Apple released its new version of iOS, i.e. iOS 6.1.3, yesterday with some fixes to the security bug along with the blockage of Evasi0n untethered jailbreak on all iOS devices including the latest iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
Worldwide mobile phone sales have been declined by 1.7% from 2011 to 2012. However, there was a record sale of smartphones in the Q4 2012, i.e. the sale of 207.7 million units, which is up 38.3% from the same period in the same quarter last year.
“The last time the worldwide mobile phone market declined was in 2009,” said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year.”
About 52% of the worldwide smartphone market is in the hands of Apple and Samsung. It is up from 46.4% from Q3 2012. Overall, Samsung is at No. 1 position in the global smartphone sales and the overall mobile phone sales. Read More …
The New York Times has reported that the company’s watch will run on the same iOS platform as that of iPhone and the device will be made of the curved glass. About the curved glass patent of the company, Bruce Tognazzini, who worked for Apple and designed Apple’s first human interface, told in his blog.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that the company has talked with its chief manufacturing partner, Foxconn, about the production of such device and the device would be able to perform the same functions as that of smartphone.
“We believe technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches, navigation,” Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said in a report last month. “These devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone and could ultimately be Apple’s best answer to addressing emerging markets.”
Google Play is rising more rapidly than the Apple’s app store as Apple’s by reported. In the fourth quarter, Google’s app store’s revenue grew 200% while Apple’s App Annie app store grew by 20%. However, still Apple’s app store is bigger than Google Play and earning huge amount of revenue as compared to Google’s app store as it is earning 350% more revenue than Google Play.
Apple Inc. is probably planning to launch 128 GB iOS devices in the future as noted by @iNeal and iDownloadBlog as referenced in the new iOS 6.1 Beta 5 codes.
“We should be seeing 128GB iDevices soon. iOS 6.1 beta 5 has 128G system partition key in BuildManifest.” (@iNeal)
The reference for 128 GB comes in the SystemPartitionPadding key in the build manifest related to the release but not present in publicly available versions of iOS.
Based on this finding, we cannot say for sure that some 128 GB product will come this year as iTunes 11, released in the late November, also contained reference to a mobile device with a capacity of 128 GB but still no device has been announced by the company. However, we can say that the company is seriously looking for some upgradation.
Facebook Pages Manager app for Android quietly comes in the U.S. and the U.K. Now the Facebook Page admins can access and manage the same features, such as Page activity, checking for Page Insights, and provide answers to the posts by their audiences, in these two countries on Android as they can access on iOS equivalent.
OS version of Pages Manager was launched in May 2012. More than 3 million page owners have Facebook mobile app for iOS to access and manage their pages, according to Inside Facebook. Since May 2012, Facebook has updated the app many times with minimum six major updates.
Facebook has integrated the voice sending technology in its messenger app in smartphones in both the iOS and Android . Not only will this but the users also be able to phone their friends (though it is in trial at this time).
This update to the app came on Thursday. After this update, there will be an option to record and send voice messages up to a minute in length to the friends. Tapping the “+” button then holding the “record” button will help the users to record a message whereas releasing the button immediately sends the message. On the other hand, sliding the finger off the button cancels the message. Read More …
Apple Inc. is near to launch next version of iOS, i.e. iOS 7, and new iPhone as shown by the signs in the app usage logs as reported by Matt Brian of The Next Web (TNW).
One of the developers has showed that the company is testing hardware relating to a new ‘iPhone6,1′ identifier, powered by a device running iOS 7 that would be released somewhere in the middle of this year. This is important as the company’s current flagship, the iPhone 5, has the ‘iPhone5,1′ and ‘iPhone 5,2′ depending on the LTE model of the handset and the 4G bands.
TNW has reported that the log showed that the app requests generated from an IP address on Apple’s Cupertino campus, presenting that some of the members of the software development and the app teams are checking for the compatibility of the apps. IP address made TNW to think that the report is not false.
Brewster, the smart contacts app on iOS devices, launched in U.S. in July is now available in Europe. This app saw a huge rush of downloads that was “way beyond” the expectation about Brewster in U.S.
Steve Greenwood, founder and CEO of Brewster, said that he wanted to see whether the app could handle increased demand or not and that was the reason for not launching the app in U.S. and Europe together.
This app is built with the concept of managing contacts across different social networks, your phone and your email. The app aggregates and merges all the contacts from whatever the source you want and make connections on other users’ activity. In this way, it would become a centralized address book enabling the users to access those other networks.
This app could incorporate social networks with email. Users are able to find people by their names, interests, locations, and photos, if the other users have them and make it public.
Brewster was updated earlier this month to make it, in Greenwood’s words, “smarter, faster and more beautiful.” Read More …