MacRumors brings us the news that while Apple is still the largest vendor in the tablet marketplace, it’s no longer the once dominant player, at least in terms of market share. The numbers from IDC tell most of the story: Apple sold 10.9 million tablets in Q2 2015, but for the first time, fell below 25% of the worldwide tablet marketshare.
Ars Technica’s review of the sixth generation iPod touch says it’s a device that has been mostly overshadowed by the iPhone, but still has its uses. While the internals of the latest iPod touch might be of the same calibre as its iPhone relatives, the iPod touch just lacks hardware compared to the iPhone: there’s no vibration motor, ambient light sensor, GPS, or flash. Still, it’s unlike any other music player in its category, and it’s amazing to think that after all these years, there’s still no real iPod touch competitor.
First people wanted a bigger iPhone. Now people want a smaller iPhone. Business Insider reports one analyst saying that Apple considered making a four-inch version of the iPhone 6, but scrapped the idea after realising they would be cannibalising sales of the iPhone 6.
Apple’s latest micro-site explains why there’s nothing quite like an iPhone, complete with snazzy animations and parallax-scrolling. In keeping with their recent “if it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” ad campaign, Apple says that they believe phones should be more than just a collection of features, running through other features that make the iPhone unlike any other.
Jim Dalymple says Apple Music is a nightmare, and he’s not alone. He writes that using Apple Music for even the simplest of advertised tasks felt like a burden, encountering unexplained difficulties and having to use convoluted workarounds for tasks that should have, like the old Apple adage goes, “just worked”. A summary of his woes at Six Colors echoes his sentiments — I know people were afraid of Apple moving music to the cloud, and it turns out, for good reason.
A transcript from iMore on what Apple CEO Tim Cook said during yesterday’s quarterly earnings conference call tells you everything you need to know about Apple’s financial state. After covering off the iPhone, Mac, services, and Apple in China, Cook spoke at length about the successes of the Apple Watch so far, talking about the high customer satisfaction of the device and how Apple will be working with institutions to advance medical research using data gathered from the Apple Watch.
The story for Apple’s quarterly financial results continues as it always has: a profit of $10.7 billion in Q3 2015 compares favourably to $7.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, and international sales now account for 64% of the quarter’s revenue, according to Apple’s press release. Tim Cook says there’s been a great start to the Apple Watch, and while specific sales numbers of Apple’s wearable haven’t been released by the company, perspective on Apple Watch sales numbers means we probably won’t know how it’s going for years to come.
When Apple kept the 16GB storage tier but ditched the 32GB, pretty much everyone though it was a strange move. Why not ditch the 16GB and start the storage capacity at 32GB instead? A new rumour claims they might be doing just that with the release of the next iPhone, with this year’s iPhone refresh to drop the 16GB capacity and start from 32GB.
The best way to find out how things work is by taking them apart, and to find out how the new iPod touch works, iFixit took it apart. There’s a number of changes in the revamped iPod touch with iPhone-class processor and camera. Battery life should stay more or less the same, thanks to a similar capacity battery, and the new iPod touch also has a 1GB of RAM, double the previous model. Interestingly enough, there’s no sapphire lens cover on the poor iPod touch.
Both Samsung and TSMC have begun production of the next-generation A9 SoC for Apple’s next-generation iPhone. With shipping estimates putting new iPhone volumes at 80 million for the new iPhone, it’s looking pretty likely we’ll be able to see what’s going on around September. Part leaks have already happened though, so perhaps we’ll know sooner, rather than later.