They said it couldn’t be done, Apple defies the odds and wins a lawsuit against the mighty Richard Ditzik! But the question remains…will they be as successful against other mighty foes such as Russian Railways, Voice Domain Technologies, Long Corner Consumer Electronics, and eDekka. Good thing they’ve got that $888 million coming from Samsung, eh?
The holiday season is upon us, and new research by Parks Associates rates Apple as the most desired brand by holiday shoppers this year in nearly every category, including tablets, laptops, smartphones, home networking routers, MP3 players, and streaming media devices (Apple TV). The Cupertino company leads the desktop category for the first time, topping Dell and HP. According to the report, Apple leads the tablet category, followed by Amazon Kindle (Surprised?) and Samsung on for the second and third spot, respectively.
The last time I saw Apple.com change its main home screen to honor someone was when Apple’s co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs, passed away. Steve gave much to the world through his leadership and vision, releasing revolutionary products such as the Macintosh, iPod and iPhone. Apple has now updated its homepage to honor another person: Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, a day after he passed away at the age of 95.
Apple has released an updated version of its Apple Store app with support for iBeacon Systems. The OTA update allows customers to receive location based information about Apple’s products when they are in close proximity to or inside of one of the company’s retail stores. The app utilizes the Bluetooth Low Energy profile on all of the new iOS devices and then connects with physical transmitters that are placed inside of the store.
Through the Apple Store iOS app, customers can purchase new products, check for upgrades on their iPhone and essentially browse the Online Apple Store in the mobile form. Apple has offered many free items to customers as an incentive to use it, and today they began giving away free Christmas music through the Apple Store iOS application.
Apple’s iPad Air is no doubt one of the best products the company offers to its customers, and CEO Tim Cook seemed very enthusiastic about how the device would hold up during the holiday season. Cook called this year an “iPad Christmas,” and he seems to be right. According to analytics firm Localytics, Apple’s iPad Air activations increased by 51% during this past Black Friday weekend.
Refurbished versions of Apple’s newest products are now being sold in the company’s online store, including the 11-inch and 13-inch Macbook Airs. The new Macbook Air models were introduced in June this year and Apple is already offering them at a discount. On Monday, Apple’s late 2013 27-inch iMac appeared in the refurbished store, bringing the price of several models down by more than $200.
Last month, Apple unveiled the next-generation iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display. The iPad Air went on sale last month as planned, but the availability of the iPad mini with Retina was delayed, not going on sale until November 12th. If you’re residing in India, you’ll be glad to know that both tablets are expected to hit the shelves in India on December 7th, according to a press release. The news comes from BGR.in.
We may be done with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, but it’s not the end of the holiday season, by far. At least for this month, several retailers will continue to offer attractive discounts to their customers. And according to a new report at 9to5Mac, several Apple stores have started offering iPhone 5c and iPad Air price matching.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired a Twitter analytics firm called Topsy for $200 million. Topsy is a a social search and analytics company that works with Twitter to keep an index of Tweets from as far back as 2006. With the acquisition of Topsy, Apple will now be in control of one of the only full collections of Tweets (called a “firehose”) Twitter allows companies to access.
If you’ve been holding out on your Black Friday shopping to see what Apple has in store, you were wrong to do so; Apple’s specials are never as good as those from the big box retailers. You do get the benefit of shopping online for some items other retailers aren’t offering online, such as the iPad mini with Retina display…except Apple isn’t offering a discount on the iPad mini with Retina display. So never mind.
Every year, Apple offers minimal discounts on its products on Black Friday. The discounts have not traditionally been as high as the ones offered by other major retailers, but things might be a little different this year. It seems Apple will not offer discounts on Black Friday, but will go with Apple store gift cards with every purchase, according to 9to5Mac.