Apple Announces iPhone Finally Coming to China Mobile on January 17th

Submitted by lalit on December 23, 2013 - 2:48am.

Apple and China Mobile today announced they have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring iPhone to the world's largest mobile network. As part of the agreement, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available from China Mobile's expansive network of retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China beginning on Friday, January 17, 2014. Customers will be able to pre-register for the new phones on China Mobile’s official website ( and on customer service hotline “10086” beginning on Wednesday, December 25, 2013.

“Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world. We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We are delighted that iPhone on China Mobile will support our 4G/TD-LTE and 3G/TD-SCDMA networks, providing customers with high-speed mobile service,” said Xi Guohua, China Mobile Chairman.

“Apple has enormous respect for China Mobile and we are excited to begin working together. China is an extremely important market for Apple and our partnership with China Mobile presents us the opportunity to bring iPhone to the customers of the world's largest network,” said Tim Cook, Apple CEO. “iPhone customers in China are an enthusiastic and rapidly growing group, and we can’t think of a better way to welcome in the Chinese New Year than getting an iPhone into the hands of every China Mobile customer who wants one.”

China Mobile now has over 1.2 million 2G/GSM, 3G/TD-SCDMA, 4G/TD-LTE base stations and over 4.2 million Wi-Fi access points, providing broad coverage to quality networks for iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c customers. China Mobile is rolling out the world’s largest 4G network. By the end of 2013, China Mobile’s 4G services will be available in 16 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. By the end of 2014, China Mobile plans to complete the rollout of more than 500,000 4G base stations, which will cover more than 340 cities with 4G service. The collaboration between Apple and China Mobile will give a big boost to the development of China's homegrown 4G/TD-LTE technology. iPhone on China Mobile supports major cellular network standards, making a global phone a reality for China Mobile customers.

Details of pricing and availability of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for China Mobile will be available at a later date.



MDN Reports 4K Thunderbolt Display Coming on December 19th With The New Mac Pro

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2013 - 7:42pm.

Few hours back Apple announced that they will start taking orders for the new Mac Pro and now MacDailyNews is reporting that Apple might even launch new 4K Thunderbolt Display alongside the Mac Pro. MDN posted:

We have been hearing a growing smattering of chatter from disparate sources, none of which can be confirmed to our satisfaction to report this as anything other than a rumor, that Apple is planning to surprise professional users with a 4K UltraHD Thunderbolt Display alongside the release of the Mac Pro tomorrow, December 19th.

MDN has also heard from one source that some other peripherals will also be announced tomorrow for the new Mac Pro.

The new Mac Pro can support up to three 4K displays via Thunderbolt 2 ports. And as there are very few 4K displays available on the market today. It would be a good idea for Apple to release their own, giving customers an option of spending their cash on Apple’s 4K display rather than some third party 4K display. Most customers buying the shiny new Mac Pro would want a 4K display to see the new desktop in its full glory.

[Image Via SlashGear]


New Mac Pro Available for Order Starting December 19

Submitted by lalit on December 18, 2013 - 5:26pm.

Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals, including the latest 4K displays.

The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999; and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999. Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.


Rumor: iPad Pro with 2K Display in April and 4K Display in October 2014

Submitted by lalit on December 17, 2013 - 10:49am.

International Business Times is reporting that Apple is working on iPad Pro model that will feature 12.9-inch screen. The website is also reporting that “The tech giant will be releasing the device in April 2014 sporting a 2K display. Another model sporting a 4K display will reportedly come in October 2014.

Which we think is odd, because if Apple plans to release iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display why launch two different model with 2K and 4K display within six months. We believe if Apple releases a iPad Pro in 2014 it will come with 4K display only and the 2K display will be for the 9.7-inch model.

Business Times farther adds that the iPad Pro will provide very clear picture quality very similar to high-end UHD displays. 2014 will be a interesting year for Apple and the company will launch two very important high end products, that will change the way we look at mobile devices.

[Image Via iMore]


Samsung Galaxy S5 to Get QHD Display and Iris Verification

Submitted by lalit on December 16, 2013 - 6:46pm.

ZDNet Korea is reporting that next year Samsung plans to announce smartphone with QHD display and Iris Verification technology. QHD screen have 2560 x 1440 resolution, which is higher than full HD resolution 1920 x 1280 displays used by Samsung in their current top of the line Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.

According to ZDNet, Samsung acquired iris verification technology this year and is now rushing to start mass production to compete with Apple’s Touch ID sensor on current iPhone 5s. Samsung plans to announce the new smartphone with QHD display and Iris technology at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February 2014.

Even though ZDNet doesn't mention that next generation Galaxy S5 will be brining these technologies to the market, but we think that as the Galaxy S series is Samsung’s top-of-the-line device it will be the first device to get these technologies.

[Image via ZDNet]


PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Sell More Than 2 Million Units in First 3 Weeks

Submitted by lalit on December 11, 2013 - 5:30pm.

Last week, Sony announced that they have sold over 2.1 million units of PlayStation 4 in less than 18 days and today Microsoft announced that they sold 2 million Xbox Ones in first 18 days. The main difference in the sales figure is that PS 4 is now available in 32 countries and Xbox One is currently available in 13 countries.

However, supplies of both the gaming consoles have been very limited and they are really hard to find in most countries. Both Sony and Microsoft says that they are working hard to get more supplies in for holiday season. But it looks like you will be lucky to get your hands on one of these consoles unless you live in US or Canada.


Qualcomm First 64-bit Mobile Processor Snapdragon 410 Coming in Q2 2014

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 10:40pm.

Even though, Qualcomm executive called Apple’s A7 64-bit chip a marketing gimmick, the company has just announced that they will be following Apple and will launch a 64-bit chip in 2014. However, Qualcomm will target mid-range smartphones with their new chip rather than higher-end smartphones like Apple did with A7 chip.

The other interesting thing about the new chip is that Qualcomm will directly use ARM’s Cortex A53 CPU core in Snapdragon 410 and not their own custom-made ARM CPU core like they do in there high-end chips.The A53 architecture offers 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set, which Qualcomm’s custom Krait CPU doesn't offer yet.

The Snapdragon 410 will have new Adreno 306 GPU, support for 13-megapixel camera, 1080p video recording and LTE connectivity via MSM9x25 modem and RF360 Front end solution. This would enable smartphone makers to build single phone model compatible with most common LTE bands rather than multi-model approach required by previous generation chips.

Qualcomm will start sampling Snapdragon 410 in Q2 2014 and devices based on the new chip should come to the market in second half of 2014.


Not Just iPhones, iPads are Also Selling Like Hot Cakes in Japan

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 7:38am.

Yesterday, we posted BCN’s report that 9 out of top 10 smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones. And today, BCN is reporting that 6 out of top 10 tablets selling in Japan are iPads. The survey was for the month of November.

iPad Air took 1st, 5th, 9th and 10th spot; and iPad mini took 2nd and 8th spot. iPad Retina mini wasn't in top 10 as it shipped in mid-November and Apple had only limited supply. Asus Nexus 7 was the other tablet in top 10 taking 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th spot. But that might change soon as iPad Retina mini is seeing unprecedented demand and reports are that supply of the new iPad Retina minis is improving. It will be interesting to see how tablet sales ranking will change in December.

[Via Forbes]



Samsung Introduces First 1 TB mSATA SSD

Submitted by lalit on December 10, 2013 - 5:34am.

Samsung has announced that it launching 840 EVO mSATA Solid State Drive line-up, including the industry’s first 1 terabyte mSATA SSD this month. Even though the mSATA drives are a quarter size of 2.5-inch SSD, it offers same level of high density and high performance.

“With the new mSATA SSD line-up offering up to 1TB of memory and an optimized software tool, we expect that consumers can enjoy high storage volume and performance on ultra-slim notebooks besides desktop PCs,” said Unsoo Kim, senior vice president, memory brand product marketing, Samsung Electronics. “We will continue to bring leading-edge SSD products and software solutions with improved quality and reliability, while working on offering higher consumer satisfaction and strengthening competitiveness of our branded memory business.”

The new 840 EVO mSATA SSD utilizes Samsung’s advanced 128 gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory based on 10 nanometer class* process technology. To form a 1TB version SSD, a total of four flash memory packages are used, each package having 16 layers of 128Gb chips. Based on the advanced memory technology, the 1TB mSATA SSD comes in a thickness of 3.85 millimeters and a weight of 8.5 grams, which are approximately 40 percent and a twelfth of a typical hard disk drive (HDD) respectively.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up is available in 120 gigabyte (GB), 250GB, 500GB and 1TB, and achieves the highest level of performance based on Samsung’s proprietary controller and TurboWrite technology. The 1TB version offers 98,000 random read and 90,000 random write IOPS (Input Output Operations Per Second) , as well as sequential read and write speed of 540 megabytes per second (MB/s) and 520 MB/s, enabling complex multi-tasking for advanced users.

The 840 EVO mSATA SSD line-up will be available this month globally, and exact launching date can vary depending on the region. Samsung didn't announce prices for the new mSATA lineup.



9 Out of Top 10 Selling Smartphones in Japan are iPhones

Submitted by lalit on December 9, 2013 - 3:41am.

BCN, a company tracking consumer electronic device sales in Japan reported that iPhone 5s and 5c are in the first nine positions out of top 10 smartphones selling in Japan. Various iPhone 5s models occupied number 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th spots; and iPhone 5c occupied 4th and 8th spots.

The only non-Apple device in top 10 smartphones was Sony Xperia on number 10th. The sells survey was for the month of November and 76.1% of smartphones sold in Japan were iPhones, which was higher than 61.1% average for three months till October. Apple launched the new iPhone 5s and 5c in September and this jump in sales would indicate that the new models are selling well in Japan.

Few weeks back, it was also reported that over 50% of smartphones sold in US were iPhones for the month of October and Samsung Galaxy S4 was a distant third on most US carriers after iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the smartphone race. [Via Forbes]