1. BGR.com – Digitimes cites unnamed market observers in stating that a number of Apple’s component suppliers are looking forward to strong first-quarter performance ahead of two big product launches slated to take place by mid-2013.
2. iPhone6newsblog – we will likely see a refreshed iPhone 5S in 2013 than a full-fledged iPhone 6 in 2014. The iPhone 6 will likely get a complete external makeover.
The Samsung Galaxy S4’s rumored specifications include a quad-core Exynos processor with as much as 3 GB RAM, a 12-megapixel rear camera or better and the latest Android operating system underneath, possibly Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie.
Apple will have to react to make the next iPhones competitive.
Apple has a patent in involving technologies that create a “smart glass” panel (or “magic morphing chassis” as TechRadar translates it) – an electric current can make it change from opaque to transparent. Smartphone components, such as a camera and flash, can be hidden by an opaque window and then made visible by making the window transparent.
Although TechRadar implies that Apple will do this using a “polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) window,” the text of the patent’s abstract actually mentions PDLC as one possible technology. The website doesn’t explain what polymer-dispersal liquid crystal actually is.