By Lisa Johnston
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Cupertino, Calif. – Apple launched its free iOS 6 update to add features and enable more carriers in the U.S and foreign countries to offer 4G LTE service to the iPhone 5.
The update, iOS version 6.1, also enables more foreign carriers to offer LTE service for the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Boston – Global cellphone shipments rose a modest 2 percent in 2012 to 1.6 billion units compared with 13.7 percent growth in 2011, with Samsung knocking out Nokia for top market share, Strategy Analytics reports.
Apple also gained global share in 2012 but remained in the No. 3 market-share slot.
Cupertino, Calif. – Apple reported $54.5 billion in quarterly revenue and a net profit of $13.1 billion in its fiscal first quarter ended December 29, 2012, but that didn’t seem like enough for Wall Street.
While revenue was a quarterly record topping the prior year’s first quarter revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit last year was the same as this year’s opening quarter - $13.1 billion Apple’s stock price sank in early trading.
Recently, the supply chain has been buzzing about potential changes in the touch technologies used for future iPhones and iPads, in particular involving LCD suppliers rather than touch panel makers.
The headline is a little misleading. Santa’s online service was really not involved, but the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) Tracks Santa program hit highs in calls, emails and social-media followers on Dec. 24.
The 57-year-old operation, which is run by volunteers out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, uses NORAD’s worldwide radar network and defense satellites to keep tabs on St. Nick as he travels the world.
London, U.K. – Apple is having a very Merry Christmas, but carriers might not be.
Thanks to the iPhone 5, Apple’s share of U.S. smartphone sales to consumers have surged and exceeded 50 percent for the first during the 12 weeks ending Nov. 25, according to a survey conducted by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The research company expects Apple to make further gains in December.
Apple’s gains are expensive for the carriers, who subsidize the iPhone more heavily than other smartphones.
San Jose, Calif. – A federal district court denied Apple’s request to permanently ban the sale of 26 Samsung smartphones and tablets found by a jury to infringe on multiple Apple patents.
In August, a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages over the infrigement.
The judge also refused a Samsung request to hold a new trial over alleged jury misconduct.
Some audio suppliers are really chafing under the Kremlin-like secrecy that surrounds Apple’s new-product plans. Maybe it’s good business to keep the competitors guessing, but Apple’s partners complain they’re suffering collateral damage in the smartphone and tablet wars.
The latest example was Apple’s switch to an 8-pin all-digital connector. Here’s what one docking-speaker supplier told me:
Bonn, Germany — T-Mobile USA has entered into an agreement with Apple to bring products to market together in 2013, T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom announced.
T-Mobile, which is losing subscribers, is the only national carrier not offering the iPhone or iPad.
Deutsche Telekom didn’t say whether an iPhone or an iPad would be offered, but details of the agreement with Apple might be forthcoming today at Deutsche Telekom’s annual investors’ conference.