aim for complete acceptance from learners; it has to be evenly distributed throughout the course. Arranging content into logical modules and including pictures or graphics to help explain the concepts, ideas or statements mentioned in the course, is essential. However, the design should be done in such an approach that doesn’t compel appearance to hinder the learning process. It should never be the goal of an E-Learning developer to mesmerize the learner with the design only. So, they have to strike the accurate balance before releasing the course online.

It is an age-old statement that learners tend to forget 90% of the content they learn, once the class is over. As a result, often classroom based learning fails to ensure proper knowledge retention for the learners. This is where the skills of the E-Learning developers come into action. They have to ensure that whatever information is being shared in presented in an entertaining manner. Notwithstanding the fact that a distinctly major part of the task has to be undertaken by the instructional designers who have to create the storyboard in an engaging style, developers have to take care of the presentation. So, the course has to be designed such a way that ensure learners retain the necessary amount of information, without getting annoyed.

There is another advantage associated with E-Learning; re-attending classes whenever required. After all, whenever a learner feels the necessity to go through a particular lesson, he/she can take the online course, as opposed to classroom based training which doesn’t allow the same. Even if learners want to go through a particular segment of a lesson, it is not always possible in case of CBTs. Due to this benefit of online courses, developers have to ensure that the course is designed and developed in such an attractive way that motivates learners to go through the course again and again, if needed. After all, a course that infuses feelings of irritation within learners cannot be considered to be an ideal one.e learning 2

Another vital purpose of any E-Learning course is that the information offered in the course should be applicable. A course needs to be designed around certain skills sets or information that the learner can implement right after taking the course. For this an interesting mix of content and simulations are vital. It is due to this possibility of immediate implementation, E-Learning can be considered to work at times better than classroom-based training. As per a research conducted by United States Dept of Education, 59 percentile of learners have scored higher on standardized tests, in comparison to classroom learners where the percentile of high scorers reached 50. This clearly points out that E-Learning courses have acted beneficial to a large number of learners across the globe.

Learning some concept online mainly depends on how engaging and interactive the courses are. Since there is no teacher involved in the process of knowledge transfer, interactivity plays a crucial role in ensuring effective communication is established. For this, the navigational keys and the interface must be designed to exude user-friendliness. Developers have to make sure the entire course becomes highly interactive incorporating suitable media elements, simulations, case-studies, FAQs, knowledge checks and so on.

Thus, these are the major factors that E-Learning developers need to consider in order to present an effective E-Learning course to learners. Only when these are followed carefully and accurately, developers can assure of delivering remarkable online courses. These online courses have its share of advantages when compared to classroom based training. These are scalability, consistent communication of information and message, flexible medium of studying that is not restricted to some fixed hours, time and money savings and many more. In addition to this, E-Learning is more eco-friendly than CBT (Classroom based trainings), which requires use of numerous amount of paper. In order to take advantage of all these benefits, many organizations are taking to E-Learning and hiring developers who can develop quality online courses for learners throughout the world.

iPhone 6 Release Date and Rumors Roundup

New rumors regarding the iPhone 6: Apparently it will sport a glossy, two-sided screen and a cheap processor

Because of the extended celebration of the July 4 holiday, the rumors regarding the iPhone 6 were stopped for a while, but before that the iOS engineers discovered a way to double the size of the iPhone display without enlarging the size of the smartphone.

And they decided to simply add a rear facing display.

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Other news claim that Apple is currently working on a glossy new chassis, which looks and cheap. Besides this, a new deal signed between Apple and a Taiwanese company – which is apparently a semiconductor replacement for Samsung – brings to light the A8 processor which will be ready in 2014. A new A8 processor is on the way, but we still have no confirmation for the A7 micro-processor.

So, according to the sources the back plate of the smartphone is considered a waste of space and so far, it has only served as a completion to the embodiment, but besides holding the camera support it offers nothing else. Considering this, the company found a way to double the screen size by continuing it on the rear end of the smartphone. As they claim, this would bring new development opportunities and would allow the touchscreen surface to be redesigned.

Phil Moore from StableyTimes stated that this is a huge step for Apple, even if they are not concerned with what millions and millions of users would think about the double screen, especially when they seemed satisfied by the one available at the moment.

An iPhone 6 sporting a curved, two-sided screen?

One of the rumoring laws says that the more depth-less a scuttlebutt is, the more baffled is its origin.

We have to admit that all these rumors seem headless, especially when Apple hasn’t filled any iPhone 6 patents. The company has been filling patents for all sort of inventions which might appear some day on a tablet, a smartphone, or even on a laptop. However, none of those patents filled by Apple didn’t refer specifically to an iPhone model.

The question present in every analyst’s mind is: If you are a company such as Apple and you have already manufactured an iPhone device whose display is as dense as the human eye can perceive, how do you come up with something better?

Moore has also answered that question: Manufacture an iPhone 6 which sports a screen wrapped on both sides of the handset, if a flexible display patent feels plausible. As he also mentions in his article, the patent describes a curved chassis style, quite similar to that of the middle generation iPod nano where we can see both the rear and front plates shaped to meet around the edges and features no siding. Thus, we would have a display twice bigger and new development opportunities.

More precisely, he used the expression a world of possibilities, meaning you could come up with almost anything, because when you’re Apple almost any idea can be transformed in reality.

If you would believe that Moore or another person from StableyTimes would give you a link to a relevant filling, or maybe to a source that would explain such a patent, you’re wrong.

Moore also used in his report the expression if one patent filling could be believed, which is peculiar thing to say. Is Moore believing that Apple would fill up a counterfeit patent application? Or that the company would send to US government a real filling for a dummy invention?

You all remember last fall’s big number of applications filled by Apple, regarding all sort of display technologies from press-able and stress-able screens to curved and flexible screens. We’re actually wondering why Apple doesn’t blend all these technologies into one screen which has the characteristics of natural rubber such as high resilience, large stretch capacities and why not waterproof?

For instance, we have seen last September’s post from the UnwiredView related to an Apple application for flexible displays conjoined with an arrangement of piezoelectric gimmicks underneath the screen which can be activated on demand for tactile reactions. Thus, an user could enjoy a smooth navigation surface when browsing the web or reading mails. When accessing the keyboard those gimmicks are enabled so that the letters can be felt when typing.

Other patent fillings from Apple:

On March 28, 2013 PatentlyApple posted the article Stunning Future iPhone with Wraparound Display Revealed, completed by an image of the incredible handset as well.

On May 21, 2013, another post made by the same website points out a Double-sided Touch Panel for the iPhone. And after only nine days, PattentlyApple tells us that Apple reveals a new Flex Screen Feature with Force Detection.

This year in March 2013, we read some news regarding a patent application from Microsoft which described a smartphone with a two-sided screen.

Moore didn’t mention in his posts from which source he obtained the new information. Besides, he didn’t give much attention to the concept endless possibilities brought by a second display, either. His focus was directed towards another aspect.

He writes that the back plate of the iPhone and of other smartphones isn’t used for anything. If it wouldn’t have been holding the camera lens, it would have been completely a total wasted space. The entire touchscreen surface could be rethought, opening a world of possibilities.

So, which means more? Endless Possibilities or a World of Possibilities? Regardless, we could still go through a big number of Possibilities anyways.

Moore did touch an interesting point in his argument, which is probably the only one worth debated. He tries to imagine how would it be useful from an user perspective. How could the flip could help the user? Well, for instance he could use one side of the phone to play a game, and receive notifications and text messages on the other side. Thus, all he would have to do would be to flip the phone to access them. This is a more intuitive gesture than that of having to exit the game or video to be able to view the messages or notifications.

And from this point of view, he is right. But these kind of features would involve a new redesign in the hardware section and also software and user interface. Besides, this kind of modification would also impact not only Apple but also it’s large scale manufacturing lines such as assemblers and contract suppliers.

Another subject touched by Moore, in a delicate way though, was that of the heat dispersion when running two displays instead of one. However, he didn’t mention anything about the incorporated displays, for instance would both of them be Retina displays, or would the one on the back be used just for interacting with the received alerts and notifications.

It seems that the either the 2013 iPhone or the one from 2014 could go through major redesigning.

iPhone 5S or one of the next iPhone models will be cheaper and have have glossy colors

The French website NowhereElse.com have recently entered in the possession of some images that seem to contain an iPhone model which is made from polycarbonate.

The iPhones in the photos published by the French website seem to have five colors: dirty white, a peachy red, yellowish green and industrial green. The photo has been analysed as it would allegedly belong to the long expected low end iPhone.

The Chinese source of the editor Steve Hemmerstoffer provided a photo in which there are captured some iPhone designed plastic shells, in multiple colors. Even though there is no physical confirmation of the fact these shells will be used in the alleged low-budget iPhone. However this new image confirms us that some of the manufacturing jobs have been distributed towards China.

On the other hand, in the same period of time Tiernan Ray from Barron discussed on his blog the analysis made by the stock analyst from UBS, Steve Milunovich. The analysis questions if Apple would leave all those traces behind and if the embodiment is actually the one we’ve been seeing so far.

Milunovich also said that when you feel the high end device market slowing down, the best move would be to direct your efforts toward a lower priced market. Even though every analyst is now anxious at the thought that the iPhone series might broaden, Apple should be really careful with their next step. This brand can not lower its quality standard as the minor wins from a short term period could transform into a long term loss. But we know that the company management is already aware of this reaction of the market, especially since Tim Cook stated that Apple would rather be making the best devices than the most.

He arguments that a good move for Apple would be to create a separate brand or even a subsidiary owned by the group. He is also aware of the fact that is hardly likely for Apple to change their strategy at this point.

The author explained that the low end iPhone shouldn’t have a price lower than $350 or $400. Peter Oppenheimer said that at this price level the gross margin is going close to the 30% cut off, so this could be looked at as an example of the company’s willingness to accept lower income margins in order to penetrate easier a new market. In the publication Figure 9, they supported the supposition that the $300-400 price will bring only 10% of the market next year. Even though this number would still bring a big number of new buyers in the developing markets, it won’t change by much the Apple market share.

Returning to the leaked photos, which have remained without an answer, and assuming they are real we have to question ourselves: Are those final products of a prototype used in the development process? Are those only test-products? Or do they really belong to an upcoming iPhone model? Can we hold these as an evidence towards the existence of a plastic cased iPhone?

Hemmerstoffer believed that this picture is a part of the pattern which leads a person to answering yes, even though it does that with caution. He also says that the Chinese copy of the iPhone threw a vulgar touch over Apple’s colorful iPhone.

The iPhone 6 processor will be a TSMC A8 chip

As Filip Truta from Softpedia suggests, the iPhone 6 will be released in 2014 sporting an A8 processor manufactured by the TSMC company. The first chip of this sort to not be manufactured by Samsung.

As a response to a recent subject discussed in the Wall Street Journal, Truta wrote the article Apple Signs with TSMC for iPhone 6 A8′s Chip Production and Beyond. Aside from that, Truta also suggests that the iPhone 5S will be powered by the unconfirmed A7 chip with improved capacities.

Samsung will handle the manufacturing of its last A-chip with the A7 processor, or at least this is what we’ve understood from a report posted on the Wall Street Journal, which had more insights from the partnership between Apple and Samsung.

But even though July’s article in the Journal takes a deeper look into the relationship between Apple and Samsung, it doesn’t mention anything related to the iPhone 6 or the iPhone 5S. Actually, the article mentioned that despite the collaboration with TSMC Samsung will be Apple’s basic supplier in 2014, as one of the executives stated.

The article says that Apple is finally signing a contract with TSMC, after negotiations that took around three years. The company will be handling the manufacturing of some A-series processors designed by Apple, beginning with 2014. Since the apparition on the market of the iPad and iPhone, Samsung has been the only manufacturer to deal with the Apple processors. As mentioned in The Journal, the process has been delayed due to some glitches with the TSMC chips that couldn’t perform at Apple’s standards and speed, according to officials from TSMC.

People believe that the relationship between the two smartphone manufacturer giants have soured as a result to the numerous patent battles and the growing success of Samsung Galaxy S series. Thus, Apple decided to search for other suppliers, However, there is no proof that Apple would have anything practical to complain about regarding Samsung’s pricing, manufacturing process or delivery of the key mobile parts.

In another order of ideas, it is pretty important for Samsung to keep Apple satisfied as a customer. According to the Journal, the component orders from Apple were expected to bring $10 billion in 2012, said Mark Newman, one of Sanford Bernstein’s analysts from Hong Kong. This figure represents a huge part of the 67.89 trillion which Samsung declared to have won from component selling such as chips, displays and so on. Apple’s chip only – where Samsung is the only manufacturer – brought them $5 billion in 2012.
As mentioned in the Journal, Apple’s first chip manufactured by TSMC will be made through the advanced20-nanometer silicon process, which should bring improved performance, maybe a smaller size and a more efficient use of energy if iw were compared to the current A chips, which use from 32 to 45 -nanometer.

If the TSMC company will be able to use the 20nm process in big scale volumes at the beginning of 2014, we might see those chips in mobile devices programmed to appear in the second half of 2014. However, the 32 and 28 nanometer versions of the A6 chip and the unconfirmed A7 chip could be everything Apple needs for the 2014 devices.