Somewhere, Steve Jobs must be smiling. That’s because today, Hell froze over and Adobe finally waved the white flag of surrender on its efforts to bring Flash to mobile devices. Pretty amazing when you consider it was only a year and a half ago that Jobs penned that famous “Thoughts on Flash” meme which helped get the ball rolling for Adobe getting more behind HTML5. While mobile device owners savor a moment of victory, here’s what else is making headlines this Wednesday, November 9, 2011.
Despite recent rumblings about an iPad 3 swinging into stores this fall alongside iOS 5 and the next iPhone, it appears more likely that we’ll see it in early 2012, which is more in line with Apple’s annual update schedule. The good news is, that so-called “Retina Display” rumor continues to persist.
Take that, Google: A new report suggests “second-grade” touchscreen panels rejected by Apple for the iPad 2 are making their way into “Chinese ‘white-box’ iPad clones” used for cheaper Android tablets.
There may not be a new iPhone this month, but that doesn’t mean Apple is sitting on their thumbs basking in the warm glow of summer. A new report claims that the company is slowing orders for iPhone 4 components, which can mean only one thing: New models ahoy!
Is it just us, or do you get the impression that the next iPhone will have a camera lens separated from the LED flash? That certainly seems to be the case as more and more evidence keeps turning up, including this new photo of an alleged fifth-generation iPhone part.
Can’t we all just get along? It appears that where the iPhone 5’s camera lens is concerned, maybe not. Rumors are flying fast and furious that the next iPhone will relocate the LED flash to the opposite side of the handset, rather than cozied up to the lens as part of the same component.
Everyone’s favorite Taiwanese tech website is back with a pair of rumors claiming that favored Apple manufacturer Foxconn is getting hit with a double whammy of both component and labor shortages which are creating headaches for supplying iPhones and iPads alike.
Remember those rumors about a Retina Display-equipped iPad 3 coming later this year? Well, just walk on by, nothing to see here -- as it turns out, component suppliers are now saying that such talk is much ado about nothing.
Here we are a week later, and lines reportedly still continue to form for the second generation of the iPad. Shipping times are still at 4-5 weeks on Apple's site. Despite the continued onslaught of demand, Apple, along with its manufacturing partner in Foxconn, believe they have enough components on hand to be able to assemble new iPad 2s for at least another 2 to 3 weeks before a potential stockout that would put production on ice if the tragic situation in Japan does not improve.
A new report out of Taiwan claims that Apple has cornered much of the market for touch panel components -- nearly 60 percent. with the intention of using them to meet internal goals of shipping 40 million iPads in 2011.