Apple's manufacturing process and labor treatment has been questioned in a new report by the BBC. Current affairs and scandal expose show Panorama has found that factories used by Apple are home to poor working conditions. While some will immediately say it is not directly Apple's fault, it is worth remembering that the company has promised to protect workers interests and has even openly boasted about how much better Apple is than other companies in this regard.
IDC is one of the most prominent market researchers and the organization has turned its attention to the Canadian market and is looking forward to 2015. While Canada is not necessarily a hot bed for tech activity, the data for the country seems to point to a similar worldwide trend that will happen in the coming 12 months. IDC says that wearable sales will increase sharply on the back of the Apple Watch, something that is widely predicted on a global scale.
Both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store are full of applications, with both offerings hovering around the 1 million app mark. Both markets are full of awful apps and perhaps only 20% of the titles are worth looking at, at least for any length of time. However, it is hard to argue that between the two that Apple's App Store has the upper hand.
Chalk this up as surprising because Apple has added PayPal support for online payments in the United States and United Kingdom, making it even easier for consumers to buy products through the checkout process. The new feature is only available in those nations at the moment, with PayPal balances now usable for transactions through Apple.com.
Samsung's involvement in the next iPhone model (iPhone 6s or iPhone 7) has been well documented with the Korean company set to make 90% of the new A9 chips that will be used in Apple products in 2015. After winning that huge contract to make the new processor with 14nm FinFET technology Samsung is readying to put the A9 into production. In fact, the company is prepping its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas and has started making the chip this week.
Apple already has a notable and iconic presence in New York City, but there has been plenty of rumors lately that the company would expand its retail output in the city. That has been confirmed today as Cupertino confessed it would be opening a new store in the Williamsburg neighbourhood in the borough of Brooklyn.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a war over which company dominates the smartphone market for years, with Samsung's slew of Galaxy devices topping market share while Apple's iPhone steal the thunder for an individual handset. Neither the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S5 are cheap devices, they occupy the flagship area and offer premium appeal and high end specs. However, how much does it cost to actually source the components for these smartphones?
Apple's hold on the smartphone market is big across the board, but in terms of sheer numbers Cupertino usually loses out to Samsung. Not in the LTE side of things though as Apple once again topped data for raking in the most revenue for LTE enabled devices. In fact, in almost every aspect of smartphones and tablets, when it comes to generating income, Apple bests them all, even if Samsung dominates sales charts.
Kantar Worldpanel has released its quarterly research into smartphone market share and the data revealed that Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus started to take hold as they pushed iOS up in most markets.
Apple has enjoyed enormous success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two devices that have been so popular that they even rode the "bendgate" saga. They have sold in tens of millions, dominated the Thanksgiving Holiday and will be the big selling devices of Christmas too. The demand is so high that there is still a waiting list for orders of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over at Apple's official website.