Wall Street is surely banking on the Apple Watch becoming the breakout smartwatch hit that will bring the niche firmly into the tech mainstream. At the moment smartwatch sales figures are counted in the hundreds of thousands, with the entire industry only accounting for 7 million sales through the first half of 2014. Yes, that has improved with the launch of Android Wear, but still the wearable trend has yet to take off.
Most reviews for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus claimed the handsets have among the best smartphone cameras ever made, and yours truly believes alongside some Nokia PureView efforts that is true. What is not up for debate is that Apple is one of the leading companies in smartphone camera technology with its iSight shooter.
A monster seller and worldwide record crusher the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may be, but the devices have not been without their fair share of problems, and it seems that have another. Some owners of the handsets with storage capacity of 64GB or 128GB are complaining that random crashes and reboots are occurring when the device is housing a large amount of apps. The issue is also being reported by iPad users with the same internal storage configuration.
It goes without saying that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been huge successes, the most successful smartphones Apple has ever made in fact. Over the last 30 days it is no surprise to see that the new handsets have dominated Cupertino's smartphone sales, even though the company also has the iPhone 5s and 5c on the market.
Samsung has recently said that it would continue to build the bulk of Apple's processors in the coming years despite Cupertino cooling its orders this year. Many envisage a time when Apple severs ties entirely and for next year's i products the timing could have been perfect. However, it seems the company is not ready to cut a lucrative deal (for both parties) just yet as the Korea Times says Samsung has finalized a deal to build 80% of Apple's chips next year, including the current A8 and future A9 processors.
If we turn red with embarrassment then that's because we know how absurd this is, but it's mobile news and that's what we do. So, the iPhone 6 has just but been released, which in the world of Apple means that there is no bedding down period as we are already looking forward to the next model, the iPhone 7.
How many tech designers do you know? Do you know who designed the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for example, or even who had the influence for HTC to come up with the beauty that is the One M7/M8. These guys and gals may well create the mobile tech that you desire, but they are largely anonymous (isn't that how it should be?), but with Apple things are different.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted a big drop off in iPad sales from the upcoming fourth quarter of this year to the first quarter of 2015. Of course, the fourth quarter of this year is the busy Holiday Season where iPad sales will soar, so with that in mind the first quarter is always comparatively slow. Nevertheless, Kuo is saying Apple's iPad sales will drop over 50% quarter to quarter.
Since Apple launched its first iPad we have been waiting for a slate that can truly match Cupertino's effort, but the truth is we have been left waiting. The so called iPad Killer has never really emerged despite an admittedly deep line up of quality Android and Windows alternatives. At least from a sales perspective the iPad reigns supreme, although there are some chinks in the armor.
Steve Wozniak is the man who literally built Apple while Steve Jobs built the empire. However, he has not worked for the Cupertino based company for nearly thirty years, so he is not connected to success or failure of the brand aside from being a shareholder. Wozniak of course loves the company he helped create, but he is also one of the most honest people to tap up to discuss Apple and its products.