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AM News: iPhone 4S Popularity Declining?, AMD Reports Losses of $590M, Apple to Meet With Proview Over iPad Dispute

Six months after it was introduced to the world (opens in new tab), Apple's iPhone 4S is still one of the most wanted devices on the global smartphone market. However, compared to the frenzy that followed its release and the record-breaking sales experienced in the first weeks of availability, its popularity has since slowed. This is especially the case for developed markets such as the US, where the more sophisticated customers prefer LTE smartphones - with the iPhone 4S and Siri losing its appeal.

AMD has just made its latest financials available (opens in new tab), and the figures for the first quarter of 2012 don't make for particularly good reading. Total revenue for the quarter was $1.59 billion, which was 6 per cent down on the previous quarter, and 2 per cent down year-on-year. The company made a net loss of $590 million or $0.80 per share, and an operating loss of $580 million.

Qualcomm isn't making enough Snapdragon chips (opens in new tab) to satisfy the demands of the smartphone market, and the firm has warned of an impending shortage in one of its lines. The S4 Snapdragon 28nm chip is the processor which third-party manufacturers can't make enough of and Qualcomm has warned there may be supply issues until the end of the year.

Apple has agreed to meet with the representatives (opens in new tab) of the Chinese company who originally owned the iPad name. In 2009, Proview sold the iPad title to Apple but the sale is still being debated in the courts. Apple and the almost bankrupt Proview are clenched in a legal war over the most valuable trademark in the tablet market, however, without owning the trademark, Apple is put in the awkward position of selling counterfeit iPads in China. Meanwhile, iPad imports and exports to Chinese customers as well as the Foxconn facilities face a possible ban should Apple lose the trial.

HTC creative director Claude Zellweger recently spoke (opens in new tab) at an event in Seattle, revealing some crucial information about the future of HTC devices. According to a Pocket-lint report, the Chinese company has realised that physical keyboards belong in the past. Although there are still clients who believe that physical QWERTY keyboards are easier to use and request them in a smartphone, HTC wants to abandon this feature. HTC's creative director strongly believes that the future of keyboards doesn't rely on the hardware, but on haptic technologies.

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Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.