Sunday night probably felt like Christmas Eve to many MacLife.com readers, because the 2013 edition of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicks off at 10am PST (1pm EST) on Monday, where it appears Cupertino will dazzle us with iOS 7, the next version of OS X and presumably other goodies that may or may not include a MacBook Air refresh. Be sure to come back and find out what they are with our full coverage of the event!
There's something of an innovation lull in smartphone design. While certainly a nice improvement over the 4S, the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen and panoramic camera are hardly breaking any new ground. The Samsung Galaxy S4 learned a few new parlor tricks, but for the most part it's just a faster and slightly larger S3. And for all its accolades, the HTC One's claim to fame is that it's not made of plastic.
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.
2012 marked the year Nintendo finally started to understand the social aspect of video games. Chatting and playing games with friends on the Wii U still isn't quite up to par with the likes of Xbox Live, but it's a start. According to a presentation this afternoon, Nintendo is looking to expand Miiverse a bit, with a smartphone app. Will Nintendo actually break the trend and release something on the App Store?
Windows Phone partners Nokia and Microsoft have one thing in common: They’re both former mobile heavyweights in serious need of a comeback. A year after introducing the Lumia 800 overseas, this dynamic duo is back, hoping the third time’s the charm for giving Apple and Google a run for their money with the Nokia Lumia 920.
China is now the world's largest smartphone market, and Apple appears to be falling behind in the race to the top of the great wall of Chinese smartphone sales. Particularly if the other guys make phones that look just like the iPhone. Fortunately for Chinese phone makers, Apple has not gotten around to suing anyone in China--yet.
So who is applying all of this heat in the Chinese smartphone marketplace? Let's take a look some of the "cheap and cheerful" devices that are taking Apple's Chinese lunch money.
iPhone 5 rumors are like opinions: everybody has one to share--except us. Instead of speculating what new handset hotness is being cooked up in Cupertino, we’d rather wait and bask in the glory of yet another amazing piece of Sir Jonathan Ive designed hardware once it is officially announced. That said, we’re not above keeping you up privy to what everyone else is saying about this year’s most anticipated handset.
With webOS down for the count and BlackBerry on life support, Microsoft is now the sole challenger to the smartphone domination of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. Just in the nick of time, Windows Phone is finally receiving much-needed attention thanks to the Nokia Lumia 900, a handset as seductive as anything Cupertino has produced to date.