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Apple Buys InVisage Technologies to Focus on Low Light Mobile Photography

Submitted by lalit on November 10, 2017 - 4:04pm.

One of the biggest complain about mobile cameras has been that they are not good at low light photography. However,  it looks like Apple wants to change that as they bought InVisage Technologies - a company focused on developing QuantumFilm Image Sensors that specialize in capturing more light in thinner camera modules.

InVisage describes their technology QuantumFlim as a photosensitive layer that relies on InVisage’s newly invented class of materials to absorb light; specifically, the new material is made up of quantum dots, nanoparticles that can be dispersed to form a grid once they are synthesized.

In a QuantumFilm pixel, light passes through the color filter array, and is then detected by the quantum dots in the QuantumFilm layer. The metal wiring represents the sensor’s electrical circuitry. The higher positioning of the photosensitive layer allows the QuantumFilm pixel to detect more photons, store more electrons (and therefore more photographic information), and reproduce colors more accurately—all with a thinner camera module.

It will be interesting to see how soon Apple can bring this technology to the iPhones. As it will change mobile photography forever by removing its biggest limitation.


Apple Watch Series 2 Pre-Order Shipping Estimates Begin Slipping

Submitted by lalit on September 9, 2016 - 3:25am.

Not only iPhone 7, Apple is also running out of Apple Watches for the launch day. All Apple Watch Series 2 models have at least 6-8 days of wait time. And some models even have 3-5 weeks wait. Series 1 is still available for launch day.

It looks like the Series 2 is selling like hot cakes and why won’t it. Apple has added two of the most requested features GPS and 50 Meters water resistance. Even though, the Apple Watch Series 2 has been sold out for the launch day online, some will be available at local Apple Stores on the 16th September.


iPhone 7 Plus Jet Black Wait Time Slips to November Within 30 Minutes

Submitted by lalit on September 9, 2016 - 2:52am.

Apple started taking pre-orders for the new iPhone 7 today, about 30 minutes ago. For the first 6-7 minutes after 12:00 AM, the Apple website store and the Apple Store app were both not working and once they started working, pre-order of iPhone 7 Plus for the launch day were finished within seconds.

I got my order for the new iPhone 7 Plus 128GB Jet Black in at 12:09 within 2 mins of the store coming back online, but got a shipping date of first week of October. Jet black model is also sold out for iPhone 7 in both 128GB and 256GB models, on all four carriers in US.

Just 30 minutes after Apple started taking pre-orders, all the iPhone 7 Plus models had a wait time of at least 3-4 weeks and the Jet Black models had shipping date of November. Some of the iPhone 7 models are still available for launch day delivery, but even iPhone 7 Jet Black models has a 2-3 weeks wait.


5 Features That Will Make Apple Watch 2 Amazing

Submitted by lalit on September 6, 2016 - 10:46pm.

I have been using the Apple Watch Sport everyday since April 2015. It has not only changed the way I interact with my iPhone, but also the way I live my day to day life. Previously, I used to check the iPhone every few minutes for messages, phone calls and other notifications. However, checking the iPhone wasn't the worst part, most of the time once I had the iPhone in my hand I would start checking other stuff and forget about the world around. But now with a flick of the wrist I can see whats going on and reply if its important. Otherwise go back to what I was doing before.

The other part of my life that Apple Watch has affected most is fitness. I have owned many fitness bands, but none have motivated me like Apple Watch has. It’s now a daily goal to finish all three rings (if you are a fellow Apple Watch user you know what I mean). It has made me stronger, faster and healthier.

I use the Apple Watch regularly for Apple Pay, boarding flights, buying coffee, music playback, maps, remote, timer, alarm and many other things.

Even though, it has become an integral part of my daily routine, there are few things that can make it even better. Here are the five features that will make the Apple Watch 2 the best gadget of 2016:

  • GPS: Let me say it out loud “I don’t care about Cellular connectivity on Apple Watch”. However, I do want GPS on the next Apple Watch. While walking or running, the big iPhone 6s Plus is one thing I don't want to carry around. A GPS on the watch will free me from the iPhone while running and it will improve it as a fitness device.
  • Swim Friendly: I have used my Apple Watch many times in the pool and luckily it’s still working. I hope that Apple not only offers better water proofing on Watch 2 (so I don’t have to worry anymore), but also add Swim to the Workout app to track swimming activity.
  • Better Readability in Sun: Apple Watch screen is awesome indoors, but once you are in the sun, the whole screen washes out. Sometimes, it’s almost impossible to read anything on the screen outdoors. iPhone used to be like that, but Apple improved the iPhone screen by removing the air gap between the LCD and the glass, thus decreasing the reflection. Now iPhone is much better outdoors. I hope Apple will do something similar to the Apple Watch 2 screen too.
  • Faster Processor: One complaint that almost everyone has about the first Apple Watch is slow performance. Every app has long load time, after pressing a button you have to wait for few milliseconds before it reacts and slow loading of data. We have developed a habit of using apps with super-fast load times and instant response on the iPhone and we expect the same on the Apple Watch 2.
  • Better WiFi Connectivity: Even when using home WiFi connection, Apple Watch needs your iPhone to be on the same network to use it. At least on our home WiFi network, Apple Watch needs to be less dependent on the iPhone. If it can update apps using WiFi it will be faster, more responsive and more useful.

Year Old iPhone 6s Destroys New Galaxy Note 7

Submitted by lalit on August 30, 2016 - 7:06pm.


iPhone 6s is now almost a year old device with dual core processor and 2GB RAM, whereas the new just released Samsung Galaxy Note 7 features Octa-core processor and 4GB RAM. Based on these on paper specs you would have guessed that the new Note 7 will destroy the iPhone 6s when it comes to speed test comparison. But you will be so wrong.

PhoneBuff, a YouTube channel known for their smartphone speed test videos posted Galaxy Note 7 vs iPhone 6s speed test, and iPhone wins the test by a large margin. In fact, iPhone 6s was so fast that it finished the second lap even before the Note 7 could finish the first lap.



It might look like the iPhone 6s was faster because of lower resolution 750p screen. However, a video posted by PhoneBuff, in which they compared Note 7 running at 720p and 2K resolutions finishing within one second of each other disproves this theory. Loading of apps is more CPU intensive rather than depending on GPU, that powers the screen resolution. It’s here that Apple is well ahead of the lot. Because of this, even one year old iPhone with dual core CPU is leaving every other smartphone on the market in the dust.


Alleged iPhone 7 Specs Leaked with Specific Camera Details

Submitted by lalit on August 29, 2016 - 7:03pm.

A leak posted on Weibo has revealed specs of upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, giving specific details about cameras on both the devices along with other information. The new iPhones will have same resolution screens as the current models and both will feature the new A10 processor with M10 motion co-processor.

On the camera side, The smaller iPhone 7 will have 12-megapixel unit featuring f/1.9 aperture (compared to f/2.2 on iPhone 6S) and bigger 1.3 µm pixel size, with 1/2.6” sensor (compared to 1/3” sensor on iPhone 6s). The bigger iPhone 7 Plus will feature a new dual camera system with two 12-megapixel 1/3” sensors and f/1.9 aperture.

One other spec that was posted in the leak was RAM, iPhone 7 will have 2GB LPDDR4 RAM and 7 Plus will have 3GB LPDDR4 RAM. More RAM on the Plus model is likely to support the new dual camera system as it will need more image processing.

Apple has already announced September 7th press event, where we would find out exact details about the new iPhones.


Apple Announces September 7, iPhone 7 Event

Submitted by lalit on August 29, 2016 - 1:36pm.

As was rumored Apple today sent out invitations for September 7th iPhone event. Apple will have an invitation-only event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Wednesday, September 7, at 10:00 AM PST. Apple has also announced that the event will be live streamed on Apple TV and online on Apple’s website.

It is rumored that Apple will announce the next generation iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 at this event and will start shipping these devices with in 2 weeks. The new iPhone 7 will look almost identical to the current generation iPhone except for the antenna lines. However, the internals of the new iPhone will see major upgrade with faster A10 processor, bigger battery and a new camera system.

Even Apple’s invite for the event hints at the new camera system with the Bokeh Apple shape. Apple will be using a new dual camera system on the bigger iPhone Plus model that will bring better color, better field of depth and sharper images, along with the ability to have optical zoom.

Even though the iPhone may look almost same from the outside, I believe this will be the biggest hardware advancement since Apple brought the first 64-bit A7 chip to the smartphone world in 2013. This will be an interesting event.


Samsung Unveils the New Galaxy Note7

Submitted by lalit on August 2, 2016 - 1:17pm.

Samsung today unveiled new Galaxy Note7 smartphone featuring smarter S Pen, HDR capable screen and iris scanner. Design-wise Note7 is very similar to Galaxy S7 Edge with a curved 5.7-inch Dual edge Super AMOLED screen with 2560 x 1440 resolution.

“The Galaxy Note7 combines productivity and entertainment, and strong security features. Powering a robust ecosystem, it is the ideal device for those who want to achieve more in life,” said DJ Koh, President of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Life moves faster than ever now so we created the Galaxy Note7 to move with users – helping them get things done more easily wherever, whenever.”

Other features of the smartphone are Octa-core processor, 12-megapixel camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 4GB RAM, 64GB onboard storage, up to 256GB microSD card slot, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, NFC and LTE Cat.9. Sensors included on the smartphone are barometer, fingerprint, gyro, geomagnetic, hall HRM, Iris, proximity and RGB light.

The Galaxy Note7 will be available starting on August 19, and will be offered in Blue Coral, Gold Platinum, Silver Titanium and Black Onyx. No word on price yet. Check out the official introduction video posted by Samsung on Youtube below.



Samsung Completely Out, TSMC In for A10 and A11 Chips

Submitted by lalit on July 19, 2016 - 2:17pm.

Chinese language newspaper, Economic Daily News, reported today that TSMC will be exclusive producer of not only upcoming A10 processor but also next generation A11 processor. This news adds support to the report published in May 2016, saying TSMC has begun to tape out the design for Apple’s A11 processor and plans to start small volume production of A11 chips in first half of 2017.

Samsung and TSMC are currently sharing production of Apple’s A9 processor. However, as tests have pointed out, TSMC made A9 processors run slightly faster, cooler and offers better battery life. Even though the difference between the two A9 processors is small, it clearly shows the lead TSMC has over Samsung in manufacturing process. And the rumors are that TSMC will extend that lead with their 10nm FinFET process which Apple will use for A11 processor.

This is good news for both Apple and TSMC and bad news for Samsung, as Apple was their biggest customer when it came to chip manufacturing.

[Via DigiTimes]


Tesla Unveils Model 3 - A $35,000 Electric Car

Submitted by lalit on April 1, 2016 - 3:22pm.

After years of speculations and wait, Tesla has finally announced Model 3, a $35,000 electric car. However, you won’t be able to get your hands on the car yet, as it won’t ship till end of 2017 and if pre-orders are any indication that wait might be till 2019. Tesla already has 200,000 pre-orders for the new car. According to the company’s CEO Elon Mush, that is more than $7.5 billion in revenue.

At the launch event yesterday, Musk claimed that the base Model 3 will do 0-60 mph in under 6 seconds, will have 215 miles range at least, offer autopilot, supercharging and one continuous pane of glass roof. Like the model S, the 3 will also have front and rear trunks and a large 15-inch LCD screen on the dashboard. Seating will be for five adults with enough room in the back for 6 feet tall adults.

Model 3 will come in single and dual motor versions. The single motor model 3 will be rear-wheel drive sedan and dual motor version will be all-wheel drive sedan. Musk also promised a quicker version that will have faster 0-60 time, but won’t be as fast as Insane mode on Model S.

Overall, Model 3 looks really interesting and shows the future of cars in a bright light. See the new car in action and Model 3 unveil event in videos below.

[More info about Model 3]