By Cody Lee on Feb 22, 2013
Earlier this week, research firm Strategy Analytics issued a report showing that the iPhone 5 and 4S are the two most popular smartphones in the world. The 5 alone accounts for 13% of all smartphones shipped globally.
Today, crowd-sourced trouble-shooting website FixYa shared its own findings on the smartphone space. And according to its data, Apple’s handset isn’t just the best-selling in the world. It’s also [by far] the most reliable… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jan 28, 2013
Earlier in the month, the major Chinese web portal Tencent claimed Apple was looking to establish a research and development center in Beijing and last week Cnet China corroborated the story, but noted that the rumored six-story facility with over 100,000 square feet of space is actually going up in Shanghai. Today, a new report from another Chinese news site give us more in way of details… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2013
Earlier this week, we passed along a report claiming that Apple was looking to open up a new research and development center in Beijing. The news made sense, considering that on Tim Cook’s recent visit to China, he was seen talking with high level government officials.
But according to a new report, which cites people familiar with the project, the R&D facility is actually going up in Shanghai. The campus, which Apple is expected to announce later this year, will feature three 6-story buildings, with over 100,000 square feet of space… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 17, 2013
Apple unveiled two new iPads just before the holidays, and is expected, by many analysts, to report strong tablet sales for the quarter next week. But according to a new report out of Japan, that may not be the case.
Market research firm BCN surveyed some 2,400 consumer electronics stores in Japan throughout the month of December. And their results showed that the iPad was outsold during the period, for the first time since 2010… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 19, 2012
I don’t consider myself a hardcore iOS gamer, but I’ll try almost any recommended title once, as long as it’s free. I’m sure there’s more than 200 games in my App Store’s Previous Purchases tab to back that up.
But looking at my iPhone 5′s home screen, you’ll only find a handful of them. That’s because I tend to lose interest in games rather quickly. And according to a new report from Playnomics, I’m not alone… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 19, 2012
Last week we saw a preliminary teardown of the 16GB iPhone 5 peg its bill of materials (BOM) at $168. This number is essentially the sum of the costs of all of the handset’s parts.
Today, however, a second teardown has been released, claiming that the BOM for Apple’s new entry-level handset is a bit more than that. It says that number is closer to $200… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 27, 2012
As Apple announced on its quarterly earnings call earlier this week, the App Store is now home to more than 650,00 apps. As you can imagine, this makes it tough for developers to come up with all-new ideas.
But it also makes it tough for them to come up with all-new app titles as well. A new report is out today that takes a look at what the 25 most-used words in application titles are. Keep reading to see the list… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2012
FixYa, an online tech support community, released a new report over the weekend regarding the top 5 most commonly reported issues in some of today’s most popular smartphones.
The data comes from more than 25 million users, and 650,000 experts. And the report covers top handsets like the iPhone 4S, the Nokia Lumia 900, and the Samsung Galaxy S III… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 7, 2012
Despite Apple’s efforts — utilizing large solar farms at all of its major campuses, and offering a recycling program for used products — the company continues to catch heat over its effect on the environment.
And this latest move certainly isn’t going to help its case. Word is that the company has just pulled all of its products from EPEAT’s (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) green-friendly registry… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 30, 2012
For those of you wondering if Apple still has a strong cult following, here you go: a new survey from Goldman Sachs finds that 21% of iOS users wouldn’t switch to another platform, for any price.
The securities firm recently surveyed over 1000 smartphone users, in an effort to better understand the costs that consumers face when switching ecosystems. And this is what they found… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2012
Since the iPhone launched on Verizon’s network last year, the handset has been the carrier’s most popular smartphone. Most quarters it’s even sold better than all Android devices combined.
But it looks like things are starting to shift at Big Red, as a new report suggests that the iPhone is no longer the wireless provider’s bestselling device. What is? Motorola’s Droid RAZR MAXX… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 26, 2012
The NPD, a consumer market research firm, is out with a new report today regarding its recent Apple Ecosystem Study. The firm asked more than 3,000 consumers, of balanced demographics, on whether or not they owned Apple products. And if so, which ones.
As usual, the results are pretty interesting. The study found that one-in-five Apple owner households owns at least one iPad. But current Apple owners aren’t the only people that are being drawn to the new tablet: one-in-four iPad buyers are first-time Apple buyers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2012
Chitika, an ad network whose reach spans across more than 100,000 websites, is out with a new report this weekend regarding mobile platform usage. The firm has been tracking real-time activity on its network over the last 24 hours, and the results are pretty interesting.
Despite Android devices garnering close to 50% of the smartphone market, Chitika found that iOS seems to be the mobile OS of choice among its users. Here in the US, at least, devices running Apple’s operating system accounted for nearly 70% of recent activity… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 4, 2012
To say that iCloud is a big deal for Apple is a bit of an understatement. The cloud-based storage and backup service was launched just 6 months ago, alongside the iPhone 4S and iOS 5, and has already garnered more than 100 million users.
But its quick rise in popularity and deep integration into Apple’s software has led to one major question: how secure is it? Well the folks over at ArsTechnica recently spoke with some software security experts to find out… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2012
Siri’s popularity has been somewhat of a controversial topic over the last 6 months. Although the digital assistant dropped some jaws when Apple introduced it to the public last fall, a lot of folks have since written the feature off as a novelty.
But according to a recent study from Parks Associates, a consulting firm, Siri is much more popular than you probably would’ve guessed. Surprisingly, 87% of iPhone 4S owners surveyed use at least one Siri-related feature each month… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 23, 2012
Back in 2008, Apple made the decision to allow Best Buy to carry and sell its beloved handset. And that choice is proving to be a fantastic one today as reports are coming in regarding the retailers’ iPhone sales.
Citing a study from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, AllThingsD reported this morning that Best Buy outlets have been selling almost as many iPhones as Apple itself… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2011
Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt made some waves at the recent Paris-hosted Le Web conference with comments regarding Android and its iOS competitor. Schmidt was at the conference to talk about Android’s big update, Ice Cream Sandwich.
During his speech, the CEO made a pretty big 6-month prediction for Google’s mobile platform, saying things like “developers will soon start choosing Android over iOS.” But a recent research report from Flurry Analytics suggests otherwise. Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 13, 2011
Apple has long described its Apple TV as a “hobby.” And with sales of the set-top box not reaching anywhere near the numbers of Apple’s other iOS devices, that makes perfect sense.
But even though Apple treats it like a side project, the Apple TV has done fairly well. A new report suggests that Apple’s media hub has captured nearly a third of the market. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 6, 2011
When Apple decided to bring the iPad to market it came to the conclusion that a 9.7-inch screen was the way to go after testing various different sizes and dimension ratios. Steve Jobs later famously declared that a 7-inch form factor was simply too small to be usable, but that didn’t stop the likes of Samsung and RIM from releasing tablets with a screen that size.
Amazon has recently joined the group of companies to release a tablet, and it also went for the smaller form factor for the Kindle Fire. Was that a wise decision?
According to usability fiend Jakob Nielson, Amazon’s tablet is simply too small to be truly useful, lending credence to what Jobs and Apple have been saying for the last two years… Read More