The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has just announced that they’ve created a new Bluetooth standard, version 4.1. For those who don’t care about Bluetooth all that much, you should, because devices like smart watches, health trackers, and who knows what sort of sensors that have yet to be invented, will use the technology. Version 4.0 added a low-power mode to help converse battery life, and now with version 4.1, they’re tackling radio interference, connection robustness, and data transfer rates.
When it comes to mobile devices there are two competing (and divergent) needs: battery life and power. You want better battery life? Easy, scrimp on power. More power, well you’ll have to pay the battery life cost. Apple does this dance all the time, especially with their Retina devices. Between bigger, better batteries and lots of research into chips, Apple is doing okay. Samsung, however, unveiled a new chip today at CES that is going to make people sit up and take notice.
Rumors have circulating for months that Apple is planning on switching chip suppliers from Samsung to TSMC. Today we’re getting a fresh set of rumors, and now with some bold timelines estimates, of TSMC starting production of A6X chips as early as this quarter.
We’re receiving more cryptic hints about both a second generation iPad mini and a sooner-than-expected launch of the Galaxy S4. Don’t get your hopes up yet folks, these comments are only referring to chip making insights and not items actually in production.We’re receiving more cryptic hints about both about a second generation iPad mini and a sooner-than-expected launch of the Galaxy S4. Don’t get your hopes up yet folks, these comments are only referring to chip making insights and not items actually in production.
We know Apple wants to increase manufacturing in the U.S., how about a chip plant in Upstate New York? Rumors are that a “top secret” chip factory (well, not really “secret” anymore, huh?) could involve Apple.
Broadcom has just released a chip that includes Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and FM radio together for the first time. Now, if I were Apple and wanted to include NFC in my devices, I’d probably want to have it take up the least amount of space possible. That would be having it on a chip that would already need to be included, yes?
While it might be the worst kept secret in the world that Apple is planning on switching form Samsung to TSMC for A-series chip production, rumors are this morning that the switch might start to happen as early as Q2 2013.
Analysts from Juniper Research are saying that Apple’s decision to not include NFC in the iPhone 5 set back NFC adoption in North America and Europe by at least two years. But if the iPhone doesn’t dominate market share, is this overblown?
This evening we have our first official look at Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in jOBS (yes, lower case “j”, upper case “O”, “B” and “S”) which will premiere at Sundance in January, plus rumor is that Apple is scooping up laid off TI engineers in Israel for it’s Haifa research facility, and Pocket has made a deal with Matter for content and revenue.
If there is a constant thread in discussions about Samsung and Apple, it’s when or if Apple would stop using them to make A-series chips. Even this week, people were talking about what the fallout would be if TSMC became the chip supplier. The reality is, however, that even if Apple made the switch today, it might be up to a year before we’d see those chips in production devices.