Apple Inc. has gathered a great deal of attention with its 2017 iPhone. Fans of the premium tech maker anticipate a game-changing smartphone to come along this September. The week kicks off with no shortage of Apple coverage, either. From iPhone leaks to its TV ventures, all the way to supplier hassles and buying Disney, here is a glance Monday’s leading reports.
People just don’t get it.
Forbes’ Jay Somaney gets it, and claims that many others don’t. This week, the online contributor picks up the discussion surrounding Apple’s alleged intent to acquire Disney. Somaney admits the iDevice maker needs a formidable original content division. This is especially true if the company ever wants to see its Apple TV unit competing with other top content providers. But the Forbes writer believes Disney would be a misguided adoption. Jay Somaney advocates for the buyout of more exciting and expanding content makers.
“I am in total agreement with the analysts as far as Apple needing to make an acquisition in the the content space,” Somaney wrote Monday morning. “However, I disagree on Apple taking out Disney. I think the deal that needs to be made if for Netflix and not Disney.”
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3D Touch or optical fingerprint sensor?
Reports citing sources close to Apple Inc. suppliers say the company is having trouble getting its fingerprint sensors to properly function. Pacific Crest backs the talks surrounding the allegation. Even if the company manages to sort out the sensor issue within the next four weeks, choosing to incorporate the feature will still delay the special 2017 iPhone. There is also the chance the company might not wait and roll 10th anniversary handset without the feature, although few thing the company will.
“The analysts say they do not believe the supplier for Apple’s optical fingerprint module has set orders for production, which indicates that Apple may not be ready for it yet. Even if Apple is able to solve the problem within the next month, the analysts say it could lead to a delay of its OLED iPhone. If it takes longer, Apple may have to get rid of fingerprint sensing on the OLED phone and turn to 3D sensing technology.”
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Apple GPUs for savings or advancement?
Pushing itself harder to become a completely self-sustaining corporation, the tech company is reported to be creating its very own GPU architecture. This was the initial belief, but Apple’s intention are broader than that. It is said the iPhone maker is trying to latch onto an incoming “technical leap forward” with this venture. This goes against suspicions of cost saving motives and the leap stands to be a large an advance the iPhone OS a decade ago.
“The answer is probably not centered on cost savings,”write Apple Insider’s Daniel Eran Dilger. Apple pays relatively little to license Imagination’s PowerVR GPU designs. In fiscal 2016, Apple paid Imagination less than $100 million for technology used across sales of more than 250 million devices that drove over $157 billion in revenues. Developing its own GPU designs would certainly cost Apple more than $100 million of R&D per year.”
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Finally getting on the road
What stands in the way of Apple Inc. or any other tech giant that is trying to make self-driving cars a reality? State road regulations that forbid driverless vehicles from operating on the road. Recent days reveal Apple getting closer to its automotive dream, at least in Orange County. The company has managed to get a permit that allows it to test its self-driving cars in California. Apple is widely suspected to developing autonomous vehicles, forming part a growing group on tech majors looking to get such cars out to the public.
The permit allows it to conduct test drives in three vehicles with six drivers, the state Department of Motor Vehicles said on Friday. DMV shared the make of the cars as all 2015 Lexus RX450h. Apple, on the other hand, is yet to admit to be working on self-driving cars.
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Suppliers want Toshiba
Apple Inc doesn’t look like it’s keen, but Foxconn wants the company’s support in beefing up its position in Toshiba’s flash memory business. Flash memory is where it’s at for the Taiwanese tech producer and news suggests it wants to buyout Toshiba’s flash memory business. Foxconn wants Apple’s backing to secure the Toshiba unit, though. Apple does not seem like its on board yet.
“Toshiba’s chip division has already drawn offers from US chipmaker Broadcom, which partnered with Silver Lake; Western Digital, a chip venture partner with Toshiba; and South Korea’s SK Hynix. Foxconn has indicated that it might be willing to pay as much as $28bn, according to people involved in the talks.”
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