Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tim Cook Visits Foxconn Zhengzhou Plant and China Telecom Headquarter

Tim Cook visited Foxconn's Zhengzhou Plant

On March 26, MicGadget claimed that they spotted Tim Cook at Apple Store in Beijing and met Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang. Today, they have confirmed the latest news that Tim Cook has visited Foxconn Zhengzhou plant.
The latest news that we heard is Tim Cook visited Foxconn Zhengzhou plant! This plant an iPhone production line, which has employed 120,000 people at the factory. We’re not sure whether that’s one of the plant that going to produce the new iPhone. 

They also claimed that Tim Cook has visited the headquarter of China Telecom to talk with Xiaochu, the head of China Telecom.
Furthermore, we also heard Tim Cook made a visit to the headquarter of China Telecom. The source said Cook has a 30 minutes talk with Wang Xiaochu (the head of China Telecom), they talked about their next plans for the next iPhone. Reportedly, Cook has already made a visit to meet China Unicom on the day when he appeared at the Apple store in Beijing. However, the source didn’t mention Cook is planning to visit China Mobile though.
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(via Micgadget)

Apple Releases iTunes 10.6.1 Update

Apple has issued a version update for iTunes which address a number of bugs:
iTunes 10.6.1 provides a number of improvements, including: 

- Fixes several issues that may cause iTunes to unexpectedly quit while playing videos, changing artwork size in Grid view, and syncing photos to devices. 
- Addresses an issue where some iTunes interface elements are incorrectly described by VoiceOver and WindowEyes. 
- Fixes a problem where iTunes may become unresponsive while syncing iPod nano or iPod shuffle. 
- Resolves an ordering problem while browsing TV episodes in your iTunes library on Apple TV.
The update is available through OS X's Software Update.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Angry Birds Space Now Available For Download

Fans of the Angry Birds franchise, take notice: the disgruntled feathery creatures have conquered space, and they’re out to show those dastardly pigs a lesson.

The latest installment of this megapopular game, Angry Birds Space, is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC.

The new version brings several important changes, most importantly gravity, which will allow players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on unsuspecting pigs.
The game has 60 levels, with more content available through in-app purchases (only in the iOS version for now). The game includes hidden goodies and secret levels, and Rovio promises regular free updates for the future.
Owners of Apple’s new iPad will be glad to know that the game supports the new Retina display as well.
You can download the iPhone version here and iPad version here.
The Mac version is also available in the Mac App Store, and the PC version is available from Rovio.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reuters Report: The Next iPhone Will Use 4.6-inch Display

Reuters relays rumors from a South Korean newspaper which claimed that the next iPhone will have a larger display:
Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.
The 4.6-inch screen would be a lot larger than the previous rumors. There have been persistent rumors that the next generation iPhone would have a large 4" screen.

A 4.6-inch screen is even harder to believe, and would place the new iPhone amongst the latest screen sizes available on a smartphone. Here is the comparison shot between the 4.65" screen of the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S which has a 3.5" screen.

TheVerge Comparison between Galaxy Nexus (4.65") and iPhone 4S (3.5")

Still, its hard to dismiss the talk of a larger 4" iPhone screen completely. Back in November, iLounge first reported that the 3rd generation iPad would be approximately 0.7 mm thicker than the iPad 2. As it turns out, they were on the mark with the actual new iPad being 0.6 mm thicker than the previous design. The same source that provided that information had this to say about the next generation iPhone:
Our source says that the next-generation iPhone will not look like the teardrop-shaped version that was widely rumored for release in 2011. We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production. We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.

Macrumors' Previous "iPhone 5" mockup based on leaked case designs

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(via Macrumors)

'Draw Something' Maker OMGPOP Is Bought By Zynga for $200 Million

iPhone Screenshot 2

Social game-maker Zynga has agreed to acquire OMGPOP, the development house behind the incredibly popular "Draw Something". The price is reported to be $180 million plus $30 million in employee retention payments, according to Peter Kafka at All Things D, though Zynga isn't confirming that number.
OMGPOP brings to Zynga an incredible team of industry veterans and a community of highly engaged players. It’s a great industry example of creating games around the ethos of giving people a place to play, meet and make friends. OMGPOP’s existing mobile and platform games will not change. We fully support what they’ve built to date, and we’re going to work hard to give Draw Something and all of their games the resources and tools they need to grow and flourish. 

Dan Porter has built an amazing team and culture at OMGPop, and I can’t wait to see what that team builds next. We think we can amplify their efforts, and we’re going to work together to make sure that more players love more of their games, both in the current stable of titles, and new IP we’ll see in the future.
Draw Something has shot to the top of the App Store charts since it was released six weeks ago. It has been download over 35 million times. Last week alone, Draw Something recorded more than 1 billion drawings.

Draw Something is available as a universal app. Free version is an ad-supported and a $0.99 is an ad-free version.


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(via Macrumors)

iPhoto For iOS Has Already Been Downloaded Over 1 Million Times

Apple announced iPhoto for iOS 5.1 at the iPad event on Mach 7th, and since then (about 2 weeks) the app has already been downloaded over 1 million unique customers. The app is priced at $5, so that means Apple has made $5 million since launch day.

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop just confirm the news:
Apple told me today that its newest iOS app, iPhoto, hit 1 million users in less than 10 days after its release. It’s important to note that figure is users, not downloads. It’s quite possible that one user downloaded the app multiple times, but Apple isn’t counting those, only the unique users.
You can download the app here. It is $4.99 and once you buy it you can re-download onto your iPhone, iPod or iPad as many time as you want.

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(via Cult of Mac)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

5 Reasons Why The New iPad Runs Hotter Than The Old Ones

CNET interviewed Raymond Soneira, President of DisplatMate Technologies, regarding the problems of the heat that comes from the new iPad. He offered a few reasons why:

  1. Twice the LEDs: That means more heat coming from more LEDs. This is especially a problem at full brightness. 
  2. 2.5X the power needed: The brightness efficiency is lower because the new iPad has more pixels (which means more transistors) compared to the iPad 2. More pixels and transistors take up more space, meaning less opportunity for light to pass. "So they basically have to blast light through the LCD to make it come out." Soneira adds: "I measured the LED power at maximum brightness--it's two and a half times greater than on the iPad 2." 
  1. Battery generates more juice: The battery has to push out more power. This makes the battery warmer. 
  2. Traditional LCD technology: Sharp's power-efficient IGZO technology was not ready for the new iPad. That forced Apple to use traditional--and less power efficient--amorphous silicon tech. 
The iPad's new A5X chip with quad-core graphics may be another factor to a warmer iPad. The new chip is faster and larger, which typically leads to more heat.

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