apple en Apple Starts Accepting Pre-Orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ipad_air_2.jpg" alt="iPad Air 2" title="iPad Air 2" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />New tablets all around</h3> <p>Market research firms like Gartner report that <a href="" target="_blank">tablet growth is slowing</a> as consumers are <a href="" target="_blank">reluctant to upgrade</a>, but be that as it may, it hasn't stopped Google and Apple from releasing new models. Google earlier this week unveiled it's <a href="">HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet</a> with a 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC inside, and following yesterday's press event, <a href="" target="_blank">Apple is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 slates</a>.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 is thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm and faster courtesy of its custom A8X processor. It also features a Touch ID sensor, improved FaceTime HD camera that's better equipped to take those all-important selfies, and a superior 8MP rear camera that can take burst photos, timelapse videos, and record in slo-mode.</p> <p>Apple also upgraded the Wi-Fi to 802.11ac MIMO supporting data rates up to 866Mbps, along with faster LTE connectivity (up to 150Mbps).</p> <p>As for the iPad mini 3, not much is different, other than it too has a Touch ID sensor and comes with a gold color option.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 runs $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. LTE versions of each one carry a $130 premium. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 costs $399 and up.</p> <p>You can place your <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order on Apple's website</a>. Incidentally, Google's Nexus 9 will also be up for <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order sometime today</a> (scroll down) through Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Hardware ipad air 2 ipad mini 3 mobile slate tablet News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28743 at No BS Podcast #234: Windows 10, Oculus Rift, Haswell CPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3>We play around with Windows 10 technical preview on the show</h3> <p>Brett Puttman and&nbsp;Scott Moschella from our video production crew join us&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>on episode 234 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>&nbsp;to talk about Windows 10 (we play around with the technical preview in the podcast), the state of broadband in the US, Oculus Rift Crescent Bay, Intel's CPUs, and the appeal of Apple products. Brett and Scott are techie guys who, in the course of their work, deal with Apple devices a lot. 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Meanwhile, Apple managed to claw its way into the top five chart by overtaking Asus for fifth place with a 6.3 percent share of the market, up from 5.7 percent a year ago.</p> <p>Sandwiched in between Lenovo and Apple are HP (No. 2, 18.8 percent, up from 17.5 percent), Dell (No. 3, 13.3 percent, up from 11.9 percent), and Acer (No. 4, 8.4 percent, up from 7.4 percent). All five of the world's top PC suppliers saw gains in market share over the last year, while the "others" category that Asus now belongs to saw a decline to 33.1 percent, down from 39.7 percent.</p> <p>Made aware of the news, Lenovo issued a statement crediting its ability to stay on top for 6 consecutive quarters to a strong game plan. The Chinese OEM is also quick to point out that it's growing other parts of its business, such as tablets and smartphones.</p> <p>"Reaching the 20 percent mark in global PC share is a great milestone for Lenovo – and we got there even faster than expected. While others have been looking for a game plan that works, we have been executing ours and the results speak for themselves," Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. "Not only have we reached another record high and solidified our PC leadership position for the 6th straight quarter, but we have diversified our business at the same time. We are number 2 in the growing PC+tablet market and number 3 in global tablet sales and servers. And we will soon be number 3 in worldwide smartphones. Even as our revenues approach $50 billion, Lenovo has remained consistent AND nimble."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to IDC</a>, worldwide PC shipments totaled 78.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014, which represents a 1.7 percent year-on-year decline. IDC called it a "sizable improvement" compared to its forecast of a 4.1 drop.</p> <p>IDC's data includes desktops, portables, ultraslim notebooks, chromebooks, and workstations; they do not include handhelds, x86 servers, or tablets (iPad or tablets with detachable keyboards running either Windows or Android).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Hardware idc lenovo pc shipments News Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:32:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28691 at Third Place Up for Grabs in Tablet Market Share <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_tablet.jpg" alt="Samsung Tablet" title="Samsung Tablet" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack</h3> <p>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. <strong>Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share</strong> and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.</p> <p>That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.</p> <p>Between the first and second quarters of 2014, Samsung saw a 35 percent decline, while Apple suffered a 19 percent drop. The two firms' combined share of the market slid from 72 percent to 66 percent during the same time period, ABI Research says.</p> <p>"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," <a href="" target="_blank">says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor</a>. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."</p> <p>For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> abi research amazon apple asus Hardware lenovo mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:54:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28645 at Apple Apologizes for Cellular Killing iOS 8.0.1 Update, Suggests Rolling Back to iOS 8 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/epic_fail.jpg" alt="Epic Fail" title="Epic Fail" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />What else can go wrong with the iPhone 6 launch?</h3> <p>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 <strong>Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update</strong>, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.</p> <p>The iOS 8.0.1 software is the first update to iOS 8 and was intended to fix a bunch of issues with Apple's mobile OS. However, complaints quickly started rolling in after the update was released with users saying their iPhones would no longer connect to a cellular network and that Touch ID was no longer letting them unlock their handsets with their fingerprints. Apparently the issues only affect iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners.</p> <p>Apple has since pulled the update offline and <a href="" target="_blank">suggested a workaround</a>, that being a rollback to iOS 8 through iTunes. In the meantime, Apple said it's preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue and plans to release it "in the next few days."</p> <p>"We aplogize for the great inconvenience experienced by users," an Apple spokesperson <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>NBCNews</em></a>.</p> <p>Chalk this up as yet another misfire in what's been the most anticipated (and botched) iPhone launch ever. Apple fumbled the launch from the onset with a live stream event plagued with technical issues. The feed kept cutting out, and when it would play, there would sometimes be an audio feed of a Chinese translation overpowering the keynote.</p> <p>The frustration for anxious would-be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners continued when they stayed up late to place pre-orders at 12:01AM Pacific. Most visitors to Apple's online store had to wait until around 12:30AM Pacific before the site went live, and by then, several iPhone options were unavailable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/curved_iphone.jpg" alt="Curved iPhone" title="Curved iPhone" width="521" height="260" /></p> <p>Shipping times quickly increased from 7-10 business days to 3-4 weeks, and as iPhone 6 Plus buyers wait at home for their devices to arrive, the Internet became filled with reports of the phablet-sized handset being <a href="" target="_blank">prone to warping</a> just by having it in a pants pocket. It's too early to tell if the issue is being overblown, though at minimum, the iPhone 6 Plus definitely has a bit of uncomfortable flex to it.</p> <p>Throw in the iOS 8.0.1 issue and you have to wonder what else could possibly go wrong.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple ios 8 ios 8.0.1 iphone 6 iphone 6 plus operating system Software update News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:44:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28605 at Early iPhone 6 Plus Owners Get Bent Out of Shape Over Warping Issue <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/iphone_6_plus_bend_test.jpg" alt="iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" title="iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />First major complaint of the iPhone 6 Plus emerges</h3> <p>Some of Apple's iPhone launches have been marred by controversial design flaws, such as the <a href="">iPhone 4's antenna issue</a> 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 -- <strong>some users are complaining that their ultra-thin iPhone 6 Plus phones are bending out of shape</strong> just by having the handsets in their pockets.</p> <p>A forum member at <em>MacRumors</em> got things rolling with a <a href="" target="_blank">post claiming</a> that after having his iPhone 6 Plus in his pocket for a day, most of which was spent sitting down, his device became warped.</p> <p>"Yesterday, I left at 10AM with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner, etc., but also 2-3 hours of dancing," forum user "hanzoh" recounts. "I left at 2AM and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly."</p> <p>He posted a picture of his iPhone 6 Plus sitting on a flat table, and sure enough, there's a visible warp in the upper section. Unfortunately, his isn't an isolated incident. A search on Twitter for <a href="" target="_blank">#BendGate</a> brings up similar complaints and pictures, though not every iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing the issue.</p> <p>The complaints prompted <em>Unbox Therapy</em> to post an iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test video on YouTube. Check it out below:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>DisplayMate founder and presidet Dr. Raymond Soneira recently put the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays through their paces, noting that they represent the bost mobile LCD displays currently available (<a href="" target="_blank">read more here</a>). As a follow-up to that article, he addressed the Bendgate situation.</p> <p>"The iPhone 6 is designed to be as thin and lightweight as possible - as a result it is not rugged or meant for any significant mechanical stress or abuse. The obsession with thinness has consequences," Dr. Soneira said.</p> <p>According to Soneira, the metal back of the iPhone 6 Plus should do a good job protecting the device, and that in most cases, moderate stresses are unlikely to permanently deform the device -- it should return back to normal after the pressure is relieved.</p> <p>In any event, we suspect this will be something Apple quietly addresses in the inevitable iPhone 6s Plus, perhaps by including some metal reinforcements on the interior.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple bendgate Hardware iphone 6 plus mobile smartphone warpgate News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:03:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28600 at Apple Announces Bigger and Faster iPhone 6 Models <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/iphone_6.jpg" alt="iPhone 6" title="iPhone 6" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />Look who's getting tall</h3> <p>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, <strong>Apple also unveiled an even bigger model, the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display</strong>. According to Apple, these new releases are "the biggest advancements in iPhone history."</p> <p>Gordon Mah Ung may have thrown up in his mouth a little bit at that claim, had he not been in full fanboy character for the event -- if you happen to have some free time to spare, check out <em>Maximum PC's</em> no-longer-live <a href="">streaming reactions</a> to Apple's big event.</p> <p>In any event, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sports a Retina HD display with a 1334x750 resolution (38 percent more viewing area than the iPhone 5s, which is now garbage, right?) and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus boasts a 1920x1080 resolution (88 percent more viewing area than the iPhone 5s).</p> <p>Both models feature a 64-bit custom A8 System-on-Chip with a new Apple-designed image signal processor for advanced camera and video features, such as slow motion video. The new phones also have an M8 coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and new barometer to sense air pressure and provide relative elevation.</p> <p>As for the cameras, the iSight camera features faster autofocus. On the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll have the benefit of an optical image stabilizer.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver, or space gray and will be available for $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB) and $399 (128GB) with a two-year service agreement; the iPhone 6 Plus will come in the save color options and cost $100 more at each capacity point. If interested, you can place your pre-order on September 12; the phones will ship on September 19.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Hardware iphone 6 iphone 6 plus mobile smartphone Wearable News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:46:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28509 at Maximum PC Will Be Doing Live Streaming Reactions to Apple's Big Event <!--paging_filter--><h3>Watch the Maximum PC crew poke fun of Apple live on Ustream!</h3> <p>The Maximum PC crew is going to do a live stream reaction to Apple's big 9/9/14 event. You'll be able to tune into the Ustream stream below.</p> <p><iframe src=";wmode=direct" width="480" height="302" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe> <br /><a style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; font-weight: normal; text-align: left;" href="" target="_blank">Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream</a></p> <p>In case the embed doesn't work for whatever reason (Sorry, but we're new to this), you can check us out on Ustream <a title="ustream" href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>It should be fun!</p> apple iphone 6 iwatch live stream maximum pc twitch ustream News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:51:35 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28499 at Anand Shimpi Leaves Popular Review Site to Work for Apple <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_campus.jpg" alt="Apple Campus" title="Apple Campus" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Making the transition from AnandTech to Apple</h3> <p>You may have already heard the news that Anand Lal Shimpi, the veteran tech journalist who founded the popular review site <em>AnandTech</em> 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 -- <strong>Anand Shimpi is going to work for Apple</strong>.</p> <p>News of Shimpi's transition to Apple was reported by <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Recode</em></a>, which claims that an Apple representative confirmed his hiring. However, the rep wasn't willing to provide any other details at this time, so it's unclear what his role at the Cupertino outfit will be.</p> <p>As for <em>AnandTech</em>, the former Geocities site will continue to publish content with Ryan Smith taking over as Editor in Chief. According to Shimpi, the site is in great shape with "solid" traffic and having set a number of records on the business side of things in 2013. So in other words, he's not abandoning a sinking ship, nor is his health an issue (a point he stressed in his post).</p> <p>"On a personal level I’ve made myself available to all <em>AnandTech</em> editors for advice and guidance, however I have fully removed myself from the editorial process. I can offer a suggestion on how to deal with a situation so long as describing the situation does not reveal any confidential information to me," <a href="" target="_blank">Shimpi said</a>.</p> <p>Shimpi isn't the first <em>AnandTech</em> body to end up at Apple. According to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>9to5Mac</em></a>, former editor Brian Klug left the site for a job at Apple building mobile processors.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> anand shimpi anandtech apple News Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:06:43 +0000 Paul Lilly 28462 at Samsung is Top Dog in U.S. Smartphone Market <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_galaxy_note_3_1.jpg" alt="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" title="Samsung Galaxy Note 3" width="228" height="171" style="float: right;" />Samsung extends lead over Apple in U.S. smartphone sales</h3> <p>Apple will almost definitely see a significant surge in iPhone sales after it announces the iPhone 6 in September, but for now, <strong>Samsung leads the U.S. market in smartphone shipments</strong>. 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.</p> <p>It's mostly a two-horse race between Samsung and Apple, the latter of which saw its smartphone share drop to 29.7 percent, down from 32.2 percent a year prior. As for overall mobile handset shipments, Apple claimed a 25.9 percent share in Q2, which is 11.4 percent less than Samsung.</p> <p>"However, the upcoming holiday season quarter Q4 as usual would certainly be an 'Apple' quarter as it unveils its new iPhone in September which means Samsung will have to pull off a feat with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 to maintain share as Galaxy S5 demand begins to taper off," <a href="" target="_blank">Counterpoint says</a>.</p> <p>It's rumored that Apple will release two versions of the iPhone 6, one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch screen. If Apple indeed goes big, it could entice Android owners to jump ship, as larger size screens is one of Android's selling points. Those who still prefer the open platform and flexibiliy it affords, however, will be unlikely to switch.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> <div style="width: 100%; max-width: 600px; margin: 0 auto;"><iframe src="//" width="600" height="400" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><br /> <div style="text-align:center;"><a style="font:10px/14px arial;color:#3d3d3d;" href="" target="_blank">Samsung vs. Apple | FindTheBest</a></div> </div> apple Market Share mobile samsung smartphone News Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:56:26 +0000 Paul Lilly 28307 at Top 8 Apple Successes and Failures <!--paging_filter--><p><img src="/files/u154280/imac.png" alt="Apple" title="Apple" width="342" height="228" style="float: right;" /></p> <h3>Sweet and sour apples</h3> <p>Following our <a title="microsoft success and failures" href="" target="_blank">Microsoft</a> and <a title="google success and failures" href="" target="_blank">Google successes and failures</a>&nbsp;stories, we’ve heard some of you clamoring for an Apple Successes and Failures list. Since it also happens to be Apple's big WWDC week, 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. Plus, it's also fun to take a look back at some of the company's biggest blunders.</p> <p>Here's a list of eight successes and failures Apple’s had over the last few decades.</p> <p>Is there a company that you would like us to analyze next? Let us know in the comments below!</p> <p><em>Update: We've updated the list to include more successes and failures.</em></p> <p><span style="font-style: normal;">Follow Chris on&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="" target="_blank">Google</a><span style="font-style: normal;">+&nbsp;or&nbsp;</span><a style="font-style: normal;" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a></p> apple failure Hardware iMac ios iphone success wwdc Features Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:45:45 +0000 Chris Zele 27189 at Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats Music and Electronics for $3 Billion <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/apple_beats.jpg" alt="Apple and Beats" title="Apple and Beats" width="228" height="159" style="float: right;" />Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre are now Apple guys</h3> <p>After remaining eerily quiet for weeks following rumors and speculation of a $3.2 billion takeover, <strong>Apple this week finally announced that it has agreed to acquire Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 billion</strong>, $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.</p> <p>As previously surmised, it appears that the streaming music service Beats Music was the motivating factor in getting this deal done, hence Apple making mention of it first in its press release and treating the service as a second company.</p> <p>"Music is such an important part of Apple’s DNA and always will be," <a href="" target="_blank">said Eddy Cue</a>, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "The addition of Beats will make our music lineup even better, from free streaming with iTunes Radio to a world-class subscription service in Beats, and of course buying music from the iTunes Store as customers have loved to do for years."</p> <p>Before the deal became official, there was speculation in the media that it might not come to fruition, due in part because Apple was angered by a video posted online featuring Dr. Dre and Tyrese Gibson bragging about the unannounced deal. However, it seems more likely that the deal took longer than expected to complete as the two sides negotiated a final buying price.</p> <p>This is Apple's most expensive acquisition to date; all eyes will be on CEO Tim Cook to see if it was the right one.</p> <p>"Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple," said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. "That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world."</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (Janitors)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> acquisition apple beats electronics beats music dr. dre streaming News Thu, 29 May 2014 13:21:09 +0000 Paul Lilly 27901 at Google Skips Ahead of Apple as Most Valuable Brand in the World <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/google_0.jpg" alt="Google" title="Google" width="228" height="153" style="float: right;" />Apple concedes its spot atop the list of most valuable brands</h3> <p>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 <strong>most valuable brand in the world, that honor now belongs to Google</strong>, 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.</p> <p>The way Millward Brown figures it, Google's brand is worth $158.84 billion. That's a significant 40 percent jump compared to Google's brand value last year. Meanwhile, Apple's reported brand value dropped 20 percent year-on-year to $147.88 billion. In doing so, the two companies traded the top two spots.</p> <p>"Digital service brands such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tencent and LinkedIn are now more than just tools, they have become part of our lives. They offer new forms of communication that absorb people’s attention and imagination, while also helping them organize the rest of their lives at the same time. To gain more of our mind-space brands such as Google are making ambitious plays across existing category boundaries," Peter Walshe, Global BrandZ Director at Millward Brown, <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>The Telegraph</em></a>.</p> <p>IBM took the No. 3 spot at $107.54 billion, followed by Microsoft at No. 4 ($90.18 billion) and McDonalds at No. 5 ($85.76 billion). Technology-based firms accounted for half of the top 10 spots, the other two being AT&amp;T at No. 8 ($77.83 billion) and Amazon at No. 10 ($64.25 billion).</p> <p>You can view the full list <a href="" target="_blank">here (PDF)</a>.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Google millward brown News Wed, 21 May 2014 18:00:40 +0000 Paul Lilly 27851 at Worldwide PC Shipments Rose Five Percent in Q1, Says Canalys <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="PC shipments up five percent" title="PC shipments up five percent" width="228" height="128" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>Apple remains largest vendor despite ‘sharpest ever’ decline in iPad shipments</h3> <p><strong>Global PC shipments rose 5 percent year on year to reach 123.7 million units in the first quarter of 2014</strong>, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">latest shipments data published by research firm Canalys</a>. Roughly 41 percent of those shipments belonged to the tablet category and about 38 percent to the species notebook, with desktops making up the rest.</p> <p>Where the non-tablet PC segment is concerned, a notable trend Canalys identified during the quarter was that the Windows XP “supportocalypse” helped arrest the decline in notebook shipments somewhat, limiting it to 7 percent. This factor also helped desktop shipments remain flat year on year.</p> <p>The quarter was particularly good for Lenovo as it managed to raise its PC market share from 10 percent to 12 percent, shipping around 15 million units worldwide. “It achieved solid annual growth in all PC categories and is now placed first, second and third in the notebook, desktop and tablet markets respectively.” said Canalys in a press release.</p> <p>EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), per Canalys analyst James Wang, was the region where most of that growth came from, with the Chinese vendor managing an impressive 61-percent year-on-year growth in shipments there. </p> <p>“‘Lenovo was quick to move with new form factors and its Yoga line now dominates the global convertible notebook market,”Wang said. “In addition, it has diversified its tablet portfolio and has product SKUs in all key market segments. Unlike Apple, with its ‘one size fits all’ tablet strategy, Lenovo and others are free to tailor tablets to specific market segments. The tablet form factor is well liked by both young and old consumers; product customization can be beneficial in both cases.”</p> <p>Apple, meanwhile, experienced a precipitous decline in iPad shipments. Dubbing it the “sharpest ever”, analyst Tim Coulling said the decline in iPad shipments was on account of Apple trying “to run down its iPad inventory, a smart move as tablet stock in the channel rose due to strong seasonal shipments in the previous quarter.”</p> <p>“Longer term, we do not believe Apple’s Q1 performance points to a decline in the tablet category, despite growing pressure from larger-screen smart phones. Consumers, and increasingly businesses, are continuing to adapt, with tablets acting as disruptors and finding their place as desktop and notebook replacements. Apple’s ecosystem and the recent launch of Office for iPad should ensure it is well placed to remain a leader for some time,” Couling said.</p> <p>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></p> <p><em>Image Credit: TechRadar</em></p> apple canalys Desktops lenovo pc shipments tablets windows xp end of life windows xp supportocalypse News Sun, 11 May 2014 21:58:27 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 27787 at Apple Reportedly Interested in Acquiring Beats Brand for $3.2 Billion <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/beats_iphone.jpg" alt="Beats iPhone" title="Beats iPhone" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />If this goes through at $3.2 billion, it would be Apple's priciest acquisition ever</h3> <p>If the stars align just right, the next iPhone model may sport a Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the back. According to various reports, <strong>Apple is engaged in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion</strong>, which would be the largest acquisition in Apple's nearly 40 year history. However, that's less than half of what Microsoft paid to acquire Nokia ($7.1 billion) and is well short of the $19 billion Facebook forked over for WhatsApp.</p> <p>Multi-billion dollar buyouts are suddenly vogue it seems, and this would would give Apple a recognizable brand that also includes the new Beats Music streaming service, <em>The New York Times</em> reports. One of the unique selling points of Beats Music compared to other streaming music services is the inclusion of a $14.99/month family plan that covers up to 5 accounts across 10 devices.</p> <p>No deal is yet in place, though it appears talks are in the advanced stages. Assuming the negotiations don't run into a brick wall, a sale could be announced as early as next week.</p> <p>This would be an interesting move on Apple's part for a number a reasons, not the least of which is it represents a departure from Steve Jobs' preference to make smaller deals. As current chief Tim Cook pointed out in Apple's most recent earnings call, Apple's made 24 acquisitions in the last 18 months.</p> <p>"We are expanding Apple's products and services into new categories, and we are not going to underinvest in this business," Cook said.</p> <p>Apple can certainly afford to make an acquisition like this. The company is sitting on a mountain of cash piled $159 billion high, so plucking $3.2 billion would hardly register a blip. What's more interesting than the purchase price is exactly what Apple would do with the Beats brand and how it would affect the company's approach to streaming music.</p> <p>Image Credit: <a href="" target="_blank">Flickr (foeock kannilc)</a></p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> acquisition apple audio beats dr. dre headphones Peripherals News Fri, 09 May 2014 15:03:10 +0000 Paul Lilly 27782 at