Posts tagged with: iOS
  • by | April 24, 2014 3:47 AM

    Because there are basically six months between Samsung's and Apple's flagship availability dates, it makes no sense to compare units sold of an aging phone, to those of brand new device that rides the waves of the buzz. However, iqmetrix have released an infographic (below), comparing the launch weekend of the Galaxy S5, and that of the iPhone 5s; apparently, the Galaxy S5 outsells iPhone 5s. First, some context: the figures below are based on iqmetrix data collected from "over 15,000 store locations across the North America". According to the chart, 23% of total phones sold in the U.S. ...

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  • by | April 24, 2014 3:30 AM

    The Apple Q2 2014 results are in after the usual conference call and press release published officially, including financial results for fiscal 2014 second quarter which ended on March 29, 2014. If you're interested in figures, $45.6 billion ($43.6 billion in the same period of the previous year) is the quarterly revenue and $10.2 billion ($9.5 billion in the same period of the previous year) is the quarterly net profit. However, if you're more interested in units sold, Apple can brag about 43.7 million iPhones, and 16.3 million iPads sold. Tim Cook said "We're very proud of our ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:53 PM

    Even though Apple's consumer appeal was born with the iPod more than a decade ago, we have seen how the company has taken different steps into cannibalizing the line-up through the iPhone in a way to avoid having competition do it for them. Apple's Tim Cook stated in the past quarter results call that the iPod line-up is a declining business as it's currently nailing less than $5 billion in 2013 compared to much better results in previous years. If you're wondering what will happen to the iPod in the future, financial analysts have already begun to do the same. Financial analysts are ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:41 PM

    Historically it's always been a pain to unlock your smartphone without having to cough a little cash, or without having to beg your carrier to do so with some traveling excuse. AT&T and T-Mobile phones have always been the ideal for this, and now that both Verizon and Sprint smartphones support LTE, and therefore SIM cards, we do see this reaching traditional CDMA carriers as well. Verizon has actually been legally forced to sell all of its LTE smartphones factory unlocked for other GSM carriers because of the LTE band it uses (smile if you didn't already know this), and it seems that ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:23 PM

    The amount of rumors surrounding the iWatch have grown dramatically in the last couple of weeks, but the fact that we've decided to call it iWatch doesn't necessarily mean this will be the name for the product. Many speculated over the final name of the iPad for years, and we heard names like iSlate, iTab, and in the end, Apple surprised us with iPad. We could be surprised with the iWatch as well, but new official documentation reveals that we probably won't. Apple's secrecy is not as legendary as it was years ago, but it seems that the Cupertino is using a fake company by the name ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 12:04 PM

    We recently heard that Samsung would ask Google for some help in sending some of its founding Android engineers to take part in the Apple vs. Samsung trial, to which Google agreed. It's only fair that Google participated in helping Samsung fix these issues since some of these patent claims have mainly to do with Android, and not necessarily TouchWiz. What we didn't know is that Google had also decided to do more than just participate in the trial with its employees. It's pretty much confirmed that Google will be paying for some of Samsung's damages in case Apple wins the patent trial that ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 11:49 AM

    Siri may not be perfect when it comes to being a true virtual assistant, but we can't deny that Apple started a new trend with it. Instead of being a simple voice command application, Siri can actually assist you in getting certain tasks done with your phone since the launch of the iPhone 4s. Those of you interested in getting this service on other devices beyond the iPhone and iPad are probably in for a treat. Rumors have it that Apple is going to bundle Siri on its next-generation Apple TV, though many of us ask ourselves how. Apple has been rumored to revamp the Apple TV this year, as ...

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  • by | April 23, 2014 9:01 AM

    Smartphone audio quality is better now that it's ever been before. We've got handsets capable of 24-bit, 192kHz output like the LG G2, and models with beefy front-facing speakers like HTC and all its BoomSound models. Sometimes, though, you really need a proper external speaker to really appreciate the sound your phone pumps out, and for a lot of us that means a wireless Bluetooth speaker. For those of us in the US, one new option is about to arrive, with Bayan Audio announcing plans to bring its gear to the US. While Bayan's got a number of docks, we're most interested in its Soundbook ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 6:31 PM

    Nike has shocked the world lately as it decided to ditch its FuelBand line-up, along with also killing its whole wearable division. We've seen tremendous growth in fitness trackers, and also in the concept of making your smartwatch help you track your fitness as well, so many are wondering why would Nike ever consider killing one of the products that started it all. New rumors point to the reasons why this is happening, and these have all to do with Apple. Recent rumors have emerged that Apple and Nike are teaming up to bring these services to the iWatch. We've seen how Nike has made it's ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 6:19 PM

    Today is Earth day, and as a result, many companies take it upon themselves to make their environmental efforts public. We've seen Apple do some significant leaps in making its facilities greener over the years, and the same can be said about its planned "spaceship campus 2". What we never expected was for Apple to actually use this opportunity to take a stab at its most famous competitor, Samsung. Cupertino's new ad, which can be found in many news papers around the claims that "There are some ideas it would want every company to copy". The text within the ad reads: "There’s one area ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 5:55 PM

    Even though rumors continue of Apple building two models of the iPhone 6, a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch model, we continue hearing that Apple won't be able to launch both models at the same time. We've almost lost hope for a 4.7-inch model launching at WWDC in June, and instead we're expecting it to launch for the holiday season. Still, rumors backed the 5.5-inch model to launch sometime by the end of the year as well, at least, until today. It seems that the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 phablet might be delayed, and it's hard to predict if that means that we won't see the device launching this ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 4:17 PM

    Smartphone manufacturers have turned it up to 11 this year. For many, it's do or die. Take HTC for example. Its sales, revenues, market share, and mind share have all been consistently dwindling over the last several years. Even while the company has remained relevant and maintained its habit of creating spectacular, beautiful, competitive devices, its stance in the market, particularly in comparison to Samsung and Apple, is paltry. And despite bringing home handfuls of awards with the One (M7), little has changed for the company. Granted, HTC has the means of keeping its business afloat ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    When we think “Google Play Store Devices,” the first thing that pops into our head is the Nexus series. But Google's been slowly adding hardware to its selection over the years, and now you'll also find Google Play edition Androids, the Chromecast, an assortment of Chrome OS laptops, and a bunch of accessories. Today Google opens up a new chapter in hardware sales, offering the Nest Learning Thermostat. As you may recall, Google announced back in January that it was acquiring Nest. While it wasn't obvious at the time what all this would mean for Google's long term home automation ...

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  • by | April 22, 2014 2:30 PM

    Even though the rumors of iOS 7.1.1 were scarce, we did know that the company was already testing it in Apple's campus recently. We're just a few months away from the possible launch of iOS 8 to the public, but many of those that were running iOS 7 still considered it unfinished. Plagued with many bugs, or app compatibility, Apple had to do something to make its customers happy, and it just did. The company has just launched iOS 7.1.1 to the public, and this update focuses mainly on ironing it some issues with its mobile operating system. The bug fixes include improvements to Touch ID, for ...

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  • by | April 21, 2014 8:30 PM

    Apple's launch of the iWatch is imminent, though still hard to predict when it comes to specific timing. We've heard tons of rumors regarding what to expect from the products, and we do know that Apple has been hard at work to trademark names like "iWatch" under its portfolio over the last couple of months. Just like Apple dropped the "Apple Computer" name a couple of years ago in order to reflect the fact that it didn't only build computers, the company is also making some changes to what the name "Apple" can provide in the US and abroad. Cupertino is now extending the "Apple" trademark ...

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