With the recent launch of the iPad mini, Apple (AAPL) has continued its attempts to end its reliance on Samsung (005930). A new report from Digitimes suggests a majority of screens for the company’s smaller tablet are coming from LG Display (LPL). A recent teardown of the iPad mini’s hardware revealed that Samsung is still supplying some panels, however. AU Optronics (AUO) is also said to be supplying Apple with displays, although the manufacturer reportedly continues to have issues manufacturing the panels. It was reported last month that Apple also turned away from using Samsung’s displays in its fourth-generation iPad and latest MacBook computers.
There seems to be a crop of fake apps from “Apple Inc” on the Google Play store. The six apps are masquerading as Apple’s Garageband (erroneously called Garage Band on the faked version), iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages.
The wait is almost over if you preordered an iPad mini with LTE. While earlier estimates pegged the cellular model to arrive by November 20th or 21st, 9to5Mac has confirmation from at least two orders that Apple (AAPL) is already shipping the devices out with delivery scheduled for as early as November 15th and 16th. The LTE iPad mini starts at $459 and is available on AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ). BGR reviewed the iPad mini and even with its non-Retina display and two-year old processor and RAM, concluded it is still one of the finest tablets available thanks to its 7.2mm thickness, ultra light weight and long-lasting battery.
It looks like saying “sorry” just isn’t good enough this time. A court in the United Kingdom is now forcing Apple (AAPL) to pay rival Samsung’s (005930) legal fees after it posted a sarcastic “apology” to the company on its website. As Groklaw reports, the United Kingdom Court of Appeal in London has now said that “Apple will have to pay for everything the lawyers cost Samsung, not just fees but parking, phone calls, and from day one.” Previously the court had ordered Apple to rewrite its court-mandated apology to Samsung that mocked its rival for producing tablets that were “not as cool” as the iPad. Specifically, Apple directly quoted a judge’s official ruling that Samsung could not have possibly copied its tablet designs from Apple because they are “not as cool” and lack “the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”
Rovio’s “Angry Birds Star Wars” launched today and took top slots on iPhone and iPad app charts all over the world. What’s interesting about the new launch is that it consolidates Finland’s position as the global iPad app market superpower. Rovio’s new game reigns as the No.1 title on Apple’s (AAPL) U.S. top-grossing iPad chart. The No.2 game is “Clash of Clans” by Rovio’s fierce local rival from the Helsinki region, Supercell. The No.8 game is “Hay Day,” also by Supercell.
Customers living on the east coast looking to make a Hurricane Sandy-dominated week better with a shiny new iPad mini might be in for disappointment. While Apple (AAPL) has already sent out email confirmations that iPad minis have shipped out, FedEx and UPS have both posted warnings that it might be unable to deliver the goods by the November 2nd. According to FedEx’s website, “Unavoidable service delays should be expected due to local road conditions in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.”
iPad mini D-Day is November 2nd, but what about for customers looking to grab the 4G LTE model? According to 9to5Mac, buyers are reporting that preorders for the cellular data-enabled iPad mini will arrive on November 21st if they picked expedited shipping and November 23rd if they chose standard shipping. Apple’s (AAPL) website only lists “Mid-November” as the launch date for the LTE-equipped iPad mini. As with the Wi-Fi models, the iPad mini is available in 16, 32 and 64GB models for $459, $559 and $659, respectively. In the U.S., the iPad mini will be available with prepaid plans on AT&T (T), Sprint (S) and Verizon (VZ).
With three days to go until Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface tablet officially launches on October 26th, WPcentral is reporting that customers have already started receiving confirmation emails that their tablets have been shipped. There hasn’t been this much anticipation for a piece of Microsoft hardware since the Xbox 360 was released in 2005. Pricing aside, consumers seem genuinely excited for the Surface as suggested by the sold out preorders. The Surface is Microsoft’s first attempt at breaking the iPad’s tablet market dominance and will be available for $499 for a 32GB model. The magnetic Touch Cover keyboard can be purchased for an extra $100.
The most recent rumors of a phone with a 1080p-resolution display have been pretty wishy-washy, but Sharp recently went official with their plans to start churning out 5-inch 1080 x 1920 displays from their factories. That works out to 443 pixels per inch, for those of you counting. Take that in your 326 PPI and smoke it, iPhone 5.
While Sharp (SCHAY) may have messed up in producing next-generation iPhone screens, the company won’t be making the same mistake for the iPad mini since Bloomberg reports that Apple (AAPL) is going with LG Display (LPL) and AU Optronics to produce displays for its smaller tablet. Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that Apple was employing AUO as a mobile device supplier for the first time after relying on the manufacturer in the past for its MacBooks. As for Sharp, Bloomberg says that it “may make panels for the device in the future and will not be an initial supplier.”
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