According to a new report, Apple's iPhone 6 was by far the best selling smartphone in Japan in September and October while still leading in November with only days to go. For the month of October Apple's iPhone 6 dominated by holding the top 6 positions for smartphone sales and in total it held 9 positions out of the top 14.
Earlier this month we posted a report titled "United Airlines Testing iPad's in Restaurants & Terminals." In that report we covered how United Airline's is planning to use iPads in their terminals and restaurants. We also covered what Delta Airlines has already set up at their Crust Restaurant using iPads as their menus. As many get ready to travel for Thanksgiving, we look at other airports offering iPad bars set up by OTG and point to new ones in the works.
Well ahead of the pack, Patently Apple posted a report back in May titled "Apple Reaches Agreement with China UnionPay for iWallet." Since that time Apple's mobile wallet has been officially branded "Apple Pay." Confirmation of Apple's deal with Union Pay came to light in a press release issued in November. We noted in the latter report that adding UnionPay at the App Store was going to lead to use of Apple Pay down the road. Today that was confirmed. UnionPay will begin to accept Apple Pay starting in March 2015. The twist to the story however, is that UnionPay is planning to compete with Apple Pay.
On November 26, 2014, the European Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark filing for "Mail Drop." For those unfamiliar with Apple's new Mail feature for OS X called "Mail Drop" it boils down to this: When you're signed in to iCloud, Mail Drop lets you send large files like videos, presentations, even a folder of images without having to worry about your service provider's limitations. Just drag your attachments, up to 5GB total, into your mail message, and Mail Drop handles the rest. If your recipients use Mail in OS X Yosemite, they'll receive the attachment just as they do today. If they use another app or webmail, they'll receive your email with a link to download it. There's no charge to use Mail Drop. And it works no matter which email service you use, including Gmail, Yahoo, and Microsoft Exchange.
On October 16 we posted a report titled "CBS 60 Minutes: Apple has the Power to Upend the Rule of Law." The report covered an interview with FBI Director James Comey who revealed his views about internet surveillance in general and in context with Apple and Google's latest encryption technology specifically."Apple and Google will have the power to upend the rule of law. Until now, a judge could order those companies to unlock a criminal suspect's phone. But their new software makes it impossible for them to crack a code set by the user." Last week we posted a follow-up report titled "The DOJ's War with Apple & Google Heating up over Encryption," where Apple executives vehemently objected to the DOJ's new argument that Apple's new encryption could lead to a dead-child while waiting for a warrant. A new report has surfaced this evening that shows us that the government is pulling a rabbit out of their hat to overrule Apple or Google's positon on encryptioin and forcing them to allow a warrant to be exercised in order to open the smartphone.
Biometrics are coming to PCs: Intel's Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, noted during his keynote at CES 2013 that Intel would be bringing Biometrics to the PC. Today we learn that during an event last week Intel's Skaugen stated that Intel and McAfee will be bringing a biometric solution to better secure PC's by the end of the year.
The Wall Street Journal has voted Apple's iPhone 6 as the number one smartphone for 2014 to boos and hisses from Android fans which was expected. The iPhone 6 and Galaxy Note 4 were tied for best Phablet. Joanna Stern stated that the iPhone 6 is still the most well-rounded smartphone money can buy.
It's being reported in China today that Apple has a new campaign to grow its App business. Apple has reportedly cut its US 98 cent minimum down to 16 to 50 cents depending on the app. The new price cuts are likely to help Apple solidify its iOS ecosystem because it can help grow the number of paid users, and might encourage in-app purchases.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 25 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover three distinct inventions. The first is for a possible future MacBooks with Wi-Fi + Cellular capabilities that may also support a phone call app. The second invention envisioned an audio user interface like Siri as far back as 2003 that would work with a future phone, an iPod, in a vehicle (like CarPlay) and on a wearable device (like a watch), all before the iPhone ever debuted. The last invention relates to camera motion stabilization which continues to improve on the new iPhone 6. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Check out the Future of Apple TV from eyeSight: With Apple acquiring PrimeSense, the company behind Microsoft's Kinect last year, we know that Apple is likely working on ways to advance Apple TV to work without a remote. Then again Apple could also be considering new advances with Siri controlling Apple TV in ways much like Amazon's new Echo works. At best, Apple advancing Apple TV may not happen until late 2015 or beyond. So in the meantime, you might want to check out eyeSight's upcoming Onecue. If you love your Apple TV, then you might want to take it to the next level with Onecue.
It's being reported today that Apple CarPlay is being showcased at Hyundai's area at the LA Auto Show. Two 2015 Sonata models show that CarPlay will be available. If you live in the L.A. area and happen to be an iPhone user, you may want to check it out.
Today, MediaMath, the creator of the TerminalOne Marketing Operating System for digital marketers, announced a first-of-its kind integration with Apple's iAd platform to offer marketers the ability to run ad campaigns within more than 250,000 apps on Apple devices across more than 100 countries.
It's being reported today that Samsung is considering a major leadership shake-up, according to people familiar with the matter, part of an attempt to revive its fortunes after a difficult year that has hurt its profitability, market share and stock price. In one scenario under discussion, co-chief executive and mobile head J.K. Shin who had presided over Samsung's rapid ascent, could be moved out. Earlier in the month we reported that Shin lost his $630K bonus due to lack of performance with their current line-up of Galaxy phones, tablets and watches. Samsung's massive profit downturn is rippling through the market and causing turmoil and infighting that began as early as July. Big changes are likely in the making and news of the shake-up is expected to happen in the coming weeks ahead.
According to a New York Times report published this week, a particularly nasty mobile malware campaign targeting Android users has hit between four million and 4.5 million Americans since January of 2013. In a mid-January security report published by Cisco, they claimed that ninety-nine percent of all mobile malware targeted Android devices. And while security firms have tried to sully Apple's iOS reputation for not having malware with reports about the recent Masque attack, Apple responded quickly. They also noted that they "…designed OS X and iOS with built-in security safeguards to help protect customers and warn them before installing potentially malicious software." This week the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals systems and methods for a security measure that prevents unauthorized calls from being made to protected functions of software. Apple describes embedding secrets to each function that can't be hacked.
According to a new report published this morning, a US judge has signed off on Apple's $450 million legal deal to compensate consumers harmed by an illegal price-fixing conspiracy for electronic books. The settlement negotiated to avoid trial in the civil case brought by authorities in 33 states calls on Apple to reimburse consumers to the tune of about $400 million and then pay legal costs and fees.
Tom Klein, CEO of Digital Scientists, recently moderated the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Retail Society's Panel on Location-Based Experiences featuring leaders in the field of proximity sensing / location-based technology. The first presentation at the event was made by Apple's Sr. Systems Engineer Orlando Luna on Apple's beacon technology. Our report covers the basics of this presentation and an overview of the Rately Browser for iBeacon Shopping.
Microsoft has flipped in trying to compare their digital assistant Cortana with Apple's Siri as a reason to consider purchasing a Microsoft phone. The second question posed by Microsoft's digital assistant to Apple's Siri is this: "Can you tell people to leave work early based on traffic reports?" Siri's invented response was "No, I just got bigger," as in the size of the iPhone 6. Note to Microsoft: 99% of the real world would have a supervisor laugh an employee right out of their office for asking permission to leave work early based on the advice of a digital assistant. What planet does your marketing team come from?
Don't Count Intel out Just Yet: During Intel's Investor conference held yesterday, they noted that they were on track to exceed its goal of seeing its chips used in 40 million tablets by the end of 2014. This goal first came to light during a financial conference held in April. That strategy has made Intel the second largest tablet chip supplier in the June quarter, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. But scratching their way back to being a mobile chip player has come at steep price running in the billions of dollars in short term subsidies. But Intel stated it's a price that they were willing to pay to get back in the game.
Tickets.com, provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world, has officially announced that it has launched the first venue ticketing integration with support for Apple Pay™ mobile payments solution. It's the first entertainment venue in the world to offer this in-app payment option for ticket purchases. Update on this Apple Pay Report: Square will support Apple Pay in 2015.
According to a new report this afternoon, Google has agreed to settle litigation with patent consortium Rockstar, though the terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a court filing made public this week. Rockstar, which counts Apple as an investor, outbid Google and paid $4.5 billion in 2011 for thousands of former Nortel Network Corp patents as the networking products supplier went bankrupt.
Today a new report out of China states that top executives from Apple and Chinese smartphone upstart Xiaomi traded light-hearted barbs on Thursday at the World Internet Conference being held in Wuzhen China – acknowledging the fierce competition between the rivals.
Foxconn to Partner with Innolux: In late October we reported that one of the ways that Foxconn could gain more orders from Apple was to find components of interest to Apple. With Apple's iPhone 6 orders on fire, Apple has had trouble finding suppliers for their larger iPhone 6 Plus displays that are still on backorder. So Terry Gou came up with another ambitious plan for a new display plant that our report detailed Today, a second report confirms this plan. Major Report Update Nov. 21
While Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs wasn't a big fan of the "dumb stylus" of yesteryear when he first introduced the iPhone back in 2007, he knew that one day the technology would give rise to an advanced iPen that would finally provide iDevice users with true to life writing capabilities on an iPhone or iPad. While Microsoft, Samsung and others have offered digital pens for many years, Apple has been quietly working on an advanced digital pen. Their R&D in this area has been extensive as you'll find reviewing our smart pen archives. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple regarding a digital pen. This invention adds dynamic visual indicators such as a battery indicator and more. Apple also hints that they could add a projector to this new pen. As one of Apple's longest standing projects to date, there's still hope that one of these days we'll see what a smart pen could really do.
On November 20, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new invention that generally relates to using networked electronic devices like Apple iDevices and Macs as smoke detectors for your home. As part of a smart home system, Apple illustrates how future iDevices will act as smoke detectors and be able to automatically call 911 for emergency assistance. The system will be able to supply emergency services with information about how many occupants are currently in the home and in which rooms they're located in due to motion sensors embeded in Apple's mobile and stationary devices. Apple's HomeKit will be able to work with future third party dedicated forms of Fire Detectors as well so as to work in conjunction with Apple's new system. Interestingly Apple illustrates that the new system could actually be integrated into their upcoming Apple Watch or at least a future generation of it.
The GTAT debacle began publicly on Oct 6 when the news of their filing Chapter 11 was made public in a press release. The shock of the news quickly rippled throughout the industry and beyond. We then learned that GTAT's COO sold stock at the first sign of trouble which led the SEC to begin an investigation. Then the judge in the Chapter 11 case wanted the document unsealed against Apple's wishes and the report was inflammatory without a doubt. Then Bloomberg reminded us all of how GTAT was talking up the deal with Apple at the very time everything began to unravel. Eventually Apple and GTAT made a deal to lessen the burden on GTAT but now GTAT's creditors aren't happy with that private deal and want's the court to step into this mess again. Late tonight, a new report has come to light to show us the nightmare production of rejected sapphire proving that this project was on the fast track to nowhere.
New Enterprise Class Tablet-Hybrids: Going all the way back to May 2013 we've been covering the rumor of a larger iPad in the making. Over time the rumor about the iPad Pro has shifted from delivering a 12.9 to a 12.2 inch display. In every report that we've written on this new iPad model we've reminded everyone that Apple is likely to offer some form of keyboard option as we do once again in our graphic below. Both images come from Apple patent-pending inventions. HP has now entered the market with a new hybrid tablet PC that is out to compete with Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 aimed at the professional market. It's now available in 13.3" or 15" models with a soft cover detachable keyboard (or with a hard shell model like a notebook). The new entries from HP make us wonder even more as to what twists Apple could bring to their 2015 iPad Pro.
According to a new report, creditors of GT Advanced Technologies complained in a bankruptcy court filing that the sapphire company may have gotten too little in its proposed settlement with Apple over legal claims stemming from a deal to supply sapphire screens. GT Advanced Technologies CEO had said in court papers that the iPhone maker pulled a "bait and switch" to force the sapphire maker into a money-losing deal in 2013.
According to the Financial Times, Apple will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, instantly making it available on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads – and ramping up pressure on Spotify, the market leader in music streaming.
It's Hail Mary Time: Samsung privately demoed smartphones with truly bendable displays at CES earlier this year. In late December 2013 we had reported that Kwon Oh-hyeon, vice-chairman and CEO, Samsung Electronics, had told analysts at a meeting that they "would lead innovation by introducing the 'foldable' display in 2015." Flash forward to this week where Samsung is now saying, oops, it'll be another year.