Jun 022014
 
Apple 2014  - More Cool Stuff On the Way

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference today in San Francisco. The conference provided Apple CEO Tim Cook the opportunity to take to the stage and present some drool-worthy facts to the audience and outline new cool stuff that’s on the way: What’s Coming OS X Yosemite – Apple’s successor to OS X Mavericks desktop operating system iOS 8 – The new mobile OS (for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) Swift – A new programming language for Apple platforms that works alongside Objective C and C in an application OS X Yosemite Apple executives introduced OS X Yosemite desktop […]

History Created! India, Brazil Push Google Play Downloads Ahead of Apple App Store

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Jul 312013
 
History Created! India, Brazil Push Google Play Downloads Ahead of Apple App Store

Driven by strong downloads from smartphone and tablet users in India and Brazil, app downloads from the Google Play app store were higher than from Apple’s App Store in the second quarter of 2013. This is the first time downloads of Android apps from Google Play have exceeded iOS app downloads from Apple’s App Store. According to app download tracking service App Annie, downloads of Android apps from Google Play was 10% higher than iOS app downloads from Apple’s App Store. Google Play’s growth vis-a-vis Apple App Store is not surprising as Apple’s iOS mobile software has been losing ground […]

Apple’s Contempt for Chinese Workers

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Jul 292013
 
Apple's Contempt for Chinese Workers

Great profits are invariably preceded by great crimes (both legal and ethical). Apple, the second most profitable company in the world, routinely lavishes millions in pay and stock options on its top executives including CEO Tim Cook. But the Chinese workers who make possible the billions in profits that Apple amasses every quarter continue to suffer in wretched working conditions, are paid low wages and live in horrid circumstances. In the past, Chinese workers have even killed themselves over miserable conditions at Apple’s suppliers. While a lot of blame has gone to the suppliers for shabby treatment of their workers, […]

Apple Proves Naysayers Wrong

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Jul 232013
 
Apple Proves Naysayers Wrong

Bring ’em on! That was the strong message Apple sent to the Samsungs, Sonys, Motorolas, HTCs and other Android vendors nipping at its heels. Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter ending June 29 proving that the pricey smartphones can still weather the attack from the dozens of Android devices flooding the market. iPhone unit sales were 5.1 million units ahead of analysts estimates of 26.1 million units for the quarter. Average selling price of the iPhones were 4% (about $27) less year-over-year. Apple sold a significant number of lower-priced iPhone 4 and 4S in the quarter, […]

Apple Snapshot Shows Strong Position

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Jun 102013
 
Apple Snapshot Shows Strong Position

At its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple today provided some numbers to assure everyone that the company was still riding high with consumers and developers. Strong Momentum There has been so much noise in the media that Android is crushing Apple, the iPhone and iPad market share is falling and other such alarmist prognostications that one would think Apple has become like Dell, a company in dire straits. Although Apple’s profits fell in the second quarter, the company is far from being in a precarious position. Apple continues to enjoy the strong support of consumers who adore its iPad tablets, […]

Will Going Cheap be Apple’s Undoing?

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May 302013
 
Will Going Cheap be Apple's Undoing?

Cheap and classy are not siblings. Au contraire, they’re usually antipodes. Apple’s enduring appeal to millions owes to the essential fact that its products are classy. iPhone, iMac, iPad and iPod touch are shining examples of Apple’s commitment to designing great devices that induce euphoric shock and awe. Each device is a delight to behold and use. But Apple’s products have never been cheap. Beyond the fanboys and the well-off, Apple’s products attract only a wistful longing. While it has often been the quality, design, ease of use and profit leader, Apple has rarely ever been the market leader (at […]