Applelinks iOS News Reader - Friday, November 2, 2012

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iFixit Tears Down iPad Mini
iPad Mini Samsung 32nm System-on-Chip Confirmed
Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 8 Support For Mac
Apple Releases iOS 6.0.1 Software Update
Apple Enables 'Superstorm Sandy' Donations In iTunes Store
Analyst Slams Apple Innovation FAIL
Larger Display Sets iPad mini Apart from Other 7-Inch Tablet Competitors
LeviSync Premium iPad Dock for iMac
iLounge Releases 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide






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iFixit Tears Down iPad Mini

iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens says:

Apple is filling out their touchscreen device lineup just in time for Christmas. The iPod Touch has been extremely popular with families, and we expect the iPad Mini will be a big hit with kids. But what will happen to the glass when they hit it with the full force of their childlike glee? We took apart the new Mini to find out just how durable and repairable it is.

This product continues Apple's design pattern of creating devices with built-in consumables that are challenging to replace. Relative to the $329 price, Apple's $99 battery replacement program is very expensive. Without regular battery replacements, the iPad Mini is doomed to the same 2-3 year maximum lifespan that the iPad has. Apple has not stated whether the iPad Mini's battery has the same 1000 cycles rating as the iPad or the 400 cycle (12-18 month) capacity of the iPhone.

With that in mind, we're working on improved techniques to disassemble iPads, as you can see in the teardown here:
http://bit.ly/Q8wruj

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What we found:

(*) We can confirm the iPad Mini has stereo speakers, no matter what Amazon says.

(*) We had to do some sleuthing to find some of the screws on this thing--several tiny screws were hidden underneath covers and inside crevices.

(*) In an odd typographic quality lapse, the kerning of the laser-etched serial number on our unit is quite poor.

(*) Apple wasn't joking about "mini"; this iPad contains some of the smallest screws we have ever seen!

(*) Apple has reportedly been working to move away from Samsung as a primary supplier, so it's somewhat surprising to see a Samsung chip driving the LCD. We cannot 100% confirm that this display is made by Samsung, although it seems likely. Apple could be multi-sourcing this component, since supply chain reports indicate that AU Optronics and LG are providing displays.

(*) The battery is a large, single 16.5 Whr cell.

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(*) Components:
(*) Apple A5 processor--same as the latest iPod Touch, with 512 MB RAM
(*) Murata 339S0171 Wi-Fi, same as the iPhone 5.
(*) Multi-chip Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controllers
(*) Hynix H2JTDG8UD2MBR 16 GB NAND Flash

Repairability score: 2 out of 10. The screen is glued to the case. The battery is glued down. The logic board is really glued down. The headphone jack is glued in. The only good news is that the LCD is not fused to the front glass.

This iPad was delivered a bit early up the road from us in Berkeley. We'd like to thank friend-of-iFixit, the ever perspicacious Jeff Atwood, for helping us get our hands on it.

Cheers,
Kyle Wiens
iFixit

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The teardown:
http://bit.ly/Q8wruj






iPad Mini Samsung 32nm System-on-Chip Confirmed

Chipworks says:

Remember the past, when Apple launched the Apple A5X to great fanfare? When the A5X launched, Apple also snuck in a change to the process generation in their A5 chip by putting a new 32 nm version inside the iPad2 and Apple TV3. Apple (likely) plays it this way because they don't want people evaluating their products based on commodity technical specifications, but based on the overall experience with the device....

When we looked at the A5 package markings found in the iPad Mini, we saw that it had the exact same package markings as that found in the latest (fifth) generation iPod....

The foundry for the A5 is confirmed to be Samsung...

For the full report, visit here:
http://bit.ly/QXgTXe






Microsoft Reveals Windows Phone 8 Support For Mac

The Register's Caleb Cox reports that Microsoft has refreshed its Windows Phone application for Macs, which now enables data transfer between Apple computers and Redmond's latest mobile platform.

The Windows Phone 3.0 update includes support for Retina Display Macs, iPhoto 9.3.2, Aperture 3.3.2 and naturally Windows Phone 8, and is is available free through iTunes.

For the full report, visit here:
http://bit.ly/QWIWpN






Apple Releases iOS 6.0.1 Software Update

iOS 6.0.1 Software Update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
• Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
• Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
• Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
• Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
• Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
• Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
• Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

For information on the security content of this update, visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

This update is available via iTunes and wirelessly.

System Requirements
iPhone 5
iPhone 4S
iPhone 4
iPhone 3GS
iPad (3rd generation)
iPad 2
iPod touch (4th generation)

The update is available via iTunes on the Mac/PC or on the device via Settings > General > Software Update.

For more information, visit:
http://bit.ly/Tx4Kuu






Apple Enables 'Superstorm Sandy' Donations In iTunes Store

The Register's Rik Myslewski reports that Apple has added a button to the home page of its iTunes Store that clicks through to a page where you can use your iTunes account to donate money to "Help Superstorm Sandy survivors."

All you need to do is click the Donate button and "iTunes will transfer 100% of your donation to the American Red Cross."

For the full report, visit here:
http://bit.ly/Wc7XTu






Analyst Slams Apple Innovation FAIL

The Register's Caleb Cox reports that Wall Street analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research has lashed out at Apple in a research note to clients, claiming the Mac maker's innovation is "sputtering" on the back of its failure to introduce touchscreen notebooks and desktop all-in-ones.

Cox suggests that perhaps Mr. Chowdhry has forgotten that the late Steve Jobs, was against the idea of touchscreens on computers, maintaining the view that "touch surfaces want to be horizontal," commenting in October 2010: "We've done tons of user testing on [computers with touchscreens] and it turns out it doesn't work."

For the full report, visit here:
http://bit.ly/PJC3vf






Larger Display Sets iPad mini Apart from Other 7-Inch Tablet Competitors

IHS iSuppli Display Materials and Components Service notes that the iPad mini stands apart from competitive 7.x-inch media tablets with its larger display, which is intended to offer a user experience that is closer to full-sized tablets - along with its use of the 4:3 aspect ratio, which makes it suitable to capitalize on the existing iPad ecosystem. However, the mini display falls short of other comparable 7.x-in tablets in terms of its display resolution.

"Apple has thrown its hat into the ring for smaller-sized media tablets with the iPad mini, putting it into direct competition with alternative devices such as Google Nexus 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the Barnes & Noble Nook HD," says Vinita Jakhanwal, director for Small & Medium Displays at IHS. "However, by using a bigger display with a larger viewing area for the iPad mini, Apple is trying to offer a media tablet thats physically smaller than other iPads, but doesn't totally compromise the user experience delivered by the larger members of the iPad line. But, it differs by sticking with the 4:3 aspect ratio used in other iPads, rather than the wider aspect ratio of 16:10 employed by competitors - a dimension that can be better suited for displaying high-definition video content in the landscape mode.

Big Sales for Small iPad Predicted

Despite the tradeoffs, Apple historically has been extremely shrewd in picking which features will appeal to consumers for its media tablet and smartphone products, and IHS believes the mini will continue the company's winning streak with the 7.9-inch, 4:3 aspect ratio design, ready to tap into the existing base of applications already developed for the iPad 2.

Some experts were expecting the mini to be less expensive, and downgraded their shipment forecasts based on Apples announced pricing. However, the pricing conformed with IHS iSuppli expectations, and continued Apple's pattern of offering premium-priced media tablets and smartphones that are highly successful in the market.

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Display Rundown

The iPad mini comes equipped with a 7.9-inch display. In comparison, the other brands have displays nearly 1-inch smaller, at just 7.0-inches, as presented in the table below.

The larger screen size of the mini leads to a bigger display viewing area - 35 percent greater than the other media tablets with 7-inch displays

Furthermore, the bezel width on two sides of the mini's display has been reduced, decreasing the breadth of the device. The overall size of the mini is only 13 percent larger than the Google Nexus 7, but the minis display area is 35 percent bigger. When compared to the Kindle Fire HD, the total size of the mini is about the same. But similar to the Nexus 7 comparison, the display area of the mini is 35 percent bigger - again, a case of clever designing to offer more viewing real estate without impacting the device form factor.

Resolution Comes into Focus

The mini's display has a pixel format of 1,024 by 768 pixels, resulting in a resolution of 163 pixels per inch (PPI).

This is lower than the other 7.x-inch displays, whose resolutions are greater than 200 PPI. The Nook HD, for instance, has a resolution of 243 PPI, putting it closest to the 264 PPI Retina display resolution of the new iPad and the newly launched fourth-generation iPad. The resolution of the iPad 2 is 132 PPI and with the same pixel format as the iPad mini. Although the resolution is lower for the mini, the smaller iPad offers compatibility with the multitude of apps developed for the iPad 2 that continue to be sold in the market.

Another Aspect

All the iPads including the mini use an aspect ratio of 4:3 for their display. The other brands like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Google use a 16:10 aspect ratio. The recently launched iPhone 5 moved to a 16:9 aspect ratio. In a 4:3 aspect ratio display, HD video content that isnt letterboxed will be displayed with black bands above and below the video. The wider aspect ratio (16:10) improves viewing experience of video and game-based multimedia content, making such displays more suitable for devices meant primarily for the consumption of video content.

Viewing content in the portrait mode is better supported by a 4:3 aspect ratio, however, and may be better suited for multiple-use devices employed in viewing web pages, books and magazines. The 4:3 aspect ratio also increases the screen area on a same-sized display when compared to a wide aspect ratio display, and may require less scrolling to view the content.

Skinny mini

The iPad mini is also a much thinner device compared to the other tablets in the 7.x-inch category. The devices thickness is only 0.28-inches, or 7.2mm, compared to 0.41-inches for the Google Nexus 7 and 0.45-inches for the Kindle Fire.

The display technology for the mini continues to be in-plane switching liquid crystal display (IPS LCD), which is used in most 7.x-inch branded tablets. However, improvements have been made from the previous-generation iPad displays to make the minis screen slimmer and lighter.

The mini's slim design is partly due to its battery, the thinnest single-cell battery ever made by Apple. However, its also likely that changes have been implemented in the touch screen design. IHS believes that the glass layer that houses the touch sensors in the larger iPads has been replaced with plastic film for the mini..

In terms of device weight, the mini at 0.68 pounds is the lightest among the other top 7.x-inch tablets, despite having a larger screen size and area. The Nook HD isnt that far behind at 0.69 pounds, but it uses a smaller 7.0-inch display.

mini Display Suppliers

The main display suppliers for the iPad mini are likely to be LG Display of South Korea and AU Optronics (AUO) of Taiwan. LG Display has been supplying panels for the entire iPad line since the launch of the first iPad, and is likely to be the main supplier for the iPad mini displays.

The other suppliers for iPad, Samsung Display, also of South Korea, as well as Japans Sharp, at this point are not in the iPad mini panel supply chain.

AUO, meanwhile, is a new supplier for Apple iPad products. It remains to be seen how quickly AUO will be able to ramp up production of 7.9-inch IPS LCD panels in order to meet demand. With an aggressive initial rollout for the mini that includes Asian regions like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Japan, any display manufacturing and yield issues could impact the availability of the mini iPad for the remainder of the year.

For more information, visit IHS iSuppli Display Materials and Components Service at:
http://bit.ly/SCBAKD






LeviSync Premium iPad Dock for iMac

LevTech, Inc has introduced LeviSync, a new way to sync and charge any iPad.

The iPad is a wonderful device that many many people use daily, but statistics show that iPads are used primarily for web browsing and primarily in the evening hours. The desktop computer still does the heavy lifting through most of the day, relegating the iPad to sit, forgotten in some corner of your life. At LevTech they've decided to try to join the iPad to the iMac workhorse in a way that would allow the iPad to be a helper throughout the whole day's work. LeviSync is now for sale on its home site for a price of $179 USD.

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With an iPad positioned conveniently to one side of an iMac's large screen, suddenly the user has more screen real estate to make use of. LeviSync allows iPad to be close at hand for displaying stock charts, music playlists, videos, movies, email, and whatever the user finds useful. This positioning of the iPad makes a perfect perch for making FaceTime calls. Making FaceTime calls in this fashion keeps the desktop's screen free of yet another window, and allows the user to get up and take their call around the office or house with them.

Because LeviSync is an Apple accessory, it's designed to blend well with Apple's designs fluidly. LeviSync has solid bead-blasted Aluminum and Power-coated steel construction that make a very firm support. Also inline with Apple's minimalistic culture, LeviSync doesn't require the end user to be involved with cables each time they want to charge their iPad, nor does LeviSync take up extra desk space. LeviSync uses the iMac to suspend it self in mid air. LeviSync is designed with a zero configuration install, so no tools are required.

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LeviSync provides extra utility to an iMac computer with it's 4-port USB hub that is hidden away under it's base. LevTech designed LeviSync to be compatible with all full sized iPads on the market and iMacs from the current 2012 released iMac back all the way to the first Aluminum and black plastic enclosed iMacs. LeviSync allows the user freedom to position the docking arm to the left or right of the iMac, and to angle the iPad freely in any direction, portrait, landscape and everything in-between.

LeviSync:
http://www.levisync.com

Purchase LeviSync:
http://www.levisync.com/products/levisync

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iLounge Releases 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide

Only weeks after the latest iPods and iPhone 5 hit stores, leading independent Apple authority iLounge today debuted the 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide, a comprehensive look at Apple's pocket devices, plus top third-party accessories and apps. As the 19th publication in iLounge's multi-million-downloaded series of Buyers' Guides, this all-new edition includes 208 pages of insightful, well-researched information and reviews, including the best current iPhone/iPod models, speakers, cases, batteries, and games, each with many eye-catching options suited to different tastes and budgets. The 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide is available for immediate free download from iLounge.com in the popular, widely compatible PDF format.

"For eight years in a row, iLounge's Buyers' Guides have offered the industry's smartest and most trustworthy shopping advice, just in time for the holiday shopping season," explains Jeremy Horwitz, iLounge's editor-in-chief. "Our 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide will help readers with every type of iPhone- or iPod-related purchase - new or used, hardware or accessory, game or app - and even offers great tips on selling or repurposing older devices."

Designed for first-time and long-time Apple users alike, the 2013 Guide focuses on several key areas of the iPhone and iPod experience:

(*) Apple's devices. iLounge includes capsule reviews of Apple's current iPhones and iPods, complete with screenshots, color guides, and per-model buying advice. A model-by-model summary called iNtelligence offers quick, smart advice at the bottom of every iPhone and iPod review, while an updated comparative guide to iPhone and iPod touch cameras explains how every model compares with both point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Additionally, the iGlossary clearly explains 200 Apple technical and marketing terms that have become confusing over the years.

(*) Accessories. From iPhone cases to universal batteries, Bluetooth speakers, and even iPod toys, our editors look at the year's very best products across major accessory categories. Selected strictly on editorial merit, these accessories represent the cream of the crop from thousands of different vendors, distilled down into easily digestible collections of top picks. Best of the Year Awards include both Editors' and Readers' Choice Awards for 2012's top products and developers.

(*) Games and Apps. A combined Top 100 iPhone iPod Apps Games section looks at the 100 new and recently-updated titles our editors consider to be the best for iPhones and iPods, including special sections on apps for children, photography apps for adults, and games spanning multiple genres.

(*) The iLounge Pavilion at 2013 CES. A brand new section spotlights 12 of the over 450 developers who will show Apple-related products in the iLounge Pavilion, the largest dedicated exhibition area at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sneak peeks at some of their upcoming products are included, as well.

(*) History and Galleries. Updated with the latest year of major Apple developments, iHistory provides a comprehensive timeline of important iPod, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and iTunes turning points, while the latest reader-submitted iPhone, iPod, and iPad Around the World photos show the ubiquity of Apple's products across the globe.

"Once again, our 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide is a must-read," said Dennis Lloyd, Publisher of iLounge and the Buyers' Guide. "This is the world's most popular and comprehensive guide to iPhones and iPods, and we distribute it in the well-established PDF format, compatible with everything from an iPod touch or iPhone to an iPad, PC, or Mac. You'll find it easy to read even if you're carrying it in your pocket, and even more beautiful on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer."

iLounge's Buyers' Guides and Books are the world's most widely read publications covering Apple's digital media products. Downloaded millions of times, the Guides now include 19 semi-annual magazine- and book-style publications released by iLounge since 2004. All of these publications are available from iLounge.com/library for free, and are published as a service to the Apple community without any editorial involvement from advertisers or Apple itself. The 2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide can be downloaded from iLounge starting today.

iLounge:
http://www.ilounge.com

2013 iPhone + iPod Buyers' Guide:
http://www.ilounge.com/2013bg

Facebook Profile:
http://facebook.com/iloungecom

Twitter Profile:
http://twitter.com/ilounge

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