Apple published an updated chart on its developer Web site for the iOS App Store, which shows that iOS 7 is now on 74 percent of all iOS devices. This means adoption of the operating system has grown 10 percent since numbers last reported in October.
Apple's Siri possesses many skills, but subtraction doesn't seem to be one of them.
Asking Siri "What's 3.23 minus 1.27?" resulted in an odd answer. Instead of responding with the correct value, Apple's voice assistant told me the current date. I tried again and got the same response. Delving further, I asked Siri to subtract a variety of other numbers with decimal points, such as "4.23 minus 1.27," "8.12 minus 3.23," "6.43 minus 2.41," and "5.25 minus 4.… Read more
As 2013 draws to a close, Tim Cook has to be smiling.
Earlier this year it seemed that Apple would take a fall. Samsung and rest of the Android players were gaining momentum and share as Apple was slow to update its product portfolio and was seeing its profit margins decline. The stock went from from above $700 in September 2012 to below $400 in July 2013. Following the fall introduction of new products and good sales numbers for the holiday shopping season, however, the stock has climbed back above $560.
Perhaps Cook has been smiling all year, knowing that … Read more
You may one day be able to chat with your iPhone or iPad docking station courtesy of Apple's Siri.
A patent application -- dubbed "Smart dock for activating a voice recognition mode of a portable electronic device" and published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office -- scopes out plans for a dock a bit more advanced than today's models.
Key to the new dock would be integration with Siri. Rather than including Apple's voice assistant, the dock would tap into Siri on your mobile device. You'd activate Siri simply by speaking or … Read more
Apple could add as many as 17 million iPhones to its 2014 sales tally in a reported deal with China Mobile, said Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster
The two companies have signed an agreement, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing a "person familiar with the situation." The source told the Journal that -- after months of speculation and anticipation -- the iPhone is expected to roll out through China Mobile on December 18 to the carrier's 760 million subscribers.
If the December date is accurate, the 17 million in sales predicted by Munster would raise … Read more
Apple has reached a long-awaited deal with China Mobile to offer the iPhone on the world's largest wireless carrier, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The rollout of the iPhone on China Mobile, which has nearly 760 million customers, is expected around December 18, sources told the newspaper. While the iPhone is currently offered by China Unicom and China Telecom, Apple has been courting China Mobile for years, seeking the vast number of new customers such a deal would create.
CNET has contacted Apple for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Xinhua, China's official … Read more
Apple has long been the most-desired brand for tablets, smartphones, MP3 players, and streaming media devices on US shoppers' holiday lists. And, for the first time, the company also got ranked as the top brand for desktops this year, according to data from market researcher Parks Associates.
"Apple topped the list of intended brands for desktop purchases for the first time this year," John Barrett, Parks Associates director of consumer analytics, said in a statement Wednesday. "In 2011 and 2012, Dell was the top desktop brand, but Apple has displaced it, making Apple now the most popular … Read more
On Wednesday, he tweeted that he would make a "precatory proposal" to Apple that calls for an increase in the buyback program to be voted on by shareholders at the company's next annual meeting. Since it's a precatory proposal, even if Apple shareholders approve the measure, the company would not be bound to the decision.
Ichan has been pushing Apple to increase the amount of money it is spending to buy back shares of its own stock, … Read more
Apple on Wednesday updated its tracking of labor compliance, saying that 95 percent of its supply chain partners now comply with a work week that is less than 60 hours. The company also said the average hours of work per week was under 50.
The company initially released its Supplier Responsibility Report (PDF) in January, detailing external audits made in 2012 at factories where its parts and products are assembled. In that report, the figure was at 92 percent. Since then, it has updated that figure every month.
The January report came from almost 400 audits performed at all levels … Read more
Apple can thank holiday shoppers for a surge in iPad Air sales.
Activations of the new iPad increased by 51 percent this past weekend compared with those from the prior weekend, according to mobile analytics firm Localytics. That volume put the new Air on the top of the tablet heap, followed by the new iPad Mini in second place with 26 percent more activations than those during the prior weekend.