It has been almost one year since Apple officially announced ios6. The time seems right for a new major release to come, doesn’t it? Well, it looks like that’s what Apple has in tow for its 2013 worldwide developers conference which is set to kick off on June 10 with a preview of “new versions of iOS and OS X.
While there are many things we’d like to see introduce with ios 7, no one yet knows what the platform’s new version will bring. Even the rumor mill has been pretty silent on the matter, although that might change by the time the conference begins. The only few hints we currently have thrown on the table are the possible introduction of a “killer ios app” for handling mobile payments and the launch of a new internet service of some kind. We’re also hearing rumors about an ios UI redesign being pushed john ive– visual interface tweaks to make the platform look flatter and simpler.
The LG mobile division was able to ship some 10.3 million smartphones in Q1 of this year, resulting in a sales growth of some 30% compared to Q1 of 2012. This is especially impressive considering that this includes an almost a 15% sales increase over the previous holiday quarter.
Phone unit profitability more than doubled in this time period as well, which was reflected by an increase in operating margin from 2% to 4.1%, and profits rose from $50 million to $119 million, thanks to sales of the Optimus G and the L-series handsets.
The Koreans are also optimistic in regards to growth for Q2, with the Optimus G Pro tablet and L-series II handsets poised to boost the sales further.
Although it’s still some way off backyard rival Samsung, LG’s sound launch strategy is part of what helped it get back on the map: just when interest in the latest Samsung product starts to wane, it comes out with a more robust competitor. This was the case with the Optimus G and the Galaxy S III, and the Optimus G Pro, which tackled the Note II.
Now, the expected LG Optimus G2 is expected to give the Galaxy S4 a run for its money come Christmas time, but we’ll have to see what, if anything, Samsung has in store for that period.
You might want to hold off a few weeks if you’re worried the Galaxy S4 is too delicate for your lifestyle.
At a Q&A conference in Dubai, President of Samsung Gulf, Young Soo Kim, claimed that a ruggedized version of its latest flagship phone was in the works and would be officially announced in the coming weeks. The statement was made in response to a question asking why Samsung hadn’t yet made waterproof devices.
This new rugged Galaxy S4 will both be dust proof and waterproof, which we imagine will add a considerable amount of bulk to the phone. We’re curious if Samsung will knock out some of the higher-end hardware specs, too. Unfortunately we don’t know much else about a release date or pricing just yet.