So much for a slow weekend for tech news! On Saturday, The New York Times published a lengthy exposé on why Apple manufactures its products in China -- and it’s not just about cheap labor. Then, on Sunday, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion dropped the bombshell most of us have been expecting: After two decades, its co-CEOs are stepping down in favor of a virtual unknown who thus far appears to be towing the company line.
Given that the iPad 2 was released earlier this year with a newer A5 processor, it probably won’t come as a surprise if and when Apple announces a similar move for the next iPhone -- and judging from a recent leaked photo of an unassembled handset, that’s just about exactly what you should expect.
It’s simply amazing how all over the place rumors of Apple’s next handset have become -- what’s news one morning often gets snuffed out later that day with a completely contradictory rumor. Such is the case with the iPhone 5, which may miss its fall debut completely due to production delays.
Try as Apple might to keep its new iPhones a secret, if the company wants to have accessories available on launch day, they have to share with third-party companies. That’s why cases are often an early indicator of what the next generation device will look like, and now comes a new wrinkle: A screen protector that’s mysteriously a little wider, with space for an elongated home button.
We hope you’re not too sick of iPhone 5 rumors, because here comes another one! The unannounced handset seems to be all anyone wants to talk about right now, with even the otherwise lackluster news that the handset is now being manufactured starting to make headlines.
We already know how most of you feel about Steve Jobs’ departure as CEO of Apple this week, but what about some of the company’s manufacturing partners in Asia? A new report claims that the resignation will have minimal impact on them, particularly because new CEO Tim Cook was already overseeing most of that business in the first place.
It goes without saying that we live in challenging economic times, although you wouldn’t know it to look at companies like Apple Inc., who have been lifted ever higher with each passing financial report. A new report claims that smartphone makers have started cutting back on fourth quarter chipset orders over economic concerns -- and that includes the mighty Apple as well.
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.
Just when you thought you’d gotten nice and cozy with your iPad 2, along comes all of these nasty rumors about an iPad 3/iPad HD that might come flying into stores later this year -- which may require Apple taking on a second manufacturer to keep up with demand.
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! A new report claims that Apple has placed an initial manufacturing order for 15 million iPhone 5 units and they’re set to start shipping in September, likely alongside the release of iOS 5 and iCloud.