Apple to initially offer 32- and 37-inch iTV
The media has been speculating on rumors surrounding Apple’s so-called “iTV,” a television product that the technology company is planning on releasing in the middle of 2012. We’ve now got more information as to what iTV will actually feature.
According to supply chain sources in a report in Digitimes, Apple’s suppliers are said to begin preparing materials for the new televisions in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung is already well underway on chip production, which was reported to have started up in November, while Sharp will supply Apple with the screens for the iTV.
APPLE iTV WILL BE RELEASED IN 2012
The most important nugget of information from these supply chain sources comes from the size of the displays on the iTVs, as Digitimes’ sources claim that Apple will offer both a 32-inch and 37-inch screen initially.
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While that size is a far cry from the 80-inch TVs that Samsung and Sharp are currently advertising, Apple is just opening up to the television industry, and this initial offering of medium-sized displays fits well with the company’s younger demographic.
The downside to the smaller size is that analysts are predicting a high price for its new technology. Gene Munsters of Piper Jaffray expects the iTV to retail for about twice the price of a similarly sized competitor, which could hurt Apple’s ability to steal a chunk of the market, even with its legions of loyal fans.
DHL Express Invests in Electric Cargo Plane Fleet
DHL Express has ordered 12 fully electric cargo planes to supercharge efforts in reducing carbon emissions across its US delivery network.
The Alice eCargo planes are manufactured by Seattle startup Eviation, and are designed specifically to be configured for either cargo or passengers. The first planes are expected to be delivered to DHL Express in 2024.
“We have found the perfect partner with Eviation as they share our purpose, and together we will take off into a new era of sustainable aviation,” said John Pearson, CEO of DHL Express.
The purchase forms part of DHL’s €7bn investment in reducing CO2 emissions by 2030, with a zero emissions target set for 2050.
“We firmly believe in a future with zero-emission logistics,” Pearson added. “On our way to clean logistics operations, the electrification of every transport mode plays a crucial role and will significantly contribute to our overall sustainability goal of zero emissions.”
What is Eviation's Alice Aircraft?
- Manufacturer: Eviation
- Capacity: 1,200kg
- Range: 815km
- Charge time: 30 minutes
- Launching: 2024
Eviation’s Alice aircraft enable cargo and passenger airlines to operate zero-emission fleets. The plane can be flown by one pilot and is capable of carrying 1,200kg, with a maximum range of 815km.
The aircraft can be fully charged in 30 minutes, which can take place while the vehicle is loaded and unloaded between flights. Eviation says that, because the aircraft has fewer moving parts - or points of failure - than traditional aircraft, they are more reliable and reduce maintenance overheads and downtime.
“With Alice’s range and capacity, this is a fantastic sustainable solution for our global network,” said Travis Cobb, EVP Global Network Operations and Aviation for DHL Express. “Our aspiration is to make a substantial contribution in reducing our carbon footprint, and these advancements in fleet and technology will go a long way in achieving further carbon reductions.”
How Does Alice Compare with UPS’ eVTOLs?
DHL Express is not alone in electrifying the skies. In April, UPS announced a new fleet of eVTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) aircraft, from Beta Technologies, which will enter service in 2024.
UPS’ vehicles can carry 635kg with a 400km range and cruising speeds of up to 170mph. The eVTOLs can carry cargo to several short-hops or one long route on a single charge, and are aimed at healthcare organisation, SMEs and businesses in small or remote communities.
“These new aircraft will create operational efficiencies in our business, open possibilities for new services, and serve as a foundation for future solutions to reduce the emissions profile of our air and ground operation,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer.
The first 10 eVTOLs will be delivered in 2024, with the option for UPS to order up to 150 more.