September 18, 2012

Mac Bundle: 9 apps including MacFlux 4, Forklift 2 and Typinator – ‘name your price’

From 9to5Toys.com:

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StackSocial has another solid bundle of 9 apps but this time ‘you name your own price’ with 10% going to the charity of your choice (EFF, CharityWater or Stand up to Cancer). StackSocial is also giving away a PANDORA ONE (Ad-Free Pro Version) FOR LIFE for FREE to 1 lucky winner.

The apps together are valued at $340 and are listed below:

If you want to take full advantage of iOS 6 and the new iPhone 5′s extra screen real estate, you will want to pick up some of the apps and updates below, which are specifically optimized for the device’s bigger screen size and latest OS. We will continue to update the list as more updates that are notable pop up.

Tweetbot version 2.5.0:

Support for iOS 6 and iPhone 5

Readability version 1.2.1:

– updated for iOS 6 and iPhone 5 – iOS 5.0 or higher is now required – improved scrolling prevents accidental panel swipes – unified navigation menu (added in version 1.2) – bug fixes

Temple Run version 1.6: In addition to iPhone support, Temple Run also gets new social sharing features to celebrate  hitting 100 million downloads:

– Bigger screen size for iPhone 5 – New social sharing feature. Now share your scores via Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. – Lots of bug fixes

iTranslate Voice version 1.3:

-Support for the bigger iPhone 5 display -iOS6 compatibility -Some minor Bugfixes

Open Table version 3.8: expand full story

Another teardown yields sub-$200 BOM for iPhone 5 16GB

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We got a preliminary iPhone 5-teardown cost of $167.50 from TechInsights last week. Today, iSuppli pegs that number at $199 (or $207 if including manufacturing costs).

“With the base model carrying a $199.00 BOM, the iPhone 5’s components are expected to be slightly more expensive compared to the iPhone 4S model,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior principal analyst, teardown services, for IHS. “The low-end iPhone 4S with the same memory density as the base-model iPhone 5 carried a BOM of $188.00, according to a preliminary estimate issued by IHS in October 2011. While the price of some components, such as NAND flash, has fallen during the past year, the iPhone 5’s overall BOM has increased mainly because its display and wireless subsystems are more expensive compared to the iPhone 4S.”

iSuppli gave the iPhone 4S a $188 BOM last year, but improved wireless, additional RAM, larger in-cell display and a better processor upped costs ahead of falling storage prices and other things that carried over from last year’s model.

A bill of material costs is an estimate at best, and no one is sure at what prices Apple gets components. The idea is to estimate the cost of the next iPhone  (n+1) produced after all the constants are considered, such as: ads, marketing, R&D, packaging, shipping, overhead, etc.

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The first smartphone to come in under 1000 is not one with an Intel Atom processor. It is the iPhone 5. So, it looks like the Geekbench from last week was legit.

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iPhone 5 shipping times slip again to ‘3-4 weeks’ on Apple’s website

After slipping to “2-3 weeks” for preorder customers, just two days after the launch of the iPhone 5 last week, readers informed us Apple’s website now lists the device as available to ship in “3-4 weeks” in at least the United States, Australia and Canada. Many other countries are still listed at “2-3 weeks.” Either way, initial shipments will not arrive until long after Apple launches the device in another 22 countries at the end of the month. Most carriers are still advertising availability for Sept. 21, but all three iPhone 5 models on all carriers are listed as available in “3-4 weeks” for the countries mentioned above.

We were recently forwarded an email where a reader reached out to Senior Vice President of Marketing Philip Schiller to ask if Apple planned to release a dock for the new iPhone 5.

Schiller apparently replied to the user’s email and said there were no plans to produce an iPhone 5 dock, as “most people who use docks use them with speaker or clock systems.” Based on the message header we received, we believe this correspondence is the real deal. Apple has released a dock for each iteration of the iPhone—it even included one with the original iPhone. We expect third-party accessory makers to seize this opportunity and fill the hole Apple has left; they are already reproducing Lightning cable adapters.

The best part of this email is quite possibly the fact that Schiller went out of his way to let recipients of his messages know he is using an iPhone 5. His signature stated, “Sent from my iPhone 5”.

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