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Rumors have been floating around for months now that Apple would be launching a new HDTV that has been dubbed the AppleTV or iTV. Apple already had the AppleTV set-top box that has been around for a while and has been selling decently in the latest form.

AppleTV

 

A source has now said that the Apple supply chain is ramping up to start preparing the materials for the iTV in Q1. The source claims production will kick off in Q2 or Q3. Apple is said to be prepping 32-inch and 37-inch sizes to start.

The next generation of the AppleTV set-top boxes are also said to still be coming. A solution for users with existing TVs and one of people that want a TV with the tech inside already makes sense. I would bet that the set-top box and the iTV would share many of the same features.

However, other sources also revealed that Apple may continue to launch its next-generation STB-like Apple TVs in 2012 as it has lowered the price of its current version of Apple TV listed on Amazon by 9% recently.

Source: GeekyGadgets, Digitimes

Apple Testing Three iPhone 5 Prototypes?

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Apple, Iphone
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New Rumors Emerging During MWC 2011 Suggest Apple Is Testing More Than One Next-gen iPhone Version, the Slide-Out QWERTY Is Definitely Surprising!

The latest iPhone 5 rumor is that Apple is currently testing three prototype models of the iPhone 5, and the rumor comes from a Taiwan based website which has in the past published information about new Apple devices that have been true.

According to the rumor one prototype iPhone 5 is identical to the existing iPhone 4, except for a larger battery and a more powerful camera, although this doesn’t tie in with the earlier rumor that we heard about the iPhone 5 featuring a larger display.

Amidst all the MWC 2011 talk a strange rumor has emerged saying that Apple is testing not just one but three iPhone 5 prototypes. Nothing wrong with that! In fact that’s what we expect from any smartphone maker, but what’s pretty strange about this rumor is that the words QWERTY slide-out keyboard have been mentioned.

The other reported prototype which sound interesting, is an iPhone 5 with a slide out QWERTY keyboard, this is something we heard last year and didn’t materialize, and something we don’t think Apple will produce.

If Apple are looking to make more version of the iPhone 5 we suspect they will launch two separate models, a new iPhone 5 to replace the iPhone 4s and an iPhone mini to go after budget Android devices.

Well, let’s see what will Apple will update about their latest phones! Will keep you posted…

What will tablets look like in the coming year? Tablets are out of their infancy and moving into adolescence–which means that we can expect big changes ahead as tablets’ design and components improve.

Tablet operating systems will see some new blood, too, with the introduction of Android 4.0 and Windows 8. How will these changes manifest? Let’s start with design.

Lighter and Thinner Tablets

Next year you can expect tablets to become even lighter and thinner than they are now. Actually, the shift has already begun: For 10-inch-class tablets, 1.2 to 1.3 pounds is shaking out as the new normal weight (down from 1.5 to 1.6 pounds as the norm in 2011), and 0.3 to 0.4 inch is becoming the new standard in thickness (down from 0.5 inch).

And those numbers should edge lower still, especially after Android manufacturers see what design leader Apple has in store for its iPad 3, which is widely expected to appear sometime in the first quarter of 2012.

Now that the rush to get a first tablet to market is past, manufacturers will likely turn their attention to the nitty-gritty details–display quality, text rendering, speakers, infrared ports for using a tablet as a remote control–as they try to get right in 2012 what they fumbled on during their first time out. We’ll continue to see a wide array of screen sizes–from 7 inches to 10.1 inches–simply because consumers haven’t yet shown enough of a preference to eliminate some of the middle sizes.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle FireAdditionally, we’ll continue to see prices push down, thanks in part to models like the Amazon Kindle Fire–a 7-inch tablet that sells for $199, which is just a few dollars below Amazon’s cost. Nvidia’s CEO reportedly expects that prices for tablets using Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system on a chip will drop to $299 by mid-2012.

Quad-Core Chips

Nvidia launched the Tegra 3 platform in November. Previously known as “Project Kal-El,” the Tegra 3 packs in a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, a fifth “low-power” core for handling secondary tasks (such as playing music), and a 12-core GeForce GPU for graphics-intensive rendering. With quad-core chips, tablets should become more-capable performers that compete better with laptops than they do today.

Asus Transformer Prime

Asus Transformer PrimeThe Asus Transformer Prime seems poised to be the first tablet to market to include Tegra 3. The Transformer Prime is a slimmer and redesigned version of the first-gen Eee Pad Transformer. The Prime is due to ship in December with an expected price of $500 for a model with 32GB of storage.

Nvidia may have an early monopoly on the quad-core chip market for tablets. Qualcomm announced that its quad-core Snapdragon chips for tablets won’t be out until its Snapdragon S4 line appears in the second half of next year. Qualcomm has already spoken of its chips being used for Windows 8 tablets. Meanwhile, Freescale and Texas Instruments have both said that they also will have quad-core ARM chips in 2012.

We expect to hear about more tablets using quad-core chips–from Nvidia and other manufacturers–during the 2012 International CES trade show in January.

Higher-Resolution Displays

Toshiba Thrive 7

Toshiba Thrive 7″ tabletWhile the 1024-by-768-pixel iPad 2 offers only 132 pixels per inch, the upcoming Toshiba Thrive 7″ tablet will arrive with a 1280-by-800-pixel display that boasts 225 pixels per inch, the same as on the already-shipping T-Mobile SpringBoard. (Due in December, the Thrive 7″ is the smaller cousin of the 10.1-inch Thrive.)

The extra pixels are important, as they help smooth out the text so that you don’t see the dots that form the letters. Rumors are running rampant that a high-resolution display, akin to but perhaps not quite as high as the one in the iPhone 4S, will be in the next version of the iPad.

It’s All About the Operating System

Android Ice Cream Sandwich logo

Android Ice Cream Sandwich logoTablet operating systems will evolve in a big way in 2012. Already, we know that Android 4.0–code-named Ice Cream Sandwich–is the mobile operating system that Google is touting as the great unifier between the divergent Android 2.phone and 3.tablet platforms.

Asus says it will offer a downloadable firmware upgrade for the Transformer Prime, to replace its shipping Android 3.2 OS with Ice Cream Sandwich. But that update won’t be available until the beginning of 2012. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of the new OS via Nvidia’s video of Ice Cream Sandwich on the Transformer Prime.

The actual benefits and implications of Ice Cream Sandwich for tablets remain fuzzy, however, since no tablet has shipped with Android 4.0 yet. In addition to new tablets carrying Ice Cream Sandwich, some manufacturers have indicated that certain already-released Android tablets will get an update to the new OS, but details remain vague.

Windows 8 Tablets

Android isn’t the only news on the tablet-OS front for next year. Microsoft’s big coming-out party for Windows 8 is scheduled for 2012, and Windows 8 is bound for tablets in a big way.

Today, several companies offer Windows 7 slates, including Dell, ExoPC, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Motion Computing, Samsung, and ViewSonic. With prices starting at $650 and running to nearly twice that, however, manufacturers typically position these tablets for use in the business world, where the Windows operating system reigns supreme, and where buyers tend to have custom software already designed for the OS.

When it comes to complete end-to-end compatibility for data, apps, and peripherals, nothing compares to what a Windows device can offer. That’s a significant advantage over Android and iOS that Windows tablets should be able to exploit. Tablets running Windows 8 could address the twin troubles of file handling and app compatibility across devices, since you will be able to run the same software on a tablet as you will on a Metro-capable PC.

Apple Tablets


Finally, with Apple having just released iOS 5.0, we don’t expect a lot of innovation or announcements surrounding the iOS operating system and how it plays with the iPad 3. Those announcements will likely stay under wraps until closer to midyear, when Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference (the date has not yet been set, but it is rumored to be in June). Along the same lines, news of the rumored next Android OS, code-named Jelly Bean, will have to wait for confirmation at the Google I/O conference in April.

Source: PCWorld

The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet only went on sale last month, and it looks like it could end up being one of the most popular Android tablets this year, and according to a recent report by analysts, the tablet is expected to make up 50 percent of the Android tablet next year.

Robert Cihara, an Analyst with Evercore Partners thinks that the Amazon Kindle Fire will grab around 50 percent of the Android tablet market in 2012.

“While Amazon’s Kindle Fire has come out of the gates strong, as expected, we see Apple maintaining its competitive lead, if anything accentuated by what now looks like the only tablet to so far mount any credible iPad challenge apparently needing to do so by selling at cost; not to mention Amazon’s success may just vaporize other ‘for profit’ Android tablet OEM roadmaps (e.g., we est Amazon 50% of all Android tablets in CY12),” Cihra wrote according to Forbes’ Apple 2.0 blog. ”Meanwhile Apple goes on as the only vendor able to cream off the most profitable segment of each market it targets, whether tablet, smartphone or PC.”

Source: Geeky Gadgets, BGR