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Apple is currently planning to release iOS 7.1 in March, according to 9to5Mac. The long-awaited update is said to not have any “secret features”. In addition to making some tweaks on iOS 7 user interface, it mainly includes correction of numerous errors – some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on October 31 published a patent application from Apple for a unique solar-ready power management system that will work with both a power adapter and seamlessly with a portable solar panel accessory. This technology would outfit a device with its own system microcontroller and a charger. That built-in gear would handle the conversion of the solar power to the necessary electrical power used by the device. This innovative approach to solar charging could make it more practical to power both MacBooks and iOS devices from the sun, which offers hope to all the Apple device owners who always seem to run out of juice before the day is over.
Apple has officially announced the latest version of its newest iPad, which also has a new name: the iPad Air. The 9.7-inch iPad Air with Retina Display weighs just one pound, compared with 1.4 pounds for the previous version. Also, the iPad Air is only 7.5mm thick, which is 25 percent thinner than previous iPads. Apple has updated the new iPad’s processor to the A7 and packed the M7 motion co-processor into iPad Air, the same you’ll find in the iPhone 5s. The new tablet will ship on November 1 in space gray and black, and silver and white colors. Prices will start at $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model and go up to $629 for a 16GB with 4G LTE connectivity.
The iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 won’t likely make an appearance on September 10th event, but will probably arrive later this year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo said Apple’s component suppliers will start shipping parts for iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 late in the third quarter, with plans to ramp up to full-scale mass production in the fourth quarter of this year.
With Apple expected to launch new hardware next month, the rumor frenzy is building. Apple’s newly revamped iPhone lineup is expected to include the high-end “iPhone 5S,” a plastic “iPhone 5C,” and a low-end option with the legacy iPhone 4S. According to Japan’s Nikkei, both new iPhone models will hit store shelves on the 20th next month at SoftBank and KDDI.
According to the 2013 Q2 financial statement released by Samsung, the sales of Samsung in the second quarter of this year is 57.46 trillion KRW (about 51.75 billion $), business profit 9.53 trillion KRW (about 8.58 billion $), with net profit being up to 6.8 billion dollars, 50% higher than last year. In terms of sales of smart phones, Strategy Analytics and IDC released their own statistics separately. Both show that Samsung occupies one third (more than 30%) of global smart phone market with over 70 million sales. While Apple came next, occupies 13% market share with 31 million sales.
Based on the statistic of Strategy Analytics, in the second quarter of this year, Samsung sold 76 million smart phones, occupying 33.1% of the market share while those numbers of Apple are 31.2 million and 13.6%. What come next are LG, ZTE and Huawei, the sales are 12.1 million, 11.5 million and 11.1 million.
iOS 7 finally came out. And Ive didn’t let everyone down.
At Worldwide Developers Conference, Cook announced that iOS 7’s been the biggest change since iPhone’s release in 2007.As expected, iOS 7 features a major design, favoring a clean and gloss-less “flat” look.
In recent years Apple and its rivals have shifted their fight from the desktop to the pocket. Now the wearable tech becomes their new battleground. There are three different sources have confirmed that Apple is already planning an iWatch. 100 designers are working on the project according to the latest rumors. While Samsung is also applying its design teams to the task of making a similar device, Galaxy Altius Active or Fortius, which is the alleged smartwatch.
Last week we heard plenty of rumors about Apple having cut orders for the new iPhone 5 due to lower than expected demand. Despite the rumors, the well-connected Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities cites supply chain checks and says Apple shipped some 52 million iPhone units in Q4 to be up 93 percent quarter-on-quarter and up 41 percent year-to-year. The main product lines like the iPhone and iPad are expected to remain strong, specific devices within those lines may fall short of expected sales.
The shipments of the newest iPhone 5 hit more than 35 million units, while the iPhone 4S and 4 followed far behind at 9.5 million and 7.3 million, respectively. Overall, Apple is expected to have moved over 140 million smartphones in 2012, led by strong iPhone 4S shipments of some 74 million units during the first half of the year.
After a month-long delay, Apple finally released its revamped iTunes 11, the latest edition of its new multimedia platform, with iCoud integration, UpNext, redesigned store, and MiniPlayer. And the new iTunes app is a beauty, sleeker, skinnier and faster. It features a complete redesigned user-interface that is cleaner and simpler to use and manage your music and video collection with.