Apple is hard at work on iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ahead of it preview at June's Worldwide Developers Conference, and the changes that are in store are so big that the company has pulled engineers from the OS X update to keep iOS on schedule. That's good news for iPhone and iPad owners because it shows Apple's dedication to keeping iOS fresh and improving the user experience, but it could spell trouble for Mac users hoping for the same in the next version of OS X.
It's a mixed bag for Apple's iPad in a new report from IDC for 2013 March quarter tablet shipments. Apple gained share compared to the December quarter, but lost significant share compared to the March quarter of 2012. Samsung and "Others" took most of that share, though Microsoft is at last on the board with 1.8 percent of the market.
Shares of Apple Inc. continued their rally on Tuesday, rising more than 2.9 percent, helped in part by news the company successfully completed a US$17 billion bond sale. Apple plans to use the money to finance a larger dividend for shareholders and an aggressive stock buyback plan.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins wants the world to know that he's a visionary. By 2018, he sees a future that's so advanced it's gone all the way back to 2009 because by then this whole tablet thing will have gone the way of the dodo.
Microsoft has released a new ad for the Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone smartphone, an ad that mocks fans of both Apple and Samsung devices. The commercial poses each party as guests at a wedding and draws upon memes that will be familiar to the echo chamber, causing Bryan Chaffin to wonder who the target is.
Shares of Apple Inc. rose more than 3 percent on Monday, goosed in part on rumors that the company could begin selling the next iPhone in July. $AAPL closed at US$430.12, a gain of $12.915 (+3.10 percent), on heavy volume of 22.8 million shares.
Apple needs to make a cheaper iPhone. That's what analysts are saying, which tells me they still don't understand Apple's market. The company has proven quarter after quarter through sales that consumers are fine with its price structure, and that it has no interest in following the overall market's make-it-cheap mentality.
The Yankee Group's Carl Howe has some bad news for Google, Samsung, and the rest of the Android ecosystem. The Group published the results of a survey that found more than twice as many smartphone owners intend to buy iPhones, and Mr. Howe predicted based on this buyer intent, iPhone will eclipse Android by 2016.
Apple released a new iPhone commercial on Thursday that's takes a slightly different approach at showing off its smartphone, but still does what the company's ads are targeting: Eliciting an emotional response.
Tim Cook let us know on Tuesday that Apple will sell no 5-inch iPhone before its time. This is Cook Code for "it's coming, but not just yet." Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts.
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