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A peep into Apple’s future: A Photo essay

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on October 20, 2009

Introducing a photo essay to my blogs with this post, since pictures say it louder than words. Well, Mostly!

Apple Tablet 1

Apple’s sinful delights. The iMac, iPhone and iTablet are every tech geeks dream. Everyone seems to have a desire for these products. On the product side, these gadgets are an innovators delight and every consumer’s dream.

Apple Tablet

The first look of the fames iTablet: Apple’s next wonder machine!

Apple Tablet 2

The iTablet in its full glory. Connecting to the internet is fun more than everything else.

Apple Tablet 11

This then is the edge. A foldable OLED screen that adorns the Tablet. This may probably be the first sight of iTablet’s second runner. There are others who have worked with FOLED (Foldable OLED screens); Samsung and Sony to name a few, and this technology is another class altogether.

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Nokia, Apple head to head on Internet Tablets

Posted in Industry updates by Manas Ganguly on August 21, 2009

Nokia is to have another go at convincing customers they need a tablet PC in their house according to spy shots that have turned up on the internet.

Called the Nokia RX-51, the handset, which looks like an XL version of the N97 just released are from an Indonesian website claiming to have got their mitts on a prototype.

According to the forum where the details were first posted the new model will have a screen resolution of 800 by 480 pixels, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Ziess lens on the back, slide out qwerty keyboard and Wi-Fi. It will run on an OMAP3 ARM Texas Instruments chipset. A SIM card slot also looks to be present.

Not surprisingly considering the history of the company’s N800 and N710 models it will run the Linux Operating System based on Maema 5.

Nokia is expected to launch a range of new devices at Nokia World in September.

Nokia’s 2009 roadmap shows some interesting devices rather than just more handsets.

Could this be launching next month? If that had to happen, Nokia could have a faster “to the market” time compared to Apple which is also expected to showcase the iTablet sooner!

TabletsWhile the RX 51 is only a dirty shot of the final piece, the product architecture is sadly reminiscent of the N 97 form factor, while if the Apple iTablet Pic leaks are to be believed, the form factor is a refreshing change. Add to the mastery over the UI that Apple has and it looks like this showdown is already heavily swaying towards Apple’s prodigy. I would have assumed that Nokia would like to recreate the earlier WiMAX tablet designs which it had shelved an year back. But that doesnot look like to be the case. By designing the Tablet so close to N 97, Nokia is actually stealing all the technology glam and flaunt quotient that Apple seems to be positioning itself on.

Earlier, market researcher Richard Doherty, claimed that Apple has developed two protoype tablet computers: one essentially an oversized iPod touch carrying a 6-inch screen and a second one with a larger screen. Apple has developed prototypes of two different tablet machines — one that resembles a large-sized iPod and boasts a 6-inch screen, and another that features a larger display. The larger prototype is able to run all Mac applications, and allows for video and audio editing and graphic animation, Doherty says. The 6″ one , which looks like a larger iPod, lends itself to watching videos, playing games, and reading e-books. Earlier,Apple had been rumored to have investigated screens for its tablet prototypes ranging from 4 inches to 12 inches, although most rumors have pointed to a screen of approximately 10 inches for Apple’s planned launch product.

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Apple: What next?

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on July 23, 2009

Apple’s Q3 results have been very good! The thought is that this is Apple’s brightest hour and having hit the peak, there is no way but a gradual slide down. However there is more in the communication from Apple on how they let their own products cannibalize themselves and how they are innovating the future! Apple COO stops short of naming iTablet as the next from Apple Stable

Ref: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124820913514969595.html; http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124821056118269783.html; http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2009/07/21/live-blogging-apple-earnings-2/

Apple has been heaped with praises for its non-conformist strategy and super-hit portfolio of products which have upstaged the industry incumbents. The Q3 results declared this week have been Apple’s moment in history! Third-quarter sales rose to $8.34 billion, up from $7.46 billion a year ago, due in part to strong sales of the iPhone. Net income rose to $1.23 billion, up from $1.07 billion. Apple’s growth of 4% with IDC forecasting negative 3 percent and Gartner forecasting a negative 5 percent, puts them 7-9 points ahead of the market.

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  • Response to the new iPhone 3GS has been tremendous with over 1 million sold by the third day after its June 19th launch. Apple goes on record saying that they are currently unable to make enough iPhone 3GSs to meet demand and are working to address that.
  • Apple registered outstanding sales of 2.6 million Macs setting a new June quarter record and nearly meeting the all time quarterly record.
  • Apple sold 10.2 million iPods which was down from 11 million in the year ago quarter. There were two key reasons for this decline: First, we reduced channel inventory by over 400,000. Second, sales declined by 4% year-over-year.
  • The iTunes store delivered another great quarter fueled by strong sales of music, video and apps.
  • Apple retail stores hosted 38.6 million visitors during the quarter compared to 31.7 million visitors in the year-ago quarter –an increase of 22%.
  • Apple’s app store has more than 65,000 apps, compared with 1,000 to 2,000 at the Nokia store. Apple thus has a substantial lead on apps.

 There were a few significant announcements during the earnings call, which warrant attention.

The first point 

  • The iPod growth story now appears to be tapping off. Shipments of iPods fell 7% from the first quarter to second. And iPod ASPs also declined, despite the growth of the more expensive iPod Touch.
  • Revenues from selling Mac computers actually fell 8% last quarter compared to a year ago. The company sold 4% more Macs than it did in the same period last year, at a lower price point.

Macs and iPods are slowing down and may be entering the declining plateau stage of their life cycles! Apple would have seen this coming, and the $99 iPhone would be cannibalizing the iPods, by design.

Secondly, if you read between the lines of Timothy Cook’s message, it appears that Apple has a trick up its sleeve. Quoting Apple COO, Timothy Cook

I think some of the netbooks that are being delivered, or many of them, are very slow. They have software technology that is old. They don’t have a robust computing experience. They lack horse power. They have small displays and cramped key boards.”

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Is this what Apple is going to spring upon Netbook manufacturers?

The invective makes you think that while Apple rails against the existing Netbook makers, may be, it has a net-book product that it plans to launch soon! Is this the Apple heralding its iTablet.

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Apple: iTablet (netbook) and Camera iPod next?

Posted in Mobile Devices and Company Updates by Manas Ganguly on July 6, 2009

Apple’s quest for relentless innovation keeps the technology geeks wondering and guessing on its next product line additions.

In what may be seen as Apple’s first venture into the world of netbooks, Apple seems to be readying up a Qtr 04, 2009 10” screen iTablet using Infineon Chips and ARM technology.The Hon Hai Precision Industry is rumored to be producing the netbook for Apple.
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Mac’s iTablet Concept

In another report/rumour the next generation of iPods are rumored to be getting cameras. Rumors from around the web are citing independent verification that the iPod will receive a camera which only makes sense as an evolutionary step.The iPod Touch seems like the most likely candidate to receive the camera as it is currently the top of the line iPod for Apple. Even more so is that the software to take pictures, record video, and edit the film is already written as the software for the iPhone. Apple has placed an order for a massive number of camera modules of the type that they include in the iPhone. These are inexpensive cameras, in the $10 range likely to be used for the iPods.

Source: http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/07/06/ipods-to-get-cameras-in-september, http://idannyb.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/analyst-report-10-screen-itablet-in-4th-qtr-2009/

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