Apple sets a record by selling two million phones in just 24 hours

Apple incorporation has created a record of sorts by booking orders for over two million iPhone 5 models in the first twenty-four hours that reflected the higher than expected demand from the consumers for this iPhone model.  The icing on the cake is that the share price of this corporation rose to $691.28 per share on NASDAQ. The shares had gained nearly 22% in the past three and half months towards built up to the launching of the Apple iPhone5.

The Apple’s US store through its website www.apple.com stated that it was projecting shipments for the iPhone5 will take about two weeks to fulfill. The company’s website revealed that the buyers from United Kingdom, Germany and France have to wait as much as three weeks to receive their orders when iPhone 5 will start shipping the iPhone next Friday.  The new model will also be available in Apple stores coming Friday as a walk-in buy.

Even analysts were surprised at how quickly Apple planned to roll out the new model globally and opined that this was the fastest roll out of the phone since it launched its’ first iPhone in 2007. Wall Street analysts forecast that Apple may sell over 42 million units this year alone.   However, some analysts believe that early sell out may be due to supply crunch on part of Apple.

To buy or not to buy!

It’s that time of the cycle when everybody’s expecting the release of the latest iPhone and first time iPhone buyers are skeptical if they should buy the current version or wait for the new one to release in a couple of months. So here’s the lowdown on what to do in this tricky situation for all the people yearning to get an iPhone.

Firstly, it’s kind of a tough place to be in with a ‘dumb phone’ that you want to exchange. It’s great if you can hold onto your dumb phone for a few more months until you’re eligible for an upgrade from your service provider as Apple is expected to release its latest iPhone in September for about $200. And if it does what it has done in the past then you can grab the little older iPhone 4S for $100 as Apple usually slashes the prices of the older versions by $100 once the new one is released. But if waiting is not your cup of tea and you are not eligible for an upgrade then you can consider your replacement insurance. But if you don’t have replacement insurance too then you’ll have to buy a brand new phone for which you can choose to opt for the following choices:

Apple bitten by the bug!

It is true that the Apple’s Operating System is no longer safe from viruses. One of the unique selling points of Apple’s products besides the cult status and cool factor was the operating systems’ resistance to viruses.

The company declares on its site that the Apple hardware is “built on the most advanced operating system in the world” and it emphasizes that its sophistication is partly due to the immunity of the operating system which is exceptionally strong. According to Apple’s marketing strategy which suggests that ‘PC’s shun OJ and shirk on sleep and could stand to wash their hands more often’ and on the other hand Mac gizmos have more immunity to viruses and other malware in comparison to PC’s. At least they were a few years back but not anymore as back in April the flashback botnet struck more than 600,000 Mac computers all over the world and almost 300 of those attacks were targeted at Apple computers based in Cupertino itself. Also more than 300,000 of the Mac machines were in the United States. The hackers were searching for information such as passwords, bank account numbers, and credit card details etc. They took advantage of a glitch in the java programs to get access into the Mac machines.  After the attack Apple has been more subtle in downgrading PC’s. Earlier the company’s site boasted of the blunt message which said, “it doesn’t get PC viruses’ but lately it has been changed to a more generic one saying “it’s built to be safe”. And the company’s slogan “Safeguard you data. By doing nothing” has been replaced by a more humble one which says “Safety. Built in”.

 

Apple fails to obviate the mobile tracking lawsuit

Apple incorporation has a huge setback when it failed to fend off the high-profile iPhone tracking law suit. Now the owners of iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches has been given green signal to pursue claims against Apple under two California Consumer protection laws. A decision to this effect has been passed on by the U.S. District Judge – Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, who oversees this nationwide litigation that combines 19 lawsuits.

However, the judge had ruled out claims that Apple has violated the customers’ privacy rights and also ruled out claims under the federal laws addressing wiretaps, computer fraud and records disclosure. The other defendants that were dismissed from this case include Admob Inc, Medialets Inc, Flurry Inc and AdMarvel Inc. With the result of this judgment, Apple is now entrusted upon to defend accusations, that it allowed advertisers to secretly track the activity of millions of iOS (iPhone Operating System) device users.

The lawsuit is in concurrence with the April-2011 presentation from two programmers claiming that Apple has been in a sneakily manner tracking the movements or personal data of the iPhone users through their devices. However, Steve Jobs – co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. denied in several interviews at that time that the company he co-founded had ever tracked or ever tracks the customers’ movements.

Apple versus Harman

Apple has planned to release navigation systems for cars in the near future. This has affected the already existing navigation system providers such as Harman International Industries Inc. Harman, which is known for its audio devices also makes car navigation systems for luxury car companies such as Volkswagen AG’s Audi and Daimler’s Mercedes. After Apple Inc. announced its plans to offer voice activated real-time traffic updates and turn-by-turn navigation in cars, the shared of Harman International Industries fell as much as 10 percent on Tuesday.

The shares of car navigation systems maker Garmin Inc. also fell in trading on Monday after Apple said it plans to enter the market by integrating it Siri voice application into car navigation systems. By introducing this new feature called ‘Eyes Free’ Apple plans to make it easier for the drivers to get directions by just tapping a button on the steering wheel to launch Siri. An analyst from JP Morgan Mark Moskowitz said, “Within the next 12 months, Siri will be the backbone for ‘Eyes Free’ service, integrating Siri and maps into automobiles”. However, Dutch Navigation system maker TomTom is more likely to benefit from this move on the part of Apple as it has struck a deal with the technology giant to license its maps to the iphone maker. Apple’s new navigation system is still in the works and the company is working with several automakers including Audi, BMW, General Motors, Honda Motor Co., Mercedes and Toyota Motor Corp to introduce the new technology.

US sues Apple and Major Publishers over e-book price fixing

US sues Apple and Major Publishers over e-book price fixingThe US justice department has filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers over alleged involvement in price fixing. The biggies mentioned in the lawsuit include Apple and publishers Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, MacMillan, Hachette and Pearson. The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of Manhattan accuses the defendants of fixing prices of e-books before the launch of Apple’s iPad in 2010. It is important to note that the popularity of e-book’s was on the rise since 2007, the year Amazon came out with Kindle.

“Beginning in the summer of 2009, we allege that executives at the highest levels of the companies included in today’s lawsuit – concerned that e-book sellers had reduced prices – worked together to eliminate competition among stores selling e-books, ultimately increasing prices for consumers,” said Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking for the government. “As a result of this alleged conspiracy, we believe that consumers paid millions of dollars more for some of the most popular titles.”

It is believed that top level executives from these companies held meetings over lunch or dinner at various upscale Manhattan restaurants to raise, fix and stabilize retail prices.

iPad – the third coming

Consumers are soon to be treated to a third helping of the iPad tablet. Apple execs unveiled the new HD empowered iPad Tablet at an event in California on Wednesday. This iPad tablet has a stunning new display which Apple says has more pixels than those of your HDTV with its 1080p.

The overall look of the new iPad Tablet will remain the same, with a 9.7 inch screen it will be 9.4mm thick and weigh 1.5 pounds. In addition to an extremely high resolution screen this version of the iPad uses the LTE network for 4G wireless connectivity which means that it cruise the internet at higher speeds from wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon. Also it has a more powerful processor in its A5X chip, where the X is short for the quad core graphics power built into the processor.

Apple Backtracks over Mounting Privacy Concerns

Increasing pressure from regulators has forced Apple to re-think their privacy options concerning user’s personal contacts. Until now, many apps running on the iOS platform were free to download a user’s personal contact information like phone numbers and e-mail addresses without proper consent. The matter came into light after recent revelations of Social Network “Path” downloading user’s address books and keeping them on their servers without permission. The company quickly cleaned up its act by deleting the data and modified the policy.

The exercise has come to a stage, where it’s become a common practice in the industry. Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram are some of the usual suspects when it comes to collecting such data without consent.

Congressmen Henry Waxman and GK Butterfield have come down hard on Apple and have asked them to tweak the current functionality. They have also raised questions as to why Apple has not taken the privacy of the address data as seriously as its user’s location data. In 2011, the revelation that Apple had an in-built database that could track user location created quite a stir. Apple immediately obliged and made sure such data was removed. Much in the same vein, Apple has said that any application currently collecting user data without permission was in breach of its guidelines. In the next upgrade, it has promised to make sure that users will be asked permission before any data is downloaded.

Google gets Motorola to defend its position against rival Apple

In a substantial bid to defend its current position, Google has been working on a number of fronts like launching a social networking platform, revamping its privacy policy, revamping its web persona and now the unparalleled and yet unrivalled search giant has acquired several patents from Motorola as a strategic move to strengthen the Android phone market. It is expected that new models of Motorola will now bear the Android version that will be seen as Google’s expansion into the mobile sphere that is currently dominated by smart phones from Apple, Blackberry, Samsung and the recently launched Lumia series from Nokia.

With an initial profile of a mere search engine, Google has delivered immense value to internet users through its thoughtful email platform and the recently launched social networking facet for its users, Google+. Although the latter hasn’t caught on, Google’s strategy is to enable the Android market by acquiring the mobile giant Motorola to extent the influence of its products over to the mobile users, which is being seen as a highly portent market especially in the Asian and South Asian markets where mobile use and presence has more than quadrupled in the last few years.

Apple and Samsung’s new patent battle over ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’

Ice Cream Sandwich is the new version of Android from Google that Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphones’ use. In a patent battle Apple has taken Samsung to the Federal Court in California. Apple has alleged four patent violations which includes voice command search, searching multiple sources to find information, identifying phone numbers from E-mails and slide to unlock phone features. They have requested a temporary ban on the selling of Galaxy Nexus smartphones.

Galaxy Nexus is the only phone in the market that runs on the newest Android version. But soon, there will be many hardware manufacturers who will adopt it, like HTC corp and Motorola Mobility. Both companies are involved in a separate patent battle with Apple.

 

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