DigiTimes is reporting this morning that Apple occupied 71.6% of consumer tablets sold in the China market during the fourth quarter of 2012. The statistics were compiled by China-based Analysys International. This is a commanding lead in the largest market in the world.
Apple's iPad saw its first month-over-month gain in Web traffic share since December, marking an end to the decline which began with the December holiday season. Apple's iPad users generated 81.9% of US and Canadian tablet Web traffic in March, a 1.4% basis points increase since February.
Yesterday Apple's stock price took a nose dive on the news that consumers were likely holding back on iPad mini purchases in the hope of gaining a better deal with Apple's next generation product. Apple's upstream supply chain sources pointed to a 20-30% decline in shipments. What we didn't notice yesterday was that a second report published later in the day pointed to a nasty hiccup in Apple's Mac hardware inventory too.
On April 18, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of patents relating to next generation audio and data connectors. Apple has already begun to move to more modern efficient connectors like "Lightning" for the iPhone 5. Apple's patent delves into future versions of connectors that could eventually replace the traditional iDevice audio connector that employs traditionally rounded TRS connector jacks with something flatter and possibly shallower as noted in our cover graphic. Apple's proposed data connectors are being designed to address USB 4.0, DVI, Display Port and HDMI and work with everything from the Mac to an iPhone and right through to possible future devices such as a gaming system and a holographic projector, states Apple. Our report also touches on two Apple patents covering new spring loaded connectors that won't overheat.
On April 18, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the nuts and bolts behind Apple's Virtual University known as iTunes U. Apple's invention is about systems, methods, and computer program products for accessing e-learning courses from an online resource. Particular implementations of the e-learning application disclosed, provide one or more of the following advantages: The e-learning application provides simple and intuitive GUIs that allow students to browse, select, enroll and interact with online courses, including facilitating data input by the student, giving the student better manual control to navigate the course and providing the student with better visual feedback for interacting with the course.
Microsoft's top mobile-phone executive Terry Myerson has reportedly stated that its Windows Phone operating system has an opportunity to lure away Apple and Google users because it offers a more exciting and smoother experience. It appears that Myerson is desperately trying to make waves for their Windows phone which currently sits in last place. Myerson's tactic however is mirroring the very same one deployed by both BlackBerry's CEO Heins and Nokia's CEO Elop weeks earlier, so he can't even be original on that point. Cheap shots such as those made recently just make these CEO's out to be clowns.
A new report this morning states that upstream sources in the iPad mini supply chain expect a 20-30% decline in shipments for the device during the second quarter of 2013 due to lacking demand in the market. The lacking demand stems from consumers waiting for the release of the next generation iPad mini, said the sources.
Smart Watches have been around for the last decade yet has failed to take off for one reason or another: they looked ugly, were too bulky, had weak functionality, or the battery life was not good enough.Market intelligence firm ABI Research projects more than 1.2 million smart watches will be shipped in 2013.
While Macites await the coming of the iWallet revolution, another bank in Canada is moving ahead with a new app from Apple's App Store called "Deposit Anywhere." While the new app is best for small businesses that need to make deposits quickly, securely and conveniently – it's available to anyone that has an iPhone. Canadian users can deposit a cheque anywhere, anytime, in less than a minute, without having to visit a branch or find an ATM.
A new report out this morning will have both iOS and Android fans delighted. Instead of making an argument for either side based on a single data point at a time, we're able to now see several data points where iOS and Android really square off on. Our report pulls together the best iOS stats in one handy graphic that you can keep on hand when you're squaring off with your buddy who owns an Android phone. All in all, the stats in my view still favor Apple where it matters. The one stat that honestly floored me was the one that showed how well Apple's iOS is doing in business. It was pretty impressive.
Apple and Samsung are battling it out toe to toe in India, reports the Wall Street Journal. They're trying to outdo one another by offering various discounts to convince consumers to switch smartphones.Apple launched a promotion in early April that allows consumers to exchange any of their older smartphones—whether it's an iPhone, an Android-based phone or a Blackberry– for a cash discount of at least $128 US on the purchase of a basic iPhone 4. In Q4 2012 Apple only held 5% market share in India in contrast to Samsung's 40%.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 19 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Those granted include an iPhone's industrial design, three facets of iOS including one that covers folder management and the famed "jiggle" effect associated with moving apps around on your iDevices. Our report also lists 14 additional patents granted to Apple today which cover a wide spectrum of technologies including antennas, databases, calendars and wireless matters.
Taiwan's HTC Corp. said Monday that it is considering legal action against Samsung Electronics Co. after the government decided to investigate recent accusations that the South Korean company deceptively attacked its rivals' products online.
Intel began the year strongly at CES in January by delivering a keynote about 2013 being a game changing year for Intel. It was all about a game changing product on the way called the Ultrabook Convertible. Last week in Beijing, Intel's IDF was in full gear once again to excite their developers in China about the coming new product category. The theme echoing throughout their main keynote was that the next generation Ultrabooks in the form of convertibles and detachables were going to deliver the very best 2 for 1 computer deal for consumers that they won't be able to ignore. The new devices will deliver the best powered notebook and the best featured tablets in one device. Intel believes that this this is the game changer they need to breathe life back into the PC market which just experienced its worst quarter in more than twenty years. Will they be able to pull it off? Time will tell.