iPod touches are OK in special circumstances, but only if you buy at least 250 units
Earlier this spring, the folks at WTVD-TV, the local ABC affiliate in Durham, N.C., had a bright idea. To drum up interest in the station -- and raise its profile on Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz -- it organized a sweepstakes contest and gave 11 lucky winners the hottest prize in consumer electronics: an Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 1, 2011 4:03 PM ET
Less than three years after it opened for business, the App Store hit the half-million mark
Here's a nice round number likely to be trotted out at the Apple's (AAPL) Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Sometime after midnight Tuesday morning, the iTunes team pushed through a batch of app submissions that sent the total over a six-figure milestone. In 34 months, Apple has approved more than 500,000 iPhone, iPad and iPod touch MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 24, 2011 6:38 AM ET
Sales were up 83% and earnings up 92% on 18.65 million iPhones and 3.76 million Macs
As expected, Apple (AAPL) reported record second quarter earnings Wednesday, blowing past its own guidance and Wall Street's expectations in everything but iPad sales.
"With quarterly revenue growth of 83 percent and profit growth of 95 percent, we're firing on all cylinders," said Steve Jobs in a prepared statement that said nothing about those iPad numbers. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 20, 2011 5:01 PM ET
A comScore survey of iPad owners finds some surprises in their pockets
"Though it's frequently assumed that the Apple user base is composed of dedicated Apple 'fanboys'," writes comScore' Mark Donovan, using a term demeaning to Apple (AAPL) users of both sexes, "there's not a tremendous amount of overlapping mobile device access among these users."
That second part takes some unpacking, but its meaning is a little clearer in the spreadsheet at MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 19, 2011 2:57 PM ET
In this category, the pros are more bullish than the amateurs
iPod unit sales, despite seasonal spikes, have been drifting down since Christmas 2008, when they peaked at 22.7 million for the quarter (Apple's fiscal Q1 2009).
That quarter also represented the low point in iPod average selling price (ASP) per unit, $148. That's because Apple's (AAPL) business model was shifting from selling dedicated music players to selling more expensive hand-held computers, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 10, 2011 12:45 PM ET
The gaming company's latest money-making handheld offers solid 3-D graphics in an oddly traditional package.
It's been more than five years since Nintendo released its Nintendo DS mobile gaming platform -- or less than two if you count those slightly tweaked upgrades with smaller (or bigger) form factors or video cameras. True to form, the clam shell-type device with two screens and a stylus didn't offer cutting edge graphics, but it MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 24, 2011 5:49 PM ET
It opened Tuesday, despite the trademark infringement suit Apple filed on Friday
[UPDATE: Sometime after 7:00 a.m. EST, the Amazon Appstore went live. Looks like Apple will have to go back to court and start specifying those unspecified damages it was seeking.]
Okay. It's Tuesday morning, and according to the New York Times, Amazon is supposed to enter the mobile app business today with a splash -- giving away a free copy MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 22, 2011 6:13 AM ET
As predicted, it arrived a couple days early, for the iPad, iPhone* and iPod touch
For a summary of the new features, see Apple's (AAPL) press release.
Between downloading, backing up and re-syncing, the procedure took me nearly 20 minutes to update my iPad. When I checked, iMovie and Garage Band had not yet appeared in the App Store.
* For AT&T (T) iPhones only. Apple has not yet said when iOS 4.3 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 9, 2011 1:31 PM ET
The Boy Genius had it coming Tuesday; MacRumors says Wednesday
According to Apple's (AAPL) press release, iOS 4.3 was scheduled to be available Friday as a free update. This morning, the Boy Genius Report -- a tech blog with a better-than-average track record on such matters -- spread the rumor that it was coming today (Tuesday) at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST).
MacRumors had a different version. iOS 4.3 was coming MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 8, 2011 1:15 PM ET
According to iSuppli, that's the purpose of a $3.9 billion investment revealed last month
When COO Tim Cook mentioned during Apple's (AAPL) Q1 2011 earning call that the company was going to spend $3.9 billion over the next two years for unspecified component pre-payments, most analysts assumed he was talking about touch screen displays for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
On Tuesday iSuppli -- now part of IHS -- issued a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 1, 2011 10:31 AM ET
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