When Apple unleashed iOS 4.2 earlier this week, we were disappointed to see that full audio and video AirPlay support wasn't offered for third-party applications. With popular This, we're sure you'll agree, is a shame--especially with great applications like VLC, AirVideo and CineXPlayer screaming to make it off of iOS devices and on to a big screen. Fortunately, TUAW's Erika Sadun, whose genius is as constant as the North Star, was pretty bummed about this too. While the rest of us were busy sulking as we multitasked on our iPads, and moping with our new iPhone text tones, she got to work on finding out why only Apple apps had been invited to the AirPlay party, and what could be done about it.
It's no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace. It's also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice. But perhaps RIM's feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM's sales staff in the least year and a half.
iOS device users gained access to some pretty awesome perks yesterday when iOS 4.2 became available for download. iPad owners were finally rewarded by Apple for their patience with AirPlay, Wireless Printing and of course, multitasking. If you're an iPhone user, you may have noticed a few new perks as well. However, it would appear that Apple also threw in a whole bag of awesome that they've kept on the down low.
You knew that the peace couldn't last forever. When word hit the street last week that installing Adobe's Flash software on the latest iteration of the MacBook Air could shave off upwards of two hours of battery life, Apple unwittingly awoke Adobe's sleeping dogs of war... or at the very least restarted the Flash-or-no-Flash slap-fight anew.
When Apple revealed the newly redesigned MacBook Air at a press event in Cupertino, Steve skipped the theatrics of pulling one out of a manila envelope or any other “gee whiz, that’s thin!” gimmicks. But once the new machines arrived at the office (one of each size, hooray!), their improvements--both in design and performance--made a bigger impression than any Steve stunts could’ve.
By all reports, the majority of tech journalists and publications that have had a chance to get their mitts on one of the new MacBook Airs are smitten with the diminutive machine. However, not everyone is happy with the diminutive computing computing marvel. In Apple's support forums, a number of owners of 11.6 inch MacBook Airs have posted complaints surrounding the issue of video issues and kernel panics--issues that typically point to faulty logic boards.
Apple has the lead in the US smart phone market with a 26% market share. In the third quarter of this year, the smart phone market grew a whopping 95% over the same quarter a year ago to 80.9 million shipped units--that's a whole heck of a lot of people adopting smart phones. Apple's performance this year saw its market share grow 17% worldwide, with RIM trailing behind in worldwide sales.
Now for some other business news. You may have caught word that yesterday Apple announced that it "expects to experience decreases in its gross margin percentage in future periods, as compared to levels achieved during 2010," due to a mix of new products that cost the company more to produce and an expectation that product components and other costs will rise. On the flip side though, the company also saw a hiring boost in their annual report that was filed with the SEC.
If you'll recall, this past May, Apple topped Microsoft in market cap. But there was still that rascally revenue barrier that Apple still could not quite overcome. Well, that barrier is no more. Microsoft just reported $16.2 billion in revenue for the third quarter. And Apple? $20.34 billion.