Here’s why AAPL hit 10-month low today

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 14, 2012

China’s influence over Apple’s financial health is growing. In fiscal 2011, the country accounted for sixteen percent of Apple’s revenues. But is Apple’s growth in China sustainable?

Friday, two analyst reduce forecasts amid what one described as a ‘muted’ response to today’s iPhone 5 release in the world’s largest market. As a result, Apple shares fell 3.9 percent to a ten-month low.

The decline also hurt a number of Apple’s suppliers as the firm is thought to be cutting orders in order “to balance excess inventory”. For example, Broadcom is down 3.13 percent and Qualcomm dropped 4.7 percent.

As a result, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek cut his iPhone shipment estimate for the first three months of 2013 to 48 million, down from 52 million. He also trimmed Apple’s expected gross profit margin to 40 percent, down two percentage points… Read More

 

Apple’s Black Friday sale now live in the US

By Cody Lee on Nov 23, 2012

Ok folks, Apple’s Black Friday sale has now officially begun here in the US. After being down for several hours, the company’s Stateside online store has returned with discounts on several popular products.

As usual, the price cuts are modest. But for a company that rarely puts its products — particularly current gen models — on sale, it’s a fairly big deal. We’ve got all of the best deals and details after the fold… Read More

 

Meet KOLOS, the world’s first iPad gaming wheel

By Cody Lee on Nov 9, 2012

We’ve seen a number of gamepads built for iOS devices over the years, but this has to be the first time we’ve ever seen an iPad gaming wheel. In fact, the developers of the KOLOS say it’s the first of its kind.

The KOLOS is a tabletop steering wheel that cradles your iPad and uses its built-in accelerometer to give you a more realistic gaming experience when playing titles like Real Racing and Need for SpeedRead More

 

Rumor: the next iPad mini will have Retina display

By Ed Sutherland on Nov 7, 2012

Moving to blunt criticism over the iPad mini display, a rumor out of China asserts that AU Optronics (AUO) is working on building a crisper Retina screen for the next iPad mini with the same 326ppi pixel density as the iPhone 4/4S/5. AUO is one of the suppliers Apple sources display panels for the iPad mini from. The need to offer a Retina iPad mini was allegedly pressing enough to bypass the usual waiting period before providing sharper display… Read More

 

iPad 4th generation benchmark shows 1GB of RAM, 1.4Ghz CPU, blows away predecessors

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 30, 2012

We think it’s safe to say that the upcoming iPad 4th generation release will be a beast of a machine. In fact, the 4th generation iPad more than doubles the overall Geekbench benchmark score of the iPad 2. It also more than doubles the score of the incumbent iPad 3.

Whereas many complained about the iPad 3′s relative lack of processing power when compared to the iPad 2 (in some cases, the iPad 2 outperformed the New iPad due to the strain placed on it by the Retina Display), you will not have that problem with the latest iPad iteration.

As Primate Labs points out, some of the first Geekbench scores are beginning to make themselves available online, and it paints a telling picture about the horsepower inside the iPad 4′s inconspicuous casing… Read More

 

iPad mini vs iPad 2 vs iPad with Retina Display head-to-head specs shootout

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 23, 2012

As we always do at iDB, here is a comparison image pitting the iPad mini vs the iPad 2 vs the iPad with Retina Display.

How does the new iPad mini stack up to its bigger brethren? Take a look at the full comparison inside… Read More

 

Samsung said to end LCD sales to Apple

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 22, 2012

More fallout from Apple’s patent lawsuit win against Samsung: the South Korean company’s LCD arm will stop selling displays to the Cupertino, California iPhone maker. The reason? Samsung Display no longer sees Apple as a cash-generator due to the iPhone maker’s stiffer supply-chain management structure,” a South Korean newspaper reports.

“We are unable to supply our flat-screens to Apple with huge price discounts,” a senior Samsung source was quoted Monday. To make up for the lost business, both Samsung’s own handset unit and Amazon are upping their orders from Samsung Display, the source said… Read More

 

Apple could phase out the iPad 2 for the iPad mini

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 19, 2012

Apple will discontinue the iPad 2 in order to simplify product choices ahead of next Tuesday’s introduction of a smaller tablet, one analyst predicts. Friday, Rob Cihra, analyst with Evercore Partners, told investors the move would be part of Apple’s goal of providing “clearer product tiers.”

The Cupertino, California-based company uses its engineering prowess in both hardware and software to overcome an otherwise soft technology market. The iPhone maker has increased its revenue by thirty percent this year at a time when demand for PCs has dropped by four percent… Read More

 

Study: Android tablets catching up on the iPad

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 2, 2012

We can deride the quality and culture of Android tablets, but the once ginormous lead Apple’s iPad had is shrinking amid the rise of tweener tablets.

In a bit of a two-edge sword, a new study finds 25 percent of Americans own a tablet, with Apple’s device claiming just over half of the US tablet market. A year ago, more than 8 out of 10 tablets purchased bore the Apple logo… Read More

 

Cook calls 2012 an ‘incredibly successful’ year for Apple

By Ed Sutherland on Oct 1, 2012

In his email to employees, Apple CEO Tim Cook describes 2012 as an “incredibly successful year” which continues “to show Apple’s unrivaled leadership in this post-PC era”.

And in order to mark the company’s accomplishment, Cook announced Thanksgiving vacations will be extended for employees… Read More

 

Study finds the iPhone 5 costs $0.41 a year to charge

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 27, 2012

Okay, so you have your new iPhone 5. Although Apple claims its new handset’s battery can last around 8 hours, there will come a time when you have to recharge.

The new iPhone will cost you more to charge, but by only pennies, a new study finds. Keeping your four-inch iPhone 5 fully charged will cost you $0.41 cents per year, or $0.03 more than the iPhone 4Read More

 

Apple just scrapes past Amazon in JD Power’s tablet satisfaction survey

By Ed Sutherland on Sep 13, 2012

Apple’s iPad is once again ranked as the No. 1 tablet in the United States. However, the company’s lead over Amazon’s Kindle Fire is as razor-thin as its products. According to customer satisfaction researcher JD Power, Apple scored 848 points with Amazon close behind with 842 out of 1,000.

The Cupertino, Calif. firm can be thankful that US consumers found the iPad tops for performance and ease of use — categories heavily weighed in the survey — while Amazon hit it out of the ballpark in price, an area carrying just 16 percent of the final score… Read More

 

Turn your iPad into a hardcover book with eBook Jackets

By Cody Lee on Aug 11, 2012

Here’s another Kickstarter project that has made a name for itself by blowing past its funding goal. Out of Print’s eBook Jackets are essentially hard cover book cases for your iPad.

The cases are customizable, and comparatively inexpensive. So if you own an iPad, either second or third generation, and use it to read eBooks, you might want to check this out… Read More

 

Apple fighting Samsung adverts on its website, here’s Joy of Tech’s funny take

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2012

Apple is going to appeal a U.K. court ruling from earlier this week which mandates that Cupertino post a public apology on both its website and in British newspapers, basically free advertisement telling the public that Samsung did not copy the iPad’s design, per the court’s ruling. As this legal mess is being sorted out, Joy of Tech has an excellent take on what this notice could be like, included right below…

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