It’s the last Friday of the year, and that means the final installment of our daily news recap for 2011. It’s been a busy year for Apple: From Thunderbolt Macs to the iPad 2, OS X Lion to the iPhone 4S and of course, the death of co-founder Steve Jobs, many of us are apprehensive about the future of our favorite tech company heading into 2012. For now, let’s sit back and reflect on the year with a few final news tidbits for this Friday, December 20, 2011.
It’s been a rousing Monday on the Apple scene, with Cupertino dropping a new iOS 5.1 beta (and faking out bloggers at the same time), pulling a fake driver’s license app from the App Store and updating iTunes -- all while getting news that the Apple TV is no mere hobby. Ready to find out more from those tantalizing tidbits? Then read on and get a blast of all the news from this Monday, December 12, 2011.
A new report details the dramatic changes in the mobile phone market over the last three years. If you are a mobile phone operating system not named Android or iOS, the results are not pretty.
For instance, in Q2 2008, Nokia's Symbian held a 47 percent market share, but by Q2 2011 it had dropped to 16 percent. Over the same period, Microsoft's phone platforms plummeted from 12 percent to 1 percent, and Blackberry's RIM has dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent.
Despite all of the bleak news about Android’s explosive growth over iOS, Apple has risen to the top of the world’s smartphone market, bumping longtime champ Nokia to third place and barely edging out Samsung, according to newly released data.
There have been plenty of reports recently showing the iPad has a stranglehold on the tablet market, so it is not earth shattering that more business users are using iPads as well.
What is extra-surprising is that Android tablet activations in the business world have dropped during the second quarter of 2011, while iPad activations have grown. To put a finer point on the situation, reports indicate that during second quarter there were more iPad activations than the total number of Android tablets and smartphone activtions. Combined.
Did you hear the news? Never mind the fact that the iPad 2 is selling out all over the world -- a prominent Dell executive has predicted it’s doomed to fail. Meanwhile, an HP executive claims Apple has a “poor relationship” with its partners.
The Apple and Google browsers both hit new highs, as Internet Explorer continued to fall further behind according to new market share numbers. How far hath the mighty fallen? Internet Explorer now only rules 56 percent of Browser Land.
A new report on the tablet market will ring a sour note with the onslaught of tablet makers trailing in Apple’s wake -- the iPad is dominating the market big time, and doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
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.
Apple COO Tim Cook took the stage at the company’s “Back to the Mac” media event in Cupertino to give a “state of the Mac” address, revealing some amazing statistics about how the Mac is growing faster than the rest of the PC industry.