AMITIAE - Friday 28 December 2012
Cassandra - Friday Review - The New Year Weekend Arrives
By Graham K. Rogers
Opening Gambit:The usual rumours and more with speculation from online sources. Chip supplies to come from two companies in Taiwan (and none in Korea). Sales of iPads rather high if Tweets are to be believed. Apple patent on wind technology. Tim Cook: salary, no stock awards gives $4.17 million. Hints for iPads, Macs and iTunes. Microsoft to expand their numbers of empty shops: photographic evidence. EU, Samsung and fair use of patents: it may cost them billions.
Apple StuffThere have been a number of unconfirmed reports and rumours about Apple production changes in the last couple of days.
There has also been a rumour about a new product to be developed in conjunction with Intel: a Bluetooth watch: "1.5-inch OLED screen from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay" and it may ship in the first months of 2013 (Electronista).
Related to supply and demand, MacNN are reporting that there is great demand for the iPad mini and that shipments are apparently falling behind, with a one week delay in shipping. That should have the analysts wringing their hands and crying out, Woe and Alas.
Linked to the manufacture of the iPad and iPhone are the ARM chips that are used, and as Apple is not really all that happy with Samsung who make the chips, then copy the products, it seems prudent to make a move away from South Korean manufacturing. This has been rumoured for months, and Electronista added to this on Wednesday with a comment that (as has been suggested before) Taipei will be the beneficiary of a move, but this time Unimicron Technology Corporation is named as well as TSMC: the other company expected to pick up the slack.
Also using the same sources is Bryan Chaffin on The MacObserver, who comments that there were "nearly four times as many people tweeting from their new iPad as the next three devices combined." Bryan also mentions the quasi-research by Gene Munster a while back on the number of iPads sold to the zero Surface tablets.
Perhaps a little more scientific (or less speculative) is an examination by Chitika, who monitor advertisement impressions: the number of clicks. They looked at a week in early December but only in the US and Canada and found that 88% of all use is from iPad users. There were slight gains by Kindle tablets and the Galaxy now taking 4.25% and 2.65% respectively. The graph does not show the iPad. If it did, some of the smaller players might be lost. [MY source for the link was MacDaily News.]
The rotational energy is converted into heat, not mechanical energy, and this is stored in a fluid medium and used when needed, so that the generation of energy is not wholly dependent on the wind.
That information came from the proxy statement that Apple issued preparatory to its next financial report for the financial year, Mike Schramm writes on TUAW. As well as Cook's salary, there is disclosure about Bob Mansfield's enticement package and notification of the first shareholders' meeting of the year in February.
Also providing some user advice, and this will also be useful for some new users, is Topher Kessler who has keyboard shortcuts - key commands - for iTunes 11. Taking this all a couple of steps further, especially for those of us with out of warranty iPhones, is Allyson Kazmucha on iMore and her DIY guide to repairing the iPhone 4S, with a dozen different problems covered.
Half and HalfThere was a great fanfare on Wednesday when it was announced that Microsoft were to expand their ventures in retail even more in the next months, Roger Cheng reports. So far they have not only copied Apple on this as well, but have made sure that the outlets are within a short distance of existing Apple stores. Roger Cheng's report adds: "Microsoft is attempting to emulate Apple's wildly successful retail push, which has created a network of stores that command impressive foot traffic and sales."
Ah, but then the reality cuts in.
We had just followed a link from The Loop to an item on ParisLemon that has a back to back (well, top to bottom) comparison of pre-Xmas views at Apple and Microsoft stores. Do you think anyone at Redmond actually notices; or are they all so scared of chair-chucking Ballmer that they keep telling him his new clothes are just wonderful.
It is similar here. I saw that the Apple iStudio stores were packed out on Xmas Day (shops stay open here) but the Nokia and Blackberry stores right next door were sparsely attended: more staff than customers. It was the same in the department store: Apple section busy, staff twiddling their thumbs elsewhere.
There are also comments in a similar vein concerning the FRAND abuse in Europe with a suggestion that Samsung - and Google - could ultimately be fined billions. Charles Arthur on The Guardian is obviously thinking in pounds, but that would convert to a higher number of dollars (at least for now). Google is in the dock apparently for the way Motorola attempted to ban sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 through its use of SEPs (standard-essential patents) relating to Wi-Fi and the H.264 video standard.
There is also a seemingly hypocritical point in the article from Samsung about the use of SEPs. On the one hand Samsung insist that they are "committed to licensing our technologies on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms", yet the article reports that they continue to "seek sales bans via SEPs in other parts of the world, including the US, Asia and Australia."
In my house that was called having your cake and eating it too. [My source for this was MacDaily News.]
Other MattersIt can hardly be a surprise, but when HP recently reported taking a massive hit for its takeover of Autonomy with a claim of falsified figures being aired, this had to go further. Casey Newton writes that HP is reporting that the Department of Justice has opened an inquiry into this.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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