The latest in Apple rumors and news for the week of July 15-22, 2013
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Only three days of the week are behind us, so we only have the hottest Apple rumors for the last three days. First, Apple has purchased stock in chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries, and intends to produce its own processor chips in-house in the future. However, Apple is forced to play the prodigal client and return to Samsung for its processor chips in 2015. Apple signed a contract with Samsung just this week, two weeks after it signed a 2014 contract with Taiwan SemiConductor Manufacturing Company (or TSMC). It seems as if Apple and Samsung will always have a convenience relationship.
Our favorite fruit company’s also in talks with Primesense to buy the Israeli 3D sensor company behind Microsoft’s Kinect 1.0 (not 2.0) for $280-$300 million. Primesense CEO Inon Beracha declined to comment on the rumored buy, but we have an idea that when Apple sets its sights on a company, few (although there are some) turn Apple down. Could this signal the beginning of a 3D gaming experience?
In iPhone news, iPhone 5S production has started and has been confirmed by inside sources. There are production problems at the moment, two of which are the implementation of the fingerprint scanner into the iPhone 5S, as well as the trouble Apple has had packing Retina display into the iPad Mini. Sources seem to suggest that you may have to wait until 2014 to get your hands on a Retina iPad Mini. The iPad Mini 2 looks to have the same screen resolution as the original, although, as I’ve said in the link, I think Apple should increase the screen size a little to differentiate it from the original model.
Apple iWatch rumors have heated up as well, seeing that Apple has filed iWatch label trademark patents in several countries and has 100 designers working on the iWatch currently. Sources say we won’t see the iWatch until 2014, however, due to the new watchmaking adventure. Apple wants to distinguish its iWatch, which explains why there are so many designers at work. OLED technology, a new area for Apple, will likely be used in the 2014 iJewelry.
Last but not least, Apple is indeed working on its next-generation iTV. According to sources this week, an ad-skipping service is in the works. Apple has been in talks with television broadcasters over the last year and wants to get them to warm up to the idea of getting paid a set fee (which Apple would charge iTV viewers) in order to keep broadcasters happy.