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Apple’s market share in China started climbing even before China Mobile deal; Russian sales double

While smartphone growth is slowing in China, Apple managed to increase its market share from 6 to 7 percent in the final quarter of 2013, even before the China Mobile deal was struck. IDC figures reported by the <i>WSJ</i> show that Apple is now the fifth largest smartphone seller in the country, behind …

Sketchy rumor suggests iWatch will have a curved, flexible display; mass production 2nd half of 2014

An unconfirmed report in <i>China Times</i> claims that Taiwan-based touch panel manufacturer TPK will be making flexible displays for the iWatch, with mass production expected in the second half of the year.<p>The report said the iWatch will come equipped with a flexible AMOLED display and 3D protective …

Health-focused watch maker Basis is looking to sell, possibly in talks with Apple

While Apple has been acquiring talent to bolster its iWatch team at an incredible pace, there is still talent left to be brought into the fold. Today, <i>TechCrunch</i> reports that Basis, a company that makes health-centric smartwatches, is looking to be acquired—and Apple is on the list of companies …

Opinion: Why I love Apple products, and am just a tiny bit embarrassed to be seen using them

I love my Apple products. I’ve used Macs since day one. My desk right now has on it my MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPad Air, Thunderbolt Display and iPhone. Oh, and an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Trackpad, of course.<p>My friends are convinced that I’m incapable of leaving the house without my …

Best apps to monitor your Mac's performance: iStat Menus, gfxCardStatus, Disk Doctor, and more!

The very best apps to help you monitor your Mac and keep it performing like it's still brand new!<p>Even though Macs do pretty well in the power and …

Apps

Why Apple 'computers' outselling Microsoft may not be fair, but is incredibly important

The comments on Evans’ blog post do a great job of illustrating how poorly people can often understand very simple points. The argument that erupted …

iOS dominating Enterprise, despite Android market share

A report by mobile enterprise specialist Good Technology shows that while iOS devices may be falling behind in overall market share, they are the devices of choice in the enterprise market.<p>iOS activations made up 73 percent of total device activations in Q4, up from 72 percent in Q3 and 69 percent …

Opinion & poll: Will the iWatch be the key to a healthier, fitter you?

The gadgetization of fitness has been a significant trend over the course of the past year. The wrists of anyone even vaguely into sports or exercise were suddenly adorned with the Nike Fuel Band, and our Facebook feeds full of RunKeeper and Strava reports of just how far our friends had jogged and …

Three years on, Apple said to be finally set to call time on the iPad 2

<i>AI</i> is reporting that Apple is finally planning to discontinue the iPad 2 “in the near future.” While it’s an unconfirmed report, it would be no surprise at all – the surprise being that a model launched almost three years ago remains on sale today. Also, it should be noted that the publication …

Apple’s Phil Schiller to testify once again in Samsung patent lawsuit, Forstall also a possibility

<b>Update:</b> Zdnet Korea reports that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung’s JK Shin met in the US last week ahead of the companies returning to court in San Jose next month. The unconfirmed, translated report appears to claims the executives were asked by the courts to reach an agreement by Feb. 19, but the …

Next iPhone reportedly sports a larger screen and sapphire crystal display

Apple is preparing to release not one, but two new versions of the iPhone in September, according to the <i>South China Morning Post</i>. Each version will ship with a larger display than the iPhone 5s, coming in at a whopping 4.7″ and 5.5″, respectively. The displays are said to have a pixel density of …

Some mockups and more about iOS 8’s upcoming Healthbook app and the ‘iWatch’

In January, we exclusively detailed a major upcoming Apple initiative: Healthbook. Healthbook is the working codename of an app currently planned to ship with iOS 8. It is an app that stores and reads health and fitness data from wearable devices (such as the sensor-laden “iWatch” Apple is …

iTunes as a standalone business would be ranked 130 in the Fortune 500

Asymco has calculated that if iTunes were a standalone business, it would be ranked 130 in the <i>Fortune 500</i> list of top U.S. companies after its gross annual revenue grew 34 percent year-on-year to $23.5B. This would put it between Alcoa and Eli Lilly in the rankings, and is almost half of Google’s …

Apple’s iTunes Radio launches internationally, starting with Australia

Apple has finally taken its iTunes Radio streaming music service internationally: starting with Australia. The service, which launched in the United States late last year, works on iPads, iPhones, iPods running iOS 7, the Apple TV, and on iTunes 11 on the Mac or PC.<p>Apple® today announced iTunes …

Why Wall Street should pay attention to Apple's growing iTunes revenue

Over at Asymco blog, Horace Dediu wrote a wonderful post that examines the size and growth of Apple’s iTunes business. This business includes the …

iTunes

Turn Off Your Mac's Volume Pop Sound with a Click

When you hit the media keys to change the volume in OS X, you get a pretty obnoxious popping sound so you know about what level your sound is at. …

Operating Systems

Why Apple is buying back stock faster than promised

Tim Cook revealed today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that Apple had purchased $14 billion of its own stock in the last two weeks. …

Markets

Apple almost began its Retail Store experiment 25 years earlier

What was to become the world’s most successful chain of retail stores – generating more revenue per square foot than even luxury stores like Harrods and Tiffany & Co. – might have been opened as long ago as 1976, if Apple had agreed a proposal made by Silicon Valley marketing guru Regis …

Apple currently plans to release iOS 7.1 in March

While recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7, in March. The iOS 7.1 update is said to not have any “secret features,” and it will basically be what we have been told to …

Opinion: Will the next Mac mini be a lot more mini than ever before?

When it first launched in 2005, the Mac mini was almost unimaginably small. The original aim of the machine was to convert owners of desktop Windows machines. Because those people already owned monitors, keyboards and other peripherals, selling them just the computer itself would enable them to …

Tim Cook discusses Google selling Motorola, says iPhone hasn’t hit a ceiling, and more from full WSJ interview

After posting excerpts last night, in which Tim Cook announced Apple’s share buyback of $14 billion in the last two weeks, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> has now published the full interview with Apple’s CEO.<p>The interview repeats many of the comments Cook has made to investors in the past, reaffirming that …

How To Disable Control Center On Your iOS Lock Screen [iOS Tips]

While I’m a huge fan of the new Control Center on iOS, I can see where it might not be the best thing to have enabled on the lock screen. We’ve all left our iPhone or iPad out in places where folks might be able to get a hold of it, and you might not want those folks messing about with your …

iOS

U.S. Senate presses Apple & other tech companies at summit on solutions to distracted driving

Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation is today hosting a summit where he will press technology companies on potential solutions to minimize distractions for drivers that are increasingly using smartphones and other devices in …

Apple just procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200M ~5-inch iPhone displays in Arizona

Last year, Apple and GT Advanced struck a deal to open and operate a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona related to sapphire crystal components.<p>Earlier this year, we learned that Apple is “aggressively” pushing to make the facility operational by February 2014 and that the building would …

SF planning commission votes to accept Union Square Apple Store called “more iconic than the glass cube in NYC”

The San Francisco city planning commission voted today in favor of accepting the new Apple Store in Union Square, which an Apple spokesman said would be “a flagship” store that would become “more iconic than the glass cube in New York City.”<p>The changes announced today include moving the historic …

Tim Cook says Apple has repurchased $14 billion of AAPL, reiterates new categories on the way

In an interview with <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Apple CEO Tim Cook has disclosed that Apple has re-purchased $14 billion worth of the companies own shares over the past two weeks. Following Apple’s record-breaking Q1 earnings results, the company’s stock fell approximately 8%, and Cook says he was …

Should Apple Make An Android? Steve Wozniak Thinks So

Despite Apple’s incredible success with the iPhone, company co-founder Steve Wozniak believes it should make a new Android-powered smartphone and “play in two arenas at the same time.” Woz believes such a device could compete very well in the Android market against rival manufacturers like Samsung …

Steve Wozniak

PC Market exodus continues as LG considers quitting, Mac prices & margins leave Apple almost immune

PC manufacturers seem to be dropping like flies at present. Shortly after Sony confirmed it was selling its PC business and Vaio brand, LG is rumored to be planning its own exit from traditional PCs, to focus on smartphones, tablets and ‘convertible’ PCs (touchscreen Windows tablets that flip round …

Apple announces first Apple Store in Brazil to open on February 15th

After teasing the store last month, Apple has confirmed on its website (as noted by MacMagazine) that the store will launch on the 15th of February, in just over a week. The store will launch at 11am local time (ATZ) in the luxurious Rio de Janeiro VillageMall, marking Apple’s debut entrance into …

Apple Faces New Patent Suit Over 64-Bit A7 Processor Used in iPhone and iPad

Apple is being accused of infringing a patent held by The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The lawsuit, filed in the Wisconsin Western …