It’s been something of a long week, especially for those trotting around in the Las Vegas desert for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show, which wraps up today. As we sit back and reflect on the week’s events, let’s take in a few more tidbits of news from the last 24 hours, including the troubled launch of the iPhone 4S in mainland China, kudos for Tiffen at CES, Apple’s supplier responsibility report and more for this fine Friday, January 13, 2012. Watch out for those ladders and black cats, folks!
iPhone 4S Retail Sales Halted in China After Launch Chaos
It was probably bound to happen sooner or later, but today’s launch of the iPhone 4S in mainland China was marred by incidents of violence, with the “frustrated crowd” taking aim at the outer glass walls of Apple’s retail store in Beijing (pictured above). According to The New York Times, Apple’s Beijing store didn’t open on schedule and some of the nearly 1,000 people waiting outside relieved their tension by throwing eggs at the storefront. As a result, Apple has “temporarily suspended sales of all iPhones at its five mainland China stores for the safety of customers and employees.” The handsets continue to be available online, both through Apple and carrier partner China Unicom’s website. And you thought buying an iPhone on launch day in the United States was crazy!
OnLive Desktop Hits the App Store
Right on schedule, cloud-based gaming service OnLive unleashed their new OnLive Desktop app for the iPad on Thursday night. Despite a few initial hiccups with some users (including us) unable to access the service after logging in, the free 4.8MB download works like a charm and lives up to the company’s promise of “a seamless, no-compromise, instant-response cloud-based PC desktop.” OnLive Desktop brings a touch-based Windows 7 experience to iPad users, complete with Microsoft Office and cloud-based storage for transferring documents back and forth. Existing OnLive users can use their current login credentials to access OnLive Desktop, and new users can sign up on the company’s website before downloading. Stay tuned, we’ll have a hands-on first look at OnLive Desktop coming on Monday!
CES 2012: Tiffen Dfx v3 Nabs Videomaker’s Best of CES Award
The folks at Tiffen issued a press release on Thursday to announce that their popular Dfx v3 digital effects suite software received some accolades at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which winds down today. Both Tiffen Dfx v3 and Domke RuggedWear bags were named Videomaker’s “Best of CES” for 2012 in their respective categories of CES Spotlight and CES Bag/Case. No one is more thrilled about the win than Tiffen President and CEO Steve Tiffen: “CES 2012 has been a tremendous success for The Tiffen Company. The ‘Best of Show’ awards given to us by Videomaker demonstrate the breadth and depth of design and development excellence we offer to the imaging community, whether they are looking for an accessory, like Domke bags, to keep their photography equipment protected, or comprehensive image editing software like Tiffen Dfx Software, which can be utilized for still and moving images by beginners or pros to do anything from a simple fix to enhance the emotion within their shoot.” A limited-time free trial version of Tiffen Dfx v3 is available from the company’s website.
Apple Issues 2012 Supplier Responsibility Report
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has posted its “Supplier Responsibility Progress Report” for the 2012 calendar year, which outlines the steps Cupertino is taking with both its manufacturers and their working conditions. Among the disclosures is an 80 percent increase in audits last year over 2010, with 229 throughout the company’s supply chain. The report reveals “108 facilities didn’t pay proper overtime wages and 93 facilities has records that indicated more than 50 percent of their workers exceeded the 60-hour work week.” Five facilities were also found with incidents of underage labor. CEO Tim Cook, whose speciality lies in the supply chain process, certainly likes the progress the company has made in the last year. “”I have spent a lot of time in factories over my lifetime and we are clearly leading in this area,” Cook told WSJ. “It is like innovating in products. You can focus on things that are barriers or you can focus on scaling the wall or redefining the problem.” The Apple report is also newsworthy for its first public disclosure of more than 150 companies who provide parts and manufacturing for Cupertino.
Bloomberg Says iPad 3 Will Have HD Screen, 4G LTE
Why not close out CES 2012 week with another of those popular iPad 3 rumors, right? This time we’ve got one courtesy of Bloomberg, who is reporting that Apple’s next iPad will hit stores in March, complete with “a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks.” Most of that falls in line with other rumors we’ve heard, but Bloomberg has twisted the arms of “three people familiar with the product” who say the iPad 3 will feature a quad-core chip and tap into both Verizon Wireless and AT&T 4G LTE networks for faster wireless data. “Mass production began at the start of this month, with factories running 24 hours a day in China,” the report claims. “Manufacturing will halt over China’s Lunar New Year holiday this month and then ramp back up to a peak in February,” explains another Bloomberg source. With half of January nearly done, we’ll probably find out soon enough whether it’s all true…
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