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This week, Bloomberg sparked a number of headlines with reports that iPad mini demand was failing based on supplier Pegatron’s earnings numbers as revealed at an investor conference. Those claims were later refuted by Pegatron CEO Jason Cheng, who argued that Bloomberg’s Tim Culpan had misquoted him to reach his conclusion about iPad mini numbers.
The problem here is one that comes up repeatedly for Apple watchers, namely that of trying to divine from scattered sources what the future holds for the iPhone maker. Reports of slowdowns, layoffs or weak fiscal results from any number of supplier companies, including Pegatron, Foxconn and Sharp have bloggers feverishly pounding keys, predicting dire straits for Apple to come. The problem is, these have never been a very strong indicator of what’s actually going on with Cupertino and its products, and for good reason.
As Fortune’s Phillip Elmer-DeWitt learned from Cheng via email, Pegatron has a wide customer base and never breaks out how each of those are affecting its bottom line or its quarterly financial outlook. Pegatron has its fingers in all kinds of pies, including home video game consoles and e-readers, both of which are currently suffering badly in terms of consumer sales.
Here’s a look back at some equally dire reports from recent memory that also turned out not to have any relation whatsoever to anything Apple was doing, performance-wise.
- Apple’s Q2 Earnings Foreshadowed by Weak Foxconn Results – Disappointing results at Foxconn for its most recent quarterly results were seen as a bad sign for Apple’s progress, but it still filed extremely impressive results, despite a rare year-over-year earnings decline.
- Apple’s Suppliers Experienced A Very Weak February – Supplier reports indicated that Apple was having weak iPad sales, which obviously wasn’t correct as it blew expectations away in terms of sales of its iOS tablet devices.
- Apple iPhone 5 Sales Showing Weakness – Apple was seen as dramatically underperforming relative to Wall Street’s consensus estimates on iPhone sales for Q1 2013, and in fact they exceeded consensus by a fair number (selling 47.8 million iPhones).
- Exclusive: Japan’s Sharp cuts iPad screen output – Sharp shipping woes on iPad panels were seen as an indicator that Apple was having difficulty moving iPads, prompting one analyst firm to predict that Apple would ship only around 8 million iPads in Q1 2013, when in fact they shipped 22.9 million.
In the best of cases, supply chain reports offers some vague insight into the larger picture of Apple’s inventory channels, but when looked to for solid indicators of performance, they’re about as dependable as using a magic 8 ball. The iPad mini, by all reasonable accounts, looks to be a very strong performer for Apple, and it’s very likely we’ll see that trend continue.
While Microsoft executives have been hinting at the arrival of a Windows 8 update, codenamed Blue, two Acer execs have been voicing their approval of planned changes for the OS. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Acer president Jim Wong explained that Microsoft is making alterations “at a high percentage” rate thanks to OEM input. Arguing that the world is not going 100 percent touch in the next five years, he says “touch makes a lot of possibilities for PCs,” but that “you need to take care of the rest of the world that doesn’t need touch” too.
Windows chief Julie Larson-Green dropped big hints about changes for non-touch use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system recently. Speaking at the Wired Business Conference earlier this…
Nokia’s Lumia 928 for Verizon has long been rumored, but an alleged billboard poster appears to hint that its arrival is imminent. My Nokia Blog spotted a billboard for Nokia’s Lumia 928, complete with new renders of the device. The Finnish smartphone maker claims in the ad that the 928 has “the best low-light smartphone camera,” alongside Verizon and Windows Phone logos.
The photos of the rear of the device match previously leaked images complete with the new Xenon flash. Nokia’s apparent claims on the billboard suggest that the company is likely utilizing its new LED and Xeon flash combo to improve the already impressive low-light performance from the Lumia 920. Nokia is expected to unveil the device this month, with a 4.5-inch…
Patent filings, we don’t take so seriously. One of Japan’s richest men, with the potential to call on an army of lawyers to defend what he claims is his invention, we probably ought to. Masayoshi Son, the billionaire (and philanthropic) CEO of SoftBank, has given a two-hour speech to his shareholders about his technological predictions for the next 30 years, and about halfway through he describes a familiar idea: augmented reality glasses that can understand what a person is saying and provide subtitles as a visual overlay. At one point, he specifically mentions protecting the concept:
“By the way, we’ve already taken out a patent on this — translation glasses with captions.” (1:22:49 in the video at the source link.)
We think we may have found the patent application in question, submitted in 2010 by SoftBank Mobile Corp. It does show a translation function similar — but not totally identical — to what’s been shown off in a recent Project Glass promo video, in which a guy translated his own words using Google’s specs. In any case, the whole patent system is so esoteric that it’s impossible to predict what ideas will clash and what won’t, but it’s worth bearing in mind how Masayoshi Son first became rich: he sold a translation device patent to Sharp for $ 1 million. What are the odds on that?
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AT&T has issued a clarification on its Galaxy S4 pricing via the unique method of a small statement in a footnote to an earlier post. Previously, AT&T had announced via its consumer blog on March 28 that it would be offering the Galaxy S4 starting at $ 249.99 with pre-orders beginning April 16. Now, it has amended that post to add that that’s for the 32GB model, with the 16GB version priced cheaper at $ 199.99 on a two-year agreement.
The move comes a full five days after the initial post, and after a number of bloggers, analysts and news publications pointed out that Apple’s iPhone 5 would be cheaper on a two-year contract than the Galaxy S4 on AT&T’s network. It seems bizarre to have the clarification come so long after what ended up being a very widely covered pre-order announcement, which was also followed by the news that the HTC One would also come in cheaper than the Galaxy S4 starting at $ 200 with a two-year term.
It’s odd enough to make me wonder whether the change in pricing and available storage options is the result of a decision after the fact by either Samsung, AT&T or the two together to offer the 16GB product SKU as a way to achieve price parity with flagship phones from competing manufacturers. I’ve contacted AT&T to learn more about why it neglected to mention the $ 199.99 16G Galaxy S4 option in its original post, and will update if they respond.
The bottom line for buyers is that the Galaxy S4 will launch on an even playing field with the HTC One and the iPhone 5 in terms of entry-level pricing at AT&T, which means price won’t be a factor when it comes time to choose a new flagship phone from one of the most interesting players in the mobile market.
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Google Glass, the advanced head-mounted computing project the company is gearing up for a possible launch later this year, will be assembled in the U.S., according to a new report from the Financial Times today. The assembly will take place in a facility located in Santa Clara and managed by partner Hon Hai Precision, also known as Foxconn.
Google is building the first run of its ambitious close to home so that it can be close to the action in order to tweak the process and easily add last-minute fixes into the mix, the FT’s unnamed sources say. Assembly will take place in the U.S., but will use components supplied mostly by partners in Asia. Google has a rather checkered history when it comes to making gadgets close to home, however: its Nexus Q media streaming device was originally touted for its U.S.-based manufacturing, but the project was ultimately shelved without official explanation after it baffled early reviewers.
As of today, Google is notifying the winners of its #IfIHadGlass competition for early access to Project Glass devices, which will give 8,000 lucky people the opportunity to pay Google $ 1,500 for the device months before it launches to the general public. Production for those devices is said to be ramping up “in the coming weeks” according to the new report, at the facility located near Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
The effort to manufacture Glass at home likely has a lot to do with quality control for a product that for now will have an extremely high price tag and an extremely low unit count. But Foxconn has in the recent past talked about plans to expand its U.S. operations, and Apple got a specific callout during this year’s State of the Union address for bringing some Mac production back to U.S. shores, so this could be about more than just wanting to make sure the first production runs go very smoothly.
We’ve reached out to Google for confirmation or additional comment, and will update if they provide a response.
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Last month we heard rumors of an anti-used game system for Microsoft’s next-generation ‘Durango’ Xbox console, but an additional leak this week appears to reinforce those claims. Vgleaks, previously responsible for revealing accurate specifications for Durango, has provided screenshots of an Xbox Development Kit (XDK) for Microsoft’s next-generation console. We’ve seen screenshots leak before, but these appear to confirm a number of previous rumors.
As part of a Durango hardware overview, the leaked documentation states that every next-gen console will include a hard drive with enough capacity to “hold a large number of games.” All games are said to be installable to the drive, and “play from the optical drive will not be supported.” K…
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The Galaxy S IV leaks are coming quickly, from a lot of sources including the business itself, and this morning brings 2 in quick succession. Initially, as Matt reported previously, shots illustrating the addition of brand-new Smart display setups from a version of Android 4.2.1 for the Galaxy S III emerged, and now another source is declaring to have gotten images of the exact same thing from an U.S. design Galaxy S IV.
The Galaxy S IV screenshots come from GSM Israel, a blog with a very strong track record in reporting early leakage information. This time around, the blog state it ’ s really positive that these screenshots are legit, as they come from a “ really reputable ” source. Another reason to believe these are the genuine thing? They match up quite closely to the earlier GS III screen leakages showing comparable changes to that device ’ s setups screens, as you could see in the side-by-side image below.
Along with a screen that appears to confirm Samsung will indeed be consisting of “ Smart scroll ” in the new variation of its Galaxy S smartphone, along with attributes that change display positioning, pause media playback and disable screen timeout based on head positioning, these leakages likewise show we ’ ll see the reported 1.8 GHz quad-core processor powering this phone. Data from the Quick System Details Pro app additionally suggest rumors about the GS IV ’ s 1920 × 1080 pixel display, with Retina-busting 440 ppi pixel density and an about 5-inch display, are additionally precise.
There ’ s likewise a display of the device ’ s camera choices, which show it ’ ll have the ability to max out at 13 megapixels, an additional oft-rumored spec for the still-unannounced device. Samsung likely gained ’ t have many surprises left to provide on phase when it unveils the Galaxy S IV next Thursday, March 14 at a presentation in New york city City, but this still looks like a phone that will help Samsung continue its Android device sales prominence. And we ’ ll still be on hand to make sure you get the information and verifications of these functions live as they take place.
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“Keep Calm and Rape a Lot” is one of hundreds of t-shirts based on the much-used “Keep Calm and Carry On” World War II propaganda poster that a Massachusetts-based company offered for sale on Amazon until today. The manufacturer, Solid Gold Bomb, removed the shirt and numerous other offensive iterations of the phrase after a receiving a flurry of tweets and complaints. The shirts were primarily sold on Amazon UK, which has now removed insensitive versions of the garment.
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Global flavors of LTE bands can be a hassle for travelers and firms making multiple versions of the same device, but Qualcomm says its solved that quandary with a new radio chipset. Dubbed the RF360, the silicon is hailed as the world’s first mobile chip that packs support for global LTE, which translates to connectivity for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM / EDGE — breaking down the barriers separating roughly 40 different LTE bands. Not only does it lend globetrotters a hand, but Qualcomm claims the component carries a few other “world’s first” features that allow manufacturers to build thinner products with improved antenna performance, battery life and connection reliability. The outfit also unveiled the WTR1625L chip, which stakes claim to an industry first by sporting carrier aggregation alongside international LTE compatibility. Hardware made with the RF360 isn’t expected to arrive on shelves until the latter half of 2013, but for now you can mosey past the break for the nitty gritty details and a video to walk you through them.
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