So much for all those gloomy projections from the middle of last year projecting that Apple was on the decline. Based on new data from research firm NPD (via MacRumors), Apple's share of the smartphone installed base in the U.S. during the fourth quarter jumped by a full seven percentage points over the same time during last year. Samsung jumped as well, but the numbers weren't quite as impressive.
This past year has been full of courtroom drama for Apple, and we've done our best to keep you up to speed each week in our Law & Apple column. From the hot mess of a trial against the Justice Department regarding eBook conspiracies, to the ongoing Patent Wars with Samsung, to the zany lawsuits brought by people trying to get rich quick. Suffice it to say, there has been no shortage of material. But which stories did you like the best? You might be surprised.
Samsung already has a reputation for riding Apple's coattails when it comes to design, and now The Information is claiming (via AppleInsider) that the Korean tech giant has nabbed Tim Gudgel to design its own retail stores. Gudgel had formerly worked for Apple for almost six years according to his LinkedIn page, and The Information's two sources note that Gudgel will be working with Samsung to design stores as a part of Samsung's "deeper investment in U.S. retail."
Unlike some people, Apple's apparently trying to make sure its long-rumored smartwatch is as ready as possible before it unleashes it upon the public. Thanks to Chinese site C Technology (via MacRumors), we now have another rough release date for the so-called iWatch, and it's expected to drop sometimes in October of next year. But that could all just be hot air; after all, just last month Digitimes said we'd see the device sometime in Q2 of next year.
The long-running legal battle between Samsung and Apple over patents has sometimes been seen as a battle between two countries, with the United States in one corner and South Korea in the other, each looking out for the interests of their own companies. But as MacRumors reports (via Reuters), a South Korean judge toppled that perception by dismissing a lawsuit put forth by Samsung arguing that Apple had infringed on three of its patents.
Will they or won't they, and if so, when? That continues to be the question as a new advertisement on China Mobile's website seems to indicate that the carrier will launch its 4G network with the iPhone 5s and other compatible handsets.
Apple won big recently in its long running patent trial against Samsung, but now there's some concern that it's rubbing salt into the wounds. On top of the $930 million that Samsung is already expected to pay Apple, MacRumors reports that Apple is also asking the judge to stipulate that the Korean tech manufacturer must pay $16 million to partially pay for Apple's legal fees.
Things are unlocking, things are opening up, and we’re seeing technology used in marvelous ways to make connections. Plus, a hint of what’s just around the corner, or at least a rumor, as there always are when it comes to Apple. So let’s just go have a little look-see shall we?
Just how well is Samsung's Galaxy Gear smart watch doing? (Remember, the one it allegedly rushed out the gate so the Korean tech giant could beat Apple to the punch?) Apparently, not so well. A new report from BusinessKorea (via AppleInsider) notes that the wearable tech has only been purchased 50,000 times since its debut last September. As of today, even with a strong advertising campaign from Samsung, only around 800 or 900 units are being sold per day.
If new research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners is true, it looks as though more Android users are switching to iPhone than we've seen in the past. As AppleInsider reports, CIRP gained its data from interviews with 400 owners of the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.