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Apple manufacturer Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to acquire display maker Sharp

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iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has posted a $5.3 billion bid to buy Sharp, the Japanese display manufacturer who has faced financial difficulties in recent years. iPhone displays are currently manufactured by Sharp, Samsung and LG and assembled at Foxconn’s plant. A successful Sharp purchase puts Foxconn in the position to make iPhone display components, going beyond assembly.

Another possibility is that Foxconn will start producing its own branded electronics products, although competition with Apple is unlikely given their relationship. Foxconn is certainly being aggressive with its offer.

Foxconn has promised to retain current Sharp management, in an effort to woo skeptics of foreign takeover. It is also willing to take on Sharp’s debts to secure the deal. Outlook for iPhone is unclear however, as rumors continue to suggest Apple will adopt OLED screen technology in the next couple of years. Apple is not expected to use OLED in the iPhone 7, with most rumors pointing to 2017 and 2018 time periods. The capacity for Sharp to make OLED panels is unknown.


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Benjamin Mayo

January 21st

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Nucleus Raises $3.4M To Build A Smart Home Intercom

nucleus-lifestyle-kitchen Available for pre-order today, Nucleus is a connected home device that lets families have two-way audio and video conversations in the home, between homes, or with any mobile device. Here’s how it works: Homes using Nucleus will ideally purchase multiple units for different areas or rooms in the house. Once connected, Nucleus lets users communicate with other Nucleus’ by… Read More

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Fitz Tepper

October 13th

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Foxconn reportedly interested in buying Sharp’s LCD business with an investment from Apple

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has proposed to purchase Sharp’s LCD business. The deal would see Foxconn hold a majority stake in the company, while Apple would also come on board as an investor. The exact breakdown of the partnership between Foxconn and Apple in purchasing Sharp’s LCD […]

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Chance Miller

September 24th

Apple

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Supply chain reports back KGI timings of iPad Pro entering production in September

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Supply chain sources cited by Digitimes back a KGI report that the iPad Pro is expected to begin production in September, ramping up into mass production from October. While Digitimes has a spotty track record, this report is more specific than many, providing details of display suppliers for the new device.

The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while [Foxconn subsidiary] GIS will provide GF touch panels.

Samsung Display and TPK will be secondary suppliers, with TPK responsible for touch modules and Samsung for displays as well as LCD assembly … 

The display is expected to feature a resolution of 2732×2048, the first indication of this found in iOS 9 code and seemingly confirmed by analytics data.

Digitime‘s sources also reportedly estimated 2015 shipments of 4-5M units, roughly in line with KGI’s estimates of 5.5M.

It’s still unclear whether Apple will announce the device at its annual iPhone event on or around September 9th, or at a separate iPad-focused event in October.

Concept image: Curved/labs


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Ben Lovejoy

August 20th

Apple

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Sketchy rumor: iPad Pro and last new iPad mini launch in Q4, iPad Air 3 in 2016

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A rumor published this morning predicts that Apple will release it’s long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro alongside the next generation iPad mini during the second half of the holiday season in Q4. Both will allegedly be assembled exclusively by Foxconn. That much we knew.

Speculation from Asian sources referenced by Economic Daily News suggests that Apple wants to ensure that nothing distracts from the focus on the larger iPad Pro, meaning the iPad Air 3 launch would be pushed back until 2016. In this seemingly unlikely scenario, when a Pro tablet is eventually launched, it’s more likely to fit a niche in the market rather than be the new, main device Cupertino is touting.

What’s more, the story goes as far as suggesting that Apple might discontinue the iPad mini range altogether after the 4th generation mini. This suggestion itself is highly speculative. We’re not sure even Apple would know if the iPad mini 4 is its last mini tablet, or not, at this point in time. That seems like a decision that would be made after seeing how the market reacts to the mini 4. Perhaps Apple is planning to build a hybrid Mini/iPod touch next year?

Saying that, with the iPhone 6 Plus on the market now, Apple has a large smartphone on the market which could cannibalize sales of any small tablets it sells. Especially when the presumed second generation 6 Plus hits store shelves.

With the iPad Pro, Apple is expected to launch a large tablet to bridge a gap which may, or may not, exist between tablets and laptops. Or more specifically, between iPad Air and MacBook. With the launch of multi-window multitasking in iOS 9, a larger screened tablet seems a no-brainer. iOS 9 itself also seemingly contains code pointing towards an iPad with a larger screen and higher resolution than the iPad Air currently on the market.

As always, treat any of this information as speculation and take the appropriate dosage of salt along with it. We’re doubtful of a lot being rumored from EDN.


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Cam Bunton

July 15th

Apple

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Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of minimal exterior changes

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Engadget Japan has shown a purported schematic of the iPhone 6S which it attributes to a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain. While the diagram does not appear to have originated from Apple, the design and marked dimensions are consistent with casing photos we obtained from a proven source.

We noted that any change in thickness was imperceptible, and the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone 6S. This also matches (within 0.03mm) that shown in a drawing we reported earlier … 

With the design unchanged, and a minimal change in the depth of the phone, it’s likely that almost all existing cases will fit the new model. Our earlier report noted that the antenna lines are still present, though Apple does appear to be exploring the possibility of removing them for later models.

Check out our earlier piece for a full gallery of the casing photos.

Via Business Insider


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Ben Lovejoy

July 6th

Apple

Mac

Debunk: iPhone 6S keynote date of Friday, September 11th extremely unlikely

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A Chinese blog report that claims to reveal the date of the keynote announcing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is being picked up by some media outlets. According to the blog, sources inside the Foxconn supply chain have stated that the keynote will take place on Friday 11th September, with the phones going on sale a week later on the 18th.

Leaving aside the uncomfortable anniversary of the Sept 11th attacks and the fact that Apple is extremely unlikely to choose a Friday for its keynote (it generally opts for early in the week, to maximise media coverage prior to new iPhones going on sale), there is the small matter of the source. Foxconn sources may know plenty of things about the design of a new iPhone as we get closer to the launch of a new model, but it is unlikely to know the release date any more precisely than the month, especially this early on.

The date of the keynote will, this far out, be something known to only a limited number of Apple execs in Cupertino and is still likely to be in flux depending on a number of factors. There is no reason Apple would inform anyone at Foxconn.

Mark Gurman exclusively revealed that the iPhone 6S casing will look almost identical to the existing model, but will have a new Qualcomm chip allowing a theoretical doubling of LTE data speeds. Significant changes have been made to the internal design of the device, using fewer, more efficient chips.

We also revealed that the iPhone 6S will include a Force Touch display as per the Apple Watch – likely to be one of the headline features when the phone is announced. An upgraded camera may also take advantage of Force Touch.


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Ben Lovejoy

July 6th

Apple

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Foxconn Played an Unwitting Role in the Hack on the Iran Nuclear Talks

The story of Israel using a sophisticated cyberweapon to spy on the United States and others attending nuclear talks is getting weirder. According to Kaspersky, the attackers not only used a Stuxnet-like weapon—they also used a stolen security certificate from Foxconn to sign the malware.

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Adam Clark Estes

June 15th

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Foxconn is planning to build iPhones in India for the first time

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According to government officials, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is planning to open operations including 10-12 factories and data centers by 2020 in India for the first time. Foxconn producing iPhones and iPads in India could result in lower prices on Apple’s hardware in the country where Apple’s hardware is sold at a price higher than many of its competitors. 

The move is also said to be an effort by Foxconn to chase low wage costs as wages in China where it currently operates rise, Reuters reports. Foxconn’s intent to open shop in India maybe also be to achieve lower operation costs that make it more competitive against its rivals like Quanta that compete for Apple’s business in producing hardware.

Neither Foxconn nor Apple have officially commented on the electronics maker’s future in India, but local officials have said that Foxconn is sending scouts to find locations to set up shop. The officials added that Foxconn plans to use the facilities to produce electronics sold globally, not just in India.

For Apple CEO Tim Cook, India has remained a target of growth due to the population and number of mobile subscribers in the country. iPhone sales have risen in the country even with current pricing being higher than some of Apple’s competition. In the last quarter of 2014, Apple sold a half million phones in India compared to the million it sold across the entire year prior.

Apple has also been said to be supporting a number of resellers in the country as it doesn’t have an official retail presence of its own currently. The company has used financing plans to make its premium products more affordable in India in addition to offering lower tiered storage options and cheaper hardware for customers.

We also learned this morning that Apple Music, the company’s upcoming subscription music service, may be priced around $2-$3 in India compared to the $10-$15 price in the United States. This would put it in line with Rdio and others in the country.


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Zac Hall

June 11th

Apple

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Strong iPhone 6 demand helps Foxconn achieve 56% rise in year-on-year earnings

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Record iPhone sales helped Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn to achieve 56% growth in year-on-year earnings, Apple representing almost half the company’s turnover. Foxconn achieved its highest first quarter profit growth in a decade, reports the WSJ.

The company also more than doubled its 2014 dividend from NT$1.80 per share to NT$3.80 (US$0.06 to 0.12).

Apple announced last month that it sold 61.1M iPhones in its fiscal Q2, demand for its larger-screened phones remaining extremely strong after the initial record start. Two analysts with strong track-records yesterday predicted that this success is likely to continue, forecasting sales of 51M iPhones in the current quarter.


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Ben Lovejoy

May 15th

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