the other Day we reported that Apple has plans for an ARM-based Mac, and now it has released some more rumors about this.this is The page Digitimes, which writes that Apple's partner Pegatron has received an order to produce an ARM-based Mac.An ARM-based Mac would mean that you use a similar processor that will find in Apple's iPhones and iPads.A big advantage for Apple's part is that you yourself have control over the processors and do not have to wait for Intel to release something new.another advantage is that Apple can then optimize their processor to its own OS so the experience becomes even better and you can also make sure that the devices get a little better battery life.What kind of device this will be, you don't know, but most of the previous rumors says that it will be a laptop with a touchscreen, SIM card, GPS, and a slightly redesigned OS.
Apple reports violations it finds at various categories of severity and gives its suppliers ratings based on how they treat their workers.The 12th annual report was released this week, and in it, Apple says it found more violations than it did last year, at least in part because of new suppliers and partners added to supply chain.Apple found twice as many "core violations" in 2017 as it did in the previous year.The nominal GDP per capita in the Philippines is $3,593 according to the IMF, so this is a significant burden, as workers may not be paid enough to manage the debt they take on to pay these fees.The company also discovered two underage labor violations, one access restriction violation, and 38 working-hour falsifications.Apple requires its suppliers to cap worker hours at 60 hours per week and to give workers at least one day of rest after working for six consecutive days, but in 38 cases, Apple found that suppliers had falsified reports about their compliance with these requirements.
The hardware push comes as Facebook attempts to rediscover a functionality balance which pushes contact with friends and family back to the fore, while dialing down the brand and other content that has seen it mired in the ongoing “fake news” controversy.That has seen Facebook make some unexpected decisions to how it handles each individual newsfeed for its users.On the one hand, the social site has said it will limit how many news articles users have recommended, prioritizing local content and sources that are trusted by that person’s social circle.According to DigiTimes, and its sources in the supply chain, the social network has been preparing two different smart speakers.Each is the handiwork of Facebook’s Building 8 hardware lab, with production outsourced to Pegatron according to the sources; initial plans to launch in May have been pushed back, it’s reported, to around July so that the audio performance of each can be refined.For example, Facebook is said to be fitting each model with a 15-inch touchscreen, sourced from LG Display.
Apple's stock fell nearly 3% in early trading on Tuesday following reports that demand for the iPhone X is weaker than the company expected.Taiwan's Economic Daily News reported, citing unidentified sources, that Apple will cut its sales forecast for the iPhone X this quarter from 50 million units to 30 million units.According to Reuters, the Chinese broker Sinolink Securities said the phone's price, which starts at $999 in the US, could weaken consumer demand.Trading volume in Apple shares just after the market open was more than double its average for that time of day, according to Bloomberg.This week is expected to be quieter because of the holidays.Apple suppliers including Genius Electronic Optical Ltd. and Pegatron Corp. fell earlier in trading on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.
Microsoft is rumored to be creating an ARM-powered notepad device with two screens that fold over much like the Courier concept, and a new job posting reveals that the company is planning some type of Surface ARM hardware.Spotted by WinFuture, the job posting is for a radio engineer based in Microsoft’s building 85, one of the many buildings Microsoft uses for its Surface and hardware employees.The engineer will be responsible for hardware testing Wi-Fi and other radio equipment in a product, and Microsoft is specifically looking for someone who can travel to China regularly to meet with manufacturing teams.Microsoft uses a Pegatron plant in China to manufacture both its Surface devices and Xbox hardware, so combined with the building 85 link it’s reasonable to assume this is new Microsoft hardware.Microsoft is also looking for an engineer that has LTE experience with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset.Qualcomm has not yet officially unveiled this chipset, but the company is expected to reveal it next week at the Qualcomm Snapdragon summit.
BEIJING— Foxconn Technology 2354 -3.59% Group, the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, posted a 39% drop in quarterly net profit amid production challenges dogging the flagship product of its biggest customer, Apple Inc.Apple’s iPhone X, which Foxconn assembles in China, went on sale Nov. 3, after it was plagued by a series of production problems among Apple’s suppliers.The troubles were centered on new technologies packed into the device, the most expensive iPhone ever, with a starting price of $999 and features including an edge-to-edge display and facial recognition.Taiwan-based Foxconn, known formally as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. 2317 -0.93% , posted 21 billion New Taiwan dollars (about $695.5 million) in net profit in the three months to September, its statement showed Tuesday.That was lower than the NT$35.6 billion average estimate of analysts polled by the S Global Market Intelligence.The 39% decline in profit from the same period a year earlier was Foxconn’s largest drop since 2008, during the global recession, according to data from SQuarterly revenue in the latest period was NT$1.1 trillion, nearly flat from a year before.
This morning Fortune published a lengthy interview between its executive editor Adam Lashinsky and Apple’s own turkey bacon-wanter, Tim Cook.We advocate for human rights, because Apple has always been about making products for everyone.Apple is a company, Tim, and it doesn’t advocate for anything beyond making more money.Second-class citizens, like those putting together iPhones at Pegatron and formerly at Foxconn, are exactly the reason Apple thrives.And it hasn’t been constructed in a way where the focus at the device level is making great products from a pure point of view.And so in some ways we bring a totally fresh view into this and say, ‘Forget all of that.
A new report from Digitimes quotes sources in the supply chain as saying that Apple is working to secure a massive stockpile of camera lens modules from smaller Chinese suppliers.Either Tim Cook has a thing for having useless inventory on hand, or more likely, it’s another sure-fire sign that an iPhone 8 is coming in September.The report singles out two smaller manufacturers as the source of dual-lens camera modules for Apple:The sources said that Apple, scheduled to debut its newest smartphone model iPhone 8 in September, has since July moved to secure massive supply of camera lens modules from Taiwan-based upstream suppliers Largan Precision and Genius Electronics Optical while ensuring timely shipments of finished models from downstream assemblers Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron.This has made the business records of all related makers in the iPhone supply chain trend upward all the way in the second half of the year.The iPhone 8 is widely expected to come with a dual-camera setup, which will enable the same cool camera tricks we’ve seen with the iPhone 7 Plus, as well as help with all the augmented reality features that are coming in iOS 11.
It looks like Facebook might enter the smart speaker market.According to a report by DigiTimes, the company is working on a connected speaker with a 15-inch display that will be released in the first quarter of 2018.The device is said to be being made by Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Pegatron, which has already kicked off a small pilot production at its plants in China, says DigiTimes.Facebook’s smart speaker would go head to head with other devices in the market, such as the Google Home and the Amazon Echo Show.While the Echo is powered by Alexa, and the Home by Google Assitant, the Facebook speaker reportedly won’t have a digital assistant on board.This, of course, means that its functionality could be somewhat limited.
Facebook is getting into the smart speaker market, according to sources, and it is developing a model that will take on Amazon’s Echo Show device.Facebook’s tipped smart speaker is said to feature a 15-inch touch display, enabling users to interact with the device visually.If the sources are correct, we’ll see this speaker hit the market early next year.The sources spoke to DigiTimes, claiming Facebook has tapped manufacturer Pegatron to produce the speaker.Unlike current smart speakers, though, like Google Home and Amazon Echo, the sources say the digital display will be the only way for users to interact with Facebook’s model, which won’t feature voice recognition.The sources claim that LG will be making the digital panel for Facebook’s smart speaker, which itself will be constructed with a chassis made from magnesium-aluminum alloy.
Add Facebook to the growing list of technology firms reportedly interested in building a smart speaker for your home.Sources reportedly familiar with the social network’s plans tell DigiTimes that the connected gadget is being designed by Facebook’s Building 8 and will feature a sizable 15-inch touchscreen display.By comparison, Amazon’s Echo Show uses a much smaller 7-inch screen.The panel, which is said to use in-cell technology, is being supplied by LG Display with the product itself featuring a magnesium aluminum alloy.Pegatron is manufacturing the device in China and has reportedly already started a small pilot production run.Unsurprisingly, the device is said to focus more on image display than voice recognition technology although I suspect the latter will also be part of the overall package.
Facebook may launch its own smart-home gadget to get you messaging more friends and looking at more photos.DigiTimes reports from Taiwan that Facebook is building a 15-inch touch-screen smart speaker.Citing sources from the “upstream supply chain,” Chinese iPhone manufacturer Pegatron is building the device for a Q1 2018 launch, with a small pilot run having already been produced.It’s said to have been designed by Facebook’s secretive new hardware lab Building 8, using an LG in-cell touch screen with a magnesium-aluminum-alloy chassis.While no further details are known about the speaker’s functionality, it could potentially extend Facebook’s feed of photos and videos, plus its dominant messaging platform, into the bedroom, living room or kitchen.When reached for comment, a Facebook spokesperson sent me the company’s standard response: “Unfortunately we don’t have anything to share at this time.”
Facebook is developing a smart speaker with a 15-inch touchscreen panel similar to that of Amazon’s latest product, the Echo Show, according to reports.Citing unnamed sources from the upstream supply chain, Digitimes reported that the product will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology for release in the first quarter of 2018.It said the device has already begun small volume of pilot production at Pegatron's plants in China.The speaker was designed by Facebook's Building 8 department, it said.It comes after Facebook submitted a patent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a “modular electromechanical device” on 20 July, together with a sketch that bore resemblance to a speaker with a screen (see above).The patent described multiple elements that could be added to the device; a touch display, speakers, a telephone and karaoke unit.
Facebook is reportedly working on a smart speaker, but don’t expect the device to be as chatty as other virtual assistants.Amazon and Google have released devices that connect to a voice-controlled virtual assistant and apparently Facebook is also interested in jumping on the bandwagon.Apple announced last month it is releasing a smart speaker called HomePod.Facebook, though, is developing a smart speaker with a 15-inch touch panel that focuses more on image display than voice recognition, Digitimes reports, citing “sources from the upstream supply chain.”The product will be released in 2018 and Pegatron Technology is the manufacturer, according to the report.Facebook’s Building 8, the company’s research lab, is designing the device.