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May 2013

New Study: Apple's App Store Crushing Google Play in Revenue

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A new study published by Distimo provides us with a granular app level look at revenues in the Apple App Store and Google Play. Distimo's report debunks some of the myths surrounding application level revenue in Google Play and the Apple App Store. One of those myths is that although the (free) download volumes in Google Play are impressive, developers still find it hard to monetize their apps on this platform compared to the Apple App Store. Distimo's latest report examines this statement by digging into the battle between Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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Apple's iPhone Sales in India have soared up to 400% in new Aggressive Campaign

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According to a new report out today, equal monthly installments (EMI) and cash back schemes have worked wonders for Apple in India as iPhone's monthly sales have risen by 300% to 400% over the last few months. Apple has managed to dramatically push up its sales by figuring out trends of consumer demand and changing the iPhone's perception from being a high-end product to an affordable one.

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US Eases Ban of Apple's iPhone in Iran

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According to a new report out of London, the US has eased restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices, software and services to Iranians. The shift marks the first time Apple's iPhone can be exported legally to Iran.

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How will Samsung Win against the iPad? By Flooding the Market with Super Cheap Tablets over the Next Two Years

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While the latest web traffic stats published by Chitika Insights yesterday showed that Apple's iPad is still sitting on 81% market share, Samsung is hard at work to beef up their sales of tablets so as to become the "market share" leader in tablets by next year. Playing the "market share" game has been Samsung's game plan because the mainstream press and Wall Street love it, even when profits sag well below what Apple pulls in. According to a recent report, The Ratio of Profits to Market Share shows Apple with 3.12% versus Samsung with 1.30%.

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Apple's iTunes Store Allegedly infringes Several Smartflash Patents

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Smartflash has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit basically concerns Apple's iTunes Store, the App Store, Apple TV, iOS and much more. A number of gaming developers are a part of this suit for using Apple's iTunes Store to sell their wares. Smartflash is claiming that Apple has allegedly infringed on their six standing patents which all relate to "Data Storage and Access Systems."

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Apple Invents a Wild New Display that could conceal a Camera, Strobe Flash and/or Fingerprint Scanner until Needed

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Every once and a while a very cool idea emerges in a patent that puts a smile on our faces just because we know that Jony Ive and his team (the Crazy Ones) have come up with yet another aesthetically minded industrial design. Today's little gem hits on a number of interesting things. Firstly, Apple has designed a display that could conceal or reveal hidden components behind a display such as a camera and strobe flash so that they could be eliminated as physical features on an iPhone, iPad or other computer. Apple states that "Placing components that would typically be found on the surface of an electronic device enclosure behind a transparent display may increase the surface real-estate of the enclosure for a larger display or additional components. Further, the aesthetics of the electronic device may be greatly enhanced by not cluttering the device enclosure with always-visible components, but instead creating a more seamless electronic device where the components are only visible when they are in use." Secondly, beyond the camera and strobe flash, there's an additional key component that Apple wants to conceal that's noteworthy, and that's a fingerprint scanner.

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Apple Invents New Manufacturing Process for Precision Display Setting and a New 3D Cursor

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On May 30, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new manufacturing process relating to precision display setting on devices like an iMac, iPhone, iPod or Television. For those of you who happen to love industrial design and its associated processes as much as Apple's Jony Ive does, you'll appreciate Apple's latest invention. The second invention that we briefly touch on in our report relates to Apple's work on a 3D cursor. Considering that Tim Cook stated that a new Mac Pro would be coming to market later this year, perhaps we'll see this new feature pop up. Then again, don't count on logic being a guide for the timing of any Apple invention.

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Apple reveals new Flex Screen Feature with Force Detection

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On May 30, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new flexible display invention. Apple has filed a number of flex display based patents over the last year including one for advanced concepts and features, another relating to the a next generation Smart Cover and yet another relating to unique functionality beyond the gimmickry of flex screen designs. Today's patent extends on the latter patent in that it ties a flex screen directly to an application such as Apple's GarageBand. In the future, playing the piano will be more realistic allowing the user to press the keys harder or softer to get the right sound that they're seeking. I'm sure that Apple is working on other applications for this new functionality but we'll just have to wait until they roll it out to see just how cool this could be.

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Apple Revisits their Gaze Detection Technology

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On May 30, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's gaze detection technology. It should be noted that Apple's current patent is a divisional patent which means that Apple is breaking this aspect of their 2008 parent patent out as an individual patent. Technically, Apple had this technology in a patent prior to any other competitor including Samsung which actually implemented it first in their Galaxy S4 smartphone earlier this year. Apple also added gaze technologies to a January patent in context to an HDTV related patent and the likes of Sony and BlackBerry are working on similar features. Today, when you put your iPhone to your face the display is turned off. This is one of the technologies found in Apple's gaze detection patent. In the future, gaze technology will be able to stop a video when you look away or stop your tunes from playing based on this gaze detection feature. At the end of the day, Apple's gaze detection technology is really more about conserving power than it is about providing a flashy gimmick.

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In April, Apple's iPad Remained King of Web Traffic & More

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In the three years since Apple's iPad became the first modern web tablet available in the US, the tablet market has continued a steady growth. Tablets have worked themselves into both our daily and workplace lives, and the iPad in particular remains the king of this personal computer segment. New stats that were just released by Chitika, actually shows the iPad with a slight increase in April's web traffic over their competitors.

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The Latest Low-Cost iPhone Rumor Conflicts with Apple's iPhone Philosophy Revealed Last Night

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Apple reportedly plans to launch two models of its iPhone family in the third quarter of 2013 and has asked makers in the supply chain to prepare production capacity for 20 million units a month, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

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Rumor: Apple working on a Larger iPad for Education Market

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According to Korea's ETNews, Apple is working on a new 12.9" iPad for some time in 2014. The new iPad, referred to as the iPad Maxi in the report, is supposedly being aimed at the educational market which requires a specific electronic textbook format.

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Apple Resolves Class Action Case over Faulty Water Indicators

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It's being reported this afternoon that Apple has agreed to pay $53 million to resolve a consumer class-action lawsuit alleging the company relied on faulty indicators showing that iPhones and iPods were exposed to water to deny customers' warranty claims. One of Apple's patents covering the indicator technology was just approved earlier this month.

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Apple Resumes Business with Samsung Display

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A new report surfacing from Korea IT News today claims that Apple has officially resumed its business ties with Samsung Display for thin LCD panels.

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Is Apple in a Race with HTC for First Liquidmetal Smartphone?

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In April Patently Apple broke the news that Apple had filed a new Liquidmetal patent in Europe that clearly pointed to specific Apple designs under consideration for the new material. Apple pointed to the iPhone and iPad specifically and added that other distinct devices such as a TV monitor were being considered. Today the news has broken that Apple and HTC may in fact be in a race to deliver the first smartphone using Liquidmetal later this year.

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Apple Granted 36 Patents Today Covering a Wide Range of Key iDevice Features, Functions, UI Elements & Much More

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a wide range of granted patents that relate to key iDevice features, functions and UI elements. Some of the iPhone patents directly relate to the original iPhone that the late CEO Steve Jobs introduced back in 2007. Our report concludes by providing you a list of 29 other patents that were granted to Apple today.

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Apple is granted a Surprising Patent for Next Generation Lighting Adapters with Bendable Elastomers and Possible New iPad Dock

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 36 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three design patents in addition to a surprising one that introduces us to the next generation of Lightning adapters designed to offer a certain degree of bendability using elastomers as illustrated in our cover graphic which depicts a new iPad dock.

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Memorial Day 2013: Remembering the Fallen

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With Apple Stuck in Sixth Spot in China, Apple needs to deliver their Brand of 'Shock and Awe' later this Year

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According to the latest statistics published by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, there were 1.155 billion subscribers of mobile communication services in China as of the end of April 2013. The breakdown records 288.74 million (25%) were 3G users and 807.65 million (69.92%) were mobile Internet-access users. Samsung took top spot in China in April with 18.8% while Apple took the sixth spot according to Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily Newspaper quoting Sino Market Research results.

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Israeli Press Confirms Apple Store Coming to Istanbul Mall

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Apple is to open their first brick and mortar Apple Store in Turkey confirms an Israeli publisher. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile web-enabled devices are widespread in Turkey. Wireless carriers like Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea offer extensive connectivity throughout the country. The most recent government data from April 2012 show only 47.2% of the population have access to the Internet at home, although in Istanbul nearly two-thirds of households have Internet. Nonetheless, mobile phones are everywhere in Turkey, with more than 65 million of them in 2011. Apple has kept its plan for its Istanbul store mostly under wraps. The store is expected to open in the next few months.

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Apple in the Running for a new Pentagon Contract

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Earlier this month we reported that the Pentagon was expected to approve Apple's iDevices for Non-Classified Communications. Two weeks later and the Pentagon approved iPhones and iPads to be used by military agencies for non-classified communications, such as email and Web browsing. The motivation behind Apple's push to get approval from the Pentagon may have surfaced in a new military related publication.

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KGI Predicts Gloomy Calendar Q2 Results for Apple's iPad

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In Q1 Apple outperformed the projections of IDC and others who thought Apple's iPad would show little to no growth year-over-year. The facts illustrated that Apple's iPad experienced a healthy 65% leap in year-over-year sales going from 11.8 million units to 19.5 million units. After experiencing stellar iPad growth last quarter, a new report by KGI financial services now paints the gloomiest iPad prediction to date.

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Apple's Latest TV Ad: Music Every Day

 

In April, Apple introduced a quiet yet creatively styled TV ad called "Photos Every Day." For May, Apple has introduced a new ad in this series simply titled: "Music Every Day." The message quietly states that "Every day, more people enjoy their music on the iPhone than any other phone." 

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Did you hear the Joke about Android being the Market Leader?

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In March we posted a report titled "In the Real World, Apple's iPhone and iPad are Still King." In that report we clearly stated that "In the real world, Apple's iPhone and iPad are still king in their respective categories. Nothing has changed except for the press's view of the world. The established press has created this grand consumer mirage that's a true disservice to the overall market. The press is mentally stuck in using a "volume" of cell phones metric as a measurement of technology leadership. They use Samsung's entire fleet of junky phones regardless of their technology worthiness and compare them to Apple's two technologically advanced iPhones, namely the iPhone 4S and 5 models. Seriously, these mainstream writers have decided to dumb down reality to support this mirage that they've created." Yesterday, a former financial advisor John Kirk writing for Tech.pinions published a truly great article called "Android's Market Share is literally a Joke." It's a must read for anyone with a scintilla of common sense.

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While Apple & Google App Stores Reign Supreme, Microsoft & BlackBerry fiercely Battle it out for the Number Three Spot

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New research surfacing today highlights the size of the task facing the vendors eager to become the 'third ecosystem' in mobility. Apps have become fundamental to how consumers use, personalize and engage with their mobile devices and connected services. While the iOS and Android duopoly is firmly in place when it comes to App availability at their respective App Stores, Microsoft and BlackBerry are feverishly battling it out to gain that third spot in the App Store market.

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