Supply Shortages Predicted for New iPhone

The New iPhone 4

Analysts are predicting serious supply shortages for the new iPhone 4.  These predictions are a result of production issues with the new display technology provided to Apple by LG Electronics.  One of the key new features of the iPhone 4 is its new Retina Display which utilizes in-plane switching (IPS) technology.  This technology will provide an exceptional visual display and allow movies and photos to be viewed from nearly any angle.  This is possible because of the extremely high pixel density available with IPS technology

Low production yields of the IPS LCD panel produced by LG have reduced production volumes for the new iPhoneApple is hopeful that the transition by LG to Gen 5 LCD capacity late this summer will help bring the production of the new phone back on track.

In addition to the improved visual display made available by IPS, other differences between the new iPhone 4G and its predecessor include a 5 megapixel camera with HD video capability, LED flash, gyroscope, duel microphones, better speakers, an improved antenna, and front facing camera for video calling.  The basic model of the new iPhone will range in price from $199-$299 with new AT&T rate plans and will be available for purchase in the coming weeks.

Nintendo and Lenovo Rank Poorly in Guide to Greener Electronics

Guide to Greener Electronics

Greenpeace "Guide to Greener Electronics"




Nintendo and Lenovo continue to rate as the two worst companies for “green” activities in the 15th release of Greenpeace’s “Guide to Greener Electronics.”  Greenpeace has been rating electronics companies on this scale since August 2006.  The guide rates producers of computers, cell phones, TVs and other electronics based upon their recycling policies, use of toxic chemicals, and impact on climate change.  Greenpeace‘s goal with this study is to promote change within these organizations by reducing and eventually eliminating hazardous substances from their products, allowing consumers to return used products for recycling after use, and reducing overall climate impact.

Reasons for their low scores include use PVC and BFRs by Lenovo, with no evidence that these substances will be removed from new products within the next year.  Nintendo routinely scores low on this report because they do not release relevant environmental impact information to Greenpeace and because of poor rankings for e-waste as well as increases in CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions from its production facilities.  In fact, Nintendo’s greenhouse emissions increased in both 2006 and 2007. 

Greenpeace rated Nokia and Sony Ericcson as the top two “greenest” companies in its report due to their reduced use of toxic chemicals, restrictions on PVC, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Best Buy Launches New CinemaNow Movie Download Service

CinemaNow on LG Blu-Ray Player


 Electronics giant, Best Buy, is expanding its sales to include an online store where customers can download movies.  This new store will be called CinemaNow.  The focus of the new store will not be to sell DVDs or Blu-rays, rather to provide an online movie download service where downloadable films can be purchased or rented online.  CinemaNow will update its films so they are able to be downloaded and rented or purchased the very day they are released to DVD or Blu-ray.  Downloadable films will be available in 108op or High Definition depending upon the title and release date.

The CinemaNow service will also cater to a wide variety of internet-ready devices including PCs, certain Samsung or Best Buy home theatre equipment, and LG Blu-ray players.  Prices for CinemaNow rentals will range from $2.99 to $3.99 per title and $9.99 to $19.99 for purchase.  While some other companies have tried and failed over the past several years to create a demand for downloadable movies, with the recent success of the Netflix “instant queue” and our world’s growing demand for instant gratification, the CinemaNow service should be a huge success — Especially given the integration that CinemaNow will have with several electronic devices ranging from companies like LG, Samsung, and Insignia.

Samsung Partners with James Cameron in 3D Television Venture

Two People Wearing 3D Glasses

3D Glasses

Samsung, the world’s largest producer of flat screen televisions, is partnering with filmmaker James Cameron to create more 3D video content.  This partnership occurs in response to the increased demand for 3D televisions in the global market.  The relatively recent resurgence of 3D films has prompted Samsung and its competitors including Sony, LG, Toshiba, and Sharp to release 3D television models throughout 2010.  Even without much selection of 3D films and other video content, Samsung expects to fall short of the demand for 3D products this year due to a shortage of a specific technological component necessary to their production.

In March of this year, Cameron helped Samsung launch the first ever 3D HD television in the United States.  The company is depending upon the continued success of films such as James Cameron’s Avatar, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and Blue Sky Studio’s Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs to boost sales of its new 3D television.  Sales are projected at over 2 million units for 2010.  Samsung’s plans to boost 3D content do not stop at partnering with James Cameron.  The organization has also struck deals with Dreamworks Animation and SM Entertainment (a South Korean entertainment agency) to increase 3D content in the coming years.