On the eve of the Apple Event scheduled for tomorrow morning, Gartner rains down and states that the tablet trend is on a steep decline as growth has gone from 55% in 2013 to a measly 11% in 2014. While Apple's iPad sales have been down for the last two quarters, the tide could begin to turn as early as tomorrow if Apple could deliver something that brings back that original iPad magic.
The iPhone 6 upgrade cycle could last a year: Morgan Stanley added Apple to its list of Best Ideas this morning. Apple analyst, Katie Huberty, has an Overweight rating and $110 price target on the shares. Her AlphaWise survey shows demand for 37 million iPhones in the September quarter with channel fill adding 1 million units for a total of 38 million to be reported as sold.
Clear the way for Apple Watch Sport: According to a new report, Apple may be dropping the popular Fitbit devices from their Stores as it clears the way for its own wearable technology product that's set to launch sometime in the New Year.
On October 15, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two of Apple's latest registered trademarks. Both of the trademarks were for "iCloud Keychain" that Apple originally filed for in December 2013. Apple's iCloud Keychain was first announced during their 2013 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. It was officially released with iOS 7.0.3 and with OS X Mavericks last October.
Japan Display, a maker of mobile-device screens, has forecast a surprise annual loss due to delayed shipments to Apple and reduced sales to Sony. Apple's business is about a third of Japan Displays business. Allegedly Japan Display couldn't secure the necessary parts to meet Apple orders. Yet the report covers one particular analyst that puts the blame squarely on Apple.
A Taiwan supply chain report this morning notes that shipments of Apple's new MacBook Air model with a 12-inch Retina screen have begun shipping in small volumes with large-volume shipments to begin in November. Whether this will translate into the MacBook Air being in Apple Stores for the holidays is unknown at this time, as some suggest that the MacBook Air may slip into 2015. Yet the twist to this report rests on the news that Apple products shipping in 2015 will introduce a new 3D-Like logo.
News out of Taiwan today notes that Casetek Holdings, a chassis making subsidiary of Pegatron Technology, has announced revenues of US$108.22 million for September 2014, up 21.25% on month and 16.48% on year. The revenue growth was mainly due to shipments for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad, which is expected to be introduced tomorrow. The new iPad Plus, Apple's next entry into the iPad family is due sometime in early 2015.
Apple's iPhone processor partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly landed CPU orders for Apple's upcoming next-generation iPad expected to be released in early 2015. If Apple's marketing is to be consistent, then the new 12.9 inch iPad is likely be branded the iPad Plus – though it's far from being a guarantee.
As Apple's developers begin to use HomeKit to create smart home products controlled by your iPhone, we'll have a lot of choices to consider. One such product is the August smart lock. The August Smart Lock is a neat way to enter and leave your home securely without reaching for your keys. Walt Mossberg gives his verdict on the digitalization of the humble home door in a brief video review as noted above.
It's Really Starting to Stink: An executive from bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies who oversaw its troubled sapphire production facility set up a plan to sell part of his shareholdings after the company failed to meet Apple's technical milestones on time.
A new study released today by Germany's respected market research firm GfK covers survey statistics from China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US about the reception of potential smartwatch services. The results reveal that that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches like the upcoming Apple Watch to carry tickets for passenger transport or as security keys to their computers and/or online accounts. The ability to transmit healthcare data via a smartwatch is also of particular interest to the majority of people. In America and China, there is far more openness for using smartwatches as identity cards and payment systems than those surveyed in Europe where there's much deeper skepticism of such future cloud based services.
When the late Steve Jobs first introduced the first Apple Store, the critics were out in force reporting that it was bound to fail because Gateway tried it and failed. Over the years the original vision of the Apple Store has been nothing shy of a raging success for Apple. When new products are being introduced, Apple Stores become a marketing companies dream come true with line-ups around most stores. Now Microsoft is racing to get into the game and is even set to develop a new store near Apple's Glass Store in Manhattan. Now it looks like Amazon wants get in on the action and open a store in New York as well as experiment with a new "pop-up" retail store concept in San Francisco later this month.
Scotland recently held a referendum on whether to stay or separate from England. Although the people of Scotland narrowly voted to rebuff independence for the time being, it was a divisive election. For the people of Edinburgh, there's a way to bring everyone together for a positive common cause this weekend. That cause is celebrating a new Apple Store opening. The evening news in Edinburgh reported that the Country's Capital is set to experience "Apple-madness at first hand," as the flagship Princes Street store opens its doors at 10am this coming Saturday.
A Korean report today revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman and Samsung heir-apparent Lee Jae-yong at Samsung's main office in Seocho today and agreed to jointly develop mobile content. The social network site looks to improve its mobile presence and Samsung needs to boost its content business.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three specific patents relating to iDevice moisture controls, video game or future Apple TV remotes and enterprise level video conferencing for smaller conferences. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.