Apple's next-gen iPad 3 has been delayed until 2012 due to issues with manufacturing the Retina-based display. DigiTimes is reporting that two Apple supply partners for the screen are unable to reach a good yield. Apple's high-resolution 9.7-inch panel is reported to be cranking out an impressive 2048 x 1536 resolution. Because the screen has a high-resolution, it requires a much larger backlight source to properly illuminate the screen.
Surprisingly, the supply partners who are having issues are competitors to Apple, Samsung and LG. They've both been unable to reach a suitable manufacturing yield on the high-res display. Sharp is Apple's primary provider and were not mentioned with having issues with the screen. It seems Apple want to guarantee a certain minimum level of product supply which is probably why they're holding out on Samsung and LG to get their yields up.
Apple was originally set to launch its iPad 3 in the second half of 2011 with a supply volume of 1.5-2 million units in the third quarter and 5-6 million in the fourth quarter, but Apple's supply chain partners have recently discovered that the related figures have all already been deleted.
Samsung has issued a press release today unveiling the white version of their ever-so-popular iPhone competitor, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The announcement has been expected for a while but is now official. It's specced identically to the black version, but is now available in white. The white Galaxy S II will launch today in Korea and globally sometime in the near future.
Detailed info on AMD's upcoming Bulldozer (Zambezi-FX) processors has hit the Internet with Chinese website Corescn.com claiming that the B2 Revisions of the CPU's have hit production and would be on shelves by late Q3 2011. The Bulldozer CPU's have been delayed because of a performance-related bug, with the B2 revision going into mass production sometime in August 2011 and hit markets by September 2011.
The first two CPU's based on the B2 revisions will be the FX-8150 (FD8150FRW8KGU) Featuring 8Cores/8Threads, 8MB L3 Cache, Stock Frequency of 3.6Ghz (Turbo - 4.2Ghz) while the other FX-8120 (FD8120FRW8KGU) is also an 8 Core CPU with same specs and just a little low clock frequency of 3.1Ghz (T.C - 4.1Ghz). Both CPU's feature TDP of 125W.
Sony have not only had a price drop on their PS3 today, but Australian-based customers now get a taste of their new 3D display with multi-screen support, designed for the PS3 which will be available later this year for AU$699.95. The PlayStation-branded TV is a 24-inch monitor that looks like a PSP and includes two pairs of 3D glasses.
The overseas version did include a HDMI cable as well as a copy of Resistance 3 (due to land in September), but no bundle has been announced for Australia. The monitor does not include a PlayStation or an on-board tuner, in case you thought it was a PlayStation in a TV, or a usable TV. Compatibility with PCs is also unknown. So right now, it's just a waiting game!
Sony has officially cut the price on the PS3 in all markets. The 160GB system will now be $250 in the US, 250 euros in the European territories, and 24,980 yen in Japan. The new price drop is effective immediately in all territories except Japan where it'll receive the price drop on August 18. The 320GB model of the PlayStation 3 will see a drop to $300 in the US, 300 euros in the European market and 29,980 yen.
SCEA's CEO Jack Tretton says:
In addition, a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available at participating retailers across North America. The bundle retails for $299 and includes a 320 GB PlayStation 3, a copy of inFAMOUS 2 and a 30-day membership to PlayStation Plus. Since its release in 2006, PS3 has gained tremendous support from fans around the world and its cumulative worldwide sales reached a milestone of 50 million units as of March 29, 2011," Sony said in the statement. "Equipped with future proof cutting-edge technologies including the sophisticated processors, Cell Broadband Engine and RSX, as well as the Blu-ray disc (BD) player and HDMI terminal, PS3 has continuously enhanced its value to consumers through system software updates to support new features and services including stereoscopic 3D content playback and support for the PlayStation Move motion controller.
Lion gets updated today to 10.7.1 and includes various bug fixes that I've included below. Throw up Software Update and let it go for its life to update your Mac and enjoy the new updated OS and included bug fixes. The next update from Apple will be 10.7.2 and will include iCloud compatibility, until then patience is required for some new features.
The bug fixes are:
Address an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari.
Resolve an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out.
Improve the reliability of Wi-Fi connections.
Resolve an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings, and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X Lion.
Resolve an issue in which an admin user account could be missing after upgrading to OS X Lion.
Resolve an issue where MacBook Air may boot up when MagSafe Adapter is attached
Resolve an issue causing intermittent display flickering on MacBook Air
Resolve an issue that causes the SD card slot in Mac mini to run at reduced speed with SD and SDHC media
The latest trailer of Battlefield 3 shows off the 64-player PC goodness, on the Caspian Border map. It shows off a tonne of aerial combat, FPS combat and tonnes of absolutely, mind-blowing, gorgeous graphics. I had goosebumps the entire time and I think that's the first time I've had those kinds of goosebumps since the original Half Life 2 trailers/gameplay footage.
GamesCom 2011 - During the EA press conference in Cologne, Germany today we got a demonstration of the co-op mode of Battlefield 3 on the PS3.
The 8 minute video below runs you through an interactive co-op demo with two of the developers. It shows a city scene and how the new mode works. I personally love the sniper scope mode as well as night vision - the graphics are incredible. Enough talking though, watch the video below.
We also uploaded some stills for your viewing pleasure that you want see below.
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GamesCom 2011 - Earlier today here in Cologne, Germany we went to the EA press conference where 10 new titles were discussed which will come out between now and the end of this early and the first part of 2011.
Some titles previewed included Need for Speed The Run, SSX, FIFA 12, FIFA Street and so on. But, I think it would be safe to say that the biggest title of GamesCom 2011 is going to be Battlefield 3.
EA were kind enough to hand out a press kit at the event which included the official GamesCom 2011 trailer. We've also included some screenshots too. Enjoy! We have another video coming up shortly discussing the PS3 demo of BF3 in co-op mode.