Antonio Viana, president of commercial and global development and executive vice president at ARM Holdings, said the premium segment of the smartphone market will grow much slower than the other areas -- only about 4 percent each year through 2018 versus 14 percent annual growth for mid-range devices and 17 percent annual growth for low-end phones. The high-end market will grow more in North America, he said, but Apple still … Read more
Wireless charging pads can charge or sync your device. Now Apple has patented a smart pad that knows what you need based on how you place your device on it.
Granted Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent named "Device orientation based docking functions," attempts to take the labor out of telling the charging pad just what you want it to do. Instead, the pad knows what to do based on how your device is oriented.
As described in the patent, you can place your device face up or face down, at a certain rotation, … Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at a new product category during the company's earnings call last month. And Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty says she believes that category is most likely a wearable device.
Reports and rumors have run rampant about a possible smartwatch from the minds of Apple. If such a device does clock in this year, Huberty predicts that Apple could generate as much as $17.5 billion in revenue during the first 12 months. That number assumes a price tag of $299 and a customer base similar to that for the iPad.
In contrast, the iPad … Read more
President Barack Obama has won a commitment totaling $750 million from a number of technology companies to help low-income students in K-12 public schools get early access to the Internet and educational tools.
Apple is pledging $100 million in iPads, according to the AP. Microsoft is offering up its "billion-dollar response," which is essentially the potential to inject $1 billion in savings into the system. The company will offer Windows-based tablets, laptops, and devices through its manufacturing partners; 12 million copies of Office; copies of its Windows 8.1 Pro operating system; and student and teacher educational resources. … Read more
Apple CEO Tim Cook's visit to Turkey this week has been in the works for a while now. It coincides with the opening of the company's first retail store in the country. However, during his visit, Cook also has plans to meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday.
Word has it that Cook will be discussing an initiative that could bring millions of iPads to children in Turkey's schools, according to AppleInsider. The deal is said to be worth as much as $4 billion.
The iPads are a central component to Turkey's technology education initiative, … Read more
The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant may be building its own content delivery network to deliver apps, software updates, and iTunes content to consumers, according to Dan Rayburn, principal analyst at business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
Details are pretty limited at this point, but Rayburn said Apple is in the process of building its network. It has hired many people experienced in building out large-scale networks, he said. It's unclear what type of content Apple's network will deliver, what areas it will service, and other factors.
Currently, Akamai … Read more
Apple is no stranger to patent suits, but the latest one alleges legal issues with the brains behind the new iPhone and iPad.
Filed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) on behalf of the University of Wisconsin, the suit claims that Apple's A7 chip violated its 5,781,752 patent known as "Table based data speculation circuit for parallel processing computer," PatentlyApple reported on Monday.
The patented technology is described as follows:A predictor circuit permits advanced execution of instructions depending for their data on previous instructions by predicting such dependencies based on previous mis-speculations detected … Read more
Apple used the iPhone to compose a Happy 30th Birthday ode to the Mac.
Appearing Monday on Apple's Web site, the 90-second video takes us around the world as we watch people of different ages and nationalities using the Mac in their personal and professional lives. We peek in on kids, students, designers, researchers, inventors, and musicians tapping into the Mac with some scenes of the iPhone and iPad as well. The video ends by telling us that it was all shot in one day using iPhones.
A follow-up page explains that on January 24, 15 camera crews trekked … Read more
A New York Times report is providing more fodder for iWatch speculation, including the purported use of solar power.
Apple has been testing both solar and wireless charging for the rumored iWatch, according to a story in Sunday's New York Times.
This could conceivably involve the use of a charging plate.
Another method to juice up the watch may be to integrate a solar-charging layer in the screen, according to the report.
Yet another involves "charging the battery through movement, a method that is already used … Read more
Have you noticed that not everyone cares too much about the odor they emit?
Do you recoil at times when you walk past an apparently pleasant-looking person, as the olfactory experience they incite might call for fumigation?
I confess that one place where this might be an extreme problem is the Apple store.
Apple stores are so full of humanity at most times of the day. One has to squeeze through, in order to venerate a product or two.