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According to sources of The Wall Street Journal, Apple has ordered a huge number of next generation iPhones. The Journal's sources have said that the company has ordered a huge 70 to 80 million units, with this order being split between the two screen sizes.
Remember that we should have both a 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 arriving, with the 4.7-inch being teased the most so far. If we put these figures up against the order that Apple placed for the iPhone 5S and 5C, Apple ordered between 50-60 million. The iPhone 5S was met with big demand, which saw Apple experiencing shortages for consumers.
Things have changed in the past year for Apple, with the company signing a rather large deal with China Mobile, which has over 790 million subscribers on its network. We should expect Apple to bake in considerable changes into the iPhone 6, in both the software and hardware departments.
If you want to get your hands-on a new smartphone without having to pay the typical $200 to get one, the new LG G3 might be the perfect option. Best Buy is offering this smartphone with a low price, at least low by new smartphone standards, of $99.99.
The LG G3 will be available for $99.99 on three major mobile networks including AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint. That makes the device $100 cheaper than it was when it first launched. The discounted price will also work for those getting the device on the Sprint Easy Pay, Verizon Edge, or AT&T Next plans.
Purchasing the LG G3 smartphone directly from any of these three carriers will cost you $199.99. The G3 has a Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2 or 3GB of RAM depending on the version. The screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 with 538ppi.
Smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner, but it looks like Gionee could be leading the pack with its upcoming smartphone codenamed GN9005. The GN9005 is just 5mm, or 0.2 inches thick, which would make it one of the thinnest, if not the thinnest smartphone on the market.
The Gionee GN9005 should arrive with a 4.8-inch 720p AMOLED display, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. This should all be powered by a 2050mAh battery. There's no ETA on this super-thin smartphone, but we should hear more about it in the coming weeks.
Following news reporting Lenovo's plans to abandon the Microsoft Windows tablet market of devices 10-inches or smaller, the Chinese electronics manufacturer issued a new statement. Even though current supply is being sold on foreign markets, Lenovo will release new smaller-screen products in the United States again:
Here is what the company said in a statement: "We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business in both the U.S. and non-U.S. markets."
The tablet market is a fierce competition between Apple and Samsung, but there is still room for other companies to grab attention.
We've been hearing about the next-gen Shield device from NVIDIA for a while now, something that should come to us in the form of a new tablet. The latest rumor is that NVIDIA will launch its Shield Tablet on July 29, starting at a competitive price of just $299.
The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet will come in two sizes, 16GB and 32GB, with the 16GB version being Wi-Fi only at $299. The 32GB version will feature LTE connectivity, with an additional $100 cost for a total of $399. There will reportedly be two accessories sold alongside it, the first being the Shield Controller for $59 and the second being the Shield Cover for $39.
NVIDIA will cram in some great technology and options into the Shield Tablet, starting with an 8-inch 1920x1200 IPS LCD display, microSD card support up to 128GB, Stylus support and it will also be 4K/Ultra HD ready. Inside of the Shield Tablet we should find NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, which will feature 192 CUDA cores. Other than that, we have 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel cameras are featured up front and back, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
A lack of interest has forced Chinese vendor Lenovo to stop selling Microsoft Windows-powered tablets with screen sizes 10 inches or smaller in the United States. The decision means the ThinkPad 8 and Miix 2, which have been available for less than one year in the U.S., will be halted for the foreseeable future.
It's an unfortunate issue for Lenovo, the No. 1 global PC manufacturer, as sales simply haven't been strong enough. Lenovo is heavily promoting tablets to consumer and business users, trying to present an appealing alternative to the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab series. The company will still offer the tablets to foreign markets, because demand has been stronger outside of the United States:
"In North America, we're seeing stronger interest in the larger screen sizes for Windows tablets and are pleased with initial customer demand for the ThinkPad 10," said Raymond Gorman, Lenovo spokesperson, in a statement to the media. "In other markets, particularly Brazil, China, and Japan, the demand for ThinkPad 8 has been much stronger, so we are adjusting our ThinkPad 8 inventories to meet increasing demand in those markets."
The Apple iPhone 6 smartphone, with a 4.7-inch screen, is reportedly going to enter mass production starting next week. Not surprisingly, Apple's manufacturing partners have remained fairly silent about the iPhone 6, but the rumor mill continues to stay busy.
Earlier in the year, it was rumored Apple reportedly ordered 90 million iPhones from Foxconn, which will hire as many as 100,000 temporary works to help meet expected demand. Another Apple partner, Pegatron, has hired 10,000 temporary employees for its manufacturing facilities, also expecting to be slammed with orders.
Apple plans to launch the 4.7-inch device by the end of the year - in time for the 2014 Christmas holiday shopping season - while the 5.5-inch iPhone "phablet" could be released at the same time,[del][/del] but may face production problems.
It's not uncommon to walk into a restaurant and see customers using their smartphones, taking photos of the dinner party and of their food, or communicating via phone, text, or email. However, there is some concern that heavy smartphone use can be a disruption that interferes with how the restaurant runs smoothly.
Some chefs and restaurant managers have complained that smartphones and social media "ruin the dining experience," and some establishments have banned patrons from using phones while at the table. However, being so heavy handed could drive patrons to other restaurants, because banning smartphone use seems a bit over the top, restaurant industry experts warn.
Restaurants need to find a way to ensure they are able to cater to customers, while also ensuring service runs smoothly. As Patrick Duxbury, TAO Downtown restaurant general manager noted: "Those pictures go up on social media, some of them instantly on Instagram and Facebook, and it gets out there."
EXCLUSIVE - We just received photos that appear to be of Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 smartphone from a source who will remain anonymous.
The quality of the photos aren't great, but as far as we can tell, they appear to be accurate images of Apple's soon-to-be-released new 4.7-inch smartphone. If rumors are correct and based on historic data, Apple is set to launch the iPhone 6 in September to major countries around the world.
Additionally, if rumors are correct, this is the smaller version of the iPhone 6, Apple also plans to release a larger 5.5-inch model.
LG hasn't even properly rolled out its impressive G3 smartphone around the world yet, but the South Korean giant isn't sleeping on its watch, either. The company has just announced the new G3 Beat, as it'll be known in Korea, but in Europe and the CIS, it'll be known as the G3 s.
The new G3 Beat or G3 s features a 5-inch 720p display, and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera. We also have a 2540mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for its style, it falls in line with the impressively sexy G3 smartphone. The new, smaller G3 Beat, or G3 s will be made available in South Korea on July 18, and then onto Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the coming weeks.