Monthly Archives: "November 2013"

Posted On November 30, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Android Is Decimating iOS, Not So Fast

Jay Yarrow debunks the theory that Android is taking over the world by highlighting recent studies from IBM and Adobe, which revealed that Apple’s iOS destroyed Google‘s Android in mobile shopping on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The key points points from both studies are as follows: IBM IBM says it tracked “millions of transactions and terabytes of data from approximately 800 U.S. retail websites” on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. On average, iOS users spent $127.92 per order on Black Friday compared to $105.20 per order for Android users. iOS traffic reached 28.2Read More

Posted On November 29, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News, Featured

Apple As A Global Luxury Brand

Apple As A Global Luxury Brand In his piece for The Street, Antoine Gara suggests that consumers and investors should view Apple as a the fastest growing luxury brand in the world. Antoine Gara: I wonder whether it’s time to evaluate Apple as one of the premier global luxury brands and find a set of comparable companies with similar margin and growth characteristics. Maybe Apple’s better comparable’s would be Burberry, LVMH Moet Hennessey, Luis Vuitton, Diageo, Tesla electric cars, Lululemon and Estee Lauder. […] Google can take whatever global market share it wants from Apple, and yet when investors see bothRead More
Forrester Research is reporting that Apple’s purchase of PrimeSense could open up new computing experiences and enterprise solution. According to Forester, PrimeSense could open up the following possibilities for the company: Apple TV. The long-rumoured Apple television set – as well as the long-extant AppleTV set top device – could both benefit from motion-sensing and depth/color sensing, particularly for next-generation interactive television applications. Mobile and wearable products. PrimeSense has made a strong effort to miniaturise its components, and the next logical step would be to embed its technologies into mobile or wearable computing products.Read More

Posted On November 28, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

MacWorld: Is Apple still an innovator?

Christopher Breen in a piece for MacWorld suggests that Apple is not innovating at the moment. Breen made a salient point in that Apple has only disrupt / innovate three times in the last twelve years: iPod – This completely changes the way we acquire and listen to music. iPhone – This completely changes the way we think of a computer in the pocket. iPad – This completely changes the way we think of tablet computing. Christopher Breen: It’s not that those last two—or other companies like them—lack smarts and drive. It’sRead More
iPhone 6
A new study by consumer insight company – Kantar Worldpanel (via  South China Morning Post), finds Samsung‘s popular Galaxy line of smartphones helped the company maintained the largest share of the Chinese mainland’s mobile market this year, while Apple saw a decline in their market share. According to the report, Samsung and Xiaomi are the big winners in China‘s smartphone market this year. Apple’s sales this year have lagged behind the competition, and its market share dropped from 19.5 per cent in the second quarter of the year to 18 per cent in the third. “Galaxy S3Read More
iPad Air
Analyst: It’s Going To Be Difficult To Decide Which Apple Device To Purchase this Holiday In a note to investors, Cantor Fitzgerald’s Brian White (via Barron’s) maintained his Buy rating on Apple stock with a price target of  $777 price target Additionally,  Brian White believes that the latest innovative products from Apple will stand the company in good stead this holidays compared to its competitors. Brian White: Given the recent introduction of the iPhone 5S, the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display, we believe Apple will be tough to competeRead More
Apple iPhone 5s
Foxconn Exec: “We Are Churning Out About 500,000 iPhone 5Ss Everyday” While the iPhone 5c may be struggling to get consumers attention, its sibling  – the iPhone 5s is having no such problem. According to a report from Wall Street Jounral, Foxconn has boosted production capacity for the iPhone 5S at the expense of the cheaper iPhone 5C as requested by Apple, according to sources. As a result, production of the iPhone 5s has hit about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss per day, the highest daily output ever, an unnamed executive told theRead More
iPad mini with retina display
Apple Orders Nearly 4 Million iPad mini With Retina For Shipment In November  According to a new report from Digitimes, Apple has increase the order of iPad mini with Retina display to nearly 4 million units in November. This is a result of improvement in the availability of components from various suppliers, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. “Currently, Apple’s orders for the iPad mini with Retina have already surpassed those for the first-generation iPad mini,” Max Wang and Joseph Tsai report for Digitimes. “As for the iPad Air, because the supply chainRead More
Android

Posted On November 26, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Featured, Google News

Ben Bajarin: “Google Does Not Equal Android”

Ben Bajarin: “Google Does Not Equal Android” Ben Bajarin, principal analyst at Creative Strategies, Inc , has written an interesting piece on Android dominates and to what extend this may be of benefit to Google. According to Bajarin, Android is not a platform in the same way as iOS or Windows are platforms. Android is a technology which enables companies to create platforms. Samsung is using Android to create a platform. Amazon has used Android to create a platform. Ben Bajarin: I’m fond of saying that Android in its purest form isRead More
60 % Of iPhone Owners Use Apple Maps In UK; Google Maps Usage Has Fallen To 18 %  New data published by the Guardian in collaboration with ComScore illustrates that Apple’s strategy move to remove Google maps as default on iOS is also a rousing success for the company in Europe. Earlier this month, the Guardian reported that Google has lost nearly 23m mobile users in the US as a result of having their maps app replaced as the default on iOS devices. According to the report, data supplied exclusively by ComScore. The informationRead More
Touch ID

Posted On November 25, 2013By Storm WilliamsIn Apple News

New Apple Patent Reveals Big Plans For Touch ID

Unwired View (via MacRumors) has uncovered a new patent from Apple that shows the Cuperitino-based company is just getting started with its fingerprint technology – Touch ID. The patent in question is titled – “Device, Method, and Graphical User Interface for Manipulating User Interfaces Based on Fingerprint Sensor Inputs”, and was published by Wolrd Intellectual Property Organization database last week. According to the report, an iOS device with Touch ID in its Home button will enable users to perform multi touch gestures using the Home button. Apple proposed a Touch ID design that involvesRead More
In What Year Apple WIll Have One Billion iOS Devices In Use? Horace Dedui answered the above question in his usual “illustrative” style using graphs. Horace Dedui: When I looked at the penetration of iPhones in the US (as a part of smartphones in total) the surprising pattern was that it followed a logistic curve (while other platforms didn’t.) If this is indicative of a particular learning process to be observed in the market, then can we extend the logistic growth pattern to iOS overall? I tried it with the assumption that at 500Read More