The latest earnings report from Apple has exceed expectations, with the company reporting an increase in revenue for the first three months of the year of $45.6 billion – way ahead of analysts’ predicted $43.5bn.
However, the report also reinforced the fact that Apple relies more than ever on the success of the iPhone for continuing growth.
The smartphone accounts for more than half of the company’s revenues and while sales of the device soared past expectations (43.7 million units sold compared to projections of 37.7m), this success was necessary to offset a slump in interest in the iPod, Macs and the iPad.
Apple’s tablet launched four years ago and although the device has been hailed as the ideal Continue reading
Apple and Samsung return to federal court on Tuesday for opening statements in their latest patent battle, with the iPhone maker expected to present more detailed evidence in its attempt to win a U.S. ban on sales of several Samsung smartphones.
Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating around the world for nearly three years. Jurors awarded the iPhone maker about $930 million after a 2012 trial in San Jose, California, but Apple failed to persuade U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to issue a permanent injunction against the sale of Samsung phones. Continue reading
Microsoft has, after years of speculation, released some of its Office applications for Apple iPad owners – but you’ll need an Office 365 subscription to use them in anything other than their basic form.
The Apple App Store now has Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint available for download for iOS 7, and the apps have been reworked to fit in with the iPad’s layout and form factor.
The apps will allow people to view Office files on their tablet, but not create new documents or edit existing ones – for that you’ll need an Office 365 cloud subscription, starting at $70 a year. Continue reading
Recent reports coming out of the Apple that the Californian-tech giant bought the high end app SnappyCam between Christmas and New Year. SnappyCam’s ‘burst mode’ allows users to take multiple images in one go, a feature generally found on high quality SLR cameras. The cost of the acquisition has not been announced.
The app which costs just 79p has since been removed from the app store allows users to take multiple photos in one take and then select the best image. The app also features a six times zoom.
However, since the likes of Samsung and Apple have introduced the feature in their latest handsets, it is becoming more popular among amateur photographers. Continue reading
Samsung has said that it will make the smart TV smarter, while Apple has said that they have big plans for the coming year, although didn’t provide any detail.
Samsung smart TVs will get smarter in 2014 according to the world’s biggest TV manufacturer. Finger gestures and voice commands will improve, and we will be able to control our TVs in an alarmingly vast array of ways.
Features like Siri and S Voice, which enable users to perform numerous tasks on their smartphones and other devices, have become increasingly popular as the technology has improved. Voice commands are also an integral part of the Xbox One offering, while gesture controls have already been implemented, to varying degrees of success and popularity, on smart TVs and other smart devices. Continue reading
Apple has unveiled a series of new devices that are essentially upgrades to their existing line. Free software was the biggest shock to come out of the press event and puts Apple on an even more direct collision course with Google.
The world tends to wait with baited breath for new Apple news. Devices like the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad, as well the MacBook Air have broken records and trod new ground in the technology sector. However, as this year’s press event shows, they can’t always come up with something entirely new. 2013 is definitely the year of improvement for some products and miniaturisation for others.
While these are important steps in a technology lifecycle, they are perhaps not as exciting and inspiring as the launch of a bleeding edge design.
The iPad Air may be marketed as a new device but, in reality, it is a combination of both iPad and MacBook Air: two devices that have proven extremely popular and successful for Apple. There’s also some elements of the latest iPhone 5S thrown in for good measure. Continue reading