The third-quarter numbers for the smartphone market are in from Gartner, and the outlook's especially good for Apple has it continues to ride the wave of strong sales of the iPhone and iPhone 6 Plus. The numbers are a little more dire for Samsung. While it's still the reigning king of the smartphone industry by far, its numbers dropped significantly for the quarter, and smaller competitors apart from Apple continue to eat away at its throne. Sales of smartphones as a whole were up by a full 20 percent from the same quarter last year.
How's the holiday shopping going so far? There are only 10 shopping days left before Christmas, but our Monday Morning Report will attempt to calm your frayed nerves with a new Apple holiday-themed commercial, details on iPhone 6 demand, and an update on the iPod antitrust case for good measure. Read all about it in just one click!
This week saw news of two different Apple Watches on the market, but one isn't available yet, and one was released and was all bought up before most of you even had a chance. Intrigued? You should be. This week also saw what might be the final parting of Apple and Google Maps, and Cupertino partnering with, of all companies, IBM. And Mac continues to heat up as a gaming platform. That and more below the fold.
Ford unveiled its Sync 3 technology for automobile entertainment late yesterday, and it revealed a substantial surprise. Microsoft's Embedded platform was nowhere to be found. Instead, Ford is now using BlackBerry's QNX technology for Sync, and that means that the service can now support Apple's CarPlay with hands-free Siri.
Apple's upcoming A9 chips are reportedly rolling off the production line at a plant in Austin, Texas, according to South Korea's ET News (via iDownloadblog). While the labor might be homegrown, the company responsible for the chips is none other than Apple's longtime frenemy Samsung. And thus the cycle continues, as the iPhone maker continues to rely on its rival even as it continues to chastise the company for taking excessive "inspiration."
The seemingly troubled Steve Jobs biopic now being produced at Universal Pictures apparently wasn't always so complicated, as newly leaked emails from the Sony hack reveal in our Friday Morning Report. We've also got details on a new Adobe pickup, and the addition of PayPal to Apple's Online Store, so get ready for the weekend by clicking ahead, won't you...?
Tim Cook may have lost Time's Person of the Year award to the Ebola aid workers, but the Apple CEO nabbed the same award from the Financial Times. Considering the publication's economic focus, it's a far less disputable claim. After all, as the publication points out, Cook boosted Apple's revenues, introduced new product categories, and championed moral action over profit.
The Apple Watch might be hitting shelves in the next couple of months (or so the rumors say), but wristwatch lovers looking for an Apple-branded product that's a tad more retro were treated today when a stash of 20-year-old promotional Apple watches went on sale. The watches went quickly, with the number of available units dwindling to nothing even as this article was being written. The site claims that "a single-digit amount of watches will be added once inventory is assessed," but you'll need to refresh it often to snag your own.
If you've been experiencing restless sleep at night worrying about whether or not there will be enough Apple Watches to go around at launch early next year, get some shuteye: Our Thursday Morning Report has an update on those pesky yield issues that have been vexing suppliers. We'll also take a look at a new Mac photo viewer application and spread some good news for LTE iPad fans in China, and you can read all about it with just a single click!
Last July Apple made a surprise leap into enterprise when it partnered with IBM to combine the best aspects of Apple's hardware and software with IBM's extensive knowledge of working with enterprise data. Today the first fruits of that collaboration appeared in the form of 10 apps for iOS aimed at enterprise customers.