Financial Times on ITMS Movie Rentals, DigiTimes on 3G iPhone and Touch Panels

December 27, 2007 at 12:58 pm 4 comments

      According to Financial Times, Fox Studio movie rentals on iTunes is a done deal and will be announced at Macworld 2008. The deal “will allow consumers to rent the latest Fox DVD releases” rather than to buy them.

     DigiTimes, which tracks daily economic news across southeast Asia, reports that Taiwanese part supplier Innolux is due to supply “Apple with iPhone touch panels in the second quarter of 2008″. This reaffirms that Apple is set to release a second generation/3G iPhone in mid 2008. Balda and Wintek provide the current generation iPhone touch screens.

     In yet another interesting article from DigiTimes, LCD panel industry sources predict that “small- to medium-size” touch panel market is expected to be the hot sector in 2008 and Taiwan-based LCD panel manufacturers are “monitoring demand” and considering “combining touch panel functions” in notebooks, handsets and MP3 players.

D.S.

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  • 1. eorse  |  December 28, 2007 at 2:49 am

    Mr. Sieger, Thanks for your replies. I have one more question. If one would wait for the next version of iPhone (3G), then what will be the difference be from the current iPhone version? I am interested in price range and battery power range.

    For example, the current iPhone is $399. Will the 3G version be higher priced (such as $599)?

    The current battery power is 8-hours of talk (with no web/email, right)? By the way, how much longer can the battery go with talk and email/web? Will the 3G iPhone be 5-hours of talk?

    This may mean that 3G phone may have better capability (better network) but weaker battery power and higher price.

    What are your thoughts? Thanks again.

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  • 2. eorse  |  December 28, 2007 at 2:51 am

    Another question. I just bought a Macbook. I forgot to read your inside stories. Was this a smart decision given that Apple will introduce in late Jan. a thin/light notebook between a Macbook and MacBook Pro models? Should I return (it is still under warranty and return)?

    What are your expert thoughts? Thanks, Mr. Sieger.

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  • 3. David Sieger  |  December 28, 2007 at 5:29 am

    “This may mean that 3G phone may have better capability (better network) but weaker battery power and higher price.”

    I think that sounds about right. Others have also said GPS will be a third party add-on.

    As far as the new Apple notebook, I think you made a smart choice going with Macbook. The ultra light notebook has been described by others as having a 10-13 inch LCD, minimal solid state memory and priced bet/ current Macbook and Macbook pro.

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  • 4. eorse  |  December 28, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks, Mr. Sieger, on both items. I feel better about the Macbook then. I will look into getting the iPhone now. Thanks.

    Reply

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