According to the latest report from a research firm Gartner, in the fourth quarter of 2014 ending December, Apple managed to sell more smartphones than its main rival, Samsung. This allowed the company from Cupertino to become the largest smartphone maker in the world. As to the numbers, Apple sold as many as 74.8 million iPhone units and the South Korean manufacturer - 73 million smartphones. Apple got the market share of 20.4%, while the share of Samsung was equal to 19.9%.
According to the rumor, which appeared on the Internet earlier this week, at its “Spring Forward” event scheduled for March, 9th, Apple may announce not only the long-anticipated Apple Watch, but also its completely revamped 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display. While there’s no confirmation from Apple or its suppliers, the March release looks quite possible. Earlier this year, a reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple may launch the new laptop in March.
Just as we expected, Apple on Monday made the latest beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 available to all those people who have previously registered as a member of OS X public testing program. As I have already told you, this pre-release version of Apple’s desktop operating system contains a wide number of stability and performance improvements, the support of Google’s two-step verification, new emoji picker as well as one noticeable feature, which is a new Photos app.
According to what Apple CEO Tim Cook told German retail employees last week, in April, the long-awaited Apple Watch will hit the store shelves not only in the USA, but in a number of other countries. Looks like the guys from Cupertino are currently planning to make the wearable device available for purchase in as many countries as possible and as soon as possible. The smartwatch is expected to hit the U.S. stores in the first week of April. In the second half of the month, the sales of the device may start in Germany and several other countries.
According to what reliable insiders write, Apple has recently added a new sphere of market to its corporate description. This time only in Switzerland, but I don’t think it will take much time to add the same lines to the description in the USA and other countries in the world. The number of activities added includes those fully or partially related to automotive industry. This little change in the corporate description has been first spotted by Swiss reporters from ApfelBlog.ch.
Following Samsung, who announced a new payments system dubbed Samsung Pay on Sunday, another Apple rival, Google, told about its plans to launch its own payments service called presumably “Android Pay” and create an API, which will let developers integrate the new service into their apps. What can I say? We all live in a very competitive world, that is why so many tech giants create products and services with similar functionality.
Ahead of the official release of the long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is expected to take place on March 9th, more and more details about the functionality and design of the gadget leak online. According to the most-recent report published by The New York Times journalists, the wearable device will boast of a "Power Reserve" mode. This mode will disable all the other features of the smartwatch and display only time in order to save energy when battery is critically low. Apart from that, the reporters claim that the official release of the Apple Watch should have come a bit earlier, however, due to some technical differences and the loss of several key engineers who left the company in 2014, it comes only now.
Samsung has just announced its two new flagships, namely, Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. This happened at the annual conference called Mobile World Congress. Both devices are thinner and lighter than their predecessors, moreover, they feature new metal and glass bodies, better cameras and serious hardware improvements. And yes, in terms of design, they look very similar to the iPhone 6.
It is Sunday today, which means I have to tell you about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. If you’re not tired of reading Apple-related news, let’s take a look at the articles worth your attention right now.
Right on a Valentine’s Day, an iPhone exploded in the pocket of a man from Long Island causing second and third degree burns of the man’s skin and ruining all his plans for the holiday. Because of such an accident, a man was taken to a burn unit of the local hospital and spent as many as ten days there.
According to the latest rumors shared by reliable insiders, Apple’s next-generation iPhone may get the support of new technology, which was first introduced in the Apple Watch and which is called Force Touch. However, contrary to the recent reports, the handset won’t boast of dual camera system.
According to the latest report released by a reliable research firm BGR, the public release of iOS 8.2, which can boast of the support of the long-anticipated Apple Watch, is scheduled to take place as soon as this Monday. This report once again proves the rumors, which suggest that at the March 9th "Spring Forward" event Apple may finally release its smartwatch.
Apple has recently made the browser version of its office suite called iWork available for all users. What this means is that now even those people who don’t have an Apple device can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote directly in the browser for free. All they need to do is to create an Apple ID account and log in to iCloud.com. After that, they will get 1GB of cloud storage and the ability to create and edit different types of documents from any browser. If you for some reason can’t use Google’s online office tools or the web-version of Microsoft’s office suite, you should definitely try Apple’s iWork for iCloud.
Several images showing something what appears to be headphones for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have recently appeared on the Internet. What is interesting about the leaked earbuds is that they look very similar to Apple’s EarPods.
As you probably know, earlier this year Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the long-anticipated Apple Watch will hit the store shelves in April. Up to this day, this was the only more or less exact timing.
Today, however, a new rumor appeared on the Internet, which suggests that the wearable device may hit the store shelves between April 6th and April 10th. The guys from Cupertino are expected to begin shipping the smartwatches to distribution points across the United States of America in the very first days of the month, so the official release may take place in the first full week of April.