Independent warranty provider SquareTrade has released a report showing that iPhones are more reliable than either BlackBerry or Palm Treo devices.
Apple may be tightening their restrictions for apps that use a lot of bandwidth in the App Store. According to iPhone app developer Return7, Apple has rejected their most recent version update to their internet radio app CastCatcher [App Store]. The reason they gave was that the app used too much bandwidth.
Mark Papermaster, a former IBM executive who’s replacing retiring iPod chief Tony Fadell, came to Apple with some heavy baggage—namely a one-year no-compete clause that IBM said he was violating by working at Apple. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karashas sided with IBM for the time being in their lawsuit, ordering Papermaster to “immediately cease his employment with Apple Inc. until further order of this court.”
Apple, just a year and a half into the smartphone business, now has a higher marketshare than Canadian giant Research in Motion, and is second place only to Nokia. Apple’s 17.3% share is just barely beating out RIM’s 15.2%, and of course is nowhere near Nokia’s 38.9%, but it’s just one more sign of how important the iPhone really is.