In the wake of a second major Apple vs Samsung lawsuit in the U.S., Apple senior software engineer Greg Christie talked with The Wall Street Journal about the early days of the iPhone, revealing details that had not been shared with the world. After joining Apple in 1996 to work on the Newton, Christie said Scott Forstall drafted him into the iPhone team in late 2004. Called project “purple,” the device would be “a phone with an integrated music player, operated by touch screen.”
Between the reveal of the Galaxy S5 and the HTC One (M8), March has been the month of the Android smartphone, but while the new flagship devices duke it out on stage, Apple has quietly hit another impressive milestone. Forbes reports that as of this month, Apple has sold its 500 millionth iPhone. This lofty goal was achieved less than a year after the company reached 400 million sales in 2013.
Apple is basically facing a triple whammy for iPhone sales this spring. The overall smartphone market is currently going through a notable slowdown in sales growth and will go from nearly 40% growth in 2013 to under 20% growth in 2014, according to IDC. The China Mobile sales of TD-LTE phones as of February came in at weaker-than-expected 1.3 million units, translating to just 1 million iPhone units. And now it is looking as though the iPhone 6 won’t launch until September or so, meaning that Apple will be stuck selling the less than thrilling iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s models all through the June quarter.
Mobile gaming on smartphones and tablets still doesn’t even come close to approaching the experience afforded by dedicated video game consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but you’re crazy if you don’t realize how far things have come over the past decade. Gaming on iOS and Android devices has grown increasingly impressive over the years, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone games aren’t too shabby either. But on occasion, it’s still fun to look back at the past and enjoy some good old-fashioned nostalgia in the process. More →
In the history of hilarious iPhone autocorrect pranks, we’re not sure one has ever gone quite this well. Twitter user Makenzie (@goddamnirwin) was apparently tired of her mother messaging her constantly about bringing her dirty laundry downstairs to be washed. So, she configured an autocorrect shortcut in her mom’s iPhone that would always change “dirty clothes” to “acid.” Apparently her mother isn’t aware that tapping the “X” next to an autocorrect suggestion cancels it, so hilarity ensued… for a painfully long time. More →
After all these years, battery life is still one of the biggest pain points when it comes to smartphones. Battery technology is always improving, of course, but not nearly fast enough to offset the various new tech that drains the juice from our smartphones. Especially where the iPhone is concerned, the phone’s design is also constantly getting slimmer so there is less space to fit a battery with each new generation.
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In the race to beat each others’ specs, phone manufacturers are packing their devices’ cameras with as many pixels as possible. Nokia’s Lumia 1020 exemplified this trend with its 41-megapixel camera. And yesterday, it looked like Oppo would top this with the 50-megapixel camera in its Find 7, although it turns out that it is actually a 13-megapixel camera that mashes together four successive pictures. More →
Apple may be working on a smarter way to fix battery issues affecting its mobile devices once and for all, a patent application discovered by AppleInsider reveals. The iPhone’s operating system would be able to analyze its user’s daily activities, patterns, and battery charging habits and figure out ways to prolong battery life by continuously optimizing power requirements based on the user’s needs. More →
China Mobile will definitely give Apple an iPhone sales boost this year although it might not be as big a boost as many had anticipated. Per 9to5Mac, China Mobile said that it sold 1.34 million 4G phones over the lats month and that “most of them” were iPhones. Well-informed anonymous Apple observer @SammyWalrusIV chimes in to say that this likely means China Mobile sold just over 1 million iPhones on the quarter, a number that he says is “trending near bottom of [the] expectation range for the year” and is “decent, not wow.” China Mobile is the largest single mobile carrier in the world with 750 million subscribers and it’s seen as a key for helping Apple expand its iPhone empire into the world’s most populous nation.
Apple sold more iPhones during the holiday quarter than it has ever sold before. At 51 million units, Apple’s record iPhone sales helped push the company’s holiday-quarter profit to a whopping $13.1 billion. The March quarter that follows always sees a notable slowdown after the holiday shopping rush, of course, but one of the most respected Apple analysts out there believes Apple is going to surprise us next month and report fiscal second-quarter iPhone sales that top expectations by a huge margin. More →
Business is a game of numbers and while Apple doesn’t have the lion’s share of the ridiculously lucrative mobile phone market in terms of market share, its iPhone lineup is still unbelievably dominant when it comes to dollars and cents. The shockingly rapid ascent of Google’s Android operating system on back of Samsung rocked the mobile industry as it rocketed to the top of market share charts. In fact, Samsung shipped more smartphones than all other major phone vendors combined last quarter. But despite how impressive Android’s market share dominance is, Apple’s iPhones still represent the most profitable phone business in the world by a huge margin. More →