Posts with tag ipad
Bet BlackBerry's CEO is a bit embarrassed
Just yesterday we reported that BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins said that he thinks that tablets are “bad business” with no future, and now we’ve got some data to really prove him wrong – according to data released by IDC, cumulative sales of all tablets has grown by 142.4% since the first quarter of 2012. What does that mean? People are buying a crap ton of tablets, which is pretty much the polar opposite of the rest of the rapidly declining PC industry.
Most notably, Apple (predictably) lead the charge with the iPad line pushing a record 19.5 million tablet sales this quarter, up 65.3% from this time last year. In second comes Samsung with their Galaxy Note and Galaxy Tab line, which sold 8.8 million devices, up a whopping 282.6% from this time last year. Third was ASUS with 2.7 million up a massive 350.0% (thank you very much, Nexus 7), with Amazon’s Kindle Fire line coming in fourth with 1.8 million sales resulting in a 157.1% increase, and finally Microsoft with a puny but notably 0.9 million Surface tablets shipped. All of the other tablets made by other manufacturers result in a combined 15.5 million tablet sales.
What can we learn from this data? Well, two things – one, despite what Heins said, tablets are absolutely not bad business, BlackBerry just had a bad experience with developing and selling a bad tablet. And two, tablet growth is rapidly increasing whilst the rest of the PC market has been going down in flames. While nobody is saying that this data suggests that the tablet market will one day be bigger than the PC market, it does suggest that it has something the netbook market never had: momentum.
iPad up, iPhone up, Mac steady
Apple today posted their quarterly results for the Q2 2013 financial quarter, and things continue to look good for a certain fruit company in sunny California. Apple posted revenue of $43.6 billion and an impressive (albeit slightly lower than last quarter’s record breaking number) net quarterly profit of $9.5 billion. That means that Apple managed a gross margin of 37.5%. Although lower than last year’s 47.4% gross margin, these impressive numbers should provide a much needed morale boost to investors.
As for product performance, Apple continues to enjoy high sales all around. Sales of the iPhone product category rose 6% from 35.1 million iPhones to 37.4 million since this time last year, while iPad sales rose a whopping 65% from 11.8 million to 19.5 million. Though Apple doesn’t announce how individual products in a product category perform, it is safe to assume that the more inexpensive iPad mini significantly helped iPad sales. Meanwhile, Mac sales remained mostly flat, going from barely over 4 million Macs last quarter to barely under 4 million Macs this quarter.
Data is reportedly anonymized
An Apple spokesperson told Wired magazine today that the company does indeed keep records of user’s Siri data for a fairly lengthy period of time – two years, to be precise. Of course this is nothing unusual in the industry – Google, Microsoft, and other companies and services keep sensitive data for similarly long periods of time.
What is important to note here is that Apple promises that all data is anonymized, saying that neither your Apple ID nor your email address are ever associated with the data. Instead, Apple’s servers randomly generate numbers that represent your account, minus the identifying information. Apple reportedly keeps this number attached to the voice clips for six months, and then the clips are stored on servers with absolutely no organization for another year and a half.
iPad media event potentially scheduled for April
Good news to those who have been eagerly sitting on their behinds, waiting for the day we get some real meaty, juicy rumors as to what Apple’s 2013 plans are – finally, after one of the longest droughts in trustworthy Apple news in as long as I can remember, multiple sources are indicating that Apple will indeed be launching their next generation iPhone (presumably to be called the iPhone 5S) this summer, potentially giving those who purchased last year’s iPhone 5 upgrade-envy a couple of months early.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will be putting the 2013 iPhone into production this quarter, leaving things wide open for a “sumer 2013″ release. WSJ’s sources indicates that the iPhone will maintain a similar “size and shape” to the current generation iPhone 5, lending credibility to the suggestion that this year’s update will be in the same vein as 2009′s iPhone 3GS and 2011′s iPhone 4S.
Other sources are indicating that Apple is planning on actually launching the 2013 iPhone in August at the latest, but is eagerly gunning for a release in July. Chances are slim to none that Apple will be ready to unveil the 2013 iPhone at WWDC in June – rather, they will more than likely take that opportunity to focus on iOS 7, which is said to be a “significant update” to iOS 7. Popular Apple pundit John Gruber today posted on Daring Fireball that engineers have been pulled from the development team of Apple’s next major version of OS X (10.9) to work on getting iOS 7 ready for prime time.
Apple has also been said to be eagerly getting ready for a potential media event in April to launch their next generation iPad, what could be called the “iPad 5″. It is important to note however that Apple has by no means made established, even internally, that this event will happen as they hoped in April – everything has yet to be scheduled.
Same bang, less buck
Diehard Apple fans (and those who just like getting good deals) have likely long known about Apple’s excellent online Refurbished store, where the company offers Refurbished models of most of their current and previous generation products for sometimes significant discounts. Because Apple inspects every unit and even replaces the entire housing and casing if a defect is found, many prefer to purchase traditionally somewhat pricey Apple products from the Refurbished store.
Well, to those people we have good news – Apple has just put various models of both the iPad 4 and the iPad mini on the Refurb store for the very first time, offering fairly decent savings of $40 off an iPad mini and $50 off an iPad 4.
If interested, be sure to get in on this deal soon – Apple’s stock on the refurb store has a tendency to wildly fluctuate, so what you see now might not necessarily be there later. Have at it, you bargain hunters, you.
Source: Apple Refurb Store
We know which child mommy loves most
Analytical site NPD DisplaySearch has posted a report today indicating what many of us already expected – shipments of displays for Apple’s new iPad mini reported since January have dramatically eclipsed the shipment of displays used in Apple’s full sized iPad variants (including the iPad 2 and the iPad 4′s Retina Display), signifying that sales of the iPad mini are significantly higher than sales of the mini’s older, larger brother.
It would be no surprise if sales of the iPad mini are truly significantly higher than full sized iPad – the iPad mini is significantly cheaper at $329 vs. $399 for the iPad 2 or $499 for the iPad 4 and offers the “draw” that a newly designed product often does. The full sized iPad, in contrast, hasn’t seen a significant redesign since the release of the iPad 2 in 2011.
Originally dubbed iOS 6.1.1
Apple has just seeded iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers. If you’re confused and wondering where iOS 6.1.3 beta 1 went, may I direct you to the original iOS 6.1.1 beta that was released a couple of weeks ago. When Apple started working on fixes for issues with the iPhone 4S’s wifi and Exchange support in iOS 6.1, Apple released those fixes as iOS 6.1.1 and iOS 6.1.2 respectively, resulting in the original iOS 6.1.1 release to be redubbed iOS 6.1.3.
As before, this update is reported to improve Apple Maps for some customers (specifically customers in Japan). Apple has also indicated that this release will fix the lock screen exploit we reported just the other day.
iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 is available only for registered paying developers and supports all devices that iOS 6.1 does.
Brings Microsoft Exchange fixes
Apple has today issued its second update to iOS 6.1, iOS 6.1.2. Unlike the previous update that was only released for the iPhone 4S, iOS 6.1.2 is available for all supported iOS 6.1 devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
Once again iOS 6.1.2 is a relatively small update that focuses on fixing specific bugs rather than updating the iOS 6.1 experience in any significant way. Apple released the following release notes with the update:
Fixes and Exchange calendar bug that could result in increased network activity and reduced battery life.
Up from $7 billion last month
You can say what you want about Apple – and most people do – but the company behind the iPhone would probably be willing to bet their entire company battle chest on the performance of their App Store and come out ahead. To visualize how exceptionally well Apple’s App Store is doing, at least in terms if profits, get a load of this – Apple has just announced that they’ve paid out $8 billion in profits to App Store developers, which in and of itself is pretty impressive as it is. But the kicker? This is up from $7 billion in a single month.
That means that App Store developers collectively made 1/7 of the total profits they’ve made in the last five and a half years since the App Store launched in a single month. Specific stats are difficult to come by, but that signals an almost unreal level of growth in the past holiday season.
Tim Cook pointed out the superiority of Apple’s selection of applications designed specifically for their tablets, saying:
“We have over 300,000 apps custom designed for the tablet the other guys have a few hundred.”
Brings substantial improvements to Apple Maps
Well, that was fast – hot on the heels of the release of iOS 6.1, Apple has just begun seeding developers with another new update to iOS 6, this one carrying a version number of iOS 6.1.1. But don’t let that minor version point fool you – this is a fairly substantial update, bringing with it some often requested (and needed) Apple Maps updates for Japanese users, including:
iOS 6.1.1 beta 1 includes the following improvements to Maps for Japan:
- Improved pronunciation of roads during turn-by-turn navigation
- Optimized directions to more strongly prefer highways over narrower roads
- Now indicates upcoming toll roads during turn-by-turn navigation
- Added labels for junctions, interchanges, on-ramps, off-ramps, and intersections
- Added indicators for transit station buildings, subway lines, and traffic lights
- Updated freeway color to green
- Updated icons for some location categories including fire stations, hospitals, and post offices Added 3D buildings including Tokyo Station, Japan Imperial Palace, and Tokyo Tower
It’s not yet known if iOS 6.1.1 fixes the exploit that allows evasi0n to jailbreak iOS 6.x devices, however we’ll let you know when we figure that out.
Coming February 5th
9to5Mac was correct on pretty much everything they announced yesterday – the pricing, the color options and the connectivity variants. For those of you who missed yesterday’s rumor post, here’s the key info once again:
- There will be a Wi-Fi only and a Cellular variant, with prices at $799 and $929 respectively
- It’s a refresh of the iPad 4 hardware, not a next-generation iPad
- It still comes in only black and white
Two things 9to5Mac did not report on, however, was if there would be an iPad Mini version and when people could buy them. According to Apple, there will not be a 128GB version of the iPad Mini so you’ll probably have to wait for the iPad 5 to get a 128GB iPad Mini.
The refreshed iPad 4 will go on sale February 5th, so if you need lots of storage space and you like the large iPad, wait just a little bit longer.
Update 12:21 PM CST – Fixed a pricing error. Not sure how I missed that.