Today NPD released a report analyzing consumer technology sales in U.S. for 2012. According to the report, since 2010, U.S. consumer technology sales have decreased by $4 billion, down to $143 billion.
According to analysis by Asymco of Apple’s revenue breakdowns, Apple received more money from accessories and iTunes sales than all other companies, except for Samsung, received from phone sales over the last quarter.
Following its announcement last week, today Apple began offering the new 128 GB iPad models on the Apple online store with shipping times for the new model being quoted at 1-3 business days for majority of countries. In the United States, shipping times for 128 GB Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad are currently listed at 3-5 business for all three carriers.
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.
Today Apple announced financial 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.
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 iPhone have 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.
A former Color employee Aubrey Johnson shares a story about Apple's acquisitions of Lala and Color, which both were founded by Bill Nguyen.
Lala's music was streamed over the Internet instead of stored locally. The service allowed users to listen to a collection of more than 7 million titles as a stream over the Internet – much like Spotify and Pandora today. Users could also buy and download songs usually for a lower price than Apple’s iTunes was offering.
Before the official announcement of earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 to be held this month, AT&T reported that it has sold more than 10 million smartphones during the quarter, including "best-ever" sales of iPhone and Android devices.
One technology that has become common in iOS accessories, currently known as Bluetooth Smart. Low-power devices technology lets pursue long-term link between iOS devices and accessories. E-paper Pebble watch, which developed with support from Kickstarter generated enormous interest. Sales revenue by arrangement amounted to more than 10 million dollars.