Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack
It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.
We know you don't come here to read Apple news, but when things are this bad in Cupertino, it's pretty tough to ignore -- it's like watching a train wreck and then trying not to tell anyone about it. The train in this case is Apple and the wreck is its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. The latest in the ongoing saga has Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.
First major complaint of the iPhone 6 Plus emerges
Some of Apple's iPhone launches have been marred by controversial design flaws, such as the iPhone 4's antenna issue in which Steve Jobs accused owners of holding their handsets the wrong way, and the iPhone 5's tendency to ruin photos with a purple flare when there's a bright light source (a side effect of the sapphire glass covering the phone's camera). Well, you can add the iPhone 6 Plus to the list -- some users are complaining that their ultra-thin iPhone 6 Plus phones are bending out of shape just by having the handsets in their pockets.
For those of you who had better things to do today than watch an Apple press event -- you know, like work, play games, sleep, etc. -- we have your recap. Short and to the point, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is real, and yes, Apple also unveiled an even bigger model, the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. According to Apple, these new releases are "the biggest advancements in iPhone history."
You may have already heard the news that Anand Lal Shimpi, the veteran tech journalist who founded the popular review site AnandTech back in 1997, is retiring from the tech publishing world. He made the announcement in a lengthy (and informative) blog post over the weekend, but one thing he left out is where the road ahead will take him. Turns out it's Cupertino -- Anand Shimpi is going to work for Apple.
Samsung extends lead over Apple in U.S. smartphone sales
Apple will almost definitely see a significant surge in iPhone sales after it announces the iPhone 6 in September, but for now, Samsung leads the U.S. market in smartphone shipments. According to latest data from Conterpoint Research, Samsung's share of the smartphone market in the U.S. grew to 36.1 percent, up from 33.9 percent in the same quarter a year ago. It also topped overall mobile phone shipments with a 37.3 percent share in Q2.
Following our Microsoft and Google successes and failure stories, we’ve heard some of you clamoring for an Apple Successes and Failures list. Since it also happens to be Apple's big week for its WWDC event, we decided now would be a good time to oblige and reflect on Apple's history. Yes, we’re the biggest PC fanboys around, but we can’t deny that Apple has had some financially successful computing devices.
Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are now Apple guys
After remaining eerily quiet for weeks following rumors and speculation of a $3.2 billion takeover, Apple this week finally announced that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion, $200 million shy of the originally reported figure. That includes a $2.6 billion purchase price and around $400 million that will vest over time. In addition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple as part of the deal.
Apple concedes its spot atop the list of most valuable brands
Steve Cook and the rest of the Cupertino gang at Apple are off their collective game, or so it would appear. Having once been declared the most valuable brand in the world, that honor now belongs to Google, as determined by Millward Brown, a global research agency specializing in advertising, marketing communications, media, and communications. In a new ranking of the top 100 most valuable global brands for 2014, the Mountain View firm supplanted its Cupertino rival.