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iPhone 6 Chips & Components Revealed

Apple announced it broke a record with 4 million first-day pre-orders of its recently announced iPhone 6, which was double that of the iPhone 5 two years ago. Several industry forecasts projected 9 million orders to be processed in its first weekend. One of the major draws is the larger 4.7-inch screen for the iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch screen for the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple never announces its component and chip manufacturers; however, reverse engineering firms quickly break Apple mobile devices apart to identify their suppliers, once they are available on the market. Once these companies are announced, it has a dramatic impact on their stock prices, depending on their new or lost stake in a new Apple product.

A gadget repair company called iFixit, based in Melbourne, Australia, has revealed the manufacturers of many chips and other electronic components within the iPhone 6, which has boosted exposure and investor interest in these chipmakers. iFixit technicians dissected an iPhone 6 to find a Murata WiFi module, a Broadcom touchscreen controller, and chips from Skyworks Solutions, Avago, RF Microdevices (RFMD), and TriQuint Semiconductor, among others.

Avago Technologies has both a high-band amplifier module and an integrated ultrahigh-band amplifier/FBAR filter module in these phones. Skyworks is developing the power amplifier modules for the new iPhone. TriQuint Semiconductor incorporated a 3G amplifier module, and RFMD has an antenna switch module. RFMD and TriQuint, long-time analog chipmakers, are awaiting regulatory approval for their merger, and recently they announced the new name for the future merged company to be called Qorvo.

An InvenSense #MP67B MEMS-based motion sensor was found in the iPhone 6, which had been provided by STMicroelectronics in earlier models. This new InvenSense 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope has a standalone compass and an APU. [Editor’s Note: See Figure 1 for an image of Invensense MPU-6000 family of which the MP67B is most likely an offshoot.]

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System diagram of the Invensense MPU-6000 family (Image courtesy of Invensense website)

System diagram of the Invensense MPU-6000 family (Image courtesy of Invensense website)

GT Advanced Technologies, a crystal growth specialist, has provided the sapphire glass in past iPhones but was displaced by Corning Gorilla Glass for the cover. Qualcomm was identified as the manufacturer for the 4G LTE modem in the phones, while NXP Semiconductors has radio chips to enable the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for the Apple Pay mobile e-payments service. The e-payment system has been touted as one of the major differentiating features for the iPhone 6 over the iPhone 5 models and top competitors, fueling the Internet of Things revolution. In addition, NXP also supplies a motion co-processor, which is critical to enabling the iPhone 6 sensors to work efficiently without excessively draining its battery.

Apple took the initiative yet again in designing its own main processor with technology licensed from ARM Holdings, denoted as an A8 chip that was ultimately manufactured by the Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which is the largest global foundry and a leader in advanced chip technology. This move has allowed Apple to become independent from Samsung processor chips, which muddied the waters with respect to its competition with Samsung for the high-end smartphone market share.

Apple has stated that it has 2 billion transistors, which is double the number of the A7 for the prior iPhone, and is reportedly based on TSMC’s 20 nm chip process flow design kit. Also, it is 13 percent smaller than the A7, while Apple claims about 25 percent faster CPU and 50 percent faster graphics. In comparison to the original Apple iPhone, the latest model’s CPU is 50x faster and up to 84x faster in processing graphics, while also using 50 percent less power than the A7.

The iPhone 6 is poised to have a dramatic impact on the smartphone market over the next year in terms of functionality, while Samsung is gearing up for another counter-punch. In the meantime, electronic component producers will be evaluating and improving upon the technology incorporated into this latest model from Apple to make a strong case for being incorporated into subsequent models, amid the global frenzy of orders and lucrative prospects for future business. Thus their positioning could make or break their financial performance over the next couple years, as many derive more than 70 percent of their sales from Apple.

83 comments on “iPhone 6 Chips & Components Revealed

  1. Netcrawl
    September 23, 2014

    @Brian thanks for a great post! There's a lot of new things here, Apple is making use of a special NFC chipp version that's not available to other devices, a chip that has likely been built for iPhone maker. And then there's another one- we have two accelerator chips in iPhone 6, one from InvenSense and Bosch, I'm still wondering why Apple need two chips inside the new phone.

    Another interesting observation here is that Samsung does indeed remain involved in production of the main a-series processor, early teardown had shown that the new iPhone 6 and 6 plus using 20-nanometer A8 chips built by TSMC for the first time (not Samsung), but recent report by IHS iSuppli says TSMC is providing 60 percent of A8 chips while the remaining 40 percent is Samsung. 

  2. Netcrawl
    September 23, 2014

    I believes that the most expensive component of Apple's latest iPhones is the display, they're estimated to cost $45 in the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and $52.50 for the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus, these screen displays are made by LG Display and Japan Display. 

  3. Vishal Prajapati
    September 24, 2014

    It is good very good insites for iPhone6. Most of the companies are known to me leaving few.

     

    I have a question. Why Apple is not taking readymade processors and port their OS for that parts and make multiple models every few months as the samsung is doing. It would fetch them more customers also for low cost models.

  4. bjcoppa
    September 24, 2014

    In lieu of the report yesterday that Samsung is providing 40% of A8 processor chips to Apple, I requested the article to be revised to refer to a lessened dependence on Samsung for iPhone processors that were exclusively manufactured by them prior.

  5. bjcoppa
    September 24, 2014

    The report has not been confirmed across multiple sources on Samsung still making processors. However, it may make sense to have Samsung still making a portion of these processors not to be 100% reliant on TSMC amid frequent disruptions to production and the potential for shutdowns for earthquakes and other natural or manmade disasters since only a handful of companies are even capable of producing these parts.

  6. bjcoppa
    September 24, 2014

    Check out my full listing of past articles on this and related microelectronics topics at this site: http://www.examiner.com/green-business-in-phoenix/brian-coppa. Topics focus more energy and power efficiency for electronic components and systems including: solar, LEDs, semiconductors/ICs, mobile devices, energy-harvesting, MEMS and more. Feel free to contact me via Twitter direct message for questions and comments.

  7. chirshadblog
    September 25, 2014

    @analoging: Well Samsung does but Im not sure about the reliability of it in the longer run. 

  8. chirshadblog
    September 25, 2014

    @analoging: So Apple depends on Samsung isn't it ? So there is no war between them 

  9. geek
    September 25, 2014

    “TSMC is providing 60 percent of A8 chips while the remaining 40 percent is Samsung. “

    @Netcrawl: So Samsung is providing the technology to iPhone? I wonder how would the people react to it when the news about it leaks into mainstream media. It might just give another reason for Android users to mock Apple fans.

  10. geek
    September 25, 2014

    “Why Apple is not taking readymade processors and port their OS for that parts and make multiple models every few months as the samsung is doing. It would fetch them more customers also for low cost models.”

    @Vishal: It has been Apple's strategy to remain exclusive and not clutter the market with a lot of models. It wants people to wait for the next upgrade rather than just throwing one in the market every few months. Apple wants a loyal base of people who'll upgrade to newer model regulalry as and when it is released.

  11. samicksha
    September 25, 2014

    This is media relase in regard to Apple, TSMC to produce the 20nm, second generation 64-bit A8 chip that drives the new iPhones. Research firm IHS, however, has shared a teardown analysis report with Re/code that claims Samsung is still responsible for a fraction of Apple's A8 chips produced.

  12. samicksha
    September 25, 2014

    @tzubair: Your comment sounds valid, Apple is very precise about their model and people actually wait to use new models as soon as they are avilable in market. Companies often release new models every six month or so but apple share their product in series and excellent finishing touch.

  13. amrutah
    September 25, 2014

    @tzubair: I don't agree this will affect the Apple fans.  Apple always has great eye on the performance of the elements used in its device.  It expects high quality, less defective, BOM for its devices.

      Samsung has built a great set of processors and they have been powering older versions of Apple devices too, so no reason to shun Apple devices because of that.

    {disclaimer: I am not a Apple fan, but read and hear about them being a demanding IC customer}

  14. amrutah
    September 25, 2014

    @Samicksha @tzubair:  I totally don't disagree with you, it might be their marketing strategy.

       But if you see, iPhone 6 has not brought any cutting edge hardware, but the iOS 8 upgrades with the latest device has made it big.  The iWatch integration, the health kit and total encryption of the user data are few of the key points I feel that makes it big.

  15. amrutah
    September 25, 2014

    “Apple has stated that it has 2 billion transistors, which is double the number of the A7 for the prior iPhone.”

    @Brain: This is one big processor, a monster one.  Thanks for sharing this info.

    It is great to know that even after doubling the devices (which might mean there that a lot of features might be integrated) they are able to reduce the device size.  On the contrary, the 20nm TSMC node is supposed to be a costly affair.

  16. Netcrawl
    September 25, 2014

    @tzubair Apple and Samsung are fighting tooth and nail in the market, they're mauling each other in the court- about 50 ongoing lawsuits, but they're also massive partners. Apple sources iPad screens, A5 chips and DRAM chips from multiple products from Samsung. Samsung is absolutely critical to Apple's success in the market, without Samsung Apple couldn't deliver products at a pricing and quality it is currently selling. Apple is massively important to Samsung, its Samsung's single biggest customer. They are called frenemies.

  17. Netcrawl
    September 25, 2014

    @amrutah I agree with you it will not affect Apple fans, yes its true the two megacompanies compete fiercely in the high-end smartphone business, where together they control nearly half of the sales and profits. The two have this relationship that extended to the very top, the partnership piece of Apple-Samsung relationship dates to 2005, when Apple was looking for a stable supplier of flash memory. Apple need a huge volumes of flash memory chips for its devices, and that's where Samsung comes in( I believe).

    At the time, the memory market was extremely unstable, and Apple want a supplier that was financially stable and quite good in the market, Samsung is a top choice, it held about 50 percent of the flash memory market at that time and its very powerful.

  18. vasanjk
    September 26, 2014

    The revelation by iFixit doesnt seem to help Apple as no amount of component and software innovation can protect against the bending habit of Apple Phones. I am surprised, in spite of the hype and regulatory compliance claims, such a giant could not handle such a trivial thing compared to the other design and technology challenges that it must have faced when making this terrifice(?) phone.

  19. dassa.an
    September 26, 2014

    @Netcrawl: I feel that Apple is being smart here. They have identified costs and then also have figured out what areas can they negotiate in it. 

  20. Vishal Prajapati
    September 26, 2014

    @amrutah, I agree with you. Many of us would have seen the comparision of iPhone6 and Nexus4 on the internet somewhere. iPhone6 has the features which were already available in the Nexus4 2 years ago. So, there is no exclusivity even in the new product.

  21. samicksha
    September 26, 2014

    I believe it is not about who deployed early but it is more wbout who deployed at right time, we had NFC in nokia phones but how many of us used it …

  22. Vishal Prajapati
    September 27, 2014

    Even after launching it at this time, 70 to 80 percent of people will not be using it due to lack of wide spread implementation of perticular technology.

     

    Let's say if USA have very good implementation of NFC but other parts of the world may not have. So, implementing a technology at this time may also not help much.

  23. samicksha
    September 27, 2014

    I guess even in US its not much or ptentiatlly used, we can also use NFC for sharing videos and files, the only challnege i see for not using is its communication range which is limited to a few centimeters.

  24. amrutah
    September 28, 2014

    @Vishal:

    In Europe and US the NFC is established and is in use for commercial purposes.  With Apple announcing the Apple Pay, most of the banks and outlets have been roped in to may the payment through the phone which will boost this technology.  NFC needs to be introduced to Asian markets yet.

  25. amrutah
    September 28, 2014

    @Samicksha:  NFC has widespread usage other than file sharing.

      Back is mid 2013 itself NFC was used (I think its still used with more advancements) for ticketing purposes for rail ticketing mainly in London.  There were plans to introduce the NFC ticketing system Washington and Chicago in early 2014 for the metro rails.

      Now with Apple joining the market with Apple Pay, I think the NFC market is going to boom.

  26. samicksha
    September 28, 2014

    I agree you @amrutah, question is how many of us use this technology, also one of the challenge here is that there is no established standard between banks and retailers to make this payment solution universal.

  27. geek
    September 28, 2014

    “Samsung has built a great set of processors and they have been powering older versions of Apple devices too, so no reason to shun Apple devices because of that”

    @amrutah: I am not shunning Apple entirely for this. I just wanted to highlight that despite the fact that Apple and Samsung has had a tough rivalry with each other, Apple has still used Samsung's components. That doesn't seem like something very normal.

  28. amrutah
    September 28, 2014

    “we had NFC in nokia phones but how many of us used it …”

    @samicksha: I understand though the phones with the NFC technology were available very early before introducing the market usage.  In developed countries the technology was used for payments instead of using a credit cards.

  29. geek
    September 28, 2014

    “Apple is massively important to Samsung, its Samsung's single biggest customer. They are called frenemies”

    @Netcrawl: Haha. I like this term. Normally, the pereception in the market is that they're hardcore enemies. Little do people know about the underlying mechanics and how exactly things are across all dimensions.

  30. amrutah
    September 28, 2014

    @samicksha: I agree with you, the technology is not established and used worldwide, but is being used in smart cities around the world. There is a lot of collaboration happening between the super retailers, relailtors and banks for ease of secure payment.

    With a race for cheaper phones going on in Asian markets the scope of using high-end  techonology looks like another 4-5 years.

  31. amrutah
    September 28, 2014

    @tzubair:

        I understand your point.  The relationship between the 2 companies have taken a hit due to the law suits filed for patent violation. With samsung having a competetive IP solution, it must be really applauded that with the best of the terms and conditions still the business can be made out.

  32. Vishal Prajapati
    September 29, 2014

    Implementing NFC is not technically expensive. But its implementation in the market is expensive. You need to create whole new way of payment system. So, cheap phones can also have NFC but right now there is no scope of using NFC commercially, so there is no point puttin it in cheap phones.

     

    So, phone prices are not restricting the introduction of technology.

  33. Netcrawl
    September 29, 2014

    @Vishal you're right about that, NFC is not technically expensive, Apple's recent announcement to support NFC is very important and sets the stage for rapid scale adoption of the mobile commerce, adoption is key in this area. Now, trend-setter Apple's adoption of NFC looks likely to provide the NFC technology the “boost” it needs to grow. I expect NFC to be the predominant technology for point-of-sale payment system between a certain device and a terminal systems. The news about Apple's entry into NFC world is a great indication that NFC technology is realizing its potential, we're now seeing massive growth and adoption in the market, we expect NFC to become a standard feature for most mobile devices.

  34. Netcrawl
    September 29, 2014

    @amrutah you're right, technology is still not established, to do this we need massive adoption, standard is also a great issue, yes, there a lot of development and collaboration work happening between retailer, handset manufacturers, wireless carriers and chipmakers.

    Currently, NFC technology is largely implemented in developed regions like Europe and North America, which are now considered as the major contributors in NFC chips industry sharing over 60 percent of the total market share. In Asia we're seeing some great improvements in NFC adoption due to increasing use of mobile devices and wireless applications. 

  35. etnapowers
    September 29, 2014

    @Netcrawl: I couldn't agree more with you on this point. The NFC holds tremendous promises of being the key feature of smart objects (smatphones, tablets, …) for the e-commerce and in particular for the proximity marketing beacons technology. It's really an interesting additional feature of i-phone6 smartphone.

  36. etnapowers
    September 29, 2014

    @Netcrawl: agreed, NFC is a very promising technology and like similar cases it certainly needs some standards and further studies to increase the effectiveness of the communication and the protection of the data exchanged.

  37. samicksha
    September 29, 2014

    I have to admit your point about race for cheaper phones in Asian market, also we have number mobile phone vendors offering cheap devices but again reliability is still an issue. Apart from huge number of devices available, Apple and Samsung is still Hot favorite but yes they are high in cost.

  38. geek
    September 29, 2014

    “With samsung having a competetive IP solution, it must be really applauded that with the best of the terms and conditions still the business can be made out.”

    @amrutah: What would have been interesting would be the case where Samsung might have used these IP rights as a weapon in the lawsuit it was facing with Apple. Had Samsung denied Apple the rights to use its display and circuit technology, things may have gotten a lot worse.

  39. dassa.an
    September 30, 2014

    @tzubair: I think it's a good move by Samsung not to do so because of so people will get fed up after all it's a business deal which they did 

  40. dassa.an
    September 30, 2014

    @samicksha: Well is there any possibility in the near future ? If so then it will be a huge boost for them

  41. SunitaT
    September 30, 2014

    Apart from huge number of devices available, Apple and Samsung is still Hot favorite but yes they are high in cost.

    @samicksha, I dont think Samsung is hot favorite these days. I think Motorola, Xiaomi, Micromax mobiles are more popular than Samsung mobiles.

  42. SunitaT
    September 30, 2014

    Had Samsung denied Apple the rights to use its display and circuit technology, things may have gotten a lot worse.

    @tzubair, true. But I dont think Samsung would want to hurt the Apple business because Apple is a big customer to Samsung. Apple is using many IP's from Samsung and thus Samsung would be getting good royalty from Apple.

  43. SunitaT
    September 30, 2014

    NFC is a very promising technology and like similar cases it certainly needs some standards and further studies to increase the effectiveness of the communication and the protection of the data exchanged.

    @etnapowers, What is your take on Apple pay ? Do you think its more secure or is it just different ?

  44. SunitaT
    September 30, 2014

    I believes that the most expensive component of Apple's latest iPhones is the display, they're estimated to cost $45 in the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 and $52.50 for the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 Plus


    @Netcrawl, thanks for the info. I am curious to know what is the Bill of material cost for iPhone 6 ?

  45. SunitaT
    September 30, 2014

    It would fetch them more customers also for low cost models.

    @Vishal, I dont think Apple is keen on low cost models. I think low cost models might impact the brand value and hence Apple is keen on high margin high end models.

  46. chirshadblog
    September 30, 2014

    @Sunita: They tried it by creating low cost 5 series iPhones but it didn't work out well so I think they must have changed their game plan now

  47. chirshadblog
    September 30, 2014

    @Sunita: Looks like the new iPhone is good but we do need to provide some time for it to develop. So only time will decide on it. 

  48. chirshadblog
    September 30, 2014

    @Sunita: Its hard to come to a conclusion but I feel its much more secure than the older versions

  49. chirshadblog
    September 30, 2014

    Also it all depends on the security measures and how many layers of security they apply. 

  50. chirshadblog
    September 30, 2014

    @Sunita: Yes it can be considered that way too but still those 2 are the giants so they should work collaboratively for the betterment of the market. 

  51. chirshadblog
    September 30, 2014

    @Dassa: I think it will take some time because there are lots of ground still to be covered. Anyway it's a good thing to see at least in the future

  52. samicksha
    September 30, 2014

    If you compare in terms of cost then yes, but if you take look at report by timesofindia.indiatimes.com even in top 5 you will not discover them. Their list says Samsung is leading followed up with Nokia and Apple.

  53. bjcoppa
    September 30, 2014

    Glad to see so much discussion over this article with respect to pricing and the competition between Samsung and Apple overall. Good overall ideas and dialog generated. Apple is becoming more independent from Samsung from a processor perspective but it makes sense to keep them as a reserve supplier in the case of production delays or shortages at TSMC foundry.

  54. yalanand
    September 30, 2014

    Apple is becoming more independent from Samsung from a processor perspective but it makes sense to keep them as a reserve supplier in the case of production delays or shortages at TSMC foundry.

    @analoging, I recently read an article which said that Samsung still reportedly supplying 40% of Apple A8 chips for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus. So if this is the case then it would take lot of time for Apple to become truly independent from Samsung.

  55. yalanand
    September 30, 2014

    If you compare in terms of cost then yes, but if you take look at report by timesofindia.indiatimes.com even in top 5 you will not discover them.

    @samicksha, which report are you talking about ? Can you please share the link for the report. If you are talking about the largest phone supplier then recently Micromax beat Samsung to becomes top mobile vendor.

  56. yalanand
    September 30, 2014

    They tried it by creating low cost 5 series iPhones but it didn't work out well so I think they must have changed their game plan now

    @chirshadblog, iPhone 5C is, well, not really cheap. The 16GB model retails for $99 with a two-year service contract, and $549 without a subsidy. Add to that an additional $100 for the 32GB model.

  57. yalanand
    September 30, 2014

    Looks like the new iPhone is good but we do need to provide some time for it to develop.

    @chirshadblog, there was a news report which said that newly launched Apple phones bend. To find out whether the iPhone 6 Plus can actually bend, some are testing it out for themselves in Apple Stores.

  58. geek
    September 30, 2014

    “. But I dont think Samsung would want to hurt the Apple business because Apple is a big customer to Samsung. Apple is using many IP's from Samsung and thus Samsung would be getting good royalty from Apple.”

    @SunitaT0: Agreed. However, look at it from this way: If somehow Samsung is able to hurt Apple's business thereby leading to a decline in the quality of Apple's products and a dent in the brand image, guess who gets to have a higher share of market in this case? The loss incurred by not selling to Apple can be covered by gains from having those additional users switch to Samsung from Apple.

  59. bjcoppa
    September 30, 2014

    Samsung will need to find additional consumer base of its processors since Apple has spread its wings to use TSMC. Fortunately, the smart phone producer base has expanded over the years widening the market opportunity.

  60. bjcoppa
    September 30, 2014

    So few people know what goes into a smartphone. It is a surprise that more discussion is not given in Physics and Engineering classes to interest students in pursuing the field of mat sci and EE.

  61. Davidled
    October 3, 2014

    Is screen display made by OLED or LED? It seems to me that quality of displaying the information is one of importance factors in the mobile device. I am thinking what other benefit of new screen display is. Flexible screen display might attract to customer.

  62. Davidled
    October 4, 2014

    It looks like Apple iPhone 6 just copies Samsung phone. When comparing design between two phones, It is not easy to see any difference. I am wondering how iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus appeal to customer. A few market analysts said that mobile phone market is getting saturated. Some customers might be waiting for next generation product from both companies.

  63. bjcoppa
    October 6, 2014

    62 comments so far. Happy to see such an engaging discussion on this post. Many deep thoughts and interesting ideas presented regarding this technology and business impact as well as Samsung-Apple battle for market share.

  64. etnapowers
    October 8, 2014

    I think it is a safe system,  Apple is a good brand for the protection of the data and the overall Apple environment is secured in a effective mode.

  65. amrutah
    October 8, 2014

    @Vishal:

      You may be right that the NFC tech is not expensive, but the introduction of technology will enable the market.  I feel its a chicken-n-egg problem.  The retailers or Banks will not setup the NFC transaction facility if there are only 1% of the people using it.  But say if there are 40% or more mobile customers with NFC complaint handsets then market can built for it. 

    It is better first to build the NFC customer base then groom the market for its usability.  But why should I pay for the technology that's of no use to me is the other point-of-view.

  66. amrutah
    October 8, 2014

    Yes, there are some issues regarding the bending of the metal case leading to “Bendgate” episode.

       Samsung uses butt-shaped robots** to test this kind of bending issues.  May be more of such testing is needed to counter these kind of defects.

    ** businessinsider.com/samsung-butt-robots-2014-10

  67. amrutah
    October 8, 2014

    @Netcrawl:   Yes I agree the market in Asia is booming up albeit slowly.

    But this should be a good deal for the cellphone makers, they can now sell the phones cheap without NFC and couple of years later resell the again with some top-up tech and NFC.

  68. Netcrawl
    October 8, 2014

    @amrutah, you're right Asia is growing fast, in fact Samsung is losing grounds to some low-cost rivals. Samsung is mired in a severe earning slump as the environment surrounding its core business (smartphone) undergoes drastic change, and its quite serious. To counter the threat, the company is giving away wireless high-performance speakers and other freebies, but its still not enough, its sales still sluggish. 

    People have these negative impression of Chinese-made phones, but these days they are affordable and high-performing, so many peole may like them, its now going to be a price war. 

  69. Netcrawl
    October 8, 2014

    @amrutah I believe Samsung don't have the bending issues like the Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, according to Samsung, the metal  frame and magnesium bracket work together to create a strong reinforcement. 

  70. Netcrawl
    October 8, 2014

    @etnapowers yes Apple is a good brand but things change fast, it also experience some serious security issues. For the first time, the company is defending itself against various claims that its operating system–iOS has a “backdoor” that enable third parties to potentially gain access to user's data, the probelm arises the way Apple encrypt data from the iPhone's native apps, leaving personal data vulnerable to third parties nad hackers. 

  71. Davidled
    October 10, 2014

    Iphone 6 like other mobile phone has many app and features. But, I do not believe that most customer use all app and features. Due to the lack of reliability or security of some technology, some feature might be avoided from usage of customer.

  72. amrutah
    October 11, 2014

    @netcrawl:  There were recent articles released showing bending vulnerability with Samsung Galaxy Note 4 device.  There was some new issues with iPhone, where the hairs are getting stuck in the bezel being dubbed as “HairGate”

  73. etnapowers
    October 14, 2014

    @Netcrawl: do you know about the results of safety test on iOS? What version of iOS is under stress? iOS 8?

    I think that this kind of issues are quite common to all brands, like Apple, that are major players on the market. The more important is a product, the more it will be exposed to hacker attacks. I like Apple iOS , and i think that the problem will be fixed quickly, if any.

     

  74. samicksha
    October 14, 2014

    Yes I agree Samsung is loosing ground against some low cost vendors and not only Samsung it's about very big brand in Asian Market. I dont remember exact Model number but Micromax has launched almost true copy of iPhone6 and that is for almost half of the cost.

  75. Netcrawl
    October 14, 2014

    @samicksha the chinese are very good when it comes to turning out low-cost alternatives. Samsung's real achilles- low-cost emeerging markets, that's why its taking a new strategy designed to target low cost market. The Samsung Galaxy Core is one good example, which packs many features of its high-end model into a lower-cost handset.

     

  76. Netcrawl
    October 14, 2014

    @samicksha, its a whole new environment for Samsung, with local handset players in China and India toppling Samsung, Samsung is feeling the heat in the fastest-growing market.

    Samsung is the biggest smartphone vendor in the world, but cracks are starting to appear in its foundation. It lost its footing at the tops of the smartphone market in both China and India, and also reported a steep drop in profits, its really a tough fight for Samsung.

  77. samicksha
    October 17, 2014

    I agree your point @ Netcrawl, but i guess smartphone market has nothing much to do rather wearable market seems more onto horizons of company like samsung. Infact i see Samsung getting more involved into LTE market these days. One of the largest project in India (RJIL JIO) is using hardware from Samsung.

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    October 20, 2014

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  79. bjcoppa
    November 14, 2014

    Apple does not pubically reveal its suppliers so companies like Chipworks are highly valuable in communicating the breakdown of chips and components within an iPhone. More than 1 supplier can also be used for a particular component such as Samsung processors remaining albeit a smaller percentage than earlier models as Apple seeks to separate itself from its competitor which makes both smartphones and processors. The iWatch may indirectly boost sales for iPhones if it is a successful product due to synergistic interconnectivity and common overlap in functions etc (ie waiting for a call from work and going jogging in the evening while taking a call on the iWatch having the same contact list as your iPhone).

  80. ue2014
    November 24, 2014

    And I think Samsung also does change their models too quickly and also produce similar kind of Brands with very minor changes (Some phones appearances are also same, just a model difference). 

    This might also be a considerable factor since Value for Brand, Recognition, 2nd Hand Value does get affected due to this practice. 

  81. andrejones
    December 8, 2016

    I understand that the quality of the camera and software are better than the other brands, but paying $400 or even $600 for a mobile phone is way too expensive. I bet 99% of people don't even use 50% of the functionalities available.

  82. jessepkm
    July 8, 2017

    every year is the same thing, queues at the door of apple to buy the Iphone at the moment. It should only remember in wanting to resolve the question of how much the planned obsolescence is degrading the earth.

  83. David Madjrouh
    June 22, 2018

    I also think that all thhis is quite common to each brand, samsung, Apple,…  They are the best players on this market. The more important is a product, 

    David Madjrouh 

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