Apple sold more smartphones than Samsung in the last quarter of 2014 and no wonder the Korean brand is worried, because the Korean brand has been selling more phones than Apple since 2011. But the blue oval of tech still commands a large chunk of the smartphone market share (24.7% in 2014 over Apple’s 15.4%), according to Gartner.
However, Apple is not the only problem Samsung has in his hands. On the other end of the spectrum, you have Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo and Oppo, these Chinese brands are quickly winning customers over in the middle and lower end of the market segment — a segment that used to be a Samsung stronghold. If the trend continues, Samsung will have a major problem in its hands.
“Samsung’s performance in the smartphone market deteriorated further in the fourth quarter of 2014, when it lost nearly 10 percentage points in market share,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Samsung continues to struggle to control its falling smartphone share, which was at its highest in the third quarter of 2013. This downward trend shows that Samsung’s share of profitable premium smartphone users has come under significant pressure.”
This makes the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge the most important devices Samsung has ever produced. Announced at Mobile World Congress 2015, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will have to turn Samsung’s fortunes around and putting the brand back on top over arch rivals, Apple.
Rumours about a 12.9 inch iPad have been around for months, though Apple has never confirmed plans for such a tablet, though it could potentially boost iPad sales which have been on a downward trend. The new iPad is expected to be sporting newer hardware and performance oriented improvements like improved multi-tasking to name a few.
The larger iPad is part of Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook’s effort to bring some new life to the iPad line, which he feels sales is being affected by competition from larger iPhones which had delivered record profit last quarter.
If Apple sticks to it’s established cycle of announcing new iPad hardware there is a chance the tablet could make an official appearance sometime in October or the weeks to follow, assuming Apple can nix the supply issue.
Looks like the next generation Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus is going to be getting a RAM upgrade.
Apple‘s iPhones have been using just 1GB of RAM since the launch of the iPhone 5, and the decidedly timely bump in memory would be great for improving multi-tasking capabilities and generally making the devices faster though it’s likely to also impact battery life. Apple’s iPad Air 2 was also given additional RAM at launch last year as opposed to the 1GB on the original iPad Air.
The new iPhone 6s models will also be launched out of box with the Apple SIM card seen on the Wi-Fi + Cellular Apple iPad Air 2 that would allow users to select a number of short term plans from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint in the U.S. and EE in the U.K, though how the Apple SIM configuration would function with Malaysian telcos is still anybody’s guess as the move is unlikely to sit well with telcos in general.
Apple wants you to see the Apple Watch not as a smartwatch. Instead Apple wants you to see the Apple Watch as a fine piece of jewelry, a high fashion item. Just take a look at these pages taken from the the March issue of Vogue and you will know what we mean.
The 12-page spread is said to cost Apple “north of US$2.2 million” and it features all three versions of the soon to be released Apple Watch. This includes the ultra-chic 18-karat gold luxe edition, a rubber-strapped and brightly coloured sports edition and the leather-bound standard edition.
True to Apple style, the ad pages look appropriately stylish that resemble jewelry advertising more that an ad for a smartwatch, and perhaps it needs to be for Apple to really differentiate its wearable over the many others that are available in the market right now.
But is the Apple Watch a wearable the focuses too much on form that it sacrifices function? Or can it offer much more than just a stylish design?
Apple has sent out invitations to a March 9th event that we believe might be focusing on the Apple Watch.
The event happening in San Francisco titled “Spring forward” in reference to Daylight Saving Time which begins the day before at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theatre, which has been used before by Apple to introduce new versions of the Apple iPhone and iPad.
The Apple Watch was originally announced last year alongside the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though no actual launch date has been announced, CEO Tim Cook has said that the smartwatch won’t be hitting the market before April.
Hopefully the event will reveal a launch price for the much awaited device for the mid-range and high-end versions because Apple has already stated that the entry-level Apple Watch Sport will start at $349 (RM1257)
Android Wear seems to be off to a rather slow start, with about 720,000 units shipping in 2014, as reported by Canalys, who states that the Android Wear devices account for around 15% of the 4.6 million “smart wearable bands” that were shipped over the last year.
It’s no real surprise that the much anticipated Moto 360 was noted to be the leading device amongst Android Wear wearables, with the similarly shaped LG G Watch R outperforming it’s angular predecessor. While the site didn’t provide a full breakdown for the sale of each Android Wear watch in the market, it’s safe to assume those numbers are vastly inflated by fitness bands.
In terms of competition, the closest one to Android Wear right now is the Pebble which has sold a million watches since it’s launch ins 2013, but we’re expecting the landscape to change dramatically this year when the Apple Watch hits the streets.
In November last year, Corning announced their Gorilla Glass 4, which is about twice as tough as it’s predecessor Gorilla Glass 3. The new material can be made 25% thinner but they have made a lot less headway in making it scratch proof.
Many smartphones, inclusive of Apple’s iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones already features Gorilla Glass as a standard feature, and the company is making a brand new Gorilla Glass-like composite material that has the toughness of their signature glass but with a scratch resistance close to that of Sapphire. Sapphire is a great material as it it’s very scratch resistant but it’s unfortunately more prone to shattering when taking fall damage.
The project is dubbed Project Phire and was announced last week at a New York investor meeting by Corning executive James Clappin, but was dropped with very few details.
In lieu of the release of Apple’s smartwatch, universities have started issuing blanket bans on students wearing watches in exam halls simply because exam invigilators apparently can’t tell a regular watch from a smartwatch.
Given that smartwatches are getting more popular and this is set to skyrocket when the Apple Watch finally hits the streets, some colleges and universities have already started taking the precaution to prevent students from using them to reference notes or receive messages while on the test because smartphones are almost always if not linked to the smartphones of their wearers.
This knee-jerk reaction does seems to be a bit late considering it’s mostly in regards to the launch to the Apple Watch when smartwatches have been around for quite a long time as it is.
This image is currently making the rounds from China shows how App Store manipulation farms could influence App Store ratings; with a giant rack of phones.
While there aren’t that many details about the lady and the photo itself, speculation has it that she does indeed work at one such farms and she is tasked to download, install and uninstall certain apps over and over again to boost their ratings. Like a human machine. This is probably due to Apple preventing bots from artificially boosting App Store ratings and this looks like the most ‘legit’ way to simulate actual users.
The original photo appeared on Weibo captioned “Hard-working App Store ranking manipulation employee.”
The table sports what looks like rows upon rows of iPhone 5Cs and even looks like it’s purpose built for the task. Apparently you can pay to get to the top 10 free apps by paying RMB 70,000 (about RM39,822) and keeping it in that spot will cost you another RMB 405,000 (about RM230,400) a week which is a pretty ungodly sum. You can find the service on Taobao, a popular China based C2C e-commerce site with dozens of vendors offering the service.
Just bear in mind that this is a viral image and until there is official confirmation that it is what it is, we can only speculate.
Apple has pushed yet another new iOS software update bringing it to version 8.1.3. Available for both iPhone and iPads, the latest version reduces the amount of free space required during an update and it comes with the usual security and bug fixes as well. Some of the notable bugs include problems entering Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime, displaying Spotlight search results and multitasking gestures on the iPad.
The update is about 240MB depending on device and you can check for it under Settings > General > Software Updates.
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