iPhone 4 part orders drop in spring
New leaks Tuesday morning hinted at Apple ramping down production of the iPhone 4 ahead of the future model. PCB (circuit board) suppliers were told to cut their orders by about 10 percent for the spring. Orders were expected by Digitimes' source to go back up in the summer as Apple stepped up production for the next model.
iPad 2 gets more suppliers ahead of big shipments
New tips have revealed that Apple is expanding the number of companies supplying printed circuit boards (PCBs) even ahead of the actual launch timeframe for the next iPad. Originally going with just three, Apple is thought to be adding four more that include Compeq Manufacturing, Gold Circuit Electronics, Meiko and Nan Ya PCB. The Digitimes insiders said newcomers would ship only small amounts between late February and early March before shipping en masse in April.
EDN expects iPad 2 to have Retina Display and USB
Industry contacts on Friday said they expected the next-generation iPad to revolve around five key changes. The centerpiece would be "new display technology" that would bring a Retina Display-like LCD. It would also supposedly gain a USB port, Taiwan's Economic Daily News was told, although this may be a second Dock Connector if accurate.
New designs take advantage of dual-cameras, flash
Two different companies have spotted the same need and created products to fill it: with the iPhone 4 capable of capturing high-quality photos and video, everyone wants to be in the picture, so owners need a way to have the iPhone stand on its own to capture the action. Joby, who make the Gorillapod line of tripods, and XShot, who make both extenders and tripods, have each put out a custom design for the iPhone 4, each a bit different.
Board maker tips point to iPhone estimates
Apple is queuing up a large number of new iPhones just for June alone, a new estimate may have revealed. Insiders claiming that the handsets' circuit boards will be made by Tripod and Unimicron also expect Apple to ship 3.5 million to 4 million units of the new smartphone for its June launch. The same sources estimated Apple would ship between 8.5 million to 9 million of the phones in the full summer quarter afterwards.