There may very well be more than one iPhone 6 device appearing in your pocket in the near future. Word on the street for several months now has been that Apple would release two devices, both of them larger than the iPhone 5s on the market right now.
A new set of pictures has leaked out of China, showing what’s believed to be the new, larger iPhone 6. Keeping in line with previous reports, the newest device looks much bigger, and has the same styling aesthetics. Curved, metal, and familiar, this may just be actual production photos of the new iPhone.
In a recent statement, Foxconn (Hon Hai) announced plans to increase its work force numbers by 15,000 in Taiwan, a move that will help bolster its business growth efforts. Though the number pales in comparison to its Chinese employee numbers, it will be a significant increase to the company's 46,000 workers in Taiwan.
This week Microsoft’s miniature press conference at Mobile World Congress 2014 had Joe Belfiore speaking up about a variety of topics, not least of all changes in requirements for Windows Phone. In addition to suggesting that in the future, manufacturers would not need to include a physical camera button to create a Windows Phone device, Belfiore suggested that a number of new Qualcomm processors would be able to work with Windows Phone in the near future.
Typically, when we talk about Foxconn, we are talking about the Chinese company and its production of Apple gadgets. Foxconn does have customers other than Apple, but Apple is one of the largest. A new tie up between a US tech firm and Foxconn has been tipped. This tie up is said to be between Google and Foxconn in the robotics arena.
According to a report that has surfaced at the Taiwan publication Apple Daily, Chinese manufacturer Foxconn has kicked off a test production run of 100 iPhone units with sapphire display glass. This follows confirmation of a sapphire manufacturing facility in the US by Apple's Tim Cook today.
There have been some sad and shady dealings at Foxconn in the past; including a rash of employee suicides a few years back. Recently about a dozen Foxconn managers were arrested on charges that they were running a kickback scheme on component suppliers. The charges claim that the managers were demanding kickbacks from iPhone part suppliers.
With BlackBerry joining hands with Foxconn Technology Group this upcoming season, it would appear that at least two unique devices have been cancelled before they’ll have been released. This cancellation includes phones codenamed Cafe and Kopi, both of them having been planned as lower-end devices. BlackBerry plans on having Foxconn take over the manufacture of all oncoming low-cost phones.
BlackBerry has announced $4.4bn in losses in its most recent financial quarter, looking to a new device manufacturing deal with Foxconn to try to staunch the gush of cash from the beleaguered Canadian firm. BlackBerry shipped just 1.9m smartphones in the three month period ending November 30th, 2013, of which the majority were cheaper BlackBerry 7 handsets rather than the BlackBerry 10 phones the company has pegged its future on. Meanwhile, BlackBerry is also axing its BlackBerry Live conference, the company has admitted.
Foxconn, perhaps best known as Apple's manufacturing partner of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, is making a push into wearables with a new investment fund for innovative startups in the segment, it's reported, with business said to kick off in early 2014. The financing scheme will begin selecting potential candidates in the first quarter of the new year, two sources tell Bloomberg, though operations won't supposedly get their own dedicated premises until Q4. Foxconn demonstrated a smartwatch prototype of its own earlier in 2013, though the incubator will be intended to facilitate third-party projects.