iPad Replacing PC Sales in Education

A new analysis (via AppleInsiderfrom Charlie Wolf with Needham & Company said that PC education shipments saw a decrease of 265,000 units, or 13.9 percent, from the June quarter a year ago. During the same time period, Apple sold nearly a million iPads in the K-12 market in June, which he said is “definitive evidence” that the iPad has been “cannibalizing” PC sales in the U.S. education market.

The market data from the June quarter shows that for the first time ever, Apple’s iPad is replacing sales of PCs to schools and students. iPad sales in the June quarter were double from the previous year. The iPad also sold nearly double the number of Macs Apple sold to the education market during the same quarter.

Wolf believes that the sales of the iPad in the education market are only the beginning and will begin to put a dent in PC sales in other larger markets in the near future. Welcome to the “post-PC era”, folks.

Apple Announces Special Event for September 12th

The Loops reports that Apple has just sent out media invites for an upcoming media event scheduled for next week Wednesday, September 12. Apple’s event will be at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern. The tagline for the invitation is simply “It’s almost here.”

On September 12th, Apple is expected to reveal the next-generation iPhone and give a final preview of iOS 6 at the event. The rumored “iPad mini” is also nearing a launch, but rumors have suggested that Apple is planning a second media event for October to introduce that product. On the invitation, there’s a “5” which would suggest that Apple’s next iPhone will indeed be called the iPhone 5.

Apple’s iPod lineup is also rumored to see an update at one of two events, while rumored iMac updates and the launch of a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are rumored to appear separately.


Bruce Willis Not Considering Lawsuit Against Apple Over iTunes Store Music Transferability

Over the weekend, reports from  The Sun and the Daily Mail claimed that actor Bruce Willis was considering taking legal action against Apple. The legal action was supposedly was regarding a transferability of iTunes Store music purchases. According to the report, Willis wanted his daughters to be able to inherit his iTunes music upon his death, but Apple’s terms prohibit any transfer of ownership.

Willis was apparently upset when he learned that he doesn’t own the tracks he buys online, but instead is borrowing them under a license, which was said to have led him to consider a lawsuit against Apple. Willis was originally said to be considered supporting ongoing legal action in five U.S. states, in which users are hoping to expand their rights with respect to digital music.

However, after the story began gaining attention, the actor’s wife, Emma Hemming-Willis, denied the rumor via Twitter. “It’s not a true story,” she said.

Apple’s OS X Passes Windows Vista in Worldwide Usage

A new report about desktop operating shares from analytics firm Net Applications reveals that Microsoft’s Windows Vista fell in August to 6.15 percent of traced web usage. During the same time period, Apple’s latest operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion increased to 1.34 percent of all tracked web usage.

For the first time ever, Apple’s OS X operating system dethroned Microsoft’s Windows Vista. Also, for the first time, Windows 7 has passed Windows XP to become the world’s largest operating system.

Apple’s most popular Mac continues to be OS X 10.7 Lion. OS X Lion 10.7 represents 2.29 percent of computers tracked on the web. Snow Leopard accounted for 2.23 percent of usage and Leopard accounted for 0.65 percent. The total share of OS X was 6.51 percent, which beat the 6.15 percent held by Windows Vista. In addition, Apple’s OS X 10.4 Tiger, which first launched in April of 2005 represent 0.15% of operating systems seen online.

Apple’s share of devices is of course much higher when the iPhone and iPad are included. Net Applications found that the iPad represented for 3.37 percent of web traffic, while the iPhone was 2.42 percent. The smallest share listed in the report was Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which accounted for 0.04 percent of devices.




Apple to Introduce Redesigned Headphones for New iPhone?

Vietnamese website  Tinhte.vn (via MacRumors) has published a video and high quality images of what it claims to be redesigned headphones for the new iPhone which is expected to be revealed soon. The site claims that the in-ear headphones came from a Vietnamese Foxconn plant as cable labeling reads “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam.” However, since the validity of the claims can’t be verified, the site says that the build quality of the part has them convinced it is a legitimate Apple product.

The “leaked” in-ear headphones seems to be a significant change from the current earphone models from Apple. This new design seems to feature a teardrop shape and is supposedly more comfortable than the previous set supplied with the iPhone.

Apple is widely expected to announce the next-generation iPhone on September 12th.


iOS App Store Deals: Galaxy On Fire 2 HD, Asphalt 7 and More Only For $0.99

Thought it was only Google that had an ‘End of Summer Sale’ on the Play Store? The iOS AppStore is also filled with some great deals all thanks to the labor weekend. The discount on some of the apps and games are just too good to ignore.

Galaxy On Fire 2 HD from Fishlabs is available for only $0.99 for new iPad owners, compared to the usual price of $9.99 of the game. The game has stunning graphics and is perfect to show-off the Retina Display on the new iPad. Gameloft has also put some of its popular games on sale including Asphalt 7, Modern Combat 3 and N.O.V.A 3 for only $0.99.

If a dollar is too much for you on iPhone/iPad games, then Atari has you covered for the weekend with its pack of 99 games available as a free download. The pack of 99 games, known as ‘Atari’s Greatest Hit‘ is available as a free download down from its usual price of a whopping $9.99. The offer is only valid until 1st September so better hurry up and download the pack of 99 games before the sale ends.


Apple Launches New App and iTunes Content Infringement Tools

Today, TheNextWeb reports that Apple has improved several forms and tools on its site that developers or content producers can use to submit copyright claims for their new apps or content. The form to submit disputes based on apps is a brand new one.

In addition, Apple has introduced a new form called the “iTunes Content Dispute” tool that is for claims related to apps. Apple seems to be trying to make it easier for any claim of infringement by copycat apps to be submitted by developers. Copycat apps in the App Store have been an issue for a while now so it is good to see Apple doing something about it. The new form can be found here and states the following:

If you believe that an application available in the App Store violates your intellectual property rights, you can use this form to submit a claim to the App Store Legal Team.

Apps on the App Store are made available by third party providers. Once you have identified the app and described the alleged infringement on the following pages, we will respond via email with a reference number and will put you in direct contact with the provider of the disputed app. Any further contact with the App Store Legal team should be made via email and should include the reference number in the subject line.

After a claim is submitted, developers must enter their contact information. Apple then contacts both parties so that they can work together to resolve the dispute.

Apple has also updated the standard iTunes copyright infringement. The updated version offers much more clarity and detail and this is the tool for all other types of content that aren’t apps.


Next-Generation iPhone to Use A6 Chip?

As the next-generation iPhone revelation comes closer, rumors are all over the place. Today, a new photo shows a new system on a chip for Apple’s next iPhone labeled “A6″. The latest part leak was posted online by Sonny Dickson. Dickson claims that this chip will indeed be included in the next iPhone. If true, the naming of the chip suggests that the new processor would be a significant upgrade. Currently, the iPhone 4S uses an A5 chip and an A5X chip in the third-generation iPad.

In the recent weeks, several photos of the device’s logic board have leaked. However, due to the low quality of the photos or the presence of a covering on the part have left the identities of the chips on the part unknown. Apple is expected to reveal the next generation iPhone on September 12th.


Apple to Update AirPlay to Allow Wireless Streaming Without Wi-Fi?

The Telegraph reports that Apple is planning to announce an improvement for its AirPlay audio and video streaming technology during its widely rumored September 12th event. The September 12th event is rumored to be for the revelation of the next generation iPhone. According to people with familiar matter, the so called “AirPlay Direct” tech will require only an iOS device and compatible audio equipment for music streaming. The new AirPlay technology would not need the current need of a W-Fi network to stream music.

Sources familiar with the iPhone-maker’s plans said that Apple wants to improve the AirPlay wireless music streaming technology, which currently requires Airplay speakers and a WiFi network. The new version will require just speakers or a hifi and an iDevice; the iPhone, iPod or iPad would form its own network to allow a direct connection and music playback.

Though details remain vague, it is assumed that AirPlay Direct will create an ad hoc connection with support audio units. Apple’s AirPlay technology allows users to easily stream audio and video using the company’s own encoding tools. Yesterday, it was also reported that the next generation iPhone is not expected to support NFC.

The Telegraph also expects Apple to promote AirPlay Direct as a replacement to the hardware connection on many iPhone/iPod docks. This would allow playback of music wirelessly from device to receiver.

Genius Bar Gets High Ratings, Improves Likely Sales

If you’ve ever made a stop at an Apple Store to get your Mac or iOS device fixed or replaced, you probably know how awesome Apple’s customer service is. Usually Apple employees do their best to fix the problem on the spot, and if they can’t, the most you’ll have to wait is a day or two for a replacement part to be shipped and installed.
Because of Apple’s customer support, 60% of Genius Bar attendees plan to purchase another Apple product according to the NPD Group’s “Tech Services Study”. Almost 90% of customers said that they were “extremely” or “very” satisfied with the Genius Bar. According to MacDailyNewsusers said they were most impressed with the Genius Bar because it was a free service. Finally, 53% of the 2,000 customers who participated in the survey also said that they were “extremely satisfied” with their in-store experience at the Apple.
Stephen Baker, the VP of industry analysis at NPD said the following about Apple’s Genius Bar and it’s affecting their sales.
“Tech support is a great service for the consumer, but more importantly it’s a brand-building element for the retailer and manufacturer. People tend to associate any type of tech support as a negative experience, but Apple has demonstrated that those ‘negatives’ can be turned into positive brand experiences and result in a trip back to the store.”
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Source: MacDailyNews