According to the data, published recently by AppleInsider, Apple still remains the most successful smartphone manufacturer in the USA. iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c remain the most popular devices, purchased on contract in the USA for the third month in a row.
AppleInsider reports that according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo Apple’s currently looking for new suppliers. And there’re three main candidates, namely Taiwan's Compal Communications, Wistron and Inventec Appliances. The first company once worked for Nokia, Sony and Lenovo; the second one is a BlackBerry supplier and as to the third firm - it is currently working on Apple’s iPod.
Bloomberg Businessweekreports that Amazon is working on a set-top box to stream video content over the Internet via its Instant Video and Amazon Prime services.
The box will compete with similar products like the Roku and the Apple TV, as well with a more versatile devices such as Sony's Playstation and Microsoft's Xbox that have moved into the streaming video field in recent years. The report notes:
Last month, comedy site Funny or Die announced the future release of the 60-75 minute film iSteve, which is scheduled on April 15. It is based on events in the life of Steve Jobs. The movie stars Justin Long, who gained notoriety among fans of Apple for playing the role of "Mac" in the popular "get a Mac" advertising campaign, in the role of Jobs.
At an event, which was held in New York City, Sony announced the PlayStation 4, new next-generation video game console. The new console will allow gamers to try out new games before buying, share video games with friends, as well as to watch friends play in a spectator mode. Read the rest of this entry »
Following the report about full-sized iPad and iPhone, Jeremy Horwitz from iLounge provides additional information about Apple's plans for mobile devices. The information comes from "reliable source" and reveals the code names of components for different devices, as well as plans to upgrade the rear view camera in iPhone 5S.
Pebble e-paper watch (right) and Sony SmartWatch (left)
According to Chinese site TGBus (via Techcrunch), Intel and Apple are working together on a smart watch featuring Bluetooth technology. The reportnotes that the watch will have a 1.5-inch OLED display produced by RiTdisplay and will be released in the first half of 2013.
According to a research conducted by Nielsen in the United States, over the course of the next 6 months, consumers between the age of 6 to 12 years are interested in buying iOS products form Apple. New Nintendo Wii U took the second place on popularity, but rated behind the iPad. However, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad Mini entered the top 5 most popular products for this age group.
This month The Wall Street Journalreported about Apple's plans to create its own streaming radio service to compete with Pandora. Reportedly Apple was in negotiations with record labels, but the company was months away from releasing the service.
The New York Post reported today that that licensing negotiations between musicpublisher Sony/ATV and Apple hit a snag over the licensing fee Apple would have to pay for each song streamed through the service. The report said:
AllThingsD has now put together a gallery of dozens of images of the early iPhone and iPad prototype designs from the court documents revealed during the ongoing lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.
Among the many filings on Saturday was a document with dozens of sketches and prototypes for both the iPhone and iPad. Some had already been included in earlier filings, but Saturday’s collection was particularly extensive.
Apple and Google again competing against each other in bidding for a large collection of patents owned by a camera giant Kodak. The Wall Street Journalreports that two separate groups have formed in order to bid for the collection of patents owned by a Kodak that is currently in bankruptcy.
Microsoft, Apple and patent-aggregation company Intellectual Ventures have teamed up, while Samsung, LG, Google, RPC Corp and HTC have formed a second consortium.