Well, that didn't last long. Just a few weeks after Apple reiterated that it wouldn't be working with chief competitor Samsung for thin glass for use in iPhones and iPads, South Korea's ET News passed along the rumor that Apple's currently working with the South Korean tech giant once again. And so far, this doesn't look like a temporary make-up. In the words of ET News, at least, the relationship's now so strong that it's almost single-handedly responsible for turning around the recent downturn in the Korean thin glass market.
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...
Would you like to enjoy download speeds around 1Gbps from a mobile device? Sure you would. Unfortunately, we'll all have to wait until 2020 for 4G LTE to get smoked, but companies like Samsung are already hard at work on the future tech that will be required to make such speeds a reality. If that's too far into the future for you to worry about, fear not: Most of our Tuesday recap is focused on the here and now.
There's little doubt that smartphone theft is on the rise, and the attorney general from at least one state is hoping to get help from the very companies who manufacture the devices in the first place.
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.
A lot of critics out there seem to think Apple has an iPhone problem. Apparently, sales of the trendsetting, outrageously profitable handset are poised to fall off a cliff sometime this year, when the new iPhone disappoints and everyone rushes to get an HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4.
As far as I can tell, Apple doesn't have an iPhone problem — it has a numbering problem. Since last year brought a redesign, everyone with an opinion expects the 2013 model to be a letdown, a predictable, mid-cycle refresh with minor internal upgrades and few new bells or whistles. Based on little more than its name, you'd think the new iPhone is doomed to fail.
Samsung Electronics may be flying high with US$7.7 billion in profits for the first three months of the year, but all that money may be making the company's chairman a little nervous, if history is any indication.
Sure, Samsung has been in the wristwatch business for years, but they haven't exactly had any better luck making them smarter than anyone else. Feeling a little pressure from those Apple rumors, are we?