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Apple has the smartphone sector figured out. That's not an opinion, but a statement based on the Cupertino outfit accounting for 92 percent of the total profits from the world's eight biggest smartphone players in the first quarter of 2015. So says Mike Walkley, managing director of Canaccord Genuity, who notes that a year ago Apple's slice of the profit pie was 65 percent.Where does that leave Samsung? The South Korean handset maker and Apple's primary rival snagged 15 percent of the profits. That's right, Apple and Samsung enjoy greater than 100 percent of the smartphone industry's profits, which... Read more...
The verdict is still out on whether or not Apple's Music service is a hit, and until that's found out, Apple might have other things to fuss over. According to a trio of sources close to Reuters, US government antitrust regulators are perusing claims that the company could be guilty of breaking antitrust laws. Before Music came along, Apple was safe, as it wasn't competing with streaming music services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, and so forth. But here's where the problem lays: because Apple now does compete with such services, the fact that it takes a cut of its competitor's profits is concerning.... Read more...
With the success of its iPhone family, Apple could be forgiven if it decided to retire its iPod touch line altogether. However, an early retirement doesn't appear to be in the cards for the Cupertino outfit. Not only is the iPod touch line sticking around, but rumor has it the media player is getting a 64-bit upgrade, leaving the iPhone 5C as the only remaining 32-bit device. Current generation iPod touch devices are powered by Apple's custom A5 System-on-Chip (SoC). The rumor that's circulating doesn't mention which SoC Apple will plop inside its next generation of iPod touch... Read more...
Tech giants like Apple and Google are making a big play to take over your car’s dashboard. Their respective CarPlay and Android Auto platforms allow you to connect your smartphone via a USB cable (or wirelessly in future implementations of CarPlay) and mirror functionality to your vehicle’s center-mounted display. Phone, texting, audio streaming, and navigation functionality is all made accessible through the touch screen in a format that supposedly cuts down on distracted driving, making the roads safer for us all. As we find ourselves becoming part of an increasingly connected world, it was only... Read more...
We all know that Apple thinks very highly of itself. CEO Tim Cook often uses flowery language to describe his company and its commitment to delivering products that are designed to amaze its customers. Through its evangelists like Craig Federighi (software) and Jony Ive (hardware), Apple proudly proclaims that no other company can deliver, cohesive, all-around "excellent" products like it can because it controls all aspects of hardware and software. To see what I mean, take look at this newest ad from Apple, which plays up this synergy between hardware and software: Apple interestingly ends the... Read more...
After yet another quarter of declining sales -- now at seven in a row -- Samsung needs to tap into its bag of business savvy and find a way to reverse course. What it's reportedly decided on is to push up the launch of its forthcoming Galaxy Note 5 device to mid-August, a move that would give Samsung time to hype and sell its phablet before Apple releases its iPhone 6S.Under normal situations, the Galaxy Note 5 would launch sometime this fall, as Samsung has done in the past with its oversized handsets. But these are critical times for Samsung. After being stuck with excess Galaxy S5 devices, Samsung... Read more...
When Apple announced OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June, it promised to make available public betas of both operating systems this summer. True to its word, Apple opened the floodgates today by giving everyday consumers a taste of test versions of both operating systems, which will be released this fall. Apple has offered a public beta of OS X Yosemite last year, but this the first time that the company has offered a wide-scale public beta of its iOS operating system. In order to take advantage of the public betas, you will first need to register... Read more...
For most of his professional career, NBA player Matt Bonner has donned a San Antonio Spurs uniform. Including his first two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Bonner's been a reliable shooter, hitting over 46 percent of his shots over his career, including 41.4 percent from three-point land. That's pretty good for a center-forward, though he's coming off his worst shooting season of his 11-year career, and he blames the iPhone 6 for his woes. If that's where the story stopped, you'd probably assume he spent too much time posting to Twitter and playing mobile games and not enough time practicing... Read more...
If you were hoping that Apple would wise up and increase the storage capacity of its next generation, entry-level iPhone, you ‘ll probably have to wait until next year (or beyond). Images of the iPhone 6S logic board have surfaced ahead of its launch later this fall, and they show a device that comes equipped with 16GB of Toshiba flash storage, which is built on a 19nm process. Given the fact that Apple doesn’t provide a microSD slot for expanding storage, 16GB can get cramped really fast with just a handful of games, apps, and a modest music library. Apple has run into issues in the past with... Read more...
Mac users unhappy with the problem-riddled launch of Final Fantasy XIV are eligible for a full refund, Square Enix director Naoki Yoshida said today in an official post to gamers. He also announced that the title is being yanked from store shelves until the game performs correctly and the system requirements have been communicated accurately. The concession follows harsh criticism from players who bought the title only to encounter game-crippling problems. Yoshida discussed two major problems that plagued the game’s launch and apologized for both. One issue was that the company provided incorrect... Read more...
A couple of new supply chain rumors are floating around that revolve around the next Apple Watch, and also the iteration to the iPhone 6. On the watch front, it seems Apple is most concerned this go around with improving battery-life more than it is about increasing performance or the screen resolution. Given the sub-24-hour battery life on the Apple Watch, this is probably the right route to take. In order to fit a bigger battery in, the internals of the watch must be thinned out even more. If we do end up seeing better battery life on the next Apple Watch, even if it means we're seeing the same... Read more...
Apple is still on the hook for a $450 million settlement as part of a class action lawsuit with 33 states and private individuals after losing an appeal on Tuesday. By a divided 2-to-1 vote, the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeals upheld the 2013 decision and sided with the U.S. Justice Department in finding that Apple responsible for conspiring with book publishers to jack up the prices of e-books. The lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Justice Department back in 2012 and went to court the next year. Then in 2014, Apple agreed to pay $450 million to settle the suit, with most of the funds going to e-book buyers.... Read more...
Given how much Apple Music has been in the news this month, it's almost hard to believe that the service has yet to launch. Tomorrow, that will change, as Apple will be rolling the service out for iOS, OS X, and Windows (Android support is coming this fall). In order to make sure you're ready for the service, you'll want to be running the latest version of iOS (8.4), or the latest version of iTunes on a computer. To reiterate the basics of the service, Apple Music will cost $9.99/mo for one individual, or $14.99 for a family of up to six members.... Read more...
Digging into software code doesn't carry the same excitement and dangers Nicholas Cage faces in his National Treasure movies, but it does lead to cool discoveries nonetheless. And if you dive into the code for the latest beta release of Apple's forthcoming OS X El Capitan operating system, you'll uncover references to a couple of new products.The first is a new 4K version of the 21.5-inch iMac. Apple's current generation 21.5-inch iMac sports an LED-backlit Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) display with Intel HD Graphics 5000, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, or an NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5... Read more...
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