What does matter to the people who actually use their smartphones as smartphones instead of paperweights are the user experience and the ecosystem, and Apple’s are still the best. Apple has threats, to be sure. But a cheap phone from a company that’s being sold off because it can’t make a profit isn’t really at the top of that list.
Apple’s Keynote 6.1 is now policing embedded media files. This is a file I created last year in an earlier version.
According to ComScore, in September 2012 - just ahead of the introduction of Apple Maps - there were a total of 81.1m users of Google Maps, out of a total of 103.6m iPhones and Android phones users.
But a year later, its smartphone data says that the total number of Google Maps users is much lower, at 43% of iPhone and Android users - or 58.7m, despite the user base growing to 136.7m.
Apple announced that iTunes Radio will be available with iOS 7. From HuffPostTech:Apple announced that its latest operating system iOS7 will include a livestreaming music service called Apple Radio, at its press conference Tuesday.
The service, which was announced in June, is expected to compete directly with Pandora, Spotify and others by providing users with custom stations created based on their music preferences, the ability to purchase a song they’re listening to and more.
"You say you want a revolution…"
The new mobile operating system’s design acknowledges that we no longer need physical analogs â like a camera shutter or old-timey microphone â to describe an app’s function. Tech writer Alexis Madrigal says its release will trigger the largest and fastest change in the history of computer software.
A step closer to Dick Tracy?
Japanese blog Macotakara points to a pair of reports in today’s edition of Taiwanese newspaperEconomic Times addressing rumors surrounding Apple’s smart watch effort. According to the first report [Google translation], Apple has begun sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay.
Apple is doomed — to make more money
Apple tallied $43.6 billion in sales for its fiscal second quarter—a record for the company’s March quarter—and saw a net profit of $9.6 billion. So naturally, Wall Street has decided that Apple is doomed.
But is it? We talk Apple’s fortunes in this edition of the Macworld Podcast, as senior editor Dan Moren and editorial director Jason Snell join me in making sense of all the numbers thrown out as part of this week’s earnings announcement. We explain why the picture’s not as bleak as Wall Street might paint, address some areas of concern, and even spend some time talking about those forthcoming product announcements Tim Cook hinted at during his remarks with analysts.
Better than speculating Apple may have made a huge snafu based on anonymous sourcing? Wait until January 23, when the company reports earnings for the last quarter, a period that includes the holiday season.
Reports of Apple’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
Some tech pundits ask, on occasion: Is Apple doomed? The answer right now is most certainly not. In fact, the better question to ask is: Can Apple ever really be doomed again? (via Can Apple ever be doomed again? | Macworld)
Anyone holding off on buying an iPad mini because it doesn’t have a Retina display might not have to wait much longer. Topeka Capital analyst Brian White sent out a research note on Friday claiming that Apple (AAPL) plans to release both a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini this March. White said that unnamed sources at the Consumer Electronics Show indicated that “the iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.” White didn’t mention whether the new iPad mini would have an upgraded display, although previous rumors have indicated that Apple plans to use Retina displays supplied by AU Optronics for the next version of its 8-inch tablet.
Please, please, please. The iPad mini has the right form factor for me, but oh, my aging eyes.