While changes in the ancient market-share rivalry between chipmakers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices were unremarkable in 2010, the emergence of Apple as a force was anything but.
"The competitive state of affairs remained very much the same two-horse race it has been for more than 20 years, with Intel firmly in the lead and AMD a distant second," IHS iSuppli said in a research note today.
Intel finished 2010 with an 81 percent share of global microprocessor revenue, up a scant 0.4 percentage points from its 80.6 percent in 2009. Meanwhile, AMD ended the year … Read more
Federighi, who's taking over for departing Mac veteran Bertrand Serlet, left Apple in February of 1999 for business software company Ariba, and wound up coming back 10 years later to help Apple build the Mac OS, which ships on the company's desktop and notebook computers.
Now, according to Apple's announcement earlier this week, he's stepping into a role many are watching closely: he'll be running the Mac OS group at a time of uncertainty as to what, exactly, a computer is--what form factor it's in; what … Read more
When U.S. Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker dropped his iPhone 4 more than 1,000 feet out of a plane traveling 150 miles per hour, he was pretty sure his relationship with his phone (unlike his contract with his carrier) had just been terminated.
Walker is a jump master who makes sure the plane is in the right position before handing parachute jumpers over to the mercy of gravity. When he leaned out of the plane somewhere above North Carolina to take a look at landmarks below, he says, his iPhone slipped out to take on a new role as a real-life math and physics SAT question.
Once back on the ground, and with the help of MobileMe, a friend, and an ATV, Walker says he was soon reunited with the phone, which he declares was completely unscathed in its Griffin Motif TPU case. He originally shared his story and photos with iLounge.
Walker says he believes the phone's fall may have been broken by leaves and pine needles in the forested area where it landed (rather than the nearby lake or two-lane highway, fortunately.) The iPhone's survival credibility has also been demonstrated through more wet encounters, but I know a good reason to geek-out algebra style when I see one: if an iPhone 4 is traveling at 150 miles per hour on a 3G network and falls 1,000 feet, when does the plane get to Charleston? And does it drop your call?… Read more
Apple's record sales and growth could continue for the next two years, pushing the company to becoming a $200 billion behemoth and eventually dwarfing the revenue of tech giants like IBM and Hewlett-Packard, according to one analyst.
That claim was made by Forrester Research's founder and CEO George Colony during an interview with Bloomberg earlier today. Colony suggested that the company's hardware successes with the iPad and iPhone had created a cycle where those same customers buy applications in the App Store, then continue to buy Apple's products to keep using the software.
Apple's AirPlay video streaming technology could be making the leap from the Apple TV set-top box to non-Apple living room hardware.
A report by Bloomberg, which cites anonymous sources, says Apple is weighing a licensing program for the video component of its AirPlay technology that would let gadget makers incorporate the wireless streaming into televisions and set-top boxes.
Apple introduced AirPlay late last year as the successor to its AirTunes wireless audio streaming technology. The renaming was also meant to explain to consumers that, with the incorporation of video streaming, the technology was no longer just for audio. With … Read more
Television networks are sending cease-and-desist letters to Time Warner Cable over the company's new iPad app, a report claims.
Citing an anonymous industry source, BusinessInsider reported yesterday that networks are taking issue with Time Warner Cable's TWCable TV iPad app's ability to let users stream programming to the Apple tablet, and they're requesting their content be removed from the program. The source told Business Insider that the networks believe content streaming to an iPad app is entirely separate from offering programming through Time Warner Cable's set-top boxes.
Time Warner Cable declined to comment to CNET. … Read more
Apple has fired another legal salvo over the use of the term "app store," this one targeted at adult app store MiKandi.
Last week, MiKandi received a cease-and-desist order from Apple over the use of the term "app store," company co-founder Jennifer McEwen confirmed today to CNET.
In an interview with GeekWire published yesterday, fellow MiKandi co-founder Jesse Adams said that Apple specifically asked the company to stop billing itself as the "world's first app store for adults" and to stop using the term "app store" in describing its own free … Read more
A patent granted to Apple provides new hints that a 3G version of the MacBook may be in the cards. The new patent outlines a detachable, magnetic antenna for connecting your laptop to the Internet on the go.
Patently Apple first reported on the patent, one of a series of patents newly granted to Apple. The antenna appears to sit on a hinge when connected, so that it can be adjusted to ensure the best reception. The antenna is also attached by magnets, so it comes off easily when knocked, stepped on, or otherwise duffed up. That should keep it from breaking.
Following an online petition and a wave of complaints, Apple has removed a so-called "gay cure" app from its App Store.
Launched last month by Exodus International, a ministry that encourages gay people to seek "cures" for their homosexuality, the app triggered a huge outcry from Two Wins Out, a nonprofit group with the stated goal of fighting anti-gay religious extremism.
Pointing out that any therapy or cures to change one's sexual orientation have been soundly rejected by all the major medical associations. TWO launched an online petition at Change.org calling on Apple to … Read more
Apple's senior vice president of Mac software engineering, Bertrand Serlet, is leaving the company.
Known for his role in creating and developing the Mac OS X software, Serlet will hand over the reins of his job to Craig Federighi, currently the vice president of Mac software engineering, Apple announced today.
Federighi, who will report directly to CEO Steve Jobs, has been responsible for the development of Mac OS X and has managed the Mac OS software engineering group the past couple of years.
"I've worked with Steve for 22 years and have had an incredible time developing … Read more