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Blog posts tagged with 'Apple'

Thursday, May 29

Deal of the Day

By Brad

Yesterday, actually, which was when the long-rumored deal between Apple and Beats Electronics finally became a reality. Via Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch:

Apple has indeed purchased Beats, which includes both Beats Audio hardware and Beats Music, the streaming radio service that was founded by rapper Dr. Dre and longtime music industry exec Jimmy Iovine. The deal was reported to be in the works earlier this month, and was said to be worth an estimated $3.2 billion at the time, though a recent New York Post report said it was cut to $3 billion after Apple completed its due diligence. The price is indeed $3 billion, with $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock.

While Beats is probably best known for its ubiquitous headphones, most believe Apple actually made the deal in order to get its hands on the company’s music streaming service.

Wednesday, March 12

Brick & Mortar

By Brad

First came the Apple Store, then the Microsoft Store, and now, via Samantha Murphy Kelly of Mashable, another tech giant is looking to get into the retail game:

Google plans to open its first retail location in the United States in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, situated just around the corner from an Apple store, a new report suggests.

According to Crain’s New York, Google will open an 8,000-square-foot retail location at 131 Greene St. If the reports are true, the store would also be across the street from eyewear company Warby Parker, which at one point was rumored to be helping design frames for Google Glass.

Friday, January 10

One Device to Rule Them All

By Brad

Yesterday marked the seventh anniversary of Apple’s reveal of the first iPhone. To mark the occasion, The Huffington Post highlighted seven things the innovative smartphone “killed.” Among them: road maps, alarm clocks, point-and-shoot cameras, and Apple’s own iPod.

Not bad for a device that measured just 4.5 inches high and 2.4 inches wide.

Tuesday, September 24

Number of the Day

By Brad

9 million, which is the number of new iPhones — both the 5S and 5C versions — that Apple sold in just three days. From the company’s press release announcing their windfall:

“This is our best iPhone launch yet―more than nine million new iPhones sold―a new record for first weekend sales,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we’ve sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone.”

Call me crazy, but this whole smartphone thing might be taking off.

Thursday, July 11

The Store That Changed Our Lives

By Brad

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of Apple’s App Store. At Read Write Web, Dan Rowinski looks at the effect mobile apps have had on, well, everything:

On July 10, 2008, Apple released the App Store for iPhone. As with many things Apple, the concept was not new: the software world had been moving to digital downloads for a while, and Palm’s PDAs showed that mobile-device users wanted apps. It was the execution, scale and scope of Apple’s new App Store that would forever change the software industry.

“Apple’s App Store fundamentally restructured the apps ecosystem, the process of developing and launching apps, and how consumers consumed content and services. It also changed computing forever,” said mobile analyst and consultant Chetan Sharma.

No single industry sector has been spared the changes that the spread of the App Store has brought about. Programmers and designers, enterprises and small businesses, media and advertising, government—name an industry and it has felt the effects of the App Store.

There are now over 900,000 apps in the App Store. Not bad for something still in the toddler stage.

Monday, July 01

Rumor of the Day

By Brad

After months of speculation, Apple has finally made a move that signals it may be jumping into the world of wearable computing. As Nack Fujimura and Takashi Amano of Bloomberg report:

Apple Inc, the world’s most valuable technology company, is seeking a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan as rival Samsung Electronics Co. readies its own wearable computing device.

The iPhone maker is seeking protection for the name, which is listed in a category for products such as a handheld computer or watch, according to a June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that was made public last week. Takashi Takebayashi, a Tokyo-based spokesman for Apple, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

From the Internet on your phone to the Internet in your glasses to the Internet on your wrist. Thanks to mobile broadband, we truly live in amazing times.

Wednesday, June 12

Devices & Data

By Brad

Over at TechCrunch, Ingrid Lunden offers a look at some surprising numbers when it comes to mobile broadband use:

Android has convincingly overtaken Apple as the most popular OS in the smartphone industry both in terms of sales and overall penetration. But when it comes to how much wireless devices are actually used on cellular networks, those who own Apple handsets are disproportionately the biggest users of apps and the mobile web.

All told, users of the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5 account for more than half of all 3G traffic. That’s a lot of iPhone owners online.

Friday, May 17

Milestone of the Day

By Brad

Apple’s App Store, which launched in 2008, has already hit a massive number—and one lucky man received a big gift. Via Joanna Stern of ABC News:

Brandon Ashmore from Mentor, Ohio, hit the app jackpot Tuesday afternoon when he pressed the download button on a word game app called Say the Same Thing and sent Apple over the 50 billion app download mark, winning the $10,000 prize.

50 billion apps and counting. In an ecosystem that didn’t exist just five years ago. Wow.

Monday, March 04

A Computer on Your Wrist

By Brad

And speaking of Apple, Peter Burrows and Olga Kharif of Bloomberg check in a long-rumored project for the company:

While Tim Cook has dropped hints that Apple Inc. (AAPL) is hard at work on a television to drive the next era of growth, the company’s wristwatch-style device, still in development, may prove more profitable.

The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales in 2013, said Citigroup Inc. analyst Oliver Chen. While that’s smaller than the pool of revenue that comes from TVs, gross margins on watches are about 60 percent, he said. That’s four times bigger than for televisions, according to Anand Srinivasan, a Bloomberg Industries analyst.

So far, the iWatch is nothing more than a rumor — but then, that’s not surprising from a secretive company like Apple.

Wednesday, February 13

Number of the Day

By Brad

$1 billion, which is the amount Google pays Apple each year to be the default search engine in iPhones and iPads. Just goes to show how important mobility — and mobile broadband — now are. (Via Cult of Mac.)

Monday, February 04

King of the Mobile Phones

By Brad

Apple’s iPhone may have a lot of competition these days, but new numbers show the company is still dominating the market. As Brett Molina of USA Today reports:

Apple outdueled Samsung on mobile phone shipments in the U.S. during the fourth quarter, according to research from firm Strategic Analytics. It’s the first time the company has ever claimed the top spot in mobile shipments.

Overall, 52 million mobile phones were shipped, a 4% jump from last year. Apple snagged a 34% market share, shipping 17.7 million phones. The maker of the iPhone held a 25% during the same time last year.

Monday, January 07

Number of the Day

By Brad

40 billion, which is the number of apps that have been downloaded from Apple’s App Store so far. Even crazier, the company says close to half of those downloads happened last year alone. Wow.

Monday, November 05

Tabulating Tablets

By Brad

Via Kevin C. Tofel of GigaOm, new numbers from research firm IDC find that over 27 million tablets were sold in the third quarter of this year alone. But as Tofel goes on to note, there’s a larger story:

Tablet sales have already approached nearly 25 percent of PC sales. As computer sales are in decline, sales of tablets rose 49.5 percent from the same quarter in the prior year. That’s more bad news for traditional computer makers.

Close to one quarter of all computer sales are now tablets — not bad for a market that barely existed just two years ago. And speaking of tablets, Apple has released sales numbers on the latest versions of their popular iPad — including the new iPad mini — and as you’d expect, those numbers are pretty big. From a company press release:

Apple® today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad® mini and fourth generation iPad—double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March.

Three million in three days. Wow.

Wednesday, October 24

Touching Education

By Brad

Speaking of Apple — and its iPads — John Paul Titlow of Read Write examines how the company is quietly overhauling education:

When Apple made its first official foray into digital textbooks earlier this year, I was skeptical. It seemed clear that iBooks 2, iBooks Author and the new “textbooks” section of the iBookstore would not revolutionize the education market anytime soon, even if the longterm potential was obvious. Tuesday, Apple shared some early results from those efforts and revealed the next phase of its overhaul of education. It’s definitely onto something.

Most of the 100 million iPads sold worldwide were purchased by consumers and businesses, but a growing number of those buyers are school districts. In the last nine months, 2,500 classrooms have started using iBooks textbooks, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced. Their content now covers 80% of the core high school curriculum in the United States. It’s not a bad start, but Apple has a long way to go before iBooks makes an iTunes-like impact.

Number of the Day

By Brad

100 million, which is how many iPads Apple has sold. Not bad for a device released just two years ago.

Wednesday, October 10


By Brad

Via Kif Leswing of Ubergizmo comes the story of Apple’s new mapping software, a screenshot taken with an iPhone 5, and the top secret, $1.2 billion Taiwanese military base that suddenly found itself in the limelight.

Friday, October 05


By Brad

One year ago today, Steve Jobs died. Over at the Apple homepage there’s a nice video tribute to his life and long list of innovations.

Monday, September 24

Number of the Day

By Brad

5 million, which is how many new iPhones Apple sold in just three days, Zach Epstein of Boy Genius Report reports. And in a show of just how popular the device is, the latest version of the smartphone’s operating system — iOS 6 — has already been downloaded 100 million times.

Monday, September 17

This Whole iPhone Thing Just Might Take Off

By Brad

Apple has released pre-order numbers for the latest version of its iPhone and, well… it appears to be popular:

Apple® today announced pre-orders of its iPhone® 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S. Demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.



Friday, August 31

Talking Patents

By Brad

As the tech patent war continues to rage, Alexel Oreskovic and Poornima Gupta of Reuters report two heavy hitters in the tech space are tentatively talking:

Google Inc Chief Executive Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes talks about a range of intellectual property matters, including the mobile patent disputes between the companies, people familiar with the matter said.

The two executives had a phone conversation last week, the sources said. Discussions involving lower-level officials of the two companies are also ongoing.

If the Reuters report is correct, any conversations that keep the smartphone revolution from being mired in patent disputes are cause for celebration.

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