While Apple's share of the tablet market has dropped in recent months, there seems to be little for Cupertino to worry about -- the iPad is still the king with nearly 50 percent of the market, with Samsung a distant second.
Now that the booths have been broken down, the awards have been handed out and the last bit of per diem has been fed into a slot machine at McCarran International Airport, there's a general sense that something was missing from CES. Somehow, among the thousands of exhibitors, products and prototypes, the biggest splash was a television that few consumers could afford and a keynote presentation that the greatest minds in tech journalism are still trying to figure out.
Last month, when the ITC decided to investigate a previous ruling between Apple and Samsung, who knew that the investigation would spiral into reality-TV drama and name-calling? Especially from a company that was last seen as a major player on the mobile device scene before reality TV even existed? And this is why we can't have nice things.
If you were to take all the patent-related Apple news over this past year, end to end, it would stretch to the moon and back. OK, maybe not that much -- but it seems like every time we turn around there's commotion over Apple losing a patent, or suing another electronics maker for infringement. Today, the USPTO has overturned yet another Apple filing, the second in as many months.
The big news Wednesday revolved around a potential delay for new iMac owners, with the sleek new desktops rumored to start shipping in early 2013 rather than by the end of this year. Of course, iTunes Match subscribers also got their first $24.99 renewals this week as well, while the wait for iTunes 11 continues. And hey, how about that 1Password 4 for iOS! What's that? You didn't hear about it? Well, read on and find out more...
Thanks to a little incident earlier this year between Samsung and Apple -- you know, that $1.05 billion incident -- competition is higher than ever between the rival companies. Today, Samsung has announced its plans to move forward with flexible OLED displays for mobile devices. Are bendy screens enough to win the patent war?
Oh, that whacky Samsung! Their contentious relationship with Apple is hitting Cupertino right in the pocketbook, with a report Monday that the Korean component manufacturer has raised prices by 20 percent for its application processors. Apple gobbled up more than 200 million such components in 2012 alone, so that should give Samsung plenty of walking around money to pay for all those patent courtroom battles.
With the iPad mini flying into stores this Friday, some might see the end of the road for Google's Nexus 7 tablet -- but manufacturer Asustek claims that's not the case, with shipments fast approaching seven digits each month.
It takes years, often many of them, to turn a simple design element into an unmistakable part of a brand. Movado's midnight dot. Adidas' stripes. Audi's grille. Apple's home button.
These things don't happen accidentally. Teams of high-paid creative types gather in large rooms for months, poring over prototypes and brainstorming for just the right combination of simplicity and seduction. Sometimes the result is fresh and bold, like the iPod click wheel; others put a unique twist on an everyday item, like Coca-Cola's contoured soda bottle.