It has been quite some time since rumors started to flow across about Apple making a shift to IGZO displays for its products. But every time there was disappointment.
However things seem positive this time around. According to the latest rumors Apple is in serious talks with LG and SHARP for IGZO displays.
The technology uses indium gallium zinc oxide and its main benefit will be to reduce battery usage. The power consumption is reduced to such an extent that the Macbook Pro’s using this display could have a battery life of up to 24 hours.
Wikipedia tells us what IGZO exactly is “Indium gallium zinc oxide, IGZO is a semiconducting material, jointly developed by Sharp Corporation and Semiconductor Energy Laboratories, which can be used as the channel for a transparent thin-film transistor. It replaces amorphous silicon for the active layer of an LCD screen, and, with a forty times higher electron mobility than amorphous silicon, it allows either smaller pixels (for screen resolutions higher than HDTV) or much higher reaction speed for a screen.”
With Christmas just around the corner, the folks at Apple have just one mission on their mind: to sell you an iPad.
Apple”s iconic brick and mortar stores have been decked with what appear to be huge iPads in store windows that show everyone what just a real iPad can do. And trust me, watching the video will surely make you want to have one.
Apple has been the true innovator since ages and this innovation continues even after its CEO Steve Jobs passed away. Many people thought that life after Steve jobs would be different at Apple but its great to see they are yet innovating. Thats what you call a true tech company.
According to the latest patent fillings it has been discovered that Apple are making some significant changes to improve their products.
First up they want to have a new screen for their iPad. The iPad has the same Retina Display for over two years now and it was time to change it soon. Apple will most probably have a DUAL OLED backlit iPad 3.
Next up is the iPod Nano. The iPod line had not been upgraded this year in terms of Hardware but Apple are looking for some hardware updates in the near future. For the same they look to have a speaker on the clip of the iPod Nano. Whether they will be fully-functional speakers or just speakers which Apple could use to sense the usage pattern of the users is yet unknown. We hope that it would be a fully functional speaker.
The third thing would be a gestures update to iOS. Apple are looking to implement touch and swipe gestures for their iOS devices.
According to CNET, there are some sources who have informed them that manufacturers are finding it very difficult to create the high resolution 2048×1536 resolution display in large quantities that Apple requires. Though they will start production in November it is quite unsure whether they will be able to make enough to cater to Apple’s needs.
If the manufacturers are unable to make the required number of displays then they will make a 1,600×1,200 resolution display.
Detailed information on this is currently unavailable but we will try to get it very soon.
Until then hope that the manufacturers can make enough display so that we can have an iPad 3 with a better resolution (264 PPI [pixel per inch] — twice than the 132 PPI on the iPad 2).
Look what we’ve found here: a 9.7 inch tablet that looks pretty similar to Apple’s iPad BUT runs Google’s Android operating system (2.3.3 Gingerbread). The knock-off is called Aocos N19 and, of course, like all other knock-offs, this device too originates from China.
The device comes loaded with an impressive 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor (which basically means it is quite fast), runs on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread and comes with 512MB of RAM and 4GB internal memory which can be expanded with a microSD card. The best part: it dons a high-resolution (1024×768) 9.7” capacitive display that offers wide viewing angles and bright, bright colors thanks to IPS Technology which is used in the original iPad as well.
You probably have an iPad. But some Chinese could not afford it. So what they do? Get an iPad knockoff. The Aocos N19 is the latest iPad clone to hit the scene. Unlike Apple’s original iPad, the Aocos is all about Android.
The Aocos N19 is a pretty decent iPad knockoff. It was widely discussed at the local tablet computer forums for its amazing IPS display. At first sight, it is clearly an iPad clone. It packs the usual Android build into a casing that looks a lot like the real thing.
Other features include 720p HDMI output, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, a microSD card slot, miniUSB slot. It is 13mm thick (same as original iPad) and weighs 660g (60g more than the original iPad).
M.I.C. Gadget went hands-on with the device and found it to be running smoothly. Performance on heavy games was just satisfactory.
Wouldn’t we all love it if our iPads could give us 3D displays? A new iPad (3?) prototype has been caught doing exactly this in Taiwan, pleasing our eyes with every bit.
Apple released the first iPad in April last year, and no surprises it was a huge hit. Then roughly a year later, in came the iPad 2 with slight improvements over the first iPad, most notably a front-facing camera bringing FaceTime into play. Now, with iPad 3 expected around the same time next year, many people are wondering what improvements will it hold to make us sell our iPad 2 for the 3rd gen one. For Apple, making the iPad 3 capable of 3D isn’t a bad option at all.
Earlier last month we told you about reports suggesting that the iPad 3 will sport 3D display, and today we have an encouraging prototype 3D show on display, coming right out of Taiwan!
While we are pretty optimistic the next iPad will sport 3D display, there’s also a sense of concern considering the requirement of glasses to view 3D visuals and Apple’s consequent dismissal of using any kind of props for its devices as it goes against their notion of natural user interfaces and user experience. So if Apple ever goes ahead with 3D for any of its devices, it will be such that it won’t require you to wear those glasses to enjoy the action. This also leaves the door open for the possibility that 3D displays could soon arrive on other Apple products, such as iPhones and even Macs.
Whether Apple plans to adopt 3D on any of its products remains pure speculation at this point, as well as whether the prototype showcased is an official one and not just a proof of concept by an obscure parts maker.
Either way, wouldn’t it be great to watch 3D movies on the go?
And that’s how it goes! With the iPad 2 still in its early days, talk of its successor has already pumped up, with 3D display the most talked about feature that will grace the next generation iPad.
Apple are supposedly working on incorporating three-dimensional (3D) technology in the next iPad variant after a ‘Hollywood insider’ and ‘Foxconn’ confirm the news.
“The fact that the iPad 3 is 3D is a dead cert,” one Hollywood insider close to the big movie studios told RCR, adding that the screen would be the real magic. She went on to say that the big film studios were currently running around like blue-arsed flies trying to gear up to release plenty of 3-D content in time for Apple’s next launch.”
iPad manufacturers Foxconn also confirmed the news, adding 3D is already confirmed for the next iPad (iPad 3).
While we’ll obviously wait for Apple to comment on the matter, or for some more evidence to grace us, we can’t totally deny this possibility, especially after looking at Apple’s recent activity in the world of 3D. The Cupertino giant has filed several patent applications relating to 3D technology and have also done intense research on pseudo-3D technologies that involve head tracking that was effectively demoed in a recent iPad app (glasses free 3-D on iPad).
Apart from that, another reason why this rumor could turn out to be true is the growing popularity of 3D technology off late. 3D gadgets are the latest sensation in the market now, as can be seen from the release of many 3D TVs and 3D movies, not to mention Nintendo’s 3DS handheld gaming console. Ask Twitter and it will say #3D #FTW in its usual hash tag elements (hot topics).
So by the looks of it, 3D display is indeed coming to the iPad 3!
Question: Do you think Apple will go ahead with 3D display for iPad 3 or you think its just a rumor?
Apple has added another feather to its recently populating “if you don’t have an iPhone…” series, this time focusing on the adorable retina display.
The series started on the 17th March, with Apple showcasing the App Store, iBooks, and iPod + iTunes in a triple-header visual treat, followed by a 4th in the series yesterday, highlighting the Game Center. This video below is the 5th in the series.
The Droid family is all set to welcome a new member among their midst, the Droid X 2, a successor to the Droid X. The rumors are coming in from The Mobi Zone that the Droid X 2 will resemble the appearance of its predecessor, run on Android 2.2 with MOTOBLUR, and feature an 8 megapixel camera – everything same as the Droid X. Some of the leaked specs include a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core CPU, and 1GB RAM. Not satisfied with this, Engadget came up with their own expectations: “We did some digging around and one of our trusted sources confirmed that the Droid X 2 aka Droid X “squared” is indeed coming to Verizon in Q2 2011 without LTE. However, it appears to be a refreshed Droid X, with the same 4.3-inch WVGA (854 x 480) display, a 1.2GHz single-core CPU, and 768MB of RAM.“
Continuing from where we left off, Samsung has 3 more budget Android 2.2 devices on offer – the Galaxy Gio, Fit and mini. Lets take a look at all 3 of them.
The Samsung Galaxy Gio
The Gio is pretty much similar to the Galaxy Ace attribute-wise, shipping in a 800MHz processor, Android 2.2, and Swype — but has a much ‘attractive’ design than Ace which makes it a more want-able device. Again, just like the Ace, the Gio too has a matte plastic back – a cool new spotting on Samsung’s devices off late. Compared to the Ace, the Gio takes it down a notch with a 3.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Fit
A dull affair this, the Galaxy Fit is pretty much similar to the Gio, with differences between them mostly aesthetic, in the wrong sense. The 3.3-inch handset boasts a 600MHz processor and a 5 megapixel shooter, but is noticeably thicker than the Ace and the Gio. Display support is QVGA.
The Samsung Galaxy mini
This phone is the cheapest of the lot. At 3.14 inch, the mini accommodates a 600MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, and QVGA display. Quoting Engadget: “Sure, it is very pocketable and has a greenish border, but it’s also rather thick, and the display quality just looked incredibly grainy and washed out. Still, we assume if Samsung prices it extremely well, it stands a fighting chance.”
Which is your favorite among the 4 – Ace/Gio/Fit/mini ?
Aha! So apart from the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy S II, Samsung have packed more gifts for us in their luggage en route to the MWC 2011 in Barcelona. There are 4 android devices on offer here – the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Galaxy Gio, Galaxy Fit and Galaxy mini (notice the small ‘m’ for ‘mini’). Though it sounds like a ‘Galaxy’ overdose, these 4 low-end devices are just perfect for your budget.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace
Out of the 4 Android 2.2 offerings, the Ace is the best spec’d device. It doesn’t have the high-end features of the Galaxy S II like AMOLED display or a 1GHz processor, but what it does have is a decent 800MHz chip and a 3.5-inch HVGA LCD display.
3.5-inch HVGA LCD display
5 megapixel camera
While the Ace is the only one of the 4 devices to nab a flash, the feature that remains common for all of them is a Swype keyboard.
Stay Tuned to Firstain as the Samsung Galaxy Gio, Fit and mini are arriving shortly 🙂
Don’t tell me we didn’t warn you before. On the 2nd day of this month we first broke news of the Galaxy S 2’s existence. We also told you it is arriving February 13th (today!). Then yesterday we got more news for you, basically some modifications to the previously claimed specs. And yeah, we also mentioned the S 2 appeared to be the thinnest smartphone till date. And now, it has officially arrived!
Galaxy S 2 has 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display
Galaxy S 2 has 8.49mm thick and 116grams in weight
Galaxy S 2 has 1,600mAh battery
Galaxy S 2 has Response time on the Super AMOLED Plus display is 0.01 millisecond. IPS has a .25 millisecond response time
Super AMOLED Plus has 18% reduction of power over previous Amolders
Super AMOLED Plus has 18% power reduction over previous AMOLEDs
Galaxy S 2 will have NFC technology.But non-NFC models will be available as well.
Galaxy S 2 has 8-megapixel camera with LED Flash + 8-megapixels front camera.
Galaxy S 2 has 30fps encoding and decoding of 1080p video
Galaxy S 2 has a Game Hub which will give users access to networked games