Apparently, the U.S. military is on high alert with regard to BlackBerry.
In particular, the US Air Force has announced plans to swap out approximately 5,000 BlackBerry devices in favor of Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
According to published reports over the weekend, this latest move on the part of military officials is the next step in the largely unavoidable retirement of all BlackBerry products used in an official capacity by USAF personnel.
Posted in Announcements, BlackBerry, iOS, IPad, iPhone, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Tablet Devices
Apple Insider reports that iPad 2 production is poised to wind to a halt soon, possibly well before the end of this year.
Since its debut in March 2011, Apple’s iPad 2 has been one of the company’s top selling devices across all product lines. A hot commodity domestically and abroad, the iPad 2 has remained a bestseller for Apple across the world until only recently.
Even with the launch of two more subsequent hardware revisions — most recently last fall with the fifth-generation iPad Air — the iPad 2 has continued to live on as a legacy device in Apple’s product lineup. Its remaining availability has been somewhat perplexing, suggesting that Apple continued to find success with the device at $399.
Posted in Announcements, iOS, IPad, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Rumors
Apple CEO Tim Cook has effectively cleared up any confusion with regard to Apple’s plans to enter new product categories.
Last night, Cook told The Wall Street Journal and other national media outlets that the company will, indeed, expand the scope of its products into new mobile territories.
“There will be new categories,” Cook reveals, being careful not to say too much. “We’re not ready to talk about it, but we’re working on some really great stuff.”
Posted in Announcements, iOS, IPad, iPhone, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms, Predictions, Rumors
Imagination Technologies, a U.K.-based semiconductor design company, confirmed on its website Thursday that it has reached a new deal with Apple.
Apple remains a chief investor in the company, owning close to 10% of Imagination Technologies.
Specifically, Imagination Technologies and Apple have extended their multi-year, multi-use license agreement. This provides Apple with critically important access to Imagination’s current and future PowerVR graphics and video IP cores.
Posted in Announcements, iOS, IPad, iPhone, Mobile Devices, News, Platforms
Canalys, a research firm that includes tablets in its assessments of the PC market, said this week that the world’s leading smartphone and tablet makers continue to erode the former market dominance of leading desktop and laptop makers.
According to the latest market research and corresponding data from Canalys, the client computing market climbed 17.9% in Q4 of 2013 to 158 million units.
Not surprisingly, Apple claimed the largest market share with 19.5%. Consequently, Apple’s PC market share now leads that of Dell’s and even HP’s.
Posted in Android, IPad, iPhone, News, Platforms, Smartphones, Tablet Devices, Technology
Apple on Monday reported record earnings for the company’s first fiscal quarter of 2014, the three-month period ending December 31st.
During this critically important holiday quarter, Apple posted earnings of $14.50 a share on sales of $57.59 billion. iPhone and iPad sales for the December quarter broke all previous records for Apple, which sold 51 million iPhones and another 26 million iPads.
Wall Street, however, was expecting Apple to post closer to $58 billion in revenues on sales of at least 56 million iPhones and 24.5 million iPads.
Posted in iOS, IPad, iPhone, News, Technology
Not even close. That’s the difference between some analyst projections regarding how many iPads and iPhones Apple sold last quarter.
With Apple scheduled to announce quarterly earnings results next Monday, Wall Street is generally optimistic about Apple. But there’s a huge difference between those who are optimistic and those who are really optimistic.
The latest projections from Braeburn Group show a narrower gap between projections, but the gap is still significant.
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