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Apple’s shipments of mobile PCs, including iPads, totaled 23.4 million units in 4Q11 and more than 62.8 million for 2011, giving the company the top spot worldwide. Nearly 80 percent of those units were iPads. The data comes from the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, which was released on Thursday.
Major browser makers will be adding “Do Not Track” buttons to their software this year, except Apple, which is “not engaged” in the endeavor right now, Stuart Ingis, Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) counsel, told Mashable. Mr. Ingis noted that the DAA “is holding the door open” for Apple’s later involvement.
An Apple patent filed in August 2010 and published recently, called “Single Support Lever Keyboard Mechanism,” describes various ways to make a keyboard thinner without sacrificing stability and aesthetics. In particular, this would obviously allow the company to make thinner laptops.
Apple co-founder Ron Wayne has spoken before about his brief 12-day tenure with the company, at the end of which he cashed out and moved on, denying himself an opportunity to become a multi-millionaire just a few years later. He has never expressed regrets about the decision, and on Wednesday, he posted an essay about the experience on his Facebook fan page, calling the fortune he missed out on “character building.”
On Monday, an ABC News Nightline special report focused on the conditions at the Foxconn factory that makes Apple’s iPhone and iPad, along with products from other electronics companies. It was the first time Apple had allowed a journalist to see its production line and report on it. After the report aired, Apple, Foxconn, and the Fair Labor Association responded to specific points raised during the story.
T-Mobile USA on Wednesday reported US$4.57 billion in revenue during 4Q11, down from $4.69 billion in 4Q10 as it shed 526,000 net customers. “Not carrying the iPhone led to a significant increase in contract deactivations in the fourth quarter of 2011,” company CEO Philipp Humm said in a press release. T-Mobile’s net customer losses were 23,000 in the year-ago quarter.
Realmac Software on Wednesday released Clear, a list and to-do app that uses a color-coded heat map to show the most important tasks, with a variety of multi-touch gestures used to work with those items.
Eastman Kodak Co. may be in the midst of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from asking a bankruptcy judge for permission to file a patent infringement claim against the photography pioneer. Apple says the patents are involved in Kodak’s digital cameras, digital picture frames, and printers.
In the fourth quarter of 2011, Apple sold 35.5 million iPhones, good for 23.8 percent of the worldwide market and surpassing Samsung’s 34 million smartphones sold, according to a report issued by Gartner on Wednesday. Apple’s share was 15.8 percent in 4Q10. The company is now the third-largest cell phone vendor in the world.
Earlier this week, Proview Technology successfully sought the removal of Apple’s iPad from retail stores in one Chinese city because it says it owns the trademark on the product name in that country. Proview also sought to ban all iPad shipments into and out of the country, which would hobble Apple’s global sales since the device is manufactured in China, but Chinese customs officials have indicated that they’re unlikely to get involved.