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Mobile Technology News, October 31, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • When Floodwaters Rise, Web Sites May Fall
    Web site managers are learning that backup power generators should not be located where it floods.

  • Microsoft is right about touch-screen laptops
    commentary Microsoft is evangelizing touch and Windows 8 at its Build conference. Don’t be surprised if your next laptop comes with a touch screen.
  • Bits Blog: Hurricane Sandy Knocks Out Gawker and Other News Sites
    As Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, the resulting power failures knocked out several major Web sites, including Gawker and The Huffington Post.

  • 4th Generation iPad Reviews: Faster, Better Camera, Lightning Port
    Besides the iPad mini, Apple is launching another new iPad on Friday — the 4th Generation iPad. The embargo has been lifted on those reviews as well, though they contain no real surprises. The 4th Generation iPad came out only seven months after the 3rd Generation model.

    Image from CNet

    The changes include a faster A6X processor running at 1.4GHz allowing the device to run twice as fast as its predecessor. The new processor doesn’t worsen battery life. Engadget’s testing even showed it to be slightly improved. The front facing camera has been upgraded to take HD video, and the only other external change is the replacement of the 30 pin dock connector with the new smaller Lightning connector. CNet sums it up:

    The latest iPad adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It’s better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply.

    The other interesting effect the new iPad has on Apple’s product line is that it increases the gap between the iPad 2 and the “new iPad”. Apple has chosen to keep the iPad 2 at the $399 starting price point and simply retired the 3rd Generation model, replacing it with the new one. That $100 difference between the two models now represent a larger feature gap than before.

    Full reviews:

    - Engadget

    - CNet

    - SlashGear

    - The Verge


  • First iPad Mini Reviews: "Shockingly Nice to Hold", Non-Retina Display, Pricier than Rivals
    The embargo has just lifted on the first iPad Mini reviews. Apple has provided some publications with an early review unit of the iPad Mini. We are collecting some of the more interesting points from each review, but you can click each title to read the full writeup. The iPad Mini will officially launch on November 2nd and will likely be available in retail stores beginning at 8am.



    CNet

    - “What’s unique about the Mini? Without a doubt, it’s the design. It’s cute, it’s discreet, and it’s very, very light.”

    - “If you’re an obsessive over crisp text, you’ll notice the fuzziness. If you’re comparing the Mini to a laptop, you won’t.”

    - “A Retina Display and a lower price would have made the iPad Mini perfect.”

    - “it’s really shockingly nice to hold.”

    - Regrading smaller bezel: “All I know is that when reading books on the Kindle app or iBooks, holding on the side wasn’t a problem.”

    The Verge

    - “I actually had a little trouble holding onto the device when I wasn’t using the Smart Cover due to the back being as smooth as it is, and the frame being so thin.”

    - “There’s something endearing about the mini that makes you want to keep it on-hand and use it often.”

    - “I don’t think the lower resolution is a deal-breaker in this product, but it is a compromise you have to be aware of.”

    - “Battery life was — not surprisingly — everything Apple claimed it would be.”

    - “The iPad mini hasn’t wrapped up the “cheapest tablet” market by any stretch of the imagination. But the “best small tablet” market? Consider it captured.”



    Engadget

    - “Overall, the tablet is very comfortable to hold; its thinness and lightness are both attributes that must be perceived first-hand.”

    - “Colors are very pleasing to the eye and viewing angles, as ever with an Apple display, do not disappoint.”

    - “In our standard battery run-down test, which entails looping a video with WiFi enabled and a fixed display brightness, the iPad mini managed an astounding 12 hours and 43 minutes.”

    - “This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. ”

    - “To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.”

    The Guardian

    - “Lining those pluses and minuses up against those for the Nexus 7 – which garnered four stars – there’s no doubt that this is indeed a five-star device. The 20% difference in comparative price is more than made up by the difference in build quality and software selection.”

    Loop Insight

    - “What I found was surprising to me. I actually used the iPad mini more than my iPad.”

    - “If you want to save $50 and buy a cheap-ass tablet, go ahead. If you want quality the iPad mini will be waiting for you when you come to your senses.”

    - “Everything just works on the mini — all of your old apps, iCloud, everything.”


  • Fund site Kickstarter UK launch
    Crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, which has raised over $300m for small projects and businesses in the US, has launched in the UK.
  • Selling Kickstarter to the British
    Will Britain get on board with crowdfunding site Kickstarter?
  • Michael Litt: Get Started With Video: 4 Videos You Can Produce in Less Than One Hour
    Rather than investing 100 hours into production and editing, then an additional couple thousand in putting videos together, we’re here to show you what videos can be done in one hour, with the technologies you have at hand.
  • FEMA Information For Civilians Affected By Hurricane Sandy
    On Tuesday evening, the White House released an update on FEMA’s efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those…
  • Websites Scramble As Hurricane Sandy Floods Data Centers
    As Hurricane Sandy made landfall Monday, the freak storm flooded data centers in New York City, taking down several major websites and services — including…
  • Bits Blog: Google Introduces New Emergency Resources in Response to Sandy
    Google.org, the company’s nonprofit arm, has published maps showing the storm’s danger zones, live video and evacuation routes and shelters.

  • As Sandy Knocks Out Power, New Yorkers Find Creative Ways To Plug Back In
    NEW YORK — Power outages left millions in the dark as Hurricane Sandy swept through the Northeast on Monday. The storm also left many disconnected…
  • Chris Castle: The Tide Has Risen: Five Reasons to Worry About the Internet Radio Fairness Act
    Let’s be clear — it’s not about "Internet Radio", the Internet or Fairness. It’s about money, power and lobbying, although I guess you could say it’s an act.
  • Kay Koplovitz: Women Powering the Global Economy By Daring to Be Great
    Women who dare to be great are rising to the top of their professions. None are more exemplary than the three who are being feted at Springboard’s Winners’ Circle awards October 24th in New York.
  • More Than 70,000 People Call For Ann Coulter To Publicly Apologize For ‘Retard’ Tweet
    A petition urging Ann Coulter to publicly apologize for "constantly using the R-word" has racked up more than 70,000 supporters since its launch. Dennis Morgan…
  • Google Search App Brings Siri-Competitor to iPhone
    googlesearchGoogle has given its iOS app a new search feature that squares it directly at Apple’s Siri. Google even calls it the “most advanced voice search” on iOS. Google gives a number of examples of how the service can be used.
    - “What does Yankee Stadium look like?” Google will show you hundreds of pictures instantly. – “Play me a trailer of the upcoming James Bond movie.” The trailer starts playing immediately right within Google Search. -”When does daylight savings time end?” The answer will appear above the search results, so you can set your clock without having to click on a link. -”Who’s in the cast of The Office?” See a complete cast list and find out who made you crack up last night.

    The service feels notably faster than Siri, recognizing words as they are spoken rather than all at once in the end. It even works on devices that aren’t supported by Siri. One commenter on Hacker News confirms that the voice search works on his iPhone 4.

    Google Search for iOS is available free on the App Store. [Direct Link]


  • Apple’s In Safe Hands
    (Reuters) – The exit of Apple Inc’s longtime mobile software products chief may be a surprise, but a band of able executives led by Tim…
  • What Happens When They Spend The Party Playing XBox?
    My son’s 10th birthday just passed this last weekend, and I pulled out all the stops to create and organize an entire backyard carnival party…
  • Hurricane Relief Efforts: How Social Media Helps And Hurts
    As Hurricane Sandy eases away from the East Coast and the cleanup begins, major charitable organizations are increasing their reach and personalizing relief efforts thanks…

Mobile Technology News, October 30, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • 4th Generation iPad Benchmarks Show 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor, 1GB of RAM
    John Poole of Primate Labs posts about some 4th Generation iPad benchmarks that appeared in their Geekbench database on Sunday night.



    True to Apple’s claims, the 4th Generation iPad benchmarks about twice as fast as the 3rd Generation iPad. The new iPad is based on an A6 processor which was first introduced in the iPhone 5. The iPad’s processor is called the A6X, signifying the inclusion of quad-core graphics (vs triple-core) to help drive the device’s larger Retina display. The 4th Generation iPad’s A6X processor also appears to be clocked at 1.4GHz, slightly faster than the iPhone 5′s processor which runs at 1.3GHz. This speed boost is reflected in the benchmarks above. (Readers should note that the original iPhone 5 benchmarks suggested that its A6 ran at 1.0GHz, but later more accurate testing showed it to actually to be ~1.3GHz.)

    The amount of RAM in the device remains at 1GB — the same as the 3rd Generation iPad and iPhone 5.

    The 4th Generation iPad is now available for pre-order and will officially launch on Friday, November 2nd alongside the iPad mini.


  • Google’s Nexus 10 goes for the iPad’s jugular
    The Nexus 10 tablet one ups Apple on some device-defining specifications and does so at a lower price.
  • Baidu posts 60% rise in income
    Baidu, China’s biggest search engine, sees a 60% rise in quarterly net income as it continues to attract increasing amounts of advertising.
  • David Shing: We’re Live at the Seattle Interactive Conference
    While all eyes are on the East Coast, I’m hanging out with telenauts, musicians. artists, publishers,and engineers on the West Coast at the Seattle Interactive Conference.
  • Microsoft Renews Relevance With Machine Learning Technology
    Microsoft is incorporating advanced computing technologies into many of its products, allowing users to comb huge amounts of data and get recommendations based on their habits.

  • Bits Blog: In Shake-Up, Apple’s Mobile Software and Retail Chiefs to Depart
    Scott Forstall, who has run software development for Apple’s iPad and iPhone products, and John Browett, the head of the company’s retail operations, are leaving Apple, in a rare management reshuffling at the company.

  • Scott Forstall Reportedly Forced Out of Apple
    Earlier this evening, Apple announced a major change up in their executive management. Most notably, Apple Senior Vice President of iOS Software Scott Forstall will be leaving. Forstall moved over to an advisory role effective immediately, and will ultimately depart Apple in 2013.

    As Senior Vice President of iOS Software, Scott Forstall has been a prominent public figure at Apple. He was originally recruited to NeXT, Inc. after college and came to Apple with Steve Jobs after Apple’s acquisition of NeXT in 1996. He has been on stage numerous times during Apple keynotes to demo the latest iOS features. Forstall was even profiled as Apple’s CEO-in-Waiting back in January. That article, however, was a not always flattering look at the executive who reportedly had many clashes with others at Apple.

    More recently, there was described to be an internal political divide in Apple about the use of skeuomorphism, the inclusion of certain ornamental elements in a product that are carried over from previous tools addressing the same task for which the elements were required for functionality.

    According to the report, Apple’s iOS chief Scott Forstall has long been a proponent of incorporating skeuomorphic features in the company’s software, with Steve Jobs having supported and even originated that design direction for Apple’s products. But others such as hardware guru Jonathan Ive find the inclusion of such features distasteful, and Apple’s designers have reportedly been divided into camps over which direction to take Apple’s products.

    In light of the shakeup, Jonathan Ive is now taking over Apple’s Human Interface teams.

    DaringFireball’s John Gruber believes that Forstall was forced out of Apple:

    Forstall is not walking away; he was pushed. Potential factors that worked against Forstall: his design taste, engineering management, abrasive style, and the whole iOS 6 Maps thing. I also wonder how much Forstall was effectively protected by his close relationship with Steve Jobs — protection which, obviously, no longer exists.

    Inside Apple author Adam Lashinsky agrees with that sentiment and also cites the Apple Maps issue as a reason for his demise:

    I also heard that Forstall refused to sign the letter apologizing for the mapping fiasco, sealing his fate at Apple.

    Lashinsky is referring to a public apology posted by Apple CEO Tim Cook about iOS 6′s Maps. The Map app in iOS 6 replaced Google Maps with Apple’s own proprietary solution. After a significant amount of criticism after iOS 6′s launch, Cook wrote an open letter apologizing to customers about not meeting expectations.

    Update: The Wall Street Journal confirms a similar story with their sources.

    In deciding how to manage the crisis, Mr. Forstall argued that the company could address the outcry without apologizing, as Apple had done when it shipped iPhones with faulty antennas a few years ago, one of these people said. Mr. Cook and others disagreed, these people said. Mr. Cook signed his name to the apology instead.

    The article also reiterates that Forstall clashed with others at Apple. One source even said he was difficult to work with and “never fit into the culture of Apple”.

    Update 2: NYTimes also has a similar story:

    A senior Apple employee who asked not to be named said Mr. Forstall had also incurred the ire of other executives after inserting himself into product development that went beyond his role at the company. One person in touch with Apple executives said the mood of people at the company was largely positive about Mr. Forstall’s departure.


  • Apple reveals management shake-up
    Scott Forstall and John Browett are to leave Apple, in the wake of problems with the firm’s mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.
  • UK’s first 4G service launches
    Eleven cities around the UK will be able to receive 4G mobile coverage from Tuesday morning, but critics have doubts over its cost.
  • Bits Blog: Like Apple, Google Now Has Devices That Come in Three Sizes
    With the addition of the iPad Mini, Apple offers touch-screen devices in three sizes. Now its competitor Google is doing the same with the introduction of a 10-inch tablet, a new smartphone and an upgraded seven-inch tablet.

  • Microsoft takes on smartphone icons with Live Tiles
    Microsoft is betting that Windows 8 Live Tiles will make icons look obsolete on smartphones and desktops.
  • Circa Now: Background Checks and Personal Ethics in the Age of Google
    How much information is too much, and what does all this Web searching say about ourselves?

  • Bill Lucey: Hurricane Sandy Resources
    In order to keep up on the latest news developments on Hurricane Sandy, here are some resources that readers should keep in mind.
  • Tech Pros Still Prefer Obama, Dice Poll Shows Tight Race With Romney
    Dice reports that Tech professionals favor President Obama over Gov. Romney in the upcoming election but much less than they preferred Obama over Sen. McCain four years ago.


  • Bruce Kushnick: Cable’s Social Contract on America and Other Cable Scandals: But Who’s Counting?
    Shouldn’t we get to choose who offers us Internet or broadband or cable programming services over the wires we’ve helped to upgrade? And if there’s no serious competition, shouldn’t the cable companies’ prices for cable services be regulated again?
  • Major Shakeup At Apple
    Apple announced on Monday that Scott Forstall, the senior vice President of iOS software, will be leaving the company in 2013. In the meantime, Forstall…
  • Mary Duncan: Venture Capital Comes to the Theater: An Interview With Jennifer Wilson
    With humor and her insights, Wilson has written a play that portrays the obstacles she faced as she tried to break into that male-dominated world.
  • Too Good To Be True: Fake Pictures Of Hurricane Sandy
    It’s an arresting photograph: Three soldiers in full uniform keep watch at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as Hurricane Sandy soaks them to the…
  • Apple CEO Ousts Heads Of iOS And Retail
    Apple has announced a huge reorganisation of its executive team. The head of iOS Scott Forstall will leave the company in 2013, while the head…

Mobile Technology News, October 29, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, October 28, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, October 27, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, October 26, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • iPad Mini and 4th Generation iPad Now Available for Pre-Order
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    Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad. U.S. customers can also order iPad mini + Cellular models on Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Prices for the iPad mini are $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), and $529 (64GB). Cellular models cost $130 more, and all models come in white or black.

    Delivery for pre-orders of Wi-Fi models is expected on November 2nd. Alternatively, customers will be able to purchase at retail locations on that same date. Apple’s online store is currently quoting “Mid November” shipping for cellular models in the United States, with other countries seeing “Late November” availability for those models.


  • Need a hand? Wearable robot arms give you two
    An intelligent extra set of arms made from flexible materials help their wearer perform those tricky DIY tasks

  • With New Tablet, Microsoft Faces a Balancing Act
    Microsoft, the world’s best-known software company, is set to begin selling a tablet computer on Friday, a move that is ruffling the feathers of its partners.

  • Amazon Reports Loss Despite Higher Sales
    Amazon lost 60 cents a share in the third quarter, much of it because of a large loss on its investment in the daily deals site Living Social.

  • Apple Profit Rises 24% on iPhone 5 Sales
    Apple’s profits were buoyed by sales of its new iPhone, which was introduced nine days before the quarter’s end.

  • VIDEO: First look at Blackberry 10 phone
    RIM’s boss says the new system will revive its fortunes
  • Microsoft reverses ‘Mature’ games ban in Euro Windows Store
    Games like Doom 3 and Bioshock were banned in the European Windows 8 Store over a ratings discrepancy, but now that’s changed.
  • Apple Store Down Ahead of iPad Mini Pre-Orders
    Apple’s Online Store has gone offline in preparation for iPad mini pre-orders. Pre-orders for the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad will likely begin at 12:01am Pacific and 3:01am Eastern on October 26th.

    Applestoredown

    Customers can begin pre-ordering all models of iPad mini and all models of the fourth generation iPad on Friday, October 26 through the Apple Online Store in the US, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.

    iPad mini with Wi-Fi models will be available for purchase in retail stores on Friday, November 2, with pre-orders beginning to arrive that same day. iPad mini with Cellular models will begin shipping a few weeks after the Wi-Fi models, first in the U.S. on AT&T, Sprint and Verizon with other countries following later.

    Fourth generation iPad preorders begin tonight as well, with similar availability to the iPad mini.


  • Samsung net profit hits record
    Samsung Electronics has reported record profit in the three months to September, led by strong sales of its Galaxy range of smartphones.
  • Music Labels Downplay Imminent Launch of New Apple Music Service
    In September, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in licensing negotiations with record labels to create a Pandora-like music service. The next day, the New York Post reported that talks were hung up over licensing fees.

    NewImage
    Earlier today, it was Bloomberg breaking the story. The wire service reported the music service would launch in the first quarter of next year, and, just like last time, anonymous record company executives are pouring water on the deal, saying record companies still want Apple to improve its offer. This time, CNET has the story:

    The negotiations are ongoing so the terms could change, but the sources said Apple has offered to pay a lower royalty rate than Pandora pays even though it wants to provide iTunes users with the ability to do more with the music than Pandora’s customers enjoy. Pandora, the leading Internet radio service, pays a statutory rate set by Congress. Under the terms of this rate, Pandora must limit the way users interact with songs, such as capping the number of times they can listen to the same song or an individual artist.

    In exchange for this greater flexibility with songs, Apple is offering a percentage of the ad sales generated by the service. CNET’s sources say that some of the sector’s leaders don’t believe the cut Apple put on the table is big enough. Others in the music industry, however, argue it’s good for the overall business if Apple takes on Pandora.

    It seems likely that these negotiations are playing themselves out in the press, as well as behind boardroom doors.


  • Apple Increases European App Store Pricing, Changes Some Countries to Local Currencies
    AppstoreApple has increased the amount of money charged for App Store pricing tiers for a number of countries across the European Union. The lowest tier is now €0.89, up from $0.89. It is equivalent to the $0.99 tier in the U.S. MacStories has confirmed the following countries have seen a change in pricing:

    - Italy
    - Spain
    - Netherlands
    - Portugal
    - Greece
    - Poland
    - Germany
    - France
    - Belgium
    - Austria
    - Czech Republic
    - Denmark
    - Luxembourg
    - Hungary
    - Russia

    Additionally, several countries have seen App Store pricing change from U.S. dollars to local currencies. Apps in India are now being priced in Rupees, apps in Saudi Arabia are being priced in Saudi Riyals, and customers in the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Indonesia, Israel, Turkey, and South Africa are all seeing purchases listed in local currencies now.


  • Tim Cook: iPad Mini Priced “Aggressively”
    During Apple’s fourth quarter earnings call today, CEO Tim Cook explained the company’s pricing philosophy for the iPad mini in some detail. The following is a portion of our rough transcript:

    When we set out to build it, we didn’t set out to build a small, cheap tablet. We set out to build a smaller iPad that offered the full iPad experience. The difference between us and the competition is profound. 35% larger screen than 7″ tablets. 2 great cameras. Fastest communications with dual bank Wi-Fi. Fit and finish of our precision enclosure is breathtaking when held in your hands. That’s what we’ve done, the iPad mini has higher costs and gross margin is significantly below our corporate average. Height of the cost curve, but we want to make a large number and we’re going to work to try to get down the cost curve and get more efficient with manufacturing as we’ve done with our other products.

    Ipadmini

    One of the things we try to do is to create a product that people will love for months and years and continue using. That’s what iPad Mini is designed to do. You can see that more broadly on iPad by looking at the usage statistics. Over 90% of web traffic from tablets is from iPads. Apple will not make a product that somebody may feel good about for the moment, but then won’t use when they get home. That’s not the experience we want our customers to have. I would encourage you to use an iPad mini and I don’t think you’d be using anything other than an iPad once you do that.


  • Apple profits miss expectations
    Apple’s quarterly profits are lower than analysts’ expectations, with iPad sales slowing ahead of the launch of a smaller version.
  • Amazon reports big quarterly loss
    Online retailer Amazon reports a bigger than expected quarterly loss, led by its investment in struggling online deals service LivingSocial.
  • Apple Revenue Meets Forecasts, iPad Disappoints
    The company reported quarterly revenue that met Wall Street expectations even as iPad sales were disappointing.

  • Apple Records Q4 2012 Earnings of $8.2B on $36B in Revenue, Tops $150B in Sales for Fiscal 2012 [Call Ended]
    Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2012. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $36.0 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $28.27 billion and net quarterly profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Apple had provided guidance for this quarter of $34 billion in revenue and earnings of $7.65 per share.

    Apple reported total revenue of $156.5 billion and net profit of $41.7 billion for fiscal 2012, both company records. In fiscal 2011, Apple earned $25.9 billion on $108.2 billion in sales.

    Gross margin for the quarter was 40.0 percent, compared to 40.3 percent in the year-ago quarter, and international sales accounted for 60 percent of revenue. Apple’s quarterly profit and revenue were both company records for the September quarter. Apple also declared another dividend payment of $2.65 per share payable on November 15 to shareholders as of the close of trading on November 12. The company now had $124.25 billion in cash and marketable securities.


    Quarterly iPhone unit sales reached 26.9 million, up 58 percent from the year-ago quarter, and the company sold 14.0 million iPads, up 26 percent year-over-year. Apple sold 4.9 million Macintosh computers, a unit increase of 1 percent over the year-ago quarter, as well as 5.3 million iPods, representing a 19 percent unit decline year-over-year.

    “We’re very proud to end a fantastic fiscal year with record September quarter results,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We’re entering this holiday season with the best iPhone, iPad, Mac and iPod products ever, and we remain very confident in our new product pipeline.”

    Apple’s guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 includes expected revenue of $52 billion and earnings per diluted share of $11.75.


    Apple will provide live streaming of its Q4 2012 financial results conference call at 2:00 PM Pacific, and MacRumors will update this story with coverage of the conference call highlights.

    Earnings Call Highlights

    - New September quarter records for iPhone, iPad and Mac unit sales. Highest Sept quarter revenue and profit ever.
    - Sold 4.9 million Macs, 1% growth year over year compared to IDC estimates of 8% contraction of global computer market.
    - Portables make up 80% of Mac unit mix, highest ever.
    - 3-4 weeks of Mac channel inventory, off from 4-5 weeks of preferred.

    - iPod Touch accounts for more than half of iPods sold.
    - iPod share is 70%+ of market, still top mp3 player in most countries.

    - iTunes Store produced record results of $2.1 billion.
    - New iTunes launching soon.

    - 58% year over year growth of iPhones, versus 35% for smartphone market over the quarter.
    - Demand for iPhone 5 continues to outstrip supply.
    - 9.1 million iPhones in channel inventory, up 800k from last week. Below target 4-6 weeks of iPhone channel inventory.
    - Touting how Canon and Amtrak use the iPhone, as well as reporters from BBC, CTV and the Wall Street Journal.

    - iPad sales were ahead of Apple’s internal expectations. Strong year over year growth across all geographies.
    - Talking about enterprise companies using iPad including Volkswagen (more than 30 internal iPad apps).

    - Sold 44 million iOS devices in September quarter.
    - New quarterly record for app sales.

    - Made a number of improvements to Maps in the past month, won’t stop improving.

    - $4.2 billion for Retail stores. Up 18% year over year. Store’s best iPhone launch ever. New quarterly record for Mac sales, moving 1.1 million Macs. 18 new stores in 10 countries including 1st store in Sweden. 390 stores total. 94 million visitors vs 77.5 million last year. 19,000 visitors per store per week.

    - Tax rate of 25.2% for fiscal 2012.
    - Cash of $121.3 billion at end of the quarter, up $4 billion from prior quarter.
    - Paid $2.5 billion in cash dividend in August.
    - $2.65 / share dividend comes out in November.
    - Entered share repurchase program, may also repurchase shares in open market share transactions.

    - Strongest product pipeline ever.

    Q&A
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Mobile Technology News, October 25, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, October 24, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

Mobile Technology News, October 23, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

  • In Report, Speed Trades’ Problems and Pluses
    A British government study found that the increasing prevalence of computerized trading might lead to isolated incidents of instability in the financial markets.

  • Faster data cloud ‘can cut bills’
    Users could cut 30% off their bills for on-demand computer services by working out which chip is on the servers they rent, suggests research
  • In Mobile World, Tech Giants Scramble to Get Up to Speed
    Companies like Google, Microsoft and Intel are scrambling to reinvent their businesses now that the old model — a customer sitting at a PC — no longer applies.

  • Apple October 23rd Media Event Spoiler Free Video Stream [iOS Blog]


    With Apple’s 2012 October Media event kicking off on Tuesday, some users are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until Apple posts the recorded video of the event so as to experience it without already knowing the outcome.

    For those individuals, we’ve posted this news story, which will be updated with the link to the presentation once it becomes available from Apple. No other news stories or announcements will be displayed alongside this story.

    Users waiting for the video to be posted are welcome to gather in the thread associated with this news story, and we ask that those who follow the events refrain from making any posts in the thread about tomorrow’s announcements.


  • New Full-Sized iPad to Have Upgraded FaceTime Camera?
    BGR posts what it claims to be photos from a new iPad’s display assembly. BGR refers to the part as an “iPad 4″ part but is somewhat uncertain about exactly what the part could represent.

    Apple is believed to be working on a revised full-size iPad (in addition to the iPad mini) that could also be launched on Tuesday as part of their media event. The new iPad would have a lightning connector and expanded LTE support. And, according to BGR, could have an improved FaceTime camera:



    They point to an enlarged front-camera opening as evidence that Apple could be upgrading the front-camera on this new iPad.

    The most noticeable changes we can see are the fact that the front-facing camera cutout is larger than the previous model, allowing Apple to include a bigger sensor.

    A larger sensor could allow for a higher quality camera. At the moment, the iPad’s front camera offers “VGA-quality” photos. Notably, the iPhone 5′s front-facing camera was upgraded to 720p video and 1.2MP photos, suggesting this is a direction they could also take the iPad.

    BGR acknowledges that the part, however, could be for a future iPad update.

    Apple’s media event kicks off on 10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern on Tuesday, October 23rd.


  • DealBook: In London, Nimble Start-Ups Offer Alternatives to Stodgy Banks
    As consumers’ trust in banks deteriorates, young companies are pressing their advantage, using technology to pare back costs and improve the customer experience.

  • Microsoft Tightens Personal Data Rules
    The company said it would tell consumers explicitly that it would not use personal information it collects in some products in targeted online advertising

  • Earnings Report Gives Yahoo’s New Chief a Good Start
    In its first quarter under Marissa Mayer as chief executive, Yahoo reported stronger earnings than a year earlier, but slightly lower revenue.

  • Media Decoder Blog: Young People Frequent Libraries, Pew Study Finds
    In a digital world where downloading books is becoming popular, many Americans from the ages of 16 through 29 still frequent libraries, according to the Pew Research Center.

  • Microsoft tries to play leapfrog with Windows 8
    The company is upending Windows to get back in the game, which is now centered on mobile devices. It won’t overtake Apple or Google, but it will apply its money, developers, and persistence to winning.
  • Connecting Mogadishu to the world
    How Somalia is rebuilding with the help of internet connectivity
  • New swoop to block piracy sites
    The UK’s major ISPs are asked to block users from accessing three more sites the record industry says are illegally sharing music.
  • EE announces its 4G price plans
    EE has shared details of its launch tariffs for its new 4G service, the first to become available in the UK.
  • Computer trading ‘beneficial’
    Computer-based financial market trading can be beneficial, a government report led by the chief scientific adviser concludes.
  • Yahoo Posts $1.09 Billion Net Revenue in Quarter
    Yahoo reported a slight uptick in net revenue in the third quarter, the struggling Internet company’s first three months under its new chief executive, Marissa Mayer.

  • Challenge of creating on tablets
    Creating art and other content on tablets is a challenge
  • Sophia A. McClennen: Romnesia Is the New Truthiness: Obama Learns a Lesson From Colbert
    Obama has finally learned from Colbert that neologisms are not just snappy ways of packaging important ideas; they are also ways to get your supporters to play an active role in spreading them.
  • WATCH: Zuckerberg Would Have Joined Microsoft If Facebook Failed
  • Windows, Staple of Most PCs, Gets a Major Makeover
    A radical new design of Microsoft’s flagship operating system is likely to cause some head-scratching when Windows 8 goes on sale this Friday.

Mobile Technology News, October 22, 2012

As developers for tablets and smartphones we like to keep abreast of the latest mobile technology developments . This is a daily digest of mobile development and related technology news gathered from the BBC, the New York Times, New Scientist and the Globe and Mail to name a few. We scour the web for articles concerning, iPhone, iPad and android development, iOS and android operating systems as well as general articles on advances in mobile technology. We hope you find this useful and that it helps to keep you up to date with the latest technology developments.

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