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481 days. That’s how long it took the App Store to go from opening its virtual doors with 500 applications on July 11, 2008 to a catalog of more than 100,000 applications downloaded more than 2 billion times. Not surprisingly, the folks at Apple are pleased. […] Read more »

Looking at the latest data on smartphone market share from research firm Canalys, it would appear that while Apple is doing well, RIM is doing better. According to Canalys, over 41 million smartphones shipped last quarter, and of those Apple sold 7.3 million, up from 6.9 […] Read more »

As an iPhone user held hostage in AT&T’s network by the exclusivity agreement with Apple, the arrival of the AT&T 3G MicroCell felt like being rescued. Four weeks later, I now realize only Verizon can do that, but my updated assessment of the 3G MicroCell is […] Read more »

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For October, OS X 10.6 and iPhone OS 3.0 continued to make incremental gains in market share, as did Safari. Unfortunately for the Apple web browser, Google’s Chrome is gaining faster. Compiling data from more than 160 million visitors to its worldwide network of sites, web […] Read more »

Sixty years ago this month, Mao Zedong declared the birth of the People’s Republic of China, but it was Apple VP Greg Joswiak who said this was “an extraordinary day” for China. The iPhone has (officially) arrived. The most sought-after smartphone in the world has entered […] Read more »

Following a presumably unintentional disclosure in the terms of service for the iTunes Store, Apple has released Apple TV 3.0, as well as a corresponding update for iTunes. As previously reported, Apple TV 3.0 supports iTunes LP and iTunes Extras, and does so with a new […] Read more »

Apple has released its Form 10-K (PDF) for the fiscal year 2009, the annual report providing a summary of the company’s performance. A number of interesting details can be found within the long and tedious document, but the biggest news is the increasing importance of the […] Read more »

Mobile phone giant Nokia declared an intellectual property war against Apple today, alleging the iPhone infringes on 10 patents relating to wireless technologies and standards. Of course, the lawsuit has nothing to do with Nokia losing smartphone market share to Apple, as the chart from AdMob […] Read more »

Calling it a “new, mightier mini,” Apple (s aapl0 updated its smallest desktop with special attention to the optical drive. No, Blu-ray wasn’t added, rather Apple now offers a model with no optical drive at all. However, contrary to rumors and wish-fulfillment on my part, Apple […] Read more »

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Reporting results for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2009, Apple sales and profits continue to defy a moribund economy, and for the first time in the company’s history ten million Macs have been sold in a fiscal year. Apple reported revenue of $9.2 billion and a […] Read more »

Although El Gato’s EyeTV app has been able to stream content over AT&T’s seemingly fragile 3G network since last month, it wasn’t until this past weekend that people were talking about it. That talk, at Gizmodo, was followed by swift and decisive action by Apple. EyeTV […] Read more »

Over the weekend, Verizon launched its second attack against the iPhone, a condescending teaser for an upcoming Android-based phone, Droid. However, unlike the first ad, which rightfully attacked AT&T’s anemic network coverage and dependability, the Droid ad goes after the iPhone. According to Verizon, the iPhone […] Read more »

At least one analyst thinks Apple may have sold fewer iPhones last quarter than current estimates suggest, but not because no one wants an iPhone 3GS, quite the opposite. As the numbers from research firm Canalys indicate, there is no customer shortage for the iPhone 3GS. […] Read more »

The good news is that preliminary estimates from both IDC and Gartner for the third quarter have Mac sales up and Apple ranked fourth in overall PC sales. The potentially bad news is that Apple will probably drop in ranking next quarter due to the increasing […] Read more »

With the release of Windows 7 next week, senior Apple VP Phil Schiller is boldly asserting that it “presents a very good opportunity for us.” That opportunity will possibly come in a series of ads contrasting Windows with OS X, at least according to Peter Burrows […] Read more »

Just days after the head of an independent label claimed Apple was charging as much as $10,000 in production fees associated with the new media format, Apple has denied that there are any production charges at all. Even better, the iTunes LP format will soon be […] Read more »

From Computerworld, the ponderings of Broadpoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall may state the obvious, but nonetheless bear repeating: Windows 7 is no threat to the Mac. Having looked at the data on Windows release dates, Marshall “found no negative correlation between them and Mac sales.” Further, […] Read more »

Introduced by none other than Steve Jobs at the Apple Music Event last month, the iTunes LP adds content like lyrics, liner notes, animation, and video interviews to the traditional album for a little more money, at least for the consumer. It turns out Apple is […] Read more »

For the second year in a row, Apple’s iPhone is at the top of the global marketing firm’s satisfaction survey for business users of smartphones, and the iPhone also wins among consumers, too. Based on a thousand-point scale, 1,148 business users were asked to rate smartphones on […] Read more »

A month after Apple made iPhone OS 3.1 available, version 3.1.2 for the iPhone and iPod touch can now be downloaded via iTunes. Besides achieving version synchronicity (3.1.1 came with the 3G iPod touch), the update addresses issues with waking from sleep, cellular network disruption, and […] Read more »

“There’s a map for that” is the catchphrase for a new ad from Verizon that plays upon the ubiquitous advertising meme for the iPhone and Apple’s App Store. However, the ad has nothing to do with Verizon’s own application store, instead highlighting the disparity of 3G […] Read more »

AppleInsider was first to report on a series of Google AdSense placements temporarily appearing in several European countries hinting at new iMacs, Mac minis, and MacBooks. Google searches for those models in countries including the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Austria returned ads for the respective Apple […] Read more »

AT&T’s latest solution to improving network coverage, making the customer pay more and leeching off broadband providers, also known as the AT&T 3G MicroCell, is now in public trials. While the tiny cellular base station, or femtocell, is not yet available in places like New York […] Read more »

Eighteen percent of Mac users are running Snow Leopard just one month after its release, according to Web metrics firm Net Applications. That’s a remarkable upgrade rate for the latest iteration of OS X, especially considering Snow Leopard is Intel only. Overall, OS X now represents […] Read more »

With the end of September comes the end of fiscal year 2009 for Apple. While the company won’t be releasing the numbers for another two weeks or so, consensus estimates from Wall Street for the fourth quarter will fill in the blanks, as Apple always beats […] Read more »

The whirlwind development of FileMaker’s consumer database software continues with the release of Bento 3. Bento 3 adds several new features, including shared libraries, iPhoto integration, security options, and best of all, an upgrade price. First released in November 2007, Bento was supposed to be the […] Read more »

AppleInsider is reporting on a supply advisory from Apple to its retail stores stating certain Macs have “entered a period of constraint,” suggesting that hardware updates may be imminent. The specific models include all configurations of the iMac, as well as the low-end Mac mini, whose […] Read more »

Marking another base-10 milestone, Apple has announced that as of today, more than 2 billion applications have been downloaded from its wildly successful App Store. Further, there are now more than 85,000 apps available to more than 50 million iPhone and iPod touch users in some 77 […] Read more »

In the latest example of Apple going green, the technology company has launched a revised and expanded web site, Apple and the Environment. While the company, to date, has largely focused on reporting the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes, the updated site also examines Apple […] Read more »

After months of software updates by the respective companies to disable and enable the Pre syncing with iTunes, the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has ruled on the issue. Palm loses. The standards group has not only rejected Palm’s claim of anti-competitive behavior by Apple, but says […] Read more »

Two weeks after introducing iTunes 9 at the “It’s Only Rock and Roll” music event, Apple has released the first update to the software. Version 9.0.1 of iTunes cryptically addresses performance and stability, as well as resolving unnamed issues when browsing the iTunes Store. Syncing issues […] Read more »

For iPhone users like myself chained to the shoddy service of AT&T by Apple’s seemingly interminable exclusivity contract with the carrier, hope for better reception springs eternal, at least if you live in North Carolina. The AT&T 3G MicroCell that looks more like a video game […] Read more »

Just two weeks after being released, Snow Leopard is already setting records. According to NPD, sales are more than twice that of plain-old Leopard in its first two weeks, and nearly four times that of Tiger. “Even though some considered Snow Leopard to be less feature-focused […] Read more »

Despite protestations by Steve Jobs that the evolution of the iPod touch has always been towards gaming, the deconstructionists at iFixit may have found the missing camera link in its latest teardown. Prior to the Apple event last week, rumors of a camera in the iPod […] Read more »

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