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The iPhone 5C might be cheaper and come in pretty colours, but the iPhone 5S is outselling it by three to one in the UK. It seems that it takes more than some hackysack-playing hipsters waving neon yellow phones around to woo us.
Criticised as ‘unashamedly plastic’, the iPhone 5C has gone down as well as Rob Chubby Brown at a feminist rally. But it seems we’re not really buying either model in our droves. According to analysts Kantar, Apple’s market share slipped in the third quarter of the year from 32.7% in 2012 to a more modest 28.7%.
Kantar think that because there aren’t that many exciting new features on the 5S or 5C models that we’re saving our pennies for the arrival of the iPhone 6. They added: ‘This is not wholly unexpected as shoppers tend to react more positively to full releases than incremental improvements such as the 5S and 5C.’
But Apple will be pleased that the iPhone 5C has been a hit in the US, with many customers switching from other brands, rather than upgrading an existing iPhone. But it seems that in Blighty, we’re happy to pay more for a better product, cos we’ve got class and that.
*wipes nose on sleeve*
When Apple launched their map service last year, everyone fell about laughing. It was a woeful, undernourished thing and just about everything went wrong with it. However, since then, Apple Maps has been sorted out and now, remarkably, it is being reported that the service is more popular than Google Maps.
At one point, Google Maps had 81 million mobile users but according to stats, 23 million of those have jumped ship to Apple’s mapping service.
This is all according to Comscore. In America, around 35 million iPhone owners used Apple Maps in September 2013, while only 6 million chose Google Maps in the same period. It seems a fair chunk of the Google Maps users were only doing that because they couldn’t upgrade to iOS 6.
“For the average user, even if they have the Google Maps app, they don’t use it a lot,” said Andrew Lipsman, analyst, ComScore.
Comscore also reckon that there are 9.7 million daily Apple Maps mobile users compared to the 7.2 million Google Maps users on Android.
“We’re not currently sharing details on the number of downloads,” said Google in a statement. “While we can’t disclose specific performance metrics, we’re pleased with the product and user feedback has been positive.”
Er, you might want to carry a little fire extinguisher in your bag along with your new iPad Air. A Vodaphone store in Canberra, Australia had to be evacuated after one of their display models burst into flames and filled the room with smoke.
And it wasn’t a case of dumping a bucket of water over it, either – firefighters had to be called to put out the blaze, which melted the iPad and caused coughing customers to flee into the street.
Incidents involving faulty iphones and fatal phone chargers have been well documented, but this is the first instance of a flammable iPad. Obviously the iPad Air has only been on sale since November 1st, so Apple will be darn curious about what caused the meltdown. They sent a rep to the store immediately to try to establish the cause of the fault, but have since issued no comment.
So could this be a design fault? A case of depressed Chinese workers messing up on the assembly line? Or is this just an exciting new Apple feature – called FLAME MAVERICK LEOPARD – which causes your iPad to spontaneously combust whenever you post a picture of your baby on Facebook?
The patents, all called “Associative Search Engine,” relate to an invention which was used to provide advertisements based on users’ search terms and, backed by Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson and Sony, Rockstar acquired Nortel’s patents for $4.5 billion after outbidding Google in 2011.
Google was aware of the patents-in-suit and Rockstar said: “Despite losing in its attempt to acquire the patents-in-suit at auction, Google has infringed and continues to infringe the patents-in-suit.”
What’s so heavy handed about this particular complaint is that the consortium is asking for damaged, future and past. Rockstar are also filing another complaint against Samsung Electronics for infringement of seven other patents, including one relating to a “Navigation Tool for Graphical User Interface” and others. Rockstar has also sued HTC for alleged infringement of the same seven patents that figure in the complaint against Samsung.
Looks like someone is about to make a hell of a lot of money from all this… and that’d be lawyers. The rest of the companies are looking a bit like ambulance chasers, suing over vague terms around ideas that everyone will have had.
Apple fans are forever hailing their products – especially iPhones – because ‘they just work’. Well, with ‘blue screen of death‘ and occasional exploding parts, that doesn’t seem to be the case. And now, the company has admitted that some iPhone 5S models are suffering from battery problems, and they’re willing to replace those affected.
Those who couldn’t wait to get their mucky paws on the new phone have complained that their batteries have been draining quicker than ever. Some users have noted that their phone only lasts for 3 hours with others saying that their battery is draining 20% ever hour.
This flies in the face of Apple’s claims that these new phones should last 25% longer than previous handsets.
An Apple spokesperson came clean and said that there’s an iPhone 5S battery problem: “We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life.”
“We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.”
Apple have been releasing a variety of things of late, with varying results. However, one thing you can’t take away from them is their ability to create a buzz.
One writer received an unexpected and mysterious package from the company, in the form of a black cylinder. What was inside?
Well, the writer found what appear to be Mac Pro posters and a sheet that read: “It’s the computer we were insane to build. The one that turns conventional thinking on its head, then kicks the living $#&% out of it. We challenged all our assumptions. Abandoned our preconceptions. And blew away limitation after limitation. This is the new Mac Pro. It’s like no Mac we’ve created before. And we can’t wait to see what you create with it.”
A handful of journalists received the tubes, too, and you can see more of the images by visiting tidbits.com/article/14244.
There’s so much boring, fawning waffle about Apple’s latest announcements that we feel we should dispense with any sort of comment and go straight to some bullet points. Everyone else can churn out thousands of words – we’ll give you something to glance at instead and you can make your own mind up.
- Apple’s new laptops and iPads are lighter, thinner and faster.
- The Mac OSX software is now completely free for anyone who’s bought an Apple computer since 2007.
- iMovie, Garageband and iWork have been updated and are now free with new Macs.
- The new iPad is called iPad air. It is slimmer and lighter than the last one. It has a retina display (which means ‘Super duper HD’).
- There’s a new A7 processor.
- The new iPad mini is £319. The pocket sized version is £249. It is still cheaper to buy other tablets, basically.
There you go. That’s it. So if you were in the market for new Apple products anyway, then these will be good for you. If you wanted an Apple product and hoped it would be considerably cheaper, then it isn’t.
For longform pieces about what this all means, please direct your attention to the Guardian who will still be rubbing their genitals with excitement.
We reported on HMV’s new app and how they were trying to revive themselves by selling downloads and the like. Well, Apple aren’t at all pleased and have removed HMV’s new iOS app from its App Store because, basically, no-one is allowed to sell music apart from Apple.
This dispute emerged on Twitter, where chairman of HMV Paul McGowan, had a rant, saying: ”After the first 5000 downloads of the #hmvapp overnight we get the first rumblings of discontent from Cupertino.”
“Apple have politely asked us to remove the #hmvapp from the AppStore. We have politely declined.”
McGowan later said that the app had been approved by Apple on 15th September and then slated the company for setting an “unrealistic 6pm deadline” for HMV to change the app.
“HMV’s developers are working around the clock to deliver an updated version of the iOS app for Apple’s approval which will retain the innovative Image Search and Sound Search functionality to discover music and listen to 30 second previews,” said HMV in a statement.
“It is disappointing that Apple has chosen to suspend an app that has proven to be very successful in only a few short days despite Apple having already approved the exact same version on 15th September. We are unable to explain the change in Apple’s position as we have been given no explanation by them as to any difference they view between the approved version and the one suspended.”
There’s an Amazon app on the AppStore, so what’s Apple problem? Are they eventually going to ban anyone from their marketplace for selling anything they don’t like or see as a market threat?
Apple have officially announced that they’ve be having an event on the 22nd October with the tagline, ”we still have a lot to cover”. That probably means that they’ll be announcing yet more new products.
It is expected that there’s going to be new versions of the iPad range, and as ever, they’ll be slimmer and lighter and will invariably have the fingerprint sensor that everyone has been parping on about/unlocking with their nipples.
Rumour has it that the 9.7in iPad is going thinner and there’s mutterings about bezels, so it looks like the iPad mini. Meanwhile, the iPad mini is expected to have a higher resolution for the display and there’s retina-based whispers too.
There’s also a lot of talk about the release of the latest version of the OSX “Mavericks”, not to mention chatter about the MacBook Pro line getting an update with Intel’s latest generation Haswell processors.
Looks like Apple are trying to crush the opposition, just in time for Christmas.
The firm, who assembles products for Apple and Sony, has admitted breaching labour laws with their interns, saying that they have been making students work night shifts and overtime, which is in violation of company policy.
Naturally, no-one will have any real sympathy because this story involves interns and students, and they’ve got less feelings than fish.
“In the case of recent allegations regarding the internship programme at our Yantai campus, we have conducted an internal investigation,” the company said in a statement. ”And have determined that there have been a few instances where our policies pertaining to overtime and night shift work were not enforced.”
This comes on the back of a story that an information engineering university in the city of Xian forced students to join the Foxconn internship programme in Shandong, or they wouldn’t be allowed to graduate. Some students claimed that they were forced to quit their coursework and do 11 hour shifts instead. Anyone threatening to jack it in would be told that they wouldn’t receive their diplomas.
Foxconn took immediate action “to bring that campus into full compliance with our code and policies”. The company has also raised wages by nearly 70% at their Chinese plants too. Eventually, they might actually be a decent company to work for… provided they’ve cleared all the cadavers out of the suicide nets.
Speculation suggests that there’s going to be an October 22nd unveiling, and it looks like the new tablet will have a thinner, lighter design, not to mention a better camera and a new A7 processor (the one in the iPhone 5S).
The iPad Mini is also rumoured to be getting a higher quality Retina display, which is nice.
Apple said: “We don’t discuss future products, we have not disclosed anything.” They’re weirdly cagey aren’t they? They’re worse than drug dealers.
With this, Apple appear to be trying to stay on top of the growing sales of cheaper Android-powered tablets. However, it seems like there’s a new Apple product every 5 minutes at the moment – are they getting a bit jumpy in the post-Jobs era?
To add to the chorus of criticism about iOS 7, people are now complaining that the new software causes motion sickness.
As well as taking a year to download, and boasting a host of counter-intuitive features and a crap design, users are saying that the zoom animation that happens when you go from apps to your home screen is making them vomit.
‘It hurts my eyes and makes me dizzy!’ said one. ‘It’s making me nauseous and giving me a headache!’ said another.
While it’s tempting to tell these over privileged, First World finger-swiping morons to quit moaning and go and work for Medicins Sans Frontiers, it’s obviously not a very desirable side effect.
Many users are calling for Apple to disable the zoom – which despite a Reduce Motion button, can’t be disabled when switching between apps.
However, experts believe that what users are experiencing can’t possibly be motion sickness. “It takes a couple minutes of sustained stimulation to activate motion sickness,” said Charles Oman of Nasa. “If it were an immersive environment, like a headset or an IMAX screen, then I can believe it, but it’s a little harder to believe on the small screens.’
Even so, it’s something arse achingly minor to bitch about while the rest of the world crumbles around us in a lake of fire, violence and famine! #FML!!!
istouchidhackedyet.com is offering $15,000 with loads of whisky and a sexy book thrown in. And some Bitcoins.
The excitingly named Arturas Rosenbacher, founding partner of I/O Capital who donated $10,000 to the competition said that this isn’t a nasty hack: “This is to fix a problem before it becomes a problem. This will make things safer.”
Of course, there are no real issues with the technology as yet, but other versions of have been bypassed with a variety of methods.
Remember the Gummy Bear hack? Tsutomu Matsumoto came up with a method where hi-res photographed fingertips transferred onto a fake finger made from gelatine fooled sensors 80% of the time. That’s a huge faff though. Some people have stored their dog’s nose or cat’s paw in their phone to unlock it.
There are privacy concerns, with letting a company store data concerning your fingerprints. If Apple harvest all your fingerprints, bad things could occur and people are especially jumpy after all those NSA leaks. While it shouldn’t be too difficult to hack the security on a mobile, the concern should really regard what Apple are going to do with all this information.
People are crackers about new releases of technology. We’ve seen the queues for Apple products and, even though the 5C and 5S won’t be released until September 20th, queues have already started cropping up in the UK.
One American fan had, according to the Indy, started queuing up 4 days before Apple even announced their new devices, not to mention the weirdo in Japan who started a one-man queue on the 12th September, telling reporters that he had used his annual leave to get the first handset in the country.
Of course, they could just wait a bit and get one when the fuss has died down.
See, not all people who are FIRST have a good time. Last night, a man was reportedly stabbed and robbed as he walked home from an Asda as he had a copy of GTA V. The muggers will be able to go off and play a game where they can pull out a victim’s teeth and smash their kneecaps off.
People aren’t like this about films and fridge freezers are they?
Microsoft have decided to pull a video which mocked Apple’s new iPhone 5S and 5C handsets, after everyone pointed out that it was completely dreadful.
The video, which you can see below, showed a spoof Apple brainstorming session, with two fake employees pitching ideas to a Tim Cook lookalike.
The video is part of Microsoft’s #timetoswitch campaign, which is attempting to get people to stop using iOS and switching to the Windows Phone mobile operating system.
Microsoft said in a statement, “The video was intended to be a light-hearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we’ve decided to pull it down.”