CES 2013: Going Beyond Retina With Superphones

Screen shot 2012-12-16 at 8.49.54 PMOne trend is becoming clear at CES this year—the emergence of a new breed of Superphones. What is a Superphone, you ask?

Let’s start with the smartphone that started this madness trend. Samsung launched the Galaxy Note with a massive 5.3 inch screen in late 2011 to an awed but skeptic market.

The blogosphere largely ignored the ”phablet”. But 10 millions units sold later, Samsung knew it had a hit on its hands. Samsung followed up with the Galaxy Note II, released late last year and it has already sold more than 5 millions units world-wide.

Although Samsung solely invented the ginormous-screen smartphone market, they haven’t yet create a Superphone. The Galaxy Note II’s screen resolution of only 1280×720 means its pixel density is only measured at a paltry 267 pixel-per-inch (ppi) on a 5.5 inch display. The iPhone’s screen in comparison is measured at a much higher 326ppi. However, Apple’s iPhone 5 could never be a Superphone with its minuscule 4 inch screen.

At CES this year, a slew of largely Chinese manufacturers have clearly defined this market space of super-high-res and super-size smartphones. These Superphones pack a minimum screen size of 5-inch and a full HD (1920×1080) screen panel to match. The pixel density goes up as high as 441 ppi on these behemoths. Some of these Superphone’s screens move into near-tablet territory. Let’s look of these giant behemoths shall we? (more…)

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Intel Plans To Kill the Xbox, Apple TV and Entire Cable TV Industry?

intel-tvIntel is planning to replace your current cable TV service with their IPTV service and set-top box, according to Forbes. Intel’s set-top box will be able to deliver live cable channels through your existing Internet connection provider.

The “top-secret” IPTV service will let consumers subscribe to content per-channel and perhaps also per-show as well. If the rumor is true, consumers can finally ditch their bundled cable TV subscription for good.  (more…)

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Intel Launches Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Processors

As accurately rumored, Intel has officially launched its quad-core lineup of Ivy Bridge processors, which the chip maker refers to as its 3rd generation of Core processors. Intel isn’t expected to launch its dual-core lineup of Ivy Bridge processors until June, but this release nonetheless paves the way for Apple to work on imminent refreshes to its Mac lineup of notebooks and desktop computers, which are expected to be powered by the new Intel chips. Intel highlights the new features of its third-generation Core processors just ahead in its official press release. Are you excited for new Macs? (more…)

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Intel Says Dual-Core Ivy Bridge Processors to Launch in Second Wave, Likely in June

If you have been waiting patiently to get your hands on the latest MacBook Air or Pro models with Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors, be prepared to wait a little longer. During a first quarter earnings conference call, Intel’s CEO confirmed that the chip maker will launch its Ivy Bridge processors in two phases. (more…)

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Rumor: Intel to Bring Forward Launch of Ivy Bridge Processors to April 23

According to industry sources for the infamous Taiwanese publication DigiTimes, Intel is expected to shift the launch of its Ivy Bridge processors to Monday, April 23, nine six days sooner than the original date of April 29. Apple is expected to incorporate the new Ivy Bridge processors into its refreshed MacBook Pro lineup, which could enter production as early as next month. (more…)

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Apple Leapfrogging USB 3.0 in Favor of Light Peak?

According to Cnet, Intel will be deploying its “Light Peak” data transfer technology in early 2011, and Apple—a driving force behind the interface—will be following closely behind. Light Peak is a replacement for USB (and many other buses), and offers speeds of up to 10 gigabits per seconds in both directions simultaneously, which is easily 2-3x faster than USB 3.0.

Last week, Apple dismissed the new USB technology, and cited the lack of support from Intel as a motivating factor to not adopt it. Considering that Light Peak is designed directly by both Intel and Apple, there is a very good chance that a near-future generation of Apple products will support it.

But Apple is expected to back Light Peak, if past comments from Intel still hold. Shortly after its annual developer conference in 2009, Intel said that it had showed the technology to third parties, got feedback, then incorporated the feedback into the next design, adding, at that time, that “Apple is an innovating force in the industry.” (Apple has reportedly claimed that it conceived the idea for Light Peak.)

[Cnet]

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No USB 3.0 for Apple Products “At this time”

Steve Jobs has responded to a customer email asking about the availability of USB 3.0 on future devices, and the news is pretty disappointing.

We don’t see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example.

USB 3.0 would allow devices to transfer files ~10x faster (though benchmarks show that real-world speeds are about half that), which would be extremely nice for syncing your iDevice. Apple will eventually support 3.0, but it is a bit of a bummer to hear that it may be a while from now.

[9 to 5 Mac]

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