By Miss P
A recent article in Fortune
reminded us that Apple stock began a six month free fall just after Cupertino reported record iPhone 5 sales — 5 million units sold in its first three days. I never thought I’d say this, but I am so glad I didn’t invest in any stock in Apple since then. Yet, who could’ve guessed that five million iPhone 5 units sold in three days would be taken as bad news
by Wall Street?
On the flip side, Samsung, who, up until this point has never even bothered to post sales numbers of this smartphone, is proudly touting the fact that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is poised to hit 10 million in sales after four weeks on the market. And, as Fortune columnist Phillip Elmer-Dewitt points out, “Samsung is talking about sales to carriers, not end users. Not quite the same thing.” And yet Wall Street applauds.
What’s going on here? Read More
Mobile tech users and the media are increasingly concerned about privacy issues surrounding the announcement of Google Glass. In the meantime, no one is raising red flags over Samsung’s new GS4′s always-on, front-facing camera.
Last week’s SXSW conference in Texas showcased Google Glass in its entirely, and while onlookers were amazed at its next-generation approach to mobile computing, early concerns about the technology — namely, that the glasses place the ability to photograph, record, and thoroughly cyber stalk anyone within range of view — have raised serious questions about the integration of technology with the human body, and whether or not such technology infringes on privacy and civil rights.
While these are all important questions to ask about Google Glass, what has been ignored in the media is the earlier release of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone, and, more specifically, its front-facing camera and accompanying “eye tracking” software. Knowing that Google’s Android mobile operating platform is running behind a camera that is always on and always watching the user, why isn’t the tech community concerned about the GS4 as much as Google Glass? Read More
In theory, the new Samsung Galaxy S IV phablet appears to be a technological tour-de-force that presents a formidable challenge to Apple’s iPhone 5, which it will handily outsell in a global market context. However, I’m skeptical that the S IV will hang together as impressively as a whole unit.
One of the key attributes of Apple hardware, be it iDevices or Macs is their look and tactile feel. They are like fine jewelry, and that impression goes more than skin-deep. The inherent materials and build quality of especially Apple’s aluminum unibody machines is both gratifying to the user and also pays off in ruggedness and reliability. Read More
The new Samsung Galaxy S4 is making headlines with its new, novel software features, such as eye tracking and scroll pause. If the iPhone 5S is to rely on new software as well, Apple will have to raise the bar on iOS 7.
The GS4 cometh, and in spite of the big splash that it made in the press (the Drudge Report, for example, carried the story as its lead story last night), the new model is ultimately a refresh that relies more on software updates to sell it that hardware. The device does feature a slightly larger 5-inch display, up .2 inches from the 4.8-inch screen of the GS3, as well as some other improvements, such as a 13-megapixel camera, front facing camera, and improvements to the processor. But to the average user, the GS4 looks essentially like the GS3, and as we all know, you don’t have a smartphone “overhaul” until you radically update the form factor.
Yet, the GS4 is going to sell based on its software features — something that Apple is mostly like going to have to pull off with the iPhone 5S and iOS 7. Read More
Wall Street has wrung its hands over iPhone 5 sales over the past few months. But a new report reveals that the iPhone crushed Samsung’s GS3 in the final quarter of 2012.
New tech financial news broke today, indicating that Apple’s iPhone 5 was by far the best-selling smartphone in the forth quarter of 2012, beating out the GS3 in mano e mano match-ups. And when analysts combine both iPhone 5 and 4S sales, the gap is even wider. According to BizJournals:
Apple sold 27.4 million iPhone 5s and 17.4 million iPhone 4S models in the fourth quarter of 2012. Samsung sold 15.4 million Galaxy S3 models in the quarter, according to the report.
The news concerning iPhone 5 sales has been dizzying for some months now, after Wall Street turned on Apple stock in the wake of several reports concerning the iPhone, most of which began at the start of the forth quarter in 2012. You’ll recall consternation over supply-chain issues, Foxconn’s proclamation that the iPhone 5 is extremely difficult to assemble, that iPhone 5 sales were flagging early, and that Samsung had become the world’s biggest smartphone provider in Q3 of 2012. Read More
Posted by Michael Nace under Android on Thursday Jan 10, 2013
Apple enthusiasts worry that a flexible, next-generation smartphone like the prototype being debuted at this year’s CES could mean that Android is first to market with cool, new display technology. But the technology is still quite a way’s away — and its viability is still questionable.
For anyone who uses mobile devices on a regular basis (and that’s most everyone in the western world, these days), the sight of Samsung’s novel Youm smartphone prototype at this year’s CES certainly manages to turn heads. No matter how light and thin Apple makes its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, the prospect of a completely flexible, bendable smartphone design negates all of Cupertino’s attempts at scaling down hardware components.
Sporting the hyped-up Windows 8 OS, Youm is definitely Samsung’s attempt to garner as much attention at the CES this year, now that the unbridled excitement over the iPhone 5 and iPad mini has waned. But is a flexible, bendable, credit card-thin smartphone really on the horizon in 2013? Read More
Tracking iOS versus Android users has become a kind of ongoing obsession in the tech community these days. Perhaps now that the U.S. Presidential election is over and there aren’t daily tracking polls to pour over, we’ve replaced Obama, Romney, and some distant third-party Presidential candidate with iOS, Android, and Windows 8?
You’ll recall a while back we reported on how Android usage overtook iOS in Q3 of 2012. We argued that the fanfare over Apple falling back in this regard was flawed to a degree, since Q3 was leading up to the release of the iPhone 5. Obviously, iPhone sales would necessarily suffer. In fact, analysts remarked all throughout the summer of 2012 that iPhone sales were affected by the long, anticipatory wait for the iPhone 5, which captivated the tech community for two years.
Today, we have a new report out showing how iOS has jumped back into the lead in the U.S.. This observation, too, is worthy of some analysis and explanation. Read More
New purported images of the iPhone 5 bear some resemblance to the famed 9to5mac iPhone 5 sightings, but with marked differences. Is this the real iPhone 5, or just another riff on the rumored specs suggested in the late spring?
Time and time again, glimpses of a new iPhone spotted in the wild have broken hearts. Even in 2010, when an iPhone 4 prototype was opportunistically scooped up in a bar and splayed across the internet by Gizmodo, only its innards were revealing; its form factor was still masked in an iPhone 3GS-inspired fuselage. That’s precisely why so many have taken the 9to5mac photos and subsequent case sightings with a grain of salt — it’s just too hard to believe that we’ll ever get a real glimpse of the iPhone prior to its official rollout.
but considering that Gizmodo has come closest to showing us the finished product of an iPhone, their reports are always worth taking a second look at. And it appears that they are claiming a fresh sighting of the iPhone 5 — in its complete form.
Read on to see for yourself.
The tech media has pitted the GS3 against the iPhone 5 all year. But considering its modest sales compared to the iPhone, why are we still having these GS3 vs. iPhone conversations?
I was recently talking to one of my contacts in the consumer electronics accessories market, and it was interesting to hear why so few custom cases and accessories exist for even the better-selling Android and Windows smartphones: “they just don’t sell well 0— why would we build cases for them? We know the iPhone sells.” That makes a lot of sense.
Recently, however, the tech media has really pushed the notion of Samsung’s Galaxy S 3 taking on the eventual iPhone 5 in a head-to-head match-up that could begin to change the smartphone paradigm. For as much as this theory might seem little more than an easy storyline to maintain, case designers have actually bought into it — you’re seeing more and more accessories for the GS3, particularly cases.
But for all the fanfare and buzz about the GS3, what kind of sales has it seen so far this year? 10 million. Read More
Focus Taiwan’s Ann Chen cites Terry Gou, Chairman of Apple’s main iPhone and iPad subcontractor Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn) in a China Times interview urging consumers to hold off buying Samsung’s new Galaxy III handset and wait for the launch of Apple’s iPhone 5, saying that the new iPhone will put the snazzy new Samsung phone to shame. Mr. Gou should be somewhat uniquely positioned to know, since his company is very likely at least beginning to tool up for new iPhone production.
Speaking at the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting on Monday, Mr. Gou confirmed a joint venture deal with Japan’s Sharp Corp. that will help Hon Hai upgrade its competitiveness in the display panel business. Hon Hai has acquired a roughly 10 percent stake in Sharp, making it the Japanese company’s largest shareholder, and also purchased ownership of the Taiwanese flat-panel maker Chimei Innolux Corp. Ms. Chen also reports that Mr. Gou has agreed to take a 46.5 percent stake under his own name in Sharp’s Sakai-based 10th-generation LCD panel plant, which Hon Hai will begin operating on July 1.
The Sakai plant also reportedly has an exclusive agreement with American glassmaker firm Corning Inc. Corning Gorilla Glass is already used in Apple’s iPhone and iPad, but Corning also has a brand new glass product called Willow Glass, an engineered, ultra-slim flexible but very strong glass technology announced by the company at the Society for Information Display’s Display Week trade show in Boston a few weeks back, that could be a facilitator in helping Apple design a completely new iPhone form factor. Just not in time for the sixth-generation iPhone. Read More