Now here's a fascinating turnaround. In an age when PC use in widely considered on the decline, Apple's share of the U.S. personal marketplace jumped from 9.9 percent to 13.7 percent, reports Gartner (via AppleInsider). That's more impressive than it probably sounds. After all, the just in the last holiday quarter alone, Apple's share of the market soared 28.5 percent in the U.S. over its standing at the same time last year.
Today marks the anniversary of one of the most important milestones in Apple history--perhaps even in the history of contemporary technology. Seven years ago today, speaking at the Macworld Expo 2007 in San Francisco, Steve Jobs revealed the iPhone to the world. As MacRumors notes, at the time Jobs introduced it as a device that served as a touchscreen iPod, a phone, and an Internet communicator all rolled up into one.
Last July, Apple lost an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice. The lawsuit, initiated by Amazon, was a little odd from the beginning, what with the presiding judge announcing before the trial that she fully expected Apple to lose. Everything seemed to happen exactly the way Amazon needed it to happen; U.S. District Judge Denise Cote ruled against Apple, and included some very harsh sentencing that should help Amazon regain much of its lost eBook monopoly. But Apple is not giving up that easily.
So how's that iWatch coming along, anyway? MacRumors related a few facts it picked up today from The Information, which in turn reveals that Apple's long-awaited gem of wearable tech is mired under concerns about battery life, screen design, and the very process of building the device.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.
It's hard to believe that three months have passed since the tumultuous launch of the iPhone 5s, but Chris Caso, an analyst for Susquehanna Financial Group, has an even bigger surprise in store. As Cult of Mac reports, Caso says that the iPhone 5s hasn't even slipped in sales in all that time, and the sales are doing more than enough to counterbalance the relatively poor sales of the iPhone 5c.
Just hours after we wrote that the new Mac Pro units would start shipping "by December 30," Apple has already updated its site to amend that agreeable shipping timeframe to "February." Considering the extended shipping estimates we saw for both the iPhone 5s and the iPad mini with Retina display, we should probably just start expecting these announcements with every major release.
After what feels like forever, Apple is finally giving us the chance to send books as gifts from the iBookstoe. As Macworld notes, the book section is the one spot in the iTunes store where users couldn't send gifts to their loved ones, as the feature could be find in the neighboring sections for music, movies, and television programs.
The new Mac Pro still hasn't hit the tables of the Apple Store yet, but staff members at the Apple Store have already started to work with customers to determine the cost of build-to-order units of the long-awaited professional desktop. And as MacRumors reports, it ain't pretty. The site has since managed to get a hold of business owners looking to create their own custom units, and the prices go far beyond the base prices of $2,999 and $3,999.
If you visited the iTunes store over the weekend, you might have noticed that there's something very ... Beyonce about it. You can't escape it, really; the entire carousel at the top features ads for the singer's self-titled album that released exclusively on iTunes by surprise last Thursday. But as ABC News reports, that exclusivity paid out big for both iTunes and Beyonce herself.