EDN: Quanta Is Ramping Up To Begin Producing Apple Watch Series 3, Expected Launching Later This Year
According to a Economic Daily News report, Taiwan based Quanta Computer, is ramping up to begin producing the Apple Watch Series 3. The new watch expected to launch later this year, Quanta has entered the “final testing phase” for the Apple Watch Series 3 and mass production set to begin soon.
More specifically, the report notes that Quanta Computer will begin shipping Apple Watch Series 3 models to Apple in the fourth quarter of this year, lining up with the smartwatch's widely rumored September launch, alongside OLED iPhone 8, iPhone 7S series and new Apple TV that’s capable 4K.
The new Apple Watch is expected to ship with both 38mm and 42mm models and look similar to current Apple Watch models, but will also feature an LTE models, as KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo said the cellular-enabled model will have an embedded SIM, but it might support VoIP calling only.
Apple has filed several patents for a number of ideas that could eventually included in the new Apple Watch, such as a heart rate identification system, modular bands, haptic feedback band, and a band with a built-in charger. More significant health and fitness features could be added pending further FDA approvals.
Along with the note on mass production, the report notes that the new Apple Watch is scheduled to launch sometime in the forth quarter of 2017. Apple may unveil the third-generation model at its upcoming iPhone event with a launch sometime afterwards, or it may decide to hold another event at the end of the year that includes the Apple Watch Series 3, like last year’s October Event Launched Touch Bar MacBook Pro.
Via MacRumors and 9to5mac
Latest Apple Park Drone Footage Shows More Landscaping Efforts, And Provide A Closer Look At Steve Jobs Theater
Matthew Roberts has shared his latest 4K drone footage of Apple Park, providing a closer look at Apple's new headquarter atrium of the Steve Jobs Theater. It appears there aren't many notable changes since the July video, but August's footage reveals further landscaping efforts, including more trees, where there will be over 9,000 trees in total, planted within the inner circle of the main building.
The Steve Jobs Theater has the auditorium area we can see in the video, whose carbon fiber roof is entirely supported by glass panels. Stairs lead down to the stage area, where there is seating for 1,000 people. There will also be parking for 350 vehicles and a paved walkway to Steve Jobs Theater
There are still need some finishing progress applied to the roof, but the solar panels appear fully complete. Once these are all operational, they will generate 17 megawatts of power during peak daylight. This will provide around 75% of the campus power needs, the remainder being generated by on-site fuel cells. However, energy usage is reduced by a ventilation system that allows natural airflow, with the shades above the windows helping keep the building cool.
While two large R&D buildings can be seen on the southern edge of the campus, which will house design chief Jony Ive and his team follow suit later this year. The new campus will eventually house around 12,000 employees. As for Infinite Loop headquarters, Apple will still use it as an ancillary campus, along with a handful of other offices in the Cupertino and Sunnyvale area.
KGI: Apple Watch Series 3 Unlikely To Support Direct Phone Calling, Use eSIM Instead Of Physical SIM Slot
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's investors notes, he expects LTE models of the Apple Watch will use an eSIM and not a physical SIM card as a space-saving solutions, and the cellular connection may only be focus on data transfer and not phone call features, but a voice service that replaces the iPhone's calling functionality is "feasible."
Furthermore, Kuo says the watch could, however, support VoIP services like FaceTime and Skype, since FaceTime audio calling is already supported on current Apple Watch models. Although current Apple Watch can already make a phone call when it’s paired with a nearby iPhone and there’s no technical limitation with the implementation, but KGI expects Apple may want to improve the “user experience” of data transmission before enabling phone call service.
This has two benefits: (1) negotiations with mobile operators will be more simple and the chances of cooperation with mobile operators will improve; and (2) 3G connectivity can be scrapped, simplifying the antenna design and facilitating internal design. However, we think there is a chance that users may use LTE Apple Watch to access VoIP services, such as FaceTime and Skype.
Kuo also said that due to a lack of internal space, the Celluar models of Apple Watch is likely to use an eSIM instead of a physical SIM slot, with the device set up to share the same phone number with an iPhone. He warns that LTE connectivity in the Apple Watch could be limited to specific countries and markets as not all mobile operators support that particular business model.
Last but not least, Kuo believe that Apple has no intention of developing an Android app for the Apple Watch at this time, given that it would be difficult to have the same deep integration between Apple Watch and an Android phone that's possible with the Apple Watch and iPhone. Some have hinted adding LTE which may make the Apple Watch more independent from the iPhone could be a step toward Android compatibility.
Kuo has previously said that Apple will offer both LTE and non-LTE models of the new Apple Watch which is expected to keep the same design with 38mm and 42mm options and no "obvious change" to the form factor. Bloombreg have already suggested that the major cellphone carriers in the United States, including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, will support and sell the upcoming LTE Apple Watch.
Via MacRumors and 9to5mac, Image by Electro-Blog.com
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple likely to spend $1 billion to acquire while ‘procure and produce’ original television content over the next year to compete with Netflix and Amazon, it’s reported that the sum is about half what HBO spent on production last year and around same amount as Amazon spent in 2013.
According to people familiar with the matter, Apple could launch up as many as ten new shows, with Apple SVP Eddy Cue said to have ambitions to offer shows that rival Game of Thrones. But Apple’s initial rounds of content have not been runaway successes, with Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke keep receiving bad and mixed reviews from critics.
The budget will be controlled by Hollywood veterans Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who were hired by Apple in June from Sony to oversee content acquisition and video strategy. The execs have already held meetings with Hollywood to find shows to acquire.
Mr. Van Amburg and Mr. Erlicht have begun meeting with Hollywood agents and holding discussions about shows Apple could acquire, the people familiar said. Mr. Matt Cherniss has movie experience, having worked as a production executive at Warner Bros.
Apple also recently hired former WGN America President Matt Cherniss to oversee development of the company’s worldwide video unit. Cherniss will serve under Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, however, Erlicht and Amburg report to senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue.
Via MacRumors, Image Via Appleinsider
It seems that developers recently fell in love with the HomePod firmware code to get latest references about iPhone 8, but not this time, then where? Well is in IOS 11 Beta 6.
Developers Guiherme Rambo digging through iOS 11 beta 6 to found a little about the new iPhone clues, he mentioned, the code auto-white-balance-field, suggesting brand new iPhone is likely to adopting True Tone technology.
If you are a user of iPad Pro, then you must know what True Tone technology is, yes, Apple is using True Tone technology on iPad Pro. If the new iPhone is really able to use this technology, it's clear that the new Generation of iPhone screens will be a great selling point. OLED screen with True Tone technology, really worth looking forward to some of us.
Guiherme Rambo also found some other interesting references in this string of codes, in addition to the iPhone, he also found hints about iPod, is possible iPod Touch lineup also gets update? If it’s true, then this will definitely be a big surprise, after all, iPod Touch earns a lot of fans, since right now iPod Touch has become the only representative of the iPod family.
What is True Tone technology? In accordance with Apple's explanation is that True Tone technology based around the light dynamic adjust the display of White balance, give you more natural, accurate visual experience.
Via feng and twitter, image by gadgets.ndtv.com