Apple's iPad has declined in sales for six consecutive quarters, and while that has to be very worrying for the company the drop actually matches with an overall market trend. Slate sales have been falling for nearly two years and show no signs of recovering, and while the iPad's decline is more rapid than the overall market slip it is still the best selling individual tablet on the market.
Apple's App Store is a triumph and the company loves to boast just how much, frequently reeling off impressive stats to back up the store's position. However, Cupertino of course stays quiet about other areas, specifically the ones where the App Store loses to Android's Google Play Store. At the WWDC keynote recently CEO Tim Cook did not mention how many apps were now available, because the App Store has less that the Google Play Store.
Apple did not reveal exact figures for the Apple Watch for its first quarter on sale, lumping it into the "other" category in its earnings call. However, considering that category rose some 49% year-on-year it seems that the company?s first wearable played a big part in that hike. Sales for the device are reported to be solid and meeting expectations, but not the runaway success some had predicted.
Apple today released sales and financial figures for its fiscal third quarter and the news is good for the iPhone and Apple Watch, but continues to be very worrying for the iPad. The company bested Wall Street expectations, but only just, and after a number of periods of decimating analyst predictions there was a backlash. Apple's shares tumbled after the earnings call, but the raw figures remain impressive.
It's amazing how far personal technology has come in the last fifteen years. The iPod was so revolutionary when it arrived that it propelled Apple forward in leaps and bounds and set the ball in motion for the company to become the biggest tech brand ever. Now the iPod feels antiquated, which is astounding because it is one of the all-time classic products. The iPod Touch followed the now defunct Classic before it too was let go and discontinued. However, Apple could be about to bring back the iPod touch it seems.
It is a given by now that when Apple launches a new iPhone the consumer base goes into overdrive and buys that device by the boatload. Indeed, any new iPhone flagship typically becomes the best-selling smartphone of the year within its first few weeks on sale. The iPhone 6 took this fevered buying into the stratosphere and it toppled a multitude of sales records.
What is Apple's most disappointing product of recent years? No, we are not running a poll as we think it was the iPhone 5c, a solid enough smartphone that was actually a slap in the face. You see, Apple wanted to offer an affordable (we are using the terms as loosely as possible) smartphone so announced the funky and colorful 5c.
Apple will be sending out its latest software update in the form of iOS 8.4, which will be landing on devices from tomorrow (June 30th). Of course, Cupertino recently announced iOS 9, but that will not land until this fall, so build 8.4 is as new as it gets at the moment. The big news with this update is that it comes with Apple's own music streaming service, Apple Music, which was showcased at WWDC recently.
The Apple Watch admittedly doesn't bring much to the wearable market in terms of new technology, but the smartwatch is still marching towards being the most successful ever. It was widely accepted that Apple's first wearable would sell well and it seems as though the Apple Watch is just about keeping pace with estimates, although is slightly underperforming.
With the release of a new iPhone just a few months away, the rumour mill is cranking into action regarding what Apple's exact plans are for its market leading smartphone. However, while there are plenty of reports about the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, what about going even further to next year's (2016) model, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus?