According to a new research from Strategy Analytics, Apple outstripped Samsung for the first time ever to become the number one vendor of mobile phones in U.S. The reportnotes that Apple sold 17.7 million iPhones during the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 16.8 million sold by Samsung and 4.7 million sold by LG holding the third place.
Today, Apple published an iOS 6.1 press release revealing some impressive numbers on iOS platform and iOS 6.1 usage. As of today, 300 million iOS devices – iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone – are running iOS 6, with 450 billion iMessages sent, over four trillion notifications received and nine billion photos uploaded to Photo Stream.
After iOS 6.1 Beta 5 for developer’s release, Apple has just added iOS 6.1 for public. This update includes support for new LTE connectivity and purchasing Siri -based tickets to the cinema through Fandango, much as individual downloads of songs in iTunes Match and a new button ' reset ' to track advertising.
"This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:
LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers at www.apple.com/iphone/LTE/)
Purchase movie, tickets through Fandango with Siri (USA only)
iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud
Recent production issues of the iMac, which appeared in 2012, almost resolved. According to a report from the China Times, as well as information from BrightWire, difficulties with supply constraints can be facilitated.
According to the Strategy Analytics’ latest research measuring global smartphone OS shipments for the fourth quarter of 2012, Android and iOS together represented 92% of all shipments. Both operating systems were able to considerably increase their market shares over Q3, with global smartphone shipments over the year reaching a record 700.1 million units.
Yesterday were the reports about record profits of the first fiscal quarter of 2013, which had not met the expectations of analysts. Apple CEO Tim Cook e-mailed to employees (via 9to5Mac) congratulations, noting their performance and announced the planned meeting only for employees.
While the media responses about flatline growth in financial results of Apple have a dominating position, the massive growth of cloud-based services Apple are reportedly remains largely unnoticed.
In 2012, reports iPodNN, the number of iCloud users grew from 85 million to more than 250 million. The number of iTunes users has exceeded 500 million, with a record profit of 2.1 billion dollars for the quarter.
Today Appleannouncedfinancial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2013. For this quarter, Apple posted net quarterly profit of $13.1 billion, revenue of $54.5 billion and $13.81 per diluted share compared to net profit of $13.06 billion, revenue of $46.33 billion and $13.87 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2012. Apple’s quarterly revenue and profit were both all-time records, but analyst Philip Elmer-Dewitt had predicted even slightly higher results.
According to TechCrunch, Apple removed the 500px app for iOS from the App Store because of the nude pictures. The recent acquisition of ISO500 to 500px from Pulpfingers also removed from the App Store, but is still available for download.
NZWeek reports (via TNW) that Apple is planning to offer direct online sales in Indonesia and to open up its first brick-and-mortar store in the capital city, Jakarta. Today the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) in Indonesia announced that it has approved the application filed by Apple to open up a online shop in the country. Also the report claimed that Apple is going to invest 2-3 million U.S. dollars to open its first retail location in Jakarta.
Recently the iPhonehave captured a record 53 percent of the smartphone market in the U.S, but when it comes to its second place in the handset market (feature phones and smartphones combined), a new report said LG moved Apple to third place during December thanks to strong sales of its highly popular Optimus G.