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IDC research data published on Thursday shows that Apple's share of the global smartphone market grew to 14.1 percent in the June quarter, up from 11.7 percent in the same period a year ago -- largely at the expense of Samsung. Samsung's share slipped from 24.8 percent to 21.7 percent, or about 73.2 million units, IDC said. Lenovo fell from 5.2 percent to 4.8 percent, although unlike Samsung, it still shipped a greater number of phones year-to-year. Samsung's units...
LG Display on Thursday announced plans to devote almost $1 billion towards building a fourth OLED factory, one that could potentially be instrumental in keeping up with demand for products like the Apple Watch. Since 2014, LG Display has indicated plans to boost production capacity for small- to mid-sized OLED screens used by clients like Apple and sibling firm LG Electronics, Reuters reported. Work on the new factory will start in the third quarter of 2015, with mass...
Apple's Mac orders with suppliers have remained constant, and are expected to increase overall during the second half of the year, heading into the lucrative holiday shopping season, according to a new rumor out of Apple's supply chain. Citing its usual unnamed supply chain sources, Digitimes reported on Thursday that suppliers expect Mac sales will be greater in the second half of 2015 than they were in the first six months. While the publication has a poor track...
Sales of Apple's iOS lineup -- comprised of the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch -- has now matched annual sales of devices running the ubiquitous Microsoft Windows platform. Chart via Benedict Evans. The new milestone for Apple was noted this week by analyst Benedict Evans, culled from data provided by Gartner, Apple, and a16z. It shows that while annual Windows PC sales have fluctuated around the 300 million mark since 2008, iOS devices have continued their meteoric...
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One of the things that has defined Apple for the past decade is its dedication to and admiration for photography, whether it's improving the iPhone's camera or creating advertising campaigns centered around famous images. Here's how the company selects the images that it features on billboards, in commercials, and on your desktop. TL;DR: Don't call them, they'll call you -- with an offer that includes financial compensation for licensing. Reports from around the web...
Apple on Thursday launched its awaited Back to School 2015 promotion, offering a free pair of Beats Solo2 wired headphones, valued at $200, with the purchase of a new Mac. Customers can also pay $100 to upgrade to a pair of Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones, which retail for $300. The deal was announced on Apple's "Current Rebates" page on Thursday. The deal has begun in Apple's retail stores and authorized campus stores, but it won't start in the online store or via...
Apple on Thursday added another 35 companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, this time offering a more even split of credit unions and conventional banks. Many past roster updates have skewed towards credit unions. With the latest Apple Pay now has close to 400 U.S. financial partners, and the number of U.K. partners should grow beyond a handful within coming weeks and months. The full list of new U.S. institutions includes: 1st Source BankAllegacy...
A trio of Apple patent filings relating to biometric input devices could reveal plans for a remote control, potentially destined for Apple TV, capable of distinguishing multiple users for association with custom profiles on a second device. Source: USPTO Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple's three applications are variations (1, 2, 3) on a biometric theme. Each mentions a device capable of collecting biometric information from a user,...
Your next podcast listening session could be interrupted by dynamically placed, constantly refreshed and targeted content -- read advertisements -- served up by iAd, if Apple deploys technology described in patent application published Thursday. Source: USPTO Titled "Technologies for inserting dynamic content into podcast episodes" and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's invention is quite simply an automated advertising system for podcasters. The...
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