Monday, February 28, 2011

Tim Cook Hints at Cheaper iPhone: We Don't Want To Be For 'Just The Rich'

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Apple COO Tim Cook hinted that the company may soon release a cheaper iPhone in an interview with Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi.

Business Insider reports that Cook says Apple is doing "clever things" to attack the prepaid market, because he wants Apple to be "for everyone," not "just for the rich." Cook also recognizes "price is big factor in the prepaid market," but Apple is not "ceding any market."

Cook also said that Apple has been driving into China which is "a classic prepaid market" and noted that Apple would not let carriers dictate terms.

Sacconaghi says this reinforces "the notion that Apple might be willing to act to disintermediate carriers with a soft-SIM."

Recently, reports suggested that Apple was working on a smaller, cheaper iPhone. The New York Times then refuted those reports saying that a smaller phone would not be released anytime soon; however, they did believe Apple could release a less expensive device.




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Intel Starts Production of Z68 Chipset With SSD Caching

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Intel has started production of the Z68 chipset which features SSD caching capabilities, according to VR-Zone.

Intel has also started production of their Z68 chipset this week along with other Cougar Point SKUs like H61 and Q65. All of them are based on the new B3 stepping therefore the SATA port 2-5 issue is fixed before they hit the market. Judging from the specs, it seems Intel has catered Z68 specially for enthusiasts which allows better processor overclocking, discrete graphics support and SSD caching capability. With these enhancements, Intel has priced the Z68 chipset some US$8 higher than the P67 counterpart. The launch for the Z68 chipset is slated for first week of May.

SSD Caching joins a regular hard drive to a solid state drive, putting the most frequently accessed data onto the SSD for quick access. The two drives appear as a single drive to users.

Before the release of the new MacBook Pros last week there were reports that the notebook would store the operating system on a dedicated SSD. While these rumors did not come true its possible that Apple was testing an implementation of SSD caching on their prototypes.







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White iPad 2 Bezel Gets Leaked? [Photos]

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Photos of what appears to be white bezel for the iPad 2 have been leaked online by 9to5Mac and iFixYouri.

The piece that we have (from Shenzhen City), thanks to the folks at the iFixYouri iPhone repair shop, is the "digitizer" sometimes known as the the thick bezel.

If you look closely at the back of the part, below, you will see the camera hole, which happens to fit perfectly with the iPad 2 screen protectors from our friends in Asia. This is in addition to the ambient light sensor found on the top of the first-generation iPad. We don't know whether or not the new iPad will also come in a black finish but, we'll surely know all come March 2nd.

Apple is holding a special event on March 2nd at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am where they will likely reveal the iPad 2.







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Mac OS X Lion Utilizes WebKit2 in Safari

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Apple has started using WebKit2 in the version of Safari included with the Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview, according to MacRumors.

WebKit is a layout engine designed to allow web browsers to render web pages. The WebKit engine provides a set of classes to display web content in windows, and implements browser features such as following links when clicked by the user, managing a back-forward list, and managing a history of pages recently visited. [W]

WebKit2 is designed from the ground up to support a split process model, where the web content (JavaScript, HTML, layout, etc) lives in a separate process. This model is similar to what Google Chrome offers, with the major difference being that we have built the process split model directly into the framework, allowing other clients to use it.

Some high-level documentation is available at http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/WebKit2



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