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iPhone 5 LTE release date tipped via Qualcomm shortage

iPhone 5 LTE release date tipped via Qualcomm shortage

This week it appears that the next generation iPhone 5 may have been inadvertently tipped by Qualcomm's quarterly earnings call via a supply issue warning for analysts tracking their mobile chipsets. The chipsets that are, in particular, seeing a strain on supply at the moment are their new 28-nm modem chips made to power the next generation of LTE speed devices. Qualcomm Chief Executive Paul Jacobs spoke to analysts saying that "demand went so far ahead of availability that we've decided to start spending more money to get more supply as soon as possible."

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28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

28nm production halt could delay Snapdragon S4 products

Qualcomm have so far avoided chasing cores, saying that Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip is “overkill”. Instead the company is hoping that the latest version of its Snapdragon chip, the S4 “Krait”, will provide enough performance with just two cores. While development platforms have gone out to various publications and developers for testing, the 28nm chip could be facing production delays, which would have a knock-on effect on phones like the HTC One X and One S.

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Apple details supply chain in annual responsibility report

Apple details supply chain in annual responsibility report

Apple's supply chain is one of the more closely guarded secrets in the tech world; even simply confirming you have the Cupertino company in your order book has been enough to see some companies lose contracts. However Apple itself has spilled the beans on the rolodex it flips through when it needs a new iPhone screen or iPad radio, detailing the firms [pdf link] which together account for 97-percent of procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing and assembly of products worldwide.

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$3.6bn Samsung facility supplies Apple A5 chip and maybe A6

$3.6bn Samsung facility supplies Apple A5 chip and maybe A6

Apple has again turned to Samsung for production of its iPad 2 and iPhone 4S processor, with a 1.6m square foot production facility in Austin, Texas, responsible for churning out the dual-core Apple A5 chipset. The $3.6bn production line only reached full capacity this month, Reuters' sources claim, with the bulk of the output going to satisfy Apple's endless hunger for processors. The rest of the Samsung facility is at work producing NAND flash memory chips.

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Samsung announces prediction-busting Q3 2011

Samsung announces prediction-busting Q3 2011

Samsung has estimated impressively strong financial results for Q3 2011, with operating profit expected at 4.2 trillion won ($3.6bn) while sales will reach 41 trillion won, an almost 4-percent quarter on quarter rise in revenue. Market estimates had pegged likely operating profit of 3.4 trillion won, short of what the Korean company has announced today, with analysts suggesting that Apple's iPhone 4S reveal this week is unlikely to impact Samsung's rising star.

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iPhone 5 Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

iPhone 5 Details Roundup [Mid-Sept 2011, pre-release]

It's time for a massive rundown of Apple's next big gigantic release, all of what's being called most often the iPhone 5. This device has many rumors and insider tips on details surrounding it, all of this coming together to create a lovely picture of a late 2011 or early 2012 release of the next generation of one of the most popular smartphones on earth. Let's begin with a possible late October release and some fresh ink on a Chinese iPhone LTE deal. Note before we continue on that we've got to mention the other iPhone that'll very possibly be coming out: the iPhone 4S. This phone, if you ask me, will be given away for free, while other sources say it'll be coming out first and free while the iPhone 5 is pushed back to a later date.

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Apple A6 tipped ready for primetime (in iPad 3?) come Q2 2012

Apple A6 tipped ready for primetime (in iPad 3?) come Q2 2012

Apple's new A6 processor could be ready for public debut as early as Q2 2012, new reports suggest, with TSMC again tipped to be in trial production of the new ARM-based silicon. According to CENS' industry sources, the design of the Apple A6 is expected to be taped out in Q1 next year, using 28nm production processes and innovative 3D stacking construction. If the timescales are correct, the iPad 3 - which rumors suggest will use the A6 SoC - could arrive later in the year than the iPad 2 did, constrained by the production availability of the CPU.

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Apple’s Samsung dependency: iPhone 4 is full of foe

Apple’s Samsung dependency: iPhone 4 is full of foe

The paradox of Apple suing one of its biggest suppliers has been well commented on, with the Cupertino lawyers pulling no punches while engineers reportedly specify even more Samsung components on the production line. The Economist crunched the numbers and mapped them out to show just how much of a hand Samsung has in the iPhone 4, figuring that $45.68 of the component costs for a 16GB GSM unit go to the Korean firm.

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