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Apple Thinks Smaller is Always Better. Apple Introduces a Nano SIM Card Design

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Gadgets, iPhone, News, Rants & Raves, Tech.

Reuters reports that Apple has proposed a nano SIM card design smaller than the micro-SIM currently used in the iPhone 4 and iPad, the new design won the backing of French giant carrier Orange. The design allows Apple and other companies adopting the card to design smaller and thinner devices.

“We were quite happy to see last week that Apple has submitted a new requirement to (European telecoms standards body) ETSI for a smaller SIM form factor — smaller than the one that goes in iPhone 4 and iPad,” said Anne Bouverot, Orange’s head of mobile services.

“They have done that through the standardisation route, through ETSI, with the sponsorship of some major mobile operators, Orange being one of them,” she told the Paris leg of the Reuters Global Technology Summit.

With finalization of the standard and technical issues still to be worked out, devices using the smaller SIM card could hit the market next year.

This is a great news and for Apple smaller and thinner is always better. This comes in bar with rumors speculated that Apple will introduce nano iPhones in the future. However, Don’t expect the new SIM until 2012, at the very earliest

Samsung Announces 2560 x 1600 Pixel at 300 dpi Display for Tablets

Written by Gradly on . Posted in blog, Gadgets, iPad, News, Rants & Raves, Tech.

At the SID Display Week 2011 International Symposium, Samsung will demonstrate the first 10.1-inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixel resolution made for tablets. It offers an “ultra-high resolution”, LCD at 300dpi. According to Samsung’s press release, The prototype demonstration marks the first time this resolution has been available for the tablet market in the popular – 10.1-inch – format, rivaling the highest resolution smartphone displays now on the market.

The display also relies on the PenTile technology, developed by Nouvoyance, which allows for 40% less power consumption and two-thirds number of subpixels.

Because tablets are regularly used for viewing rich-colored images, the 10.1-inch 300 dpi display is ideal for applications that require extraordinary image and text clarity such as browsing the web and viewing high-definition movies, or reading books and spreadsheets.

In order to develop tablets with the form and function that consumers demand, a design engineer ultimately has to determine how to get the highest resolution display possible, while still fitting within the overall power budget for their design”

“Samsung’s PenTile display technology is the only display technology that operates at 40 percent less power yet provides twice that of Full HD-viewing performance for consumers compared to legacy RGB stripe LCDs. There is no other commercial display technology on the market today that offers this high of a resolution and pixel density in a 10.1-inch size display,” said Dr. Sungtae Shin, Senior VP of Samsung Electronics.

Definitely this announcement opens the door to the possibility of having a “Retina Display” on Apple’s iPad which sports a 9.7-inch Samsung panel at 1024 x 768 pixel. Is this technology able to fit a double resolution 2048 x 1536 pixel for next iPads?

Samsung expects to have commercial availability of this technology for tablet applications later this year.

Apple Blows us Away with Smart Illuminated Bezel Details!

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Gadgets, iPad, iPhone, News, Patents, Tech.

Smart bezel patents from Apple are old news, but Patently Apple has discovered some blow-away details. Put simply, Apple is proposing a bezel that doubles as a secondary display built around a printed segmented electroluminescence technology:

Apple intends to use the secondary display to introduce a set of new illuminated indicators that are able morph into various controls for work and play. Illuminated gaming and productivity controls could be built into the face-side of the bezel and/or selected back-side areas of iOS devices like the iPad.

This opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities…

The bezel running around iOS gadgets could be made touch sensitive, allowing users to tap the illuminated control to access common features such as media playback and game controls.

The new smart bezel may not have a traditional home button. Well, below is an example of how that could look like using Apple’s display. Apple could create a very simple yet very cool illuminated home button that only appears when your hand approaches the home button area as shown below in a generic example that shows off this technology.

If this patent ends up used in future iOS gadgets, expect easier, more convenient handling of everyday tasks. It’s sexy, there’s a substantial wow factor involved and it enhances the user experience in a Star Trek manner.

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