Apple sold it’s one billionth iphone roughly after 9 years after they introduced their most successful products. It is an great achievement by any technology company in 21st century. However Apple’s crossed this milestone while their sales are declining. According to latest reports iphone sales are down by 15%, while Apple’s nearest rival Samsung is still growing.
According to the research data published by garter in february, 2016 Samsung is now the number 1 brand in the over sales of mobile phones followed by Apple Inc and Huawei. With other Chinese phone manufacturers trying to capture more market share, Apple really need to up their game with better design and unique features to keep the iphone sales high.
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of AppleInc and former CEO of the company dies on Wednesday fighting with pancreatic cancer for a long time.
Creating numerous seminal electronics products, Jobs gave a new shape and definition to many industries. His company Apple became a$350 billion worth tech empire.
All over world, he was known as the greatest CEO of any company so far who positioned Apple on the top for several decades ahead. Before resigning, Steve Jobs handed the company to its operations chief Tim Cook in August, still Job’s death leaves many questions in front of the gizmo empire
Many experts doubt if Apple can continue the same miracle of success without Jobs. Steve Jobs had always kept every bit of product development process under his scrutinyBe it the iPhone or the Macintosh, the iPod, or the iPad, all show his capability of unique designing.
Investors’ and consumers’ faith in Apple is not affected despite Job’s resignation. While Job was busy in his treatment since January, there was no clear indication who would take the leadership in Apple. Though Cook has taken Job’s responsibilities everyone believes Steve Jobs had no comparison in terms of brilliance. Cook’s first big production launched on Tuesday did not get that warm recognition and investors fear if they are going to lose their money by retaining their association with Apple.
The last is yet to be heard about the ongoing controversy concerning location tracking by apple iphone products. The manufacturers of the iphone apple have made available the updated iphone operating system which seeks to provide further insight into the location tracking controversy.
The iOS 4.3.3 software is available in GSM iphone4 iphones through iTunes, it is also available in iphone 3GS, iPad products and in the fourth generation of the Ipod touch.
According to the notes that was released the iOS 4.3.3 minimizes the databases sizes and eliminates cache functionality when the device is connected to the computer; the entire cache is deleted when the location functionality of the device is off. It is possible that apple may have addressed the other bugs that are connected to the controversy.
It will be recalled that there was a controversy few weeks ago about location tracking capacity of iphone products by apple. The controversy was raised by two researchers who raised alarm that the 3 G facility in iphones can track down user’s location. The location tracker had never been an issue with iphone products until the release of one of the latest models of apple products which is iOS 4 some months ago which made some revelations about their locations.
Apple has tried to exonerate itself of any blame on the location tracking issue saying that the products do not track the users and transmit back to apple.
US Congress is likely to obstacle Apple over technological transparency issues. According to legal experts, Apple is also likely to file a lawsuit regarding the same seeking justice.
Sen. Al Franken from a new privacy panel questioned Apple and asked to explain the reasons for tracking iPhone users’ locations.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will also investigate the matter and a senator from Washington State has declared to interrogate Apple on his own. Apple CEO Steve Jobs received a letter from Franken following a report by few British researchers, which revealed that iPhones and 3G iPads were tracking users’ location details by using iOS 4 logged.
The mechanism can detect up to 100 locations daily. The device collects data and stores in in an unencrypted SQLite file, which the company can easily retrieve from its back up synchronization on iTunes. The device owner can also save it, on computer that is supported with Windows PC or Mac.
The US privacy and security experts have raised concern in this regard citing the unencrypted data, which can easily be accessed by anyone who uses a Smartphone or tablet PC. If someone loses his mobile, it can pose danger to his privacy as the person who steals the phone can use it for wrong purpose.
Apple and Google are currently making efforts for their clients to gain access on different gadgets.
The two corporations introduced competitor services to enable issuers produce conditions and premiums for allocated contents in apps so long Apple can gain a piece of the cake in profits made.
Apple’s access billing package, said on Tuesday, the issuers and editors of magazines and other print and video media could set their own provisions and charges for selected stuffs from the App store. This different packages promises user’s opportunity of usage to plans paid for on iTunes, whatever the gadget used.
Google released its one permit package plan the following day, increasing content users’ access over a wide variety of these Pc gadgets and phones. A 10% part profit is contemplated from these issuers.
A Part of the publishers or issuers have shown their negative reactions to this deep and high price package prices but others have accepted the deal saying the only negative reactions from customers is that they want a direct iPad access.
Apple representative Trudy Muller refused to say something as to if there would be any flexibility afforded with respect to gain sharing. “Our idiosyncrazy is simple,” said Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “When Apple expects to presentnew client to the app, Apple makes a 30% gain. When the issuer brings an old client then Apple has nothing but the issuer owns 100%.
Apples’ new subscription scheme demands that now all content providers must pay hefty cuts to the company. Content providers for Apple’s iPhone and iPad have strongly opposed the company’s move to charge them 30 percent of the revenues earned.
The move would mean that whenever a customer subscribes to music, movie, newspaper or an ebook publisher via iPhone or iPad that particular publisher which gains the customer has to pay 30 percent of what it will earn from the customer. The move is seen as an untenable one by subscription providers.
Rhapsody, a music service provider is the first one to call foul. The music service that can be accessed from Apple’s iPhones and i Pads prefers the old system of charging 2.5 credit card fees preferable to a monthly charge of 30 percent of revenue earnings. They are planning business as well as legal action against Apple’s decision.
Though Steve Jobs clearly states that they want 30 percent cut only when Apple brings a customer to the subscription and that Apple does not want anything in the case where the publishers of the content subscription bring in a customer. Yet 30 percent is perceived as very high in comparison to others, such as Wal Mart that charges only four percent. The margin is razor thin in digital content and the content providers have objected to Apple’s move.
Reports from internet indicates that personal iTunes accounts of numerous individuals were hacked.
All this started when some of iPhone application developers noticed that the App store was hacked by one particular app developer. The app developer hacked iTunes users accounts and purchased their own apps using those hacked accounts to get his apps on top of the iTunes charts.
As this report is being published more than 40 out of 50 apps by the app developer, Thuat Nguyen. According Engadget reports, Thuat Nguyen’s website link is leading to a parked page on home.com
The new Apple iPhone 4 was released in the market in June 2010. As always people made advanced booking and lined up long queue to get the new iPhone 4. News papers, magazines, website and blogs were talking about the latest gadget even before the phone hit the market.
Within hours after the phone hit the market the Apple product made another big because of flaw in the phone called, the iPhone 4 Death Grip. There are even rumors that the entire iPhone 4 shipment might be recalled.
What is iPhone 4 Death Grip?
The iPhone 4 Death Grip is the tendency of iPhone to lose signal strength when you hold the phone in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band. This happens because the iPhone antenna is located around this area.
Is iPhone Death Grip a big problem?
Though there is hysterical online reaction about the iPhone 4 death grip problem the issue is very subtle and shouldn’t be a problem for most users.
Apple’s Statement on iPhone 4 Death Grip Problem:
On its statement Apple siad that, “”Gripping any phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every mobile phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available iPhone cases.”