Category Archives: Apple
Best known for its Bluetooth chips – products in Apple Beats headphones
The toast of the British high tech sector, microchip firm CSR (formerly known as Cambridge Silicon Radio) was recently at the receiving end of an takeover offer from US based rival Microchip Technology. Subsequently CSR said in an official statement, “The price proposed by Microchip has been rejected and the board is considering its options for the company.” However, the move has signalled CSR’s potential availability and led to speculation that another US based firm – potentially Apple could make a higher offer for the company. Interest in CSR is being fuelled by its latest move into the Internet of Things [IoT] sector. Continue reading
Should also be packed slid with IBM sourced apps
Cupertino’s finest – Apple, thrives on the hype it manages to create amongst its loyal followers – the Apple fanbois. It also relies on intense media speculation about its forthcoming products such as the alleged iPhone 6 which should make its appearance on September 9th . Given that the products are actually made by contractors in China, you’d kind of expect major leaks of photos showing what its new products look like but to date there’s been nothing which looks 100 per cent genuine. So instead, Apple fanbois have been contenting themselves with rumours about the next generation of iPad branded tablets. Which might be launched separately in October . And feature fingerprint recognition plus software sourced from IBM. Continue reading
Will designer brand men’s undies maker counter sue, we speculate?
You would have thought that most shareholders would have been happy with Apple’s recent financial performance. However, that apparently does not apply to one R. Andre Klein who has just accused Apple senior directors and officers of “breach of fiduciary duty, gross mismanagement, corporate waste, and breach of the duty of honest services.” The action has apparently been filed with the Us District Court for the Northern District of California, It could even impact those who currently benefit from the late Steve Job’s estate. It’s also not know whether a leading maker of men’s undies will counter use if Apple fanbois stop wearing its products as a result. Continue reading
Fitch predicts Apple & Samsung’s handset marketshare will stagnate
It seems that the Big Two smartphone vendors – Apple & Samsung are going to be facing a very tough future thanks to competition in emerging markets. As a consequence, Fitch Ratings is predicting that local handset makers such as China’s Xiaomi, Lenovo, and Huawei along with India’s Micromax will become the main competitors for Apple and Samsung. Locally manufactured devices retailing at $100 to $300 can offer virtually all of the key features of big brand smartphones. Plus Fitch also believes that the forthcoming iPhone 6 probably won’t do enough to bolster Apple. Continue reading
GoMo had big hopes for this CyanogenMod based handset
When we first heard that there was a handset being shipped with a version of the CyanogenMod mobile OS, here at GoMo Towers we got quite excited. That’s because we like the software and until now, ordinary consumers had to go through the complicated process of ‘rooting’ the handset to get it. However, OnePlus (which is part of the Chinese group – Oppo) has done a deal to ship its much-hyped ‘One’ handset with CyanogenMod version 11. [Not a first because the Oppo N1 shipped with CyanogenMod]. Anyway, the one thing we knew about CyanogenMod is that it doesn’t come as standard with all of Google’s apps. Sadly, the One does so we think OnePlus has missed a big trick. Continue reading
Of course, Cupertino’s finest might call it the iPhone 5Z
A very accurate way of predicting when Apple will perform its annual handset launch (because it is a creature of great habit) is to discover when it is planning its next major media event. Which is exactly what Recode did and it has reported the next big media event is scheduled for September 9th . Naturally, everyone expects this next handset to be called the iPhone 6. GoMo News is hedging its bets, however, because we followed comedian Ali G in 2012 and predicted here that the iPhone 6 would appear in 2013. Instead we got the 5c and 5s. So we could have a 5z and a 5x in 2014. Continue reading
Not all iPhone users have Macs & large capacity hard drives
Although iPhone fanbois would love to portray it as the case, not all those who have picked an iPhone as their smartphone are owners of other Apple hardware such as Macs and Macbooks with large capacity hard drives. Indeed, GoMo News knows from readers emails and comments that many keep their iTunes music (book and video) libraries on Windows based PCs. Especially ageing Windows XP based laptops. These machines are currently grinding to a halt – chiefly because they are running out of space on the hard drive. One solution? Migrate your iTunes collection to an external hard drive. Continue reading
Apple & Samsung decline vs Huawei, LG & Lenovo rise
According to Juniper Research Whilst global smartphone shipments exceeded 290 million units in Q2 2014, Samsung and Apple both lost market share. The chief beneficiaries were Huawei, LG and Lenovo. Significantly, Juniper anticipates that emerging nations in Far East & China, Indian Subcontinent, Latin America and Africa & Middle East will account for over 50 per cent of the global smartphones shipped in 2014. The 290m million represented 26 per cent y-o-y [year-on-year] growth and 2 per cent q-o-q [quarter-on-quarter] growth. Continue reading
Also provides interesting stats on LTE & rise of Wiko & bq
The findings of the Netbiscuits Web Trends Report for Q2 2014 make for some very interesting reading. For example, globally, the Apple iPhone 5 series of mobiles replaced the 4 and 4S as the most used device for surfing the web on mobile phones in Q2 2014. Whereas in the UK, the iPhone 4 &4S remain the most popular devices probably due to long, restrictive contracts. Netbiscuits also suggests that Apple is preparing for the big screen revolution when releases the iPhone 6. On the LTE front, South Korea and USA lead the way in LTE adoption. Astonishingly, there’s also been a rise in the number of European based handset vendors. Wiko (France), and bq (Spain) have burst into the Top 50 devices in their own countries for the first time with a 3 per cent and 1.5 per cent share respectively. The 5 to 5.9 inch category grew its share from 21 per cent in Q1 2014 to 25 per cent in Q2 and is set for further growth. Continue reading
Fingerprint scanner is most popular biometric authentication process
New research has shown that eight in ten (79 per cent) of Brits are ready to ditch their passwords in favour of biometric security measures such as fingerprint scanners. It’s no surprise to learn that sales of Apple’s iPhone 5s have helped make biometrics extremely popular with consumers. These figures were revealed by the Future Password Index from digital financial services provider Intelligent Environments. Fingerprint technology was voted as the most popular biometric method in the new 53 per cent of people would like their bank to integrate fingerprint scanners into digital banking services. Continue reading
It’s all to do with MobileFirst for iOS apparently
If you’d asked GoMo News which was the most likely to happen – elephants flying or IBM selling Apple’s smartphones, up until now we would have gone for the elephants. However, in a historic moment [July 15th 2014], IBM together with Apple announced IBM MobileFirst for iOS. [Read the full announcement here].This means that IBM will start selling iPhones & iPads and will develop cloud services optimised for Apple’s iOS. Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a dedicated large-enterprise AppleCare programme. How has this come about? Well, the market for is currently comprised of affluent people in developed economies – with the possible exception of China. Anyway that market is now a mature and overcrowded. So selling to affluent businesses is the obvious answer. Below, John Delaney, associate vp for mobility with IDC, provides a comprehensive overview of what he sees as happening. Continue reading
July 15th 2014. Apple and IBM have announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps – bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone and iPad. The landmark partnership aims to redefine the way work will get done, address key industry mobility challenges and spark true mobile-led business change. These are grounded in four core capabilities. Continue reading
iPhones to run for days without recharging?
A Brit fuel cell firm company, Intelligent Energy is reportedly working with Cupertino-based Apple on a secret venture that could put the recently-floated company in the Big League. The partnership is already being compared with that of Imagination Technologies. On flotation Intelligent Energy said that it bought a bundle of patents [known to be from Eveready] in conjunction with a “major international electronics company.” Now the UK’s Daily Mail has reported that it believes that company is actually Apple. Which makes sense because Apple likes to portray itself as having bleeding edge technology and putting fuel cells into electronic devices like smartphones and laptops makes a good deal of sense.
Fuel cells are able to convert chemical energy from fuel into electricity. It should mean that iPhones, Macbooks and iPads, could run without being charged for days or even weeks.
If the firm really has become Apple’s partner for energy-efficient devices, then the firm could be shot into the realms of global technology players.
Intelligent Energy has been compared to graphics chip provider, Imagination Technologies, which has enjoyed impressive growth from the use of its tech in smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone.
Having recruited former Apple Computer’s product specialist, Joe O’Sullivan, to the Intelligent Energy board as COO, the company has known close links with the iPhone maker.
The British company recently opened an office in San Jose close to Apple’s own Silicon Valley HQ. Continue reading
Speculation about Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux hiring
Tag Heuer which is perhaps best known for its luxury F1 (Formula One) watches and part of luxury goods group LVMH has announced that one of its execs, Patrick Pruniaux, is leaving the company today, July 7th 2014, to join Apple. This adds to rumours that the Cupertino-based company is readying itself to launch into the wearable technologies sector. With all the bets being on an iWatch smartwatch. It also fuels speculation that Apple might be pitching the iWatch right at the top of the luxury watch price bracket. Especially since it has already hired execs from Burberry, Angela Ahrendts, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Paul Deneve. Continue reading