News tagged ‘smartphone’
Apple has just launched its streaming music service called Apple Music on Android. Just as it was announced earlier this year, the service costs $9.99/month and offers users unlimited access to thousands of songs of various genres. Family membership requires Mac or iOS device, however, that’s not strange for the service created by Google’s market rival.
According to the latest report from a research firm called comScore, Apple remained the top smartphone manufacturer in the United States of America in the third calendar quarter of this year. Even though Apple’s share fell from 44.1% in June to 43.6% in September, this result allowed the Cupertino-based company to continue being a leader of the market. Samsung also saw a decrease in the number of users, however, the South Korean tech giant managed to get the second place in the rating. The only company, which demonstrated growth in the number of users was LG. It came in the third spot.
It is Sunday today, which means you are ready for our traditional roundup of the most interesting stories of the last couple of days. Quite surprisingly, most of the articles this week deal with the next-generation iPhone and its release date. There are also some posts that tell us about iOS 9 adoption rate and bugs as well as about the fourth-generation Apple TV and the Apple Watch sales.
As it was reported earlier this week, Apple may be planning to change its usual product update cycle and release new iPhones much earlier than in September of 2016. In particular, a smaller 4-inch iPhone may be released in the first or second quarter of the next year and the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with new A10 processors as well as 2GB and 3GB of RAM respectively may be unveiled in June or July.
The design of new Apple-branded smartphones remains unknown and this allowed the SET Solution experts to create a beautiful and quite realistic iPhone 6c concept. The video demonstrating the colorful device made of high-quality plastic is available either below, or on SET Solution’s official YouTube channel. Take a look.
It looks like Google has decided to follow in Apple’s footsteps and start designing its own chips for future smartphones and tablets. Such a step requires serious research work and money, however, it can make Android devices much more competitive.
According to the latest report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is planning to release a smaller 4-inch iPhone in early 2016. The handset may be equipped with the A9 processor and look like a slightly redesigned and upgraded iPhone 5s, which is still pretty popular among the customers. However, there will be no 3D Touch display. As noted by the analyst, because of the strong demand for a 4-inch device, next year, the company may sell as many as 20-30 million units of the updated smartphone.
Product placement is a great way of advertising modern gadgets like smartphones and tablets through TV shows movies and other multimedia content. Apple has never opposed to using its products in movies, that’s why we can see iPhones, iPads and Macs in probably every single movie that comes out these days.
According to some leaked internal Sony documents, last year, the company offered the "Spectre" star Daniel Craig a certain sum of money for using the Xperia Z4 phone in the upcoming movie. Craig, as well as Sam Mendes, the movie director, refused Sony’s multimillion deal. Moreover, they refused to use Samsung’s handset as well.
According to the latest numbers from a research firm called IDC, Samsung and Apple continue to dominate on the global smartphone market. Surprisingly enough, Chinese vendor Huawei comes closer and closer to the leaders demonstrating a 60.9% year-over-year market share growth as well as a substantial increase in the number of handsets shipped to customers worldwide.
As can be seen in the chart below, Samsung is a leader of the global smartphone market with 23.8% market share and 84.5 million handsets sold in the third quarter of this year. Apple occupies the second place with 13.5% share and 48 million iPhones sold over the last months. Huawei’s market share is equal to 7.5% thanks to strong demand and 26.5 million handsets shipped to customers in the third quarter.
One of Apple’s numerous market rivals, HTC, has just announced its new flagship device called the HTC One A9. The most interesting thing about this device, especially for Apple fans and iPhone users, is the way it looks. As can be seen below, the smartphone is incredibly similar to the iPhone 6s.
According to the latest report from Yonhap News, the pre-orders for the new iPhone 6s in South Korea sold out within minutes. Ahead of official launch in this country on Friday, three major carriers, namely, SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus claim that there are no handsets currently available for purchase and that the rose gold iPhone 6s is the most popular model among the local customers.
Following the acquisition of a firm called VocalIQ, Apple has purchased another startup - Perceptio. This company is working on a technology that allows to use artificial intelligence on portable devices like smartphones or tablets, but without the need to utilize large amounts of user’s information and store it in the cloud. The report about Apple’s latest acquisition comes from Bloomberg, which is a very reliable source.
As the long-awaited Apple Watch continues to appear at the stores in new countries, the company has released a series of new commercials showcasing the wearable device and its features.
In particular, the ads, which are available either on Apple’s official YouTube channel, or below, demonstrate such features as messaging, fitness, Maps and Apple Pay.
First lucky customers in the selected countries begin to receive their pre-ordered iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units and post first unboxing videos, drop tests and bend tests of the recently-launched devices. We have chosen a number of the most interesting clips and decided to share them with you. The videos are available below, so you can take a look right now.
The first clip comes from a YouTube user nicknamed Lachlan Likes A Thing. Since it’s an unboxing video, we can see how the iPhone 6s retail packaging looks like and what accessories come with the new iPhone.
Adrienne Levin, a customer from the United States of America, was lucky enough to receive her pre-ordered iPhone 6s much earlier than she was expecting. Knowing that there are almost no reviews and benchmarks of the long-awaited handset, she took several photos of her dog using the updated 12-megapixel camera of her Rose Gold iPhone 6s, shot a short 4K video and posted the results of Geekbench 3 benchmark to show us all performance improvements of the new handset.
Just as we expected, Apple has announced new iPhone models. The devices are called the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. From the point of view of external design, the handsets look nearly identical to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, however, in terms of hardware these are completely different gadgets.