The up again, down again consumer spending habit saga continues. This time around, the market research gurus at NPD Group have declared that based upon the sales figures of the 2010 second financial quarter, Android is the king of the hill with the purchasing public, with 33% of all purchased handsets rocking Google's OS. The numbers come to us despite Apple's report of having experienced the best financial quarter in the history of the Cupertino-based company.
Rejoice! According to ChangeWave Research, a survey of iPhone 4 users shows that they experience fewer dropped calls. If this is the case, then perhaps the iPhone 4 antenna issue really isn't as big a deal as everyone is making it out to be.
ChangeWave's study surveyed 213 new iPhone users, who reported that they experienced fewer dropped calls. In June, 6.3 percent of iPhone 3GS users in the study reported experiencing dropped calls. Of the iPhone 4 users they surveyed in July, only 5.4 percent of the sample reported that they had experienced dropped calls.
Apple has taken an important baby step towards being able to sell the iPad in China, a move bringing much happiness to Chinese Apple fans and a wee tear to the eye of Chinese knock-off tablet manufacturers and gray-market vendors.
According to Networkworld, while Apple has yet to make any noise about their tablet's availability in the massive Asian market, the iPad has been certified as good to go, so far as the China Quality Certification Center is concerned.
On any other morning, shuffling out the door in search of coffee after four hours of sleep would be the height of drudgery. Today, however, thanks to a discovery made by MP3.com founder Michael Robertson, there is an extra little spring our my step.
While many of us have been waiting with bated breath to see what Apple's intends to do with LaLa, the music streaming service they purchased a while back, Robertson has been streaming his music from iTunes to his Apple mobile devices. The new ability comes thanks to Apple's recent iDisc App, and is detailed in the deep in the legal flotsam released notes. See? it always pays to read the fine print.
iOS 4 brought with it the awesome Folders feature, helping iPhone and iPod touch users everywhere to cram even more apps onto their device, yet make them easier to find at the same time. Unfortunately, the feature also has an artificial limit of 12 apps per Folder -- that is, unless you have a jailbroken device and $1.99 to spend.
With jailbreaking your iPhone now technically legal, we talk about the pros and cons of taking your iPhone over to the dark side. With all the apps available for jailbroken iPhones, you might be surprised what some of the staff use their jailbroken iPhone for.
We also find out what the deal is with the Apple Remote app not being updated in about 100 years.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Facebook and Twitter questions!
Welcome to our weekly gaming column. Every Tuesday, we march through the mediocre multiplayers, sift through the sordid sporting titles, and pound through the petty platformers to find the best, most interesting iOS gaming gems.
This week, we've got HexaLex, We Farm, Air Attack HD, Omium, and Gravity Hook HD.
With Apple's legendarily stringent App Store submission guidlines, there are are countless developers out there who have chosen, or in some cases were forced, to offer their wares through other outlets besides the iTunes App Store. One of the best-known and most reliable alternate iPhone App Stores out there is called Cydia. If you've already jailbroken your phone, no doubt you'll have noticed that in most cases a Cydia icon has been added to your home screen. Clicking it is arguably the easiest and safest way to find and download great software for your jailbroken iPhone. With all of Cydia's transactions handled by either PayPal or Amazon, your personal information stays just as safe as it does with Apple or any other major online retailer. Also, as when you're buying from Apple's App Store, when you purchase an application from Cydia, the software is downloaded and installed on to your handset automatically--no fuss, no muss.
To start you off right, Mac|Life has listed ten of our favorite apps available via Cydia. Some are free and some will cost you. All of them will change the way you use your iPhone and make you love it just that much more.
Ever wondered how much an iPhone 4 costs outside America? Well, you're in luck. iFun has compiled a handy infographic that compares the prices of unlocked iPhones around the world, in Euros. Carrier locked countries, like the US, are not charted.