Tuesday, August 16, 2011

iPad 3 Debut Pushed Back to 2012

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The 2011 launch of the iPad 3 that was never announced has already been canceled, according to a DigiTimes report. The site says the debut of the third-generation tablet has been pushed back because of a shortage of high-resolution screens in the supply chain.

The report says the issue is that the 9.7-inch panels capable of 2048 x 1536 resolution are only available from Sharp, and Apple's other suppliers, like Samsung and LG, have not been able to deliver the needed screens. It seems Sharp hasn't been able to meet a low enough price point for the screens for Apple's requirements.

The so-called "retina display" would double the resolution of the current iPad. Apple is also rumored to be looking at a much smaller screen improvement, according to Bloomberg.
Digitimes says there may also be issues with getting the light source to work to Apple's satisfaction since the higher-resolution screen would require a more powerful light, something that could be tough to pull off without sacrificing the iPad's trademark thinness.
There had been speculation that Apple would launch the iPad 3 in 2011 with a supply volume of up to 2 million units in the third quarter, and then ramp up production to 5 to 6 million in the fourth quarter, but apparently suppliers have seen those 2011 numbers zeroed out.
There may be no need for Apple to rush out the next-generation iPad anyhow, with its new A6 processor due in 2012 and iPad 2 sales continuing at a brisk pace with more than 9 million units sold in the last quarter.

HTC sues Apple, again

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HTC filed another lawsuit against Apple alleging patent infringement, further escalating their legal battle.

Reuters reported today that the Taiwanese handset manufacturer filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, claiming that Apple is violating two patents by selling its line of Mac computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices. HTC is seeking to halt the importation of Apple products into the U.S., and is seeking compensatory damages, as well as three times the normal damages for willful infringement.
The companies weren't immediately available to comment on the latest suit.
This is just the latest in a myriad of lawsuits filed between the two companies, seen as a proxy for the wider fight between Apple's iOS platform and Google's Android operating system. HTC was the first target of Apple, which has gone on to sue other Android partners including Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility and set off a number of lawsuits and complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The increasing frequency of the legal skirmishes pushed Google to make a surprise acquisition of Motorola, which has a war chest of 17,000 patents that can be used to provide legal cover for other Android vendors. Google has yet to take direct action against Apple, and likely won't until the deal closes, which is expected by year's end or early 2012.
HTC sought its own protection when it acquired S3 Graphics for $300 million. The company's patents won an initial ruling from the ITC against Apple, giving HTC some leverage in potential cross-licensing negotiations down the line.
Apple and HTC's dispute has hopped from one court to another. The ITC said earlier this month that it would review a complaint filed by Apple against HTC. The ITC has the power to ban the importation of devices to the U.S., although that penalty has never been enforced because settlements are made before that happens. Apple also has several lawsuits filed in Delaware against HTC, alleging patent infringement through the sale of its smartphones.
HTC was among the early high-flyers when Android took off, as it was the first company to make an Android phone. It quickly gained prominence among the carriers for its ability to cater to their specific needs, building the first WiMax phone last year for Sprint Nextel and the first 4G LTE phone for Verizon Wireless earlier this year. The company's Sense user interface has also won critical praise for its intuitive nature.

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