Monday, September 23, 2013

iPhone 5s is available at an Apple store near you.

Follow the review here:

What are its features?
  • It is the first smart phone with 64 bit architecture
  • It has an outstanding camera
  • It has finger print recognition system
  • The above in addition to other standard features.
Oh, Yes. It comes in 3 colors, Gold (very easy to seduce Indian and Chinese markets), Silver and grey. In fact, I heard that gold colored 5S is sold out in China. 

The A7 chip is at the heart of this phone with the M7 chip providing much needed motion related data processing.

Here are some of the details of the chips:

A7 chip was designed by Samsung using its 28 nm Hi K Metal Gate process. It is twice as fast as A6 and it is the first time 64-bit architecture used on a smart phone. Even for computers 64-bit is a recent introduction. 

The M7 Co-processor takes care of motion data from accelerometers, gyroscope, and compass.M7 lessens the load on the A7. M7 is from NXP Semiconductors (part number NXP LPC18A1) and is based on ARM's Cortex-M3 architecture. NXP details are found here:

The above details were excerpted from the following site:

About future iPhones:

Read my post on Apple's future chips, and who provides them here:

About Touch ID

As a run of the mill user, I never bothered about this feature. I ahd it on my Toshoba Lap top years ago. However it is a definite improvement for the folks who use 123 as their password. Can it be hacked? Perhaps some one will, and they can claim the bounty offered by Nick(@nickdepetrillo) to anyone who can hack the finger print scanner.

The touch sensor and finger print detection depends on the A7 chip which was built with security in focus. This security feature if it works well in practice  (in business transactions)  may drive up the sales

Finger print detection is accessed via Home button(See picture). 

Here are some technical details:

Phone buttons and externals:

  • Retina display
  • 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi-Touch display
  • 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
  • 800:1 contrast ratio (typical)
iSightCamera (very similar to iPhone5c)
  • 8 megapixels with 1.5µ pixels
  • ƒ/2.2 aperture
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • True Tone flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Auto-focus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • Auto image stabilization
  • Burst mode
  • Photo geotagging
Power and battery life:
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 250 hours
Built-in sensors:
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Fingerprint identity sensor
Default (out of the box APPs):
Looks like a complete set but fewer than in 5C!

Additional free apps:

For complete specs here is the link from which some of the above were taken:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Apple aligns with a new supplier of chips

Apple to severe its relationship with Samsung:

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company(TSMC) to supply chips to Apple on a 3-year agreement. TSMC is listed on NYSE.

Apple Chipset lineup according to a Digitime article:

A8  20-nanometer design rule-->2014
A9  16-nanometer design rule-->2015
A9X 10-nanometer desgin rule-->2015

The 20-nanometer node and its features appears on TSMC's site here:

But (Hodentek wonders ?) getting from 20 to 16 and 10-NM will not be easy within a year. 

Friday, September 13, 2013

iPhone5C coming soon to an Apple Store near you

Follow the breaking story here:
The iPhone 5C will go on sale on Sept. 20, with pre-orders starting on Sept. 13.

What are its features?

iPhone 5C comes with 5 colors. This cheaper version of the smartphone starts at $99 for a 16GB model with a two- year contract.
Home screen and Wall Paper matches with the color you choose.

All plastic back cover with a structurally sound steel reinforced frame holds the innards as well as functioning as an antenna.  Finger print resistant oleophobic coating on front

Graphic provided by the Apple Desigend A6 chip.

Improved battery life:
Power usage:
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 250 hours
Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours

iSight Camera:
8MP iSight camera (ƒ/2.2 aperture, Sapphire crystal lens cover, True Tone flash, Backside illumination sensor
Five-element lens
Hybrid IR filter)
Face detection, Panorama, Geo-tagging

Video Recording:
 1080p HD video recording 30 fps
True Tone flash
Video Stabilization
Improved video stabilization

Audio Calling:
iPhone 5s to any FaceTime-enabled device over Wi‑Fi or cellular

4" wide-screen multi-touch retina
1136 x 640 Pixel at 326 dpi
800:1 Contrast

Uses LTE Wireless bands and you can get connected even from remote
"AirDrop lets you share them wirelessly and directly with people nearby"

External Connectivity

Default Apps: Really the needed ones (wish list: add a few free games)