Consumers who order the new iPad Air from Apple online's store today can expect to receive it on Monday.iPad Air sales kicked off Friday in 42 different countries among a host of retailers. Shoppers can try to pick up the new Air through one of many brick-and-mortar stores. But those who go through Apple's online site won't have to wait long to see the new tablet at their doorstep.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Walking through Kixeye's headquarters here in downtown San Francisco, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the offices of a triple-A studio.
Military sound bites blast out of the speakers of its bunker-themed elevator waiting hall, a space awash in glowing red light and protected by an actual armed guard. Once inside, old-school arcade machines pop up around every corner, and row upon row of vertical code-filled monitors are paired with white walls of concept art for one of the many titles in the development pipeline.
The company is still very much a startup; … Read more
Android continues to gobble up more of the smartphone market.
Google's mobile OS won a global market share of 81.3 percent last quarter, up from 75 percent in the prior year's quarter, research firm Strategy Analytics said on Thursday. Shipments of Android phones hit 204.4 million, a hefty gain over the 129.6 million shipped a year ago.
In second place, Apple saw its slice of the smartphone market drop to 13.4 percent from 15.6 percent despite a gain in shipments to 33.8 million. But Apple should regain some of its lost market … Read more
Apple is looking at eliminating the middleman in solar power charging by outfitting devices with their own converters.
Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent application dubbed "Power management systems for accepting adapter and solar power in electronic devices," envisions a power management system that can direct solar power to a laptop or other device without the need for an external converter.
Using solar power to charge your portable devices is hardly a new concept. But Apple's invention would remove some of the hassle involving in current methods. Instead of relying on bulky … Read more
Apple shipped enough iPads last quarter to continue its reign as the No. 1 tablet vendor.
For the third quarter, Apple shipped 14.25 million iPads, giving it a market share of 29.7 percent, research firm IHS said on Wednesday. Those numbers were down from the second quarter when shipments totaled 14.62 million and market share rang in at 33.5 percent.
IHS blamed the lower shipments on a shift in Apple's iPad launch cycle. In 2012, the company unveiled new tablets in the spring and fall. But 2013 saw a single launch when Apple unveiled the … Read more
The iPad Air is 80 percent faster than the fourth-generation iPad, say new benchmark tests.
Running the new iPad through the paces via Geekbench 3 tests, Primate Labs found that the tablet comes close to reaching Apple's promise of doubling the speed of the iPad 4.
The iPad Air is powered by an A7 processor, just like the iPhone 5S. But the new iPad runs at 1.4GHz -- which is 100MHz faster than the 5S, Primate Labs founder John Poole said on Wednesday. He said he's not sure whether the iPad Air's processor is faster due … Read more
It's no secret that feature phones are rapidly going the way of the pager as smartphones continue to dominate the mobile market.
It's now to a point that smartphone saturation among teens and young adults in the US is nearly complete. According to a new study released by Nielsen on Tuesday, 70 percent of teens aged 13 to 17 now use smartphones, and 79 percent of young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 own a smartphone. In 2012, 58 percent of American teens owned a smartphone, and in 2011 only 36 percent did.
For the third … Read more
Apple could sell as many as 51.5 million iPhones during the holiday quarter, says Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley.
In an investors note out Tuesday, Walkley said he expects strong sales of the iPhone 5S through December as Apple bumps up supply to meet the heavy demand. The more expensive 5S is currently outselling the 5C by a ratio of 2.5 to 1, according to the analyst.
iPad sales were soft last quarter, Walkley said. Apple … Read more
Samsung shipped a record 120 million phones last quarter, beating Nokia, Apple, and LG combined, Strategy Analytics said Tuesday.
The quarter showed a 7 percent jump in overall global shipments from a year ago and gave Samsung a 29 percent slice of the mobile phone market. Strategy Analytics attributed the gain to strong demand for Samsung's Note 3 phablet and mass market devices, such as the Galaxy Y.
In second place, Nokia bit off 15.5 percent of the worldwide mobile phone market, followed by Apple with 8 percent and LG with 4.4 percent.
Nokia's share and … Read more
Apple is close to awarding at least one company with a contract to supply displays for its long-rumored iWatch, according to a new report.
LG Display is close to signing a deal with Apple to provide flexible organic light-emitting diode panels (OLED) for its iWatch smartwatch, Korea Herald reported on Tuesday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the negotiations. LG Display, however, will be the secondary supplier, the news outlet's sources say. Taiwan-based RiTDisplay will be Apple's first choice.
The iWatch has been rumored to be in the works for months. There was even talk about … Read more