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APPLE and SAMSUNG again in court

The latest round in Apple and Samsung’s bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300bn smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters.



In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around the world, Apple has argued that Samsung’s Android-based phones copy vital iPhone features. Samsung is fighting back with its own complaints that some key Apple patents are invalid and Apple has also copied Samsung’s technology.

The two have each won and lost legal skirmishes over the last couple of years, and the companies appear oceans apart in settling their differences. Analysts predict continued litigation for months to come.

On Tuesday, the latest chapter opens in a federal courtroom in San Jose, California, where lawyers from the two companies and US District Judge Lucy Koh will begin picking a jury to calculate how much South Korea-based Samsung owes Apple for infringing Apple’s patents on 13 older Samsung smartphones and computer tablets.

Representatives of both companies declined to comment.

With Apple’s Cupertino headquarters about a 10-minute drive from the courthouse, potential jurors will be asked if any family members work for Apple and whether the company’s proximity will have any effect on their views of the case.

A different jury in August found that Samsung infringed six Apple patents to create and market 26 smartphones and computer tablets. The panel ordered Samsung to pay Apple $1.05bn.

Koh then tossed out $450m (£281m) of that amount after deciding the jury wrongly calculated damages for 14 products. Amid an avalanche of legal filings afterward, Koh reduced the damages at issue to $400m and the products to 13, then ordered a new jury to recalculate damages for those products.

Some four dozen people are listed on the trial’s witness list, many of them experts hired by Apple and Samsung to deliver damage estimates, which range from zero to more than the original $400m.

Despite the amount of money involved, the current proceedings are somewhat of a warm-up for a much larger trial scheduled for March. That trial will focus on newer products still on the market, while the current trial is a battle over products that are several years old and no longer sold in the US. More money is at stake, and Apple is asking that Samsung be barred from selling some of its current devices in the U.S.

In both cases, jurors will hear from experts opining on the global market and offering dramatically differing views on damages. In the current case, the jury will determine damages by deciding – among other issues – whether Samsung’s behavior actually cost Apple sales.

Whatever the outcome, appeals are expected.

“This trial is just about money. Though several hundred million dollars are at stake, that isn’t going to make or break either of the companies involved,” said Mark Lemley a Stanford University law school professor who specializes in technology issues. “But the trial is also the last step in getting this case ready for the inevitable appeal. … That appeal will have broader ramifications.”

Apple transformed the mobile phone industry when it started selling the iPhone in 2007, but its success was quickly imitated and Samsung’s smartphone shipments surpassed Apple’s iPhone sales in 2011.

According to research group IDC, Samsung shipped 81m devices in the July-to-September quarter for a market share of 31%, making it the world’s top seller. Apple is a distant second, having shipped 34m iPhones, for a market share of 1% over the same period.


BBM on Android and iOS review

AFTER THE RUMOURS, the denials, the leaks and the false starts, it is finally time to welcome the most notorious instant messenger of them all .

Perhaps that’s a little harsh because Blackberry Messenger (BBM) was a hugely innovative alternative at a time when most smartphone users were still battling Windows CE and Symbian.

So, for whatever reason Blackberry has decided to wade into the market already successfully occupied by Skype, Google+ Hangouts, Facebook Chat, Chaton, Whatsapp, Kik, Tango, Viber and at least a dozen more, and we think it deserves a fair trial because, to be fair, it’s not a bad app.

Screenshot_2013_10_21_20_18_41It is being rolled out in stages, so unless you are an existing user, you will have to wait for your email address to be authorised to use the service .  Once you’re in, setting up an account is almost easy.

Unlike Blackberry users, users of Android and iOS devices are required to use their email address as their user name. You’re also required to think up a password, a password reminder question and a password reminder answer. Finally you’re given your PIN, which consists of a not-so-catchy eight character letters and numbers combination begining with “7”. Then you’re ready to add some friends.

Except, if you’ve never had a Blackberry, probably very few of your friends or contacts ever had a Blackberry, and even if they had, you wouldn’t know their PIN, so why would you? Fortunately Blackberry gives you the option to invite people by email, barcode, SMS or social media. So what actually happens is that you spend the next 20 minutes telling your friends that they can chat with you on BBM, by chatting with them on Facebook or Twitter or whatever other social network you use.

And therein lies the rub. The need to communicate with people across networks has overtaken the decision to create and release this app, and therefore rendered BBM a bit pointless, because there are plenty of alternatives that are well established at doing just that.

Of course there are some nice touches. Group chat and broadcast messages are useful touches, but you’d need a big group of contacts to consciously decide to switch to it as your main form of messaging, and there just isn’t enough here to convert anyone.

We like the fact that you can see when a message has been delivered and then read, but many IM apps already do that, and besides, there’s a very good way of telling if someone has received your side of the conversation, because they start talking back. That’s how conversation works.

We also like the fact that you can instantly become BBM buddies with someone using NFC over Android, though this could cause an interesting long-winded turn of events when it suddenly becomes clear you’ve spent the last 10 minutes trying to NFC to an iPhone.

The BBM app user interface is reasonably smooth with a great UI, but lacks a little spit and polish. In some cases avatars failed to appear for our contacts, and there’s an irritatingly persistent notification at the top of the screen that adds little except to stop the BBM app from being automatically closed by the system, a problem that most apps overcame several years ago.

In summary, any kudos that Blackberry deserves for the introduction of BBM as a cross-system tool is outweighed by the fact that while it might have been a hugely popular app a few years ago, it now seems like another third-party system to manage. At the moment, we can’t see BBM making the impact that Blackberry might hope for. This app needs not just to be good, it has to be game changing.

Yes, it is good. But that’s all.

Anti-virus app top preferred security for smartphones

Anti-virus and security software are the preferred protection among smartphone users, indicating competition for new incentives such as biometrics.

PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance have conducted a survey amongst smartphone users as part of the National Cyber Security Alliance Month.

Aimed at understanding consumer behaviour better for improved mobile protection, 1,000 respondents were questioned on their preferences.

Anti-virus or security software is the top rated safety method for 30 per cent of smartphone owners, followed closely by passwords.

Almost 25 per cent are not bothered by security features, while 18.7 per cent are in favour of biometrics.

More than 50 per cent of respondents are comfortable with the use of biometrics, while 45 per cent are also keen to use facial recognition for protective measures.

Hand gesture is trusted by 31 per cent as an alternative security feature.

When it comes to password selection, 76 per cent of respondents indicated they use different PINs for different accounts.

Smartphones are generally more expected to be stolen than wallets, the report revealed.

The surveyors have advised smartphone users to be app download smart and to make use of a lock function or PIN code for mobile device security.

Apple iPad (4th Generation, Wi-Fi): Review

Original Author: Sascha Segan

Now in its fourth iteration in two years, the Apple iPad continues its reign as king. The best large tablet you can buy today, the Apple iPad (4th Generation) has it all: top performance, a stellar screen, a surprisingly good camera, speedy Wi-Fi, and a breathtaking library of spectacular apps. Unlike other 10-inch tablets on the market, it’s the full package, which makes it a very rare five-star product, and a slam dunk for our Editors’ Choice.

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The fourth-generation iPad looks almost exactly like the previous model, and it’s priced the same, too. There are 16, 32, and 64GB sizes in Wi-Fi-only ($499, $599, and $699) and same-size 4G LTE variants on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless ($629, $729, and $829). If you want to be able to keep apps, movies, and music on your tablet, I advise getting at least 32GB. The various carrier models don’t work on each others’ LTE networks, but the Verizon and Sprint models will work on AT&T’s 3G network and T-Mobile’s 2G EDGE network with the appropriate SIM card. For this review, I tested the $699 64GB Wi-Fi-only model.

Just like the second- and third-generation iPads, this tablet has a 9.7-inch screen surrounded by a black



(or white) bezel, with a curved metal back, and a single Home button. Apple’s magnetic Smart Cover, which was released with the iPad 2, clips on just fine. The tablet still has a sealed-in battery, and no ports other than a standard headphone jack. There’s a 1.2-megapixel camera right above the display on the middle of the top bezel, and a 5-megapixel camera in its traditional location on the back upper left corner.

On the bottom is Apple’s new, compact Lightning connector, which isn’t compatible with earlier accessories, but Lightning accessories are starting to appear, and I’m confident the ecosystem will develop quickly with more than 8 million Lightning-compatible phones, PMPs, and tablets already in people’s hands.

At 7.3 by 9.5 by 0.37 inches (HWD) and 23 ounces, the new iPad is the same size and weight as the third-generation model. It’s a little heavier than the 21-ounce Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and the Google Nexus 10 (21.2 ounces), but I didn’t really notice during testing.

The 2,048-by-1,536-pixel Retina display is sharp, clear, and bright. At 263 pixels per inch, it beats every other tablet on the market right now except Google’s Nexus 10, which offers a 300ppi, 2,560-by-1,600 10-inch screen. But both Web browsing and gaming look better on the iPad’s screen because of superior software choices. In the browser, Apple picked better-looking, better-kerned fonts, and cross-platform games showed generally superior graphics and coding on the iPad.

The Retina display takes its toll on battery life just as it did on the third-gen iPad. I got 5 hours, 36 minutes of video playback at full brightness, almost the same figure as the previous model. (That’s still longer than the Nexus 10, which clocked in at just over 5 hours on the same test.) I’ll retest at half brightness as well; with the third-gen iPad, halving the brightness bumped video playback time up to 11 hours. And the big battery still takes a long time to charge: Six hours on our first try, even with the new, more powerful 12-watt charger.

Apple iPad 4th Generation





Apps and Performance
The new iPad, like the old iPad, runs Apple’s iOS 6. See our full review for a look at the ins and outs of the iPad’s operating system. We’ve also reviewed and profiled hundreds of iPad apps if you want to get an idea of the richness of the software for this device.

In the eight months since the third-generation iPad was released, most of the apps I have been using for testing have been upgraded to Retina versions. The OS smoothes and improves standard elements within many non-Retina-enhanced apps, too, including text and embedded maps.

Speaking of those maps, Apple’s troubles with mapping don’t affect this iPad as much as other iOS devices because the Wi-Fi-only model lacks GPS. Still, though, if it can find Wi-Fi the tablet can find its location, and you can download a third-party mapping app if you like; here are 10 solid Apple Maps alternatives.

The latest iPad packs an Apple A6X processor which Geekbench reports to be running at 1.4GHz (Apple won’t confirm or deny). The custom-designed A6, as seen in the iPhone 5, was already one of the fastest CPUs available; the A6X enhances the A6 with even better graphics.

The results are stunning. The fourth-gen iPad outmatched all other Apple products on the Geekbench and GLBenchmark benchmarks, scoring 1,768 on Geekbench to the iPad 3’s 749. Similarly, the heavy game “Need for Speed: Most Wanted” launched in 18 seconds on the new iPad as compared to 37 seconds on the iPad 3. Yes, it’s more than twice as fast. With the iPad 3, I found apps that stressed the older A5 processor. That just isn’t the case any more.

Apple’s efficient software comes into play when comparing against the Google Nexus 10 too. While the Nexus 10 notched a faster Geekbench score at 2,480, the iPad creamed it on all of our actual Web-browsing tests, Sunspider, Browsermark, and GUIMark, as well as in the speed of loading pages. I saw delays and stutters in the Nexus 10’s interface that I never saw on the iPad. Updating a large number of apps went more slowly on the Nexus than on the iPad. And under heavy strain, the iPad got a bit warm, but the Nexus 10 became even hotter.

Part of this is thanks to the iPad’s excellent Wi-Fi performance; on PCMag’s 5GHz 802.11n network, I got 37Mbps down on the iPad and 23Mbps down on the Nexus 10. Both speeds are fast, but it’s the iPad’s processor and software that seem to be making the difference here.

Gaming performance is significantly better on the new iPad, too. Intense games like Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Asphalt 7 run at a smooth 60 frames per second on the new iPad and render landscapes in advance of viewing; the Nexus 10 had frame-rate trouble in both games and would render buildings as I came up to them, which was distracting. Scores on the GLBenchmark graphics benchmark tell the tale. On GLBenchmark’s “Egypt HD On-Screen,” which renders a complex game-like scene, the iPad 3 scored 22 frames per second, the Nexus 10 hit 27, and the iPad 4 marked 42. That’s a noticeable difference.

Cameras and Multimedia
The new iPad upgrades both cameras. The 1.2-megapixel front camera records 720p video; the rear camera takes 5-megapixel stills and 1080p video. The cameras offer the same excellent performance as on the Apple iPad mini. The front camera takes sharp 1.2-megapixel shots, even in low light. In very low light, images get quite noisy, but that’s preferable to blurry. Its 720p HD videos record at a noisy 24fps in very low light, and 30fps outdoors. The main camera captures sharp, clear, and well-balanced 5-megapixel images and 1080p video at 30 fps indoors and out. I think people look ridiculous taking photos with the main camera of a 10-inch tablet, but many people do it.

The single speaker on the bottom of the iPad is tinny and of medium volume like most tablet speakers, but the headphone amp is impressive; I got rich, powerful sound through a pair of Monster earphones. The iPad also works just fine with Bluetooth headphones and speakers.

The iPad has always been an excellent media player, and there’s no change here. The hi-resolution screen lets you watch 1080p HD videos without downscaling, and they look spectacular. You can also output HD video to a TV either through Apple’s $49 HDMI adapter, or via Wi-Fi using Apple TV’s AirPlay feature.

The combination of the new processor and faster Wi-Fi fix the AirPlay problems I saw on the previous iPad, too. Using a 5GHz network, I streamed a 1080p version of “The Hunger Games” purchased from iTunes on an Apple TV, and watched a high-quality stream of “Arrested Development” on Netflix with no skipping. High-quality racing games showed good frame rates over AirPlay, but there was a bit of lag in the controls because of Wi-Fi latency.

Comparisons and Conclusions
Yes, I’m rating the iPad as the best 10-inch tablet, while its little brother, the iPad mini, isn’t the top seven-incher. The big iPad’s performance stands head and shoulders above the competition, and it provides premium screen and processor specs to match its premium price. The iPad’s library of tablet-focused apps matters a lot more, and look better, at 9.7 inches rather than 7.9. And while a 4:3 aspect ratio tablet looks a bit too squarish in the smaller size, it’s an ideal form factor for a larger device.

Most 10-inch Android tablets, including the laudable, but flawed, Google Nexus 10, still lack the level of polish and the range of third-party apps designed for Apple tablets. Yes, the Google Play store offers a small selection of featured tablet apps, but for the vast majority of Android apps, it’s hard to tell before downloading (and paying for) them whether you’ll get a true tablet app or a blown-up phone app. Once again, those scaled phone apps look okay on a medium-resolution, seven-inch tablet and generally awful at a super-high-res 10 inches, so this is more of a concern with larger tablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 leaped into our esteem by offering up uses that aren’t covered by the standard Android apps: multi-windowed Web browsing and a pressure-sensitive stylus. While the Note maintains its windowing advantage and is still an excellent tablet, the new iPad has caught up with third-party pressure-sensitive styli, including the Editors’ Choice Adonit Jot Touch.

And how about the Microsoft Surface RT? It’s definitely a competitor, but it isn’t quite there yet. The A6X processor’s performance beats the Nvidia Tegra 3’s, and the Retina screen beats the Surface’s 1,366-by-768 panel. More importantly, though, Apple’s massive library of excellent apps and accessories dwarfs the still-tiny ecosystem around Windows RT. (Remember, RT can’t run true desktop Windows apps.) Want to dance around clicking a keyboard onto your tablet? The iPad offers plenty of options like the Editors’ Choice Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover $109.04 at

The previous iPad received 4.5 stars; I dinged it for its A5 processor. At the time, I told iPad 2 owners to wait for the next model. And this is it. The fourth-generation Apple iPad is the only product I have ever personally rated five full stars because it represents the tablet state of the art.


Apple seeds second iOS7 Beta to developers Inc. has seeded the second beta of iOS 7, its next-generation OS for mobile devices, to developers.
Beta 2 of iOS 7 is available for the iPad and features Voice Memos, new Siri voices, Reminders, and UI tweaks, enthusiast site said.
“The new beta likely focuses on performance improvements and bug fixes as this is what Apple tends to focus on during major iOS release beta phases,” it said.
It said iOS 7 has a new user interface and AirDrop peer-to-peer file transfer, integration with cars, and new male-female voices and options for Siri.
Other than the new icons and buttons, iOS 7 added a notification to add media to Shared Photo Stream and revamped the Reminders app, said.
“We’ve noticed improved transparency across the system, particularly under keyboards and in folders,” it added.
Also, the enthusiast site noted “various performance improvements across the system” along with a new layout for Calendar list view on the iPhone.
A separate report on Mashable said Apple’s first developer beta for iOS 7 had omitted iPad support.
“The iPad wasn’t even featured in any of the extensive screenshots on Apple’s dedicated iOS 7 web page — aside from a nearly hidden reference — leading many to conclude that the larger-screen variant of iOS 7 just wasn’t ready for beta consumption,” it said. —TJD, GMA News

Lenovo Adds Another Convertible to the Mix — the ‘Miix’

Lenovo’s Miix is the latest in a convertible form factor that Windows is inducing, in large part because the new OS is oriented toward touchscreens but users still prefer keyboards for productivity needs. Lenovo’s 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet-laptop will be available this summer, starting around $500.

Convertibles are in style. Not specifically the top-down-on-a-sunny-day vehicular kind, but the tablets that double as a laptop , or vice versa. The latest model to add to that mix is Lenovo’s new Miix, announced Thursday.

A 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet , the Miix can immediately convert into a laptop via a “quick-flip” detachable folio case, which is optional and has a built-in keyboard. Bai Peng, vice president and general manager of Lenovo’s notebook business unit, said in a statement that “users don’t want to choose between a laptop and a tablet,” but want to mix both.

The Miix also features a 1366×768 HD IPS display in both the laptop and tablet incarnations, an Intel  dual-core processor, and 64 GB of built-in eMMC storage  that is expandable by 32 GB with a microSD slot. There’s also Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and optional 3G-GPS connectivity, and up to 10 hours of battery life.

Fewer Tablets, More Convertibles?

The Miix is the latest in a convertible form factor that Windows is inducing, in large part because the new OS is oriented toward touchscreens but users still prefer keyboards for productivity needs. It will be available this summer, starting around $500.

Also on Thursday, Samsung Electronics unveiled its ATIV Q, which set a new standard in choice by having both Windows 8 and Android  Jellybean 4.2.2 running on the same machine, with switching possible simply by clicking an on-screen tile. Files in one OS are available to the other, such as photos saved into a photos folder.

But Samsung upped the choice factor by also making the Q a convertible that can be a tablet, or a laptop, or, by flipping the display into a standing position, it becomes a movie-watching or photo display device.

In November of last year, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said he expected the market to tilt away from consumption-oriented tablets and toward convertible PC /tablets. Some observers thought his remarks at the time were referencing the somewhat less-than-expected sales of Apple’s iPad.

‘Premature in the Extreme’

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said he agreed with the Lenovo CEO “to a certain extent.” He noted that, “for all the positive qualities that standalone tablets have, they still fall short” in supporting productivity.

King added that, while tablets can handle mail and some other tasks, “for serious work, typing with a keyboard is a better experience.” That’s from the tablet side. From the laptop side, he predicted that many users will stick with that tried-and-true format, although they may want a tablet from time to time. “The talk I’ve heard about the end of the PC is premature in the extreme,” he told us.

King also described Samsung’s Q model, a convertible running both Windows and Android, as “a brilliant idea on their part,” because it tackles one of Windows 8’s shortcomings — “how anemic their app market is.”

Lenovo also announced on Thursday five touchscreen  laptop models in their S and U series — the IdeaPad S400 Touch, S500 Touch, S210 Touch, U330 Touch, and U430 Touch. The models will all be available this summer, at prices ranging from $429 to $899.


Heatmap of smartphone Tweets shows iPhone dominance in wealthy areas

Heatmap of Twitter use shows iPhone dominance in wealthy areas - Jason O'Grady

More than 280 million Tweets posted from mobile phones reveal geographic usage patterns in unprecedented detail.

Author for The Apple Core | June 21, 2013 — 03:11 GMT (20:11 PDT)


MapBox has posted an interactive Twitter visualization that shows a heatmap of smartphone Tweets by region, broken down by smartphone brand. It shows the iPhone (red) dominating in affluent areas and Android (green) in poor regions. Blackberry (purple) use is predominantly outside of major cities and in Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Pictured above is a map of Washington, Philadelphia and New York showing a heavy bias toward Tweets from iPhones.


Mobile Devices is a map that reveals the information about phone brands that is stored when people use an official Twitter App and is hidden in the metadata attached to each tweet. Each brand of phone is a different color and can be independently toggled. The patterns of usage in each city often reflect economic stratification. For example iPhones, in red, are predominantly in wealthy sections of the city while Android phones, in green, have more coverage in poorer sections. On a global level, national trends reveal a complicated set of cultural preferences. (Tweets from web browsers and from other Twitter clients don’t appear on this map)



Alleged prototype of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 spotted

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 'leaked' image (SamMobile | TechTastic)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ‘leaked’ image (SamMobile | TechTastic)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been in rumors for quite some time now, even as Android fans anticipate its launch at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

SamMobile has now published some photos, which the site claims show the successor of

the Galaxy Note 2. The site has posted four photos in collaboration with TechTastic and it said that the pictures are of the Galaxy Note 3 prototype that is expected to be released later this yar.

Samsung had released the Galaxy Note 2 at the IFA Berlin last year.

The Home button of the device looks very similar to the Home button of the Galaxy Note 2. The screen of the phablet seems to have a thinner bezel than its predecessor. The display is full HD and the size

appears to be somewhere around 6 inches.

According to SamMobile, the device shown in the pictures is a prototype and not the fully ready Galaxy Note 3. The site could not confirm

anything about the exclusive S Pen feature of the Galaxy Note series.

There is no official word on the release of the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, but a few days ago, Samsung Kazakhstan’s website had published the device’s name in its one

of the documents accidentally.

The Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to be coming with 5.99 inch screen with full HD 1920×1080 resolution Super AMOLED display. The smartphone is expected to be powered by the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. Samsung may launch the device in two versions just like it did with Galaxy S4.

The phone’s functions will be supported by a hefty 3 GB of RAM, and users will be able to store a lot in the device, as it is said to have 32 GB of internal memory, as well as a microSD card slot.

Rumors also suggest that the phab

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let will sport a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

Apple’s next iPad mini 7.9 inch Retina display will be Samsung-made

Original Author: Shailesh Shrivastava

Tablet PCApple and Samsung have been busy fighting many patent law suits for a long time, but when it comes to bringing a new device in the market, Apple always finds a reliable supplier in Samsung. A new report suggests that Samsung Display will supply high-resolution Retina displays to Apple for its upcoming next generation iPad mini.

Apple is expected to launch its next generation iPad mini later this year, and Samsung is expected to ship the Retina displays in the third and fourth quarter of this year.

The new iPad mini will sport 7.9 inch Retina display with 2048×1539 pixel resolution. The quality and resolution of the display will be the same as of the current full-size iPad.

According to a report published by a Korean news website, ET News, Samsung is also going to supply 9.7 inch Retina displays with narrow bezel for Apple’s fifth generation iPad.

Apple, reportedly, had been facing supply and quality issues from its display suppliers such as Sharp and AU Optronics. The report also sees this issue as the biggest reason of Apple turning back to Samsung for display panels even after the ‘supply chain change’ plans of Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In January this year, Apple was reported to be slashing the supply of 9.7 inch display panels from LG by 50 percent.

“Apple has reportedly decided to cut shipments for its 9.7-inch iPad products in the first quarter to as low as six million units, down from Apple’s originally estimated 12-15 million units, due to increasing popularity among consumers for the iPad mini,” a DigiTimes report said, citing unnamed sources.

However, the ET News report now suggests that LG Display had been continuously increasing its supply to Apple. LG Display is expected to be the first display panel supplier, but once Samsung Display starts shipping the panels, the competition between these two companies is going to be intense.

A report from App Advice had earlier suggested that the Retina display panels will be produced by Taiwan’s AU Optronics. “The 7.9-inch, 2048 x 1536, 324 ppi display panel that will be mounted on the iPad mini 2 is said to be already set for pilot production by AU Optronics,” the report stated. In addition, iPad mini 2 is speculated to feature an A5X dual-core processor as its quad-core graphics unit will be able to power the device’s Retina screen.