Apple's first wearable, the Apple Watch, was announced back in September, but the company left plenty disappointed by saying the actual launch of the product would not happen until 2015. The actual launch date is still not clear, but it is expected for April and there were some good reasons why Apple waited. Chief among those was to allow develop interest to grow, a plan that seems to have worked.
Apple is of course a US based band and the company ploughs a lot of investment into its home country, while the company's aspirations in Asia have also been well documented. However, Europe is a major smartphone market and it is one where the consumers have been good to Apple. Does that mean Cupertino does not show much love in Europe? Maybe, but that is changing.
Is Apple falling behind its Android rivals in terms of innovation and pushing the smartphone further? It is certainly an interesting debate with some thinking yes, the iPhone has become stagnant and its best new features have been on Android devices for some time. The other side of the argument points to recent firsts, like a 64-bit processor, an intricate fingerprint sensor, and other recent developments as evidence that the company very much remains an innovator.
There is a mini war of words going on between Apple and Motorola at the moment and the Moto company has dealt the latest salvo by criticizing Cupertino's prices.
If you own a 16GB iOS device you should be prepared for many frustrating times ahead, times where you will be juggling apps to find space. That's because Apple has just increased the allotted size for developers to work with. Since the App Store made its debut in 2008, apps have been limited to 2GB in size, but Cupertino has now doubled that, giving developers 4GB to play with.
Apple has been enjoying a stellar start to 2014 where the company has put to an end doubts about its dominance. The company sold as many smartphones as Samsung last quarter, recorded the most profitable three months in history, and saw just about everyone give it a good old pat on the back. The celebration is not over for Cupertino though as it became the most valuable company in history this week.
iOS 8 may only be midway through its life cycle, but Apple is obviously already preparing its follow up, iOS 9. Codenamed Monarch, it has been popping up lately with several sources spilling the proverbial beans on the software. Likely to be announced early this summer and rolled out with new products in the fall, iOS 9 will reportedly be much more stable platform.
Apple's iOS 8 has enjoyed solid adoption rates, much better than anything Android can dream of, but not as good as the uptake of iOS 8. The OS had found its way to 46% of all iOS devices within a few days of its release, but since then the growth has been slower. However, slow and steady has definitely been the iOS 8 way and Apple has announced that adoption levels are now at 72%.
Things really are going brilliantly for Apple at the moment; so much so that the fact the iPad sales continue to decline has been completely forgotten. With record profits and record sales, Apple is on a high, but things are getting better according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. The market researcher says that for the first time since 2012 Apple sold more device in the US than all Android products combined.
When it comes to making money, Apple is at the top of the game. The very top in fact, with the company earnings record amounts of profits through the last quarter off increased sales and higher margins. With $18 billion in profit, Apple made the best ever quarter in the history of business, beating out Russian oil company Gazprom. With that huge amount of cash, it is interesting to know where the company gets the money from.