Apple appears to have hit a brick wall in the first three months of 2014 where iPad growth is concerned, but it turns out they may not be alone: Consumers are finding few compelling reasons to upgrade existing tablets.
Was anyone else impressed by Apple's ninja-like skills with Tuesday's release of the iPad mini with Retina Display? Aside from one or two last-minute rumors the night before which were largely dismissed, everyone was focused on later in November, allowing Apple to pull yet another rabbit out if its hat. Here's hoping some of that magic will carry over into next year's new product lineup!
Happy Halloween! Whether you're here looking for tricks or treats, we've put together an equal helping of both to round out the month of October. Tomorrow will see the release of the iPad Air, with the iPad mini with Retina Display following close behind later in November. And just in time, because Apple received some truly spooky news about its worldwide market share this week...
The news just keeps getting worse for Apple on the smartphone front, as evidenced by a new report from research firm IDC (via MacRumors) that shows that iOS takes up a mere 13 percent of the smartphone market share compared to Android's whopping 79.3 percent. At this rate, it's worth wondering if iOS 7 can do much to turn the trend around to previous levels.
The smartphone shipment numbers are in for the second quarter, and while Samsung is blowing everyone out of the water, the market is beginning to fragment as rivals LG, Lenovo and ZTE finally gain some traction.
Remember the days when pundits were clamoring on about how the iPad was just a fad and that it'd never have an edge over laptops and desktops? According to a report released this morning by research firm IDC, those days are over. By the end of the year, the study asserts, tablets will outpace laptops in sales volume, and--get this--by 2015, they'll even outpace desktops.
To the surprise of virtually no one, Android and iOS dominated almost all of the smartphones shipped in the first quarter of this year, but the real surprise came with the two companies duking it out for third place.
Oh, Twitter… why do you hate third-party apps so? While we've never been huge fans of TweetDeck, the popular app was absorbed by the microblogging service and is now being laid to rest (at least in any kind of app form) as Twitter continues their mighty push toward an all-browser experience. But will the people make the change with them? Time will tell...