Jim Suva, Citi director of investment research, provided his outlook on Apple and Samsung on CNBC yesterday. Suva says Apple is innovating, gaining more share and attracting consumers. Ater the commercial, you'll hear exactly what Jim Suva had to say.
Today a Vietnamese website by the name Tinhte published a series of iPad Air 2 photos that are reportedly from the same source that leaked the iPhone 6 photos ahead of launch. The photo above shows us that the mute button is gone, that the volume controls are recessed and that a new microphone has been added near the volume controls. The Home Button is another slight standout which shows the design being more distinct on the silver iPad that has a white front interface as shown below.
According to a new Taiwan supply chain report, Apple's currently raging iPhone sales and upcoming iPads and Apple Watch in Q1 2015, global demand for non-Apple consumer notebooks and tablets is likely to remain weak in the fourth quarter of 2014 through to the second quarter of 2015 when Microsoft launches Windows 10.
It's Just a Big Mess: A Forbes report posted by Chuck Jones this afternoon titled "What Does GTAT's Bankruptcy Mean to Apple?" provides us with a look at what might have gone wrong with GTAT. Jones writes: "When you read some of GTAT's 10-Q and 8-K SEC filings along with its bankruptcy documents it is easy to ascertain that GTAT was either not able to produce enough sapphire or at the quality and yield levels to Apple's satisfaction. Apple then had the right to demand immediate repayment of $439 million it had pre-paid to GTAT as part of a $578 million Prepayment Agreement," and this is where the house of cards likely came falling down.
Today, a new report published by the AAA states that three out of four drivers believe that hands-free technology is safe to use, yet Americans may be surprised to learn that these popular new vehicle features may actually increase mental distraction, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study appears to throw Apple's Siri technology into the report as an afterthought and does so in a negative light. Is it fair? You be the judge.
While Samsung Electronics has attempted to offer low quotes to obtain 14nm FinFET foundry orders for A9 processors from Apple in 2015, it may be difficult for the Korea-based company to win the orders due to the yield rate issue of its 14nm FinFET process, according to sources at Taiwan's semiconductor industry.
According to a new supply chain rumor, Apple has already adjusted its supply ratio for their two new iPhones after seeing that the demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is much stronger than expected. The report notes that the retail channel is unlikely to feel any immediate changes since it normally takes a while for adjustments on the production side to start affecting the retail.
Hope against all hope: TodayCrucialTec, one of the world's leading fingerprint sensor developers, held a promotional event for the "Fast IDentification Online Alliance," an international consortium for the standardization of authentication technology, on Monday in Seoul. They believe that they simply have an advantage over Apple's Touch ID. Apparently Apple Pay using Touch ID has freaked out an entire industry who's now falling over themselves to slow down the rush of companies stampeding to get on board Apple's new mobile wallet system.
In the last few days we've heard that the iPhone 6 is nearing or will even surpass the 20 million mark in the first 30 days since its launch and that iPhone 6 pre-orders in China are on Fire. The news only gets better today with a new supply chain rumor pointing to Apple asking their suppliers to significantly boost their chipsets for the first quarter of 2015.
Tomorrow will mark the third anniversary of Steve Jobs passing. While Steve Jobs was one of the most creative CEO's of our time, for my generation he was an inspirational force like no other. Yesterday, Apple's CEO Tim Cook once again emailed the entire Apple team with a respectful remembrance message stating that "Steve made our world better." Yes, he most certainly did Tim, and inspired a new generation to believe that they can change the world – and they will.
The 200 million annual shipments milestone for branded tablets continues to elude OEM vendors and overall growth for 2014 is set to come in at a disappointing 2.5%. Apple and Samsung continued to lead branded vendors in unit share during 1H 2014 although with mixed fortunes.Apple iPad units were down 13% year-over-year in the first six months of the year. Apple's CEO Tim Cook addressed the drop during their last financial conference call while emphasizing the point that significant innovation was on the way for the iPad. So all eyes will be on Apple's upcoming iPad event. Although the iPad is expected to offer a new gold finish and Touch ID for Apple Pay, it's still unknown whether or not there'll be a significant innovation revealed that will be able to raise the bar high enough to stop the iPad's market share from eroding further. With next generation notebooks coming to market this quarter and Intel finally cracking the tablet market at the low end, the pressure is now on Apple to take the iPad to the next level or be run over by the competition.
The top ten iPhone 6 Plus reviews that are noted in Engadget's report covers The Verge, TechRadar, TechCrunch, CNET, The New York Times and others, with all giving Apple's new phablet two thumbs up. Apparently, the iPhone 6 Plus is doing so well that it's outgunning the iPhone 6 in spite of the hoopla associated with Bendgate.
Last week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft that revealed an invention relating to a possible future wearable accessory in the form of a ring. The highly sophisticated wireless ring could act as an interactive input device to control a cursor on a mobile device such as a smartphone or heads-up display. Interestingly, the ring can harvest energy and more. It's an interesting idea that could spill over to controlling TV menus and more.
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to August 2014, show that Apple's share of British smartphone sales defied convention by holding steady ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. Apple was boosted by the iPhone 5c, which was Britain's best-selling smartphone during August.