Apple’s iPhone 5s has been in the United States for a few months, and now that supply has met demand, the company is gearing up to launch the device in many countries around the world. One of the countries set to receive the iPhone this week is China, which is now one of Apple’s biggest markets after the United States.
Despite launching the iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s, Apple has failed to gain significant stronghold in the Indian market. According to The Times of India, Apple is losing sales and market share to rival Samsung, especially in the middle segment of India’s smartphone market. So, Apple’s solution is to re-introduce the iPhone 4 which—according to the report—is the most popular iPhone model amongst overall smartphone users.
Our last Apple lawsuit wrap-up for 2013 features Cryptocat. He may sound like a wise-cracking cartoon animal in sunglasses who promotes dental hygiene, but no, he’s just a guy who’s mad his app was rejected from the App Store. Also, did you know every time you take a picture with your iPhone and send it to someone you’re violating a patent? Feel guilty? Make it up to Apple by standing with them when the big warranty rumble with Australia begins down at the shipyard at midnight.
On Tuesday, Apple announced App Store sales surpassed $10 billion in the year of 2013, with $1 billion of those sales coming in just December alone. It makes sense that Apple saw $1 billion that month, especially because the company stops accepting App Store submissions during the holidays and continues to promote the existing ones. Also, a lot of developers offer discounts leading up to the holidays, so customers generally tend to download more applications.
On Monday, Apple updated its Investor Relations Page to note the company will be announcing their Q1 earnings on January 27th. Apple will be announcing the earnings for the first fiscal quarter (the fourth calendar quarter of the year), and will be holding the earnings call after the close of the markets when stocks stop trading. This means the conference call itself will commence at around 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific.
The iPod Classic still uses the click-wheel, which now looks like it is from a different era of Apple devices. As a matter of fact, Apple doesn’t even include the Classic in ads and literature on its website anymore, aside from its own dedicated page. Considering this, one has to stop and wonder if Apple should kill off the iPod Classic altogether.
With Apple cranking out iOS devices one after the other, it’s not surprising many are very popular with customers. This holiday season, customers aren’t just buying new iOS devices, but are also buying their other holiday items with their iOS devices. According to a new report from IBM, Apple’s iOS devices are more popular for holiday shopping than Android devices. This isn’t altogether surprising, especially when considering a lot of customers purchase new iOS devices through the Apple Store app and also because the United States is saturated with iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.
According to Turkish site emlakkulisi.com, Apple CEO Tim Cook is planning a visit to Turkey next February to discuss a $4 billion iPad deal with Turkish president, Abdullah Gül over his newly initiated “FAITH project.” The FAITH project is an educational initiative that the country is working on in hopes of replacing all blackboards and textbooks with technology such as Apple’s iPad.
With the tail end of 2013 flying by and Apple’s product line-up solidified for the holiday season, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published his annual letter to all employees of the company. In the letter, Cook looks back on 2013 and looks forward to next year, noting that the company has “big plans” for 2014. This year alone, Apple released more products than they have released in the past several years, including new Macbook Airs, Macbook Pros, iPads, and, for the first time, two new iPhones.
It finally happend. The Apple China Mobile deal, which has been in discussion for years now, has been finally sealed. Apple has just announced it has reached an agreement with the world’s largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, that will make the arrival of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in mainland China happen on January 17, 2014. Although pricing has not yet been announced, China Mobile will start accepting pre-registrations on December 25, 2013.
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?
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.