The biggest news to come out of the tech world this morning was easily Microsoft's announcement of its new Xbox One console (along with the 9 percent spike in Sony's stock price during the reveal). Surprisingly, the upcoming release of Microsoft's new gaming console brings with it some good news for iOS users as well. Specifically, Xbox's SmartGlass application will be "fully integrated" with Microsoft's new console, thus allowing users of iPhones and iPads to connect seamlessly with the next generation of Microsoft's popular console series.
Aside from some rumblings of a big Yahoo! deal (we'll get into that shortly), it was a relatively quiet, low-key weekend for the tech world. Temperatures are starting to rise as summer fast approaches, but news on the Apple front should really heat up with WWDC in early June. In the meantime, let's reflect on how Intel let the iPhone slip through its fingers and catch up on some Mac updates...
Of all the rumors circulating in anticipation of the release of the next iPhone, none seems to bear as much promise as the supposed low-end iPhone that Apple may release to compete with its cheaper alternatives. That'd be a big move, but one that seems out of character considering Apple's past releases. Yet, as AllThingsD reports, J.P. Morgan analysts Gokul Hariharan and Mark Moskowitz have put forward what seems like a more enticing theory--that the next iPhone may not be a low-end model at all, but rather a "mid-end" phone aimed at capturing the best of both ends of the market.
Internet analytics company comScore released their smartphone market share report for Q1 2013 this morning, revealing that Apple (as a manufacturer) now commands almost 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. The only other competitor to report an increase was Samsung, whose numbers inched up by a mere 0.7 percent from the last quarter to 21.7 percent. Competitors HTC, Motorola, and LG all saw their numbers go down for the same quarter.
Sure, now that T-Mobile finally has an iPhone to call its own, it may not seem like such a big deal when a smaller carrier gets it, but U.S. Cellular customers may be pleased as punch to hear about it.
Stealing iPhones is big business these days--so big, in fact, that New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg pinned iPhone thefts as the reason why crime went up in the Big Apple last year. Now, as the New York Times reported this morning, some law enforcement officials seek to blame Apple and other manufacturers for the spike, asserting that they're not doing enough to prevent such incidents from happening.
Let's take a look at the Mac lineup and see what the barest-bones, cheapest devices we can score might be. You're looking to take a plunge on a Mac and leave Windows behind? Here's how you can make the transition for a little less than buying the newest models.
No matter how “first world” the problem may be, it’s still a drag when a friend calls you and a horrid, pixelated, grainy mess appears on your iPhone’s beautiful display. Ensoul Contacts (ironically, a Mac app) solves this easily.
Fresh on the heels of yesterday's news that iOS 7 will feature a "flatter" UI, 9to5Mac reports that Apple now wants to get into your car's dashboard. Specifically, Apple is reportedly working with automobile manufacturers to include iPhone docking stations in new cars, thus allowing Apple Maps and Siri to be used through the exisiting console screens instead of the the current built-in GPS systems.