Last month, we reported that Apple was accused of false 4G marketing claims on the new iPad by the Australian government. Then, within 24 hours, it was reported that Apple was offering refunds to people who bought its latest iPad on Telstra’s network in Australia. Apple later defended the “4G” branding for iPad in Australia. Later on, more accusations followed regarding the marketing.
Now, it seems that in many of Apple’s stores, the 4G LTE-capable iPad has been rebranded as “iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular” due to the controversy, AppleInsider reports. The change has even occurred in U.S. and Canada, where networks are compatible with the 4G LTE radio found in the third-generation iPad.
Changes have also occurred in both the U.K. and Australia, where the local government took issue with the fact that the new iPad was advertised as being a 4G LTE device, even though it is not compatible with any 4G networks in those countries.
“This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks,” the Australian Apple store reads under the “Wi-Fi + Cellular” listing. “For service from a wireless carrier, sign up for a simple, month-by-month plan on your iPad and cancel anytime without penalty.”
Apple is ready to ditch Google Maps in favor of home brewed mapping solution on its iOS operating system that powers iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, reports 9To5Mac. Continue reading Apple To Drop Google Maps In iOS 6; Will Debut Homebrewed Mapping Solutions
Just a few days ago, we reported that the iPad’s market share had soared to 68% as Kindle Fire shipments decreased. You know, the “iPad killer”. Now, a new study claims that the total number of users on three generations of the iPad account for over 95 of all tablet-based internet traffic.
Research firm Chitika Insights revealed that after going through its database of ad impressions, it found that 94.64 percent of all tablet web traffic can be attributed to the iPad.
In second place came Samsung’s Galaxy Tab which only managed to grab 1.22 percent of the market, while the Asus Transformer Prime eked out 1.2 percent. When compared to the iPad’s web traffic share, that’s literally nothing. The top six vendors were Motorola’s Xoom, RIM’s Playbook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire. In last place was Barnes and Noble’s Nook which took 0.54 percent of the market.
But Android is….oh, never mind!
You know that so called “iPad killer”? Well, it isn’t doing well at all after all. Today, research firm IDC has released its data on worldwide tablet shipments for the first quarter of 2012. It reveals that even thought there was a quarterly drop in iPad shipments of over 20%, Apple’s share of the tablet market soared from last quarter’s 54.7%.
The significant increase came from the expense of Android tablets. This expense came from Amazon’s Kindle Fire which has seen its shipments collapse from 4.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to less than 750,000 units last quarter. Ouch! “iPad killer” indeed. It should also be noted that Amazon has never revealed the exact number sold during Amazon’s conference calls.
However, Amazon has taken second place in the tablet market during the fourth quarter with a 16.8% share of the market as the Kindle Fire debuted in the United States. Even though IDC did not report a number for Amazon’s first quarter shipments in its press release, it did say that Amazon’s share dropped to “just over 4%” in the total tablet market of 17.4 million units, yielding shipment volume of roughly 700,000-750,000 units for Amazon.
Apple’s latest generation of the iPad is selling like hot cakes. Today, Apple’s online store have changed the shipping duration from a week to 3-5 business days shipping time, which would suggest that the supply of the new iPad is catching up with demand.
The company is now promising that orders of the third-generation iPad in both black and white, in all capacities, and also in the “Wi-Fi + 4G” models are now advertised to ship in less than a week in the U.S. This is the second time in less than a month that the estimated shipping times for the company’s latest generation of the iPad has improved.
A few weeks ago, shippings times were reduced to 5 to 7 days, an improvement from the previous shipments of one to two weeks just a few days after launch.
Last week, during Apple’s earnings call, the company revealed that it had sold 11.8 million iPads in the March quarter. It should be noted that during the three-month span the new iPad was only available for a few weeks. Tim Cook also revealed that the company was facing supply constraints with the new iPad.
Today, research firm NPD Group has revealed in its “Apple Ecosystem Study” that about 25 percent of buyers in the U.S. have made the iPad their first-ever Apple product. It is also reported that just 33 percent of homes in the U.S. own Apple products. Due to the iPad’s success, that number is also growing as over 37 million American households currently own an Apple device.
The report also revealed that U.S. households that do have Apple products — 67 percent — own an iPod, and 82 percent of iPod owners said that the media player was their first Apple product. However, as the popularity of the iPod has declined, sales of the other devices is being led by the iPad and iPhone.
The average home owns 2.4 Apple products, but “Apple households” are’t just Apple product owners. Six in ten homes with a Mac also own a Windows PC, and nearly 30 percent own a smartphone other than the iPhone.
NPD Group‘s data is generated after surveying more than 3,000 consumers. It was balanced to represent U.S. household demographics.
Microsoft has introduced the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 for the Indian market making it one of the first multi-platform Bluetooth keyboards to be launched in India.
At less than three-quarters of an inch thick and 400 grams in weight, the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 is a slim and sleek alternative helping you get rid of pesky wires, docks, or trans-receivers. I’ve been using the Microsoft Arc keyboard for several months and have been looking for an alternative that takes away the need for a trans-receiver. The small unit can easily be lost and also occupies a USB port all the time. The Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 is very easy on the hands and has an ergonomic Microsoft Comfort Curve design. The design promotes a more natural wrist position whether you are working on a desk or in a casual posture.
“Microsoft Bluetooth Mobile keyboard 5000 is especially designed for people on the move and as the market for mobile products such as the Tablets and Laptops increases; this is poised to become an accessory consumers would definitely want”.
– Mr Satish Parreddi, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Retail Sales & Marketing, Microsoft India
The compact keyboard offers full functionality of a keyboard and is compatible with both tablets and PCs, although it is small enough to slip into a bag. Priced at an attractive price of INR 3350 in India, the Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 5000 works equally well with Microsoft Windows (Windows Vista and Windows 7), iPad, iPad2, and many Android devices. Available only in black color, the keyboard requires the standard AAA batteries.
Lately, Apple and Proview have been involved in a legal battle over the iPad trademark in China. Now, it seems that a settlement will probably occur. Proview’s lawyer has suggested that the company believes it will “likely” reach an out-of-court settlement with Apple in its disagreement over who owns the iPad trademark in China.
The Associated Press reports that the Guangdong High Court is helping to resolve the settlement talks between the two companies. The report also notes that court officials declined to comment on the case with the foreign media. Apple said in a statement that it would never “knowingly abuse someone else’s trademarks” and also implied that Proview is trying to get more money to pay off its outstanding debts.
If the two companies are unable to reach an agreement, the Chinese court will decide the ruling. Apple continues to say that it purchased the Chinese iPad trademark rights from Proview in 2009. However, Proview argues that the deal was not valid since representatives from the Shenzhen subsidiary that own the mark were not present when the contract was signed.
At one point, the iPad was stereotyped as “just a consumption” device, but that has quickly changed. Today, The Denver Post reports that 120 players, coaches and other staff of the National Football League’s Denver Broncos will each be given an iPad to use as a digital playbook for the 2012 season.
The iPads will be used as a replacement for the bulky 500 page playbooks. In addition, the iPads will provide the team with equipped plays, scouting sports, video clips, and more. Using the software, players and coaches can write notes and highlight plays, and the data will be remotely stored in the cloud.
In fact, this isn’t the first NFL team to ditch playbooks for iPads. The Baltimore Ravens have also ditched printed playbooks in favor of Apple’s iPad.
The NFL does not allows electronic devices on the sideline during games, but players are allowed to use their iPads to prepare for the game. Starting this season, players will be able to use iPads in the locker room until kickoff.
Apple has published a new webpage on Apple.com that show off the business capabilities of the iPad and iPhone. Remember when RIM was the most used in enterprise? Well, it seems that the iPhone has started to dominate in that space too.
Labeled ‘iPhone in Business” and “iPad in Business,” the page highlights apps from the App Store, which are enterprise specific like Exchange and security. In addition, the page shows businesses that are currently using the iPhone.
Apple also points out that its approach to mobile device management, app distribution, and security in iOS have come a long way. The company’s products have been gaining tremendous momentum in the enterprise market led by the iPad’s popularity with regular consumers.