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Why Apple’s iPad is in big trouble – USA TODAY

Senior Abby Lemon uses an iPad mini to look up unusual laws in France during Jenna Engelhardt’s French III class at Madison-Grant High School near Marion, Ind., on Friday, March 7, 2014.(Photo: JEFF MOREHEAD AP) Less than two years ago, Apple’s (ticker: AAPL) iPad absolutely dominated the tablet space. As of mid-2012, Apple still claimed nearly 70% of the tablet market, while Android tablet manufacturers were struggling to make any headway. Furthermore, the iPad Mini’s fall 2012 arrival was an open secret by then. As a result, tablet market analysts expected Apple to further solidify its dominance of the tablet market over time. However, the opposite has occurred. Not only has Apple’s market share lead crumbled, but iPad sales growth Read More

Apple driving move to 64-bit mobile processors, TSMC says – CNET

Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor: TSMC’s co-CEO said that Apple is driving the industry to 64-bit. Apple Apple has moved the mobile device industry to 64-bit, an executive from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said at an earnings conference. “If you observe the mobile device industry, in the past six months we do see the…conversion to 64-bit [in processors] after the Apple [64-bit A7 processor] announcement,” Mark Liu, co-CEO of TSMC, said at a conference on Thursday after TSMC announced its first-quarter results. Apple announced the 64-bit A7 processor in September of last year. The announcement surprised Qualcomm, galvanizing it to announce a slew of 64-bit processors in the following months. MediaTek — another large mobile processor supplier — has chimed in Read More

Is THIS the Loch Ness Monster? Apple’s Maps satellite image may have found … – Daily Mail

Satellite in the atmosphere was accessed using Apple’s satellite map app Shows a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch Location just south of Dores – only be viewed on some iPads and iPhones Creature in the water is about 50ft in length – half the size of a blue whale By Jill Reilly Published: 05:54 EST, 18 April 2014 | Updated: 14:10 EST, 18 April 2014 Looking for the Loch Ness Monster? There’s an app for that. Amazing images of a creature swimming below the surface of the world famous loch have been accessed from a satellite high in the atmosphere, using Apple’s satellite map app. The photographs were captured by two different amateur Nessie hunters Read More

Samsung expert compares Apple’s patented phone features to car cup holders – CNET

Apple and Samsung are back in court. Josh Miller/CNET SAN JOSE, Calif. — An Apple study to determine whether people would buy phones to get certain Apple patented features is similar to asking people to choose a car based on its cup holders, an expert hired by Samsung testified Friday. David Reibstein, chaired professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, on Friday refuted Apple expert John Hauser’s testimony from earlier this month. Hauser, the Kirin professor of marketing at the MIT Sloan School of Management, conducted a conjoint study that determined Apple’s patented features made Samsung’s devices more appealing. However, Reibstein said Hauser’s study was flawed because it didn’t take into account major factors such Read More

Samsung Galaxy S5 less durable than the iPhone 5S – T3

Smartphone insurance firm SquareTrade tested the Samsung Galaxy S5 using its Phone Terminator test. According to the company, the S5 scored 6 points during the test. However, despite Samsung pushing the ruggedness of the handset, it still failed to beat Apple’s iPhone 5S. That is despite Apple’s rival handset being made out of glass and soft aluminium. The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched earlier this month, after being unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. SquareTrade’s Phone Terminator test was designed by a University of California Berkeley PHD in mechanical engineering to test the durability of mobile phone handsets. It simulates the everyday hazards that our phones face in our hectic lifestyles. Devices are dropped onto pavement, submerged in water and Read More

Another Alleged iPhone 6 Case Surfaces with Cutouts for Moved Power Button … – Mac Rumors

New photos showing what appears to be another case for Apple’s larger-screen iPhone 6 have been posted by Nowhereelse.fr [Google Translate]. While details about the case’s exact length are unknown, the images are said to have come from a Chinese accessory maker and show a case designed for the next-generation iPhone, similar to cases pictured last week and those on display at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair yesterday. The case feature slightly rounded edges, similar to the design of the iPhone 5c and consistent with design drawings said to be for the iPhone 6. Like other cases and in line with a claim from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the case also includes a hole for a button along Read More

Apple Said to Prepare Song-ID Feature for IPhone Software – Bloomberg

Apple Inc. (AAPL) wants to help you name that tune. The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database. Apple is bolstering its music offerings even as song-download sales have slowed across the industry. While the Cupertino, California-based company is the world’s largest music seller through its iTunes store, customers Read More

‘Now is the time to invest’ in Apple ahead of new product launches, Morgan … – Apple Insider

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 05:44 am PT (08:44 am ET) By Neil Hughes A strong recommendation for Apple stock was pushed by investment firm Morgan Stanley on Thursday, which said now is the right time to invest due to low institutional ownership, resilient iPhone sales, and anticipated upcoming product launches. Analyst Katy Huberty believes shares of AAPL have been “de-risked” ahead of upcoming product cycles, she said in her latest research note, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider. If investors are on the fence about Apple stock, she said now is the right time to buy in before upcoming growth.Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty expects Apple will enter the mobile payment and wearable devices markets. Specifically, she said her Read More

Here’s what Apple’s CarPlay will look like in your next car – The Verge

It’s been a long time in the making, but Apple’s CarPlay is finally here. Well, almost. At the New York International Auto Show, Apple is showing off its CarPlay integration with a handful of its automotive partners. We got a chance to take a look at how the system will work in upcoming vehicles from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, and Hyundai. CarPlay is a lightweight version of iOS that’s designed specifically for use in the car. Plug in your iPhone and you get quick access to the things you need the most while driving, namely navigation, music, phone calls, and text messages, in a familiar interface on your car’s existing display. CarPlay also allows access to third-party apps that have been updated Read More

I Won’t Buy Another Apple Product Until the Company Pays Its Fair Share of Taxes – Slate Magazine

YOUR RECOMMENDED STORIES I Won’t Buy Another Apple Product Until the Company Pays Its Fair Share of Taxes – Slate Magazinehttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNHLhl6fD6A0E5o1N0f5D36oanbYOw&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=43982379942719&ei=KZ1QU_jCMIjZmAKpJg&url=http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/04/apples_and_taxes_i_won_t_buy_another_iphone_or_mac_until_the_company_pays.html