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Jan 12

2012 iPad Sales Projections

Apple has already sold an unbelievable amount of iPads since its initial release in 2010. Just how many? Joe Rossignol of iDownloadBlog wrote, “Apple has already sold more than 40 million iPads since the tablet was introduced in 2010.” But what about their projected sales for 2012? Considering the release of the iPad 3 is imminent, Rossignol continues that Apple “may be on pace to more than double that amount by the end of 2012. According to analyst Shaw Wu for Sterne Agee, a brokerage firm, Apple is expected to sell at least 48 million iPads in 2012.”

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29
Jan 12

Phone Manufacturers to Follow Apple, Limit New Model Production

Apple has been immensely successful by having a limited line up of products on the market. Looking back to their late nineties computer sales strategy, they limited the options to include an iBook, PowerBook, iMac, and Power Mac. Eventually the Mac Mini came to fill a niche, but Apple has stuck to this simple strategy of only providing a limited amount of products that are easily recognizable; practically iconic.

Apple has done the same with their mobile devices. With the iPod, there are just enough options to fulfill almost every consumers needs, while at the same time keeping each and every iPod unique and easily distinguishable. This strategy has clearly translated over to Apple’s marketing strategy for the iPhone.

Apple has only ever released an updated iPhone yearly, and the iPhone has continued to maintain the same basic design and functionality from the beginning. Releasing a single iPhone update per year has been a tremendous marketing strategy for Apple. Allowing millions of consumers to adopt the same phone means that third parties have time and incentive to create and market countless cases and accessories. It means that iPhone users throughout the world will have a very similar user experience across the board.

It’s no wonder that smartphone manufacturers want to adopt this strategy. AppleInsider reported that “four major smartphone makers are reportedly planning to reduce the number of new handsets they produce, in an attempt to capture the success Apple has had in releasing just one iPhone model each year.” They continue: Continue reading →


29
Jan 12

Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass 2

On Monday, Corning Incorporated revealed on their website the second iteration of their highly renowned, widely used Gorilla Glass. It’s currently on display at CES (and will be through tomorrow).

Corning provides a number of compelling reasons as to why manufacturers will want to begin using Gorilla Glass 2 as soon as possible:

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 enables up to a 20 percent reduction in glass thickness, while maintaining the industry-leading damage resistance, toughness, and scratch resistance customers have come to expect from the world’s most widely deployed cover glass. The thinner Gorilla Glass 2 enables slimmer and sleeker devices, brighter images, and greater touch sensitivity. These benefits can provide electronics manufacturers with superior design flexibility as they address consumer demand for increasingly high-performing, touch-sensitive, and durable mobile devices.

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29
Jan 12

Siri Found In iOS 5.1

Soon after Apple released the beta for iOS 5.1, firmware hacker Sonny Dickson found that “the latest iOS update contains evidence that Apple is working on an iPad-compatible version of Siri, Apple’s popular digital assistant. Dickinson uncovered the reference after loading iOS 5.1 beta 3 onto his iPad,” says iDownloadBlog.

Anyone who is running the beta can see the evidence for themselves. Cody from iDownloadBlog tells us how: Continue reading →


28
Jan 12

China Unicom Offering iPhone 4S For Free

Bloomberg reported Friday, January 6th, that China Unicom (China United Network Communications Group) is offering a free iPhone 4S to users willing to sign up for a multi-year contract. There are two options available for the promotion that begins on January 13th. The first option will cost users 286 yuan ($45) a month and will include “a 32-gigabyte model with a three-year plan, while a commitment to two years for a monthly fee of 386 yuan allows users to get the 16-gigabyte model,” says Bloomberg.

This is by far the best deal available for the 4S in China, but it might end up hurting China Unicom in the long run. Continue reading →


28
Jan 12

Potential Apple New Years Resolutions

Ed Oswald of betanews posted a commentary yesterday about what he feels Apple needs to do in 2012. This is their first year operating without the influence of Steve Jobs, and Oswald has some suggestions for Apple that, if applied, might help them increase their ubiquity.

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28
Jan 12

Siri Makes Its Way to the Android Marketplace (and Quickly Vanishes)

According to iDownloadBlog, Siri made an appearance on the Android Marketplace. Rather, a ghost of Siri.

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28
Jan 12

LTE Confirmed for iPad 3

The iPad. and tablets in general, have become the go to portable device for many consumers. Some consumers have even abandoned their laptops for the touchscreen gadgets. For those individuals who have opted to have cellular data for their tablets, 3G just isn’t cutting it any longer.

While 3G is the only option available for current iPads, we’re all hoping that Apple’s next gen devices will support 4G cellular services, LTE in particular.

Well, Bloomberg seems to think that this is the direction that Apple is headed in for its next-gen products. Bloomberg claims that Apple’s “next iPad, expected to go on sale in March, will sport a high-definition screen, run a faster processor and work with next-generation wireless networks, according to three people familiar with the product.”

We hope they’re right. Continue reading →


27
Jan 12

Apple Preparing For a Big iPhone 5 Launch Says Analyst

The iPhone 4S had an incredible holiday season. In September of 2011, Apple sold about 17.1 million iPhones, an incredible amount of devices. But December sales of the 4s? According to AppleInsider, “Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray sent a note to investors on Wednesday, in which he increased his projected iPhone sales for the just-concluded December quarter from 26 million to 30 million. He said that total remains conservative, as the latest domestic data from the NPD Group suggests sales could be as high as 34 million in the quarter.”

While these sales figures are staggering, this has Munster thinking. If the iPhone 4S has done this well without a new form factor or any major technological advances when compared to the iPhone 4, how crazy will the iPhone 5 sales be when it’s (presumably) released this year? Continue reading →


27
Jan 12

ThunderBolt May Find Its Way to Next Gen iOS Devices

Have you used ThunderBolt? Unless you have a newer generation Apple computer, it’s unlikely that you’ve been introduced to the latest and greatest in I/O ports. And even then, there’s hardly any peripherals available that use the new data transfer technology.

Just how fast is ThunderBolt. Apple claims that “Thunderbolt I/O technology gives you two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput in both directions. That makes Thunderbolt ultrafast and ultraflexible. You can move data to and from peripherals up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and up to 12 times faster than with FireWire 800.”

How does that compare to USB 3.0? According to ComputerWorld “USB 3.0’s SuperSpeed specification promises a theoretical top speed of 5Gbit/sec.”

But will ThunderBolt be able to break into the market and become as ubiquitous as USB? Even though it’s capable of data transfer rates up to two times faster than USB 3.0, it will be a challenge. However, new patents from Apple suggest that they may be considering ThunderBolt as the interface of choice for the next iOS devices. This might just be the push ThunderBolt needs to gain some ground. Continue reading →