Category Archives: Apple
Overtaken by Blackberry manufacturer RIM
Finnish manufacturer Nokia has dropped off the world’s top five list of smartphone makers for the first time, latest figures from research firm IDC indicate. It says that while the overall phone market grew 2.4 per cent in Q3 compared to the same period in 2011, it was Korea’s Samsung taking the lion’s share of sales closely followed by Apple. Handset makers shipped 444.5 million mobile phones during the three months with, perhaps surprisingly, Canada’s Research in Motion beating Nokia to the No.5 slot with the rest of the leading vendors made up of Taiwan’s HTC and China’s ZTE. Continue reading
Rating: Even RIM, LG and ZTE sell more smartphones than Nokia says Juniper
Samsung increased its lead in terms of smartphone shipments as Juniper Research estimates that the total number of smartphone shipments exceeded 157 million in Q3 2012. The Korean company shipped a record 56.3 million which was almost double the number of iPhones shipped by Apple (26.9 million). The Galaxy S III played a key role for Samsung with estimated sales of 18 million in the third quarter. Things are getting so dire for RIM and Nokia that ZTE has got ahead of them. LG did well amongst the Tier 2 players compared to rivals like Huawei, Motorola and HTC. Continue reading
Korean electronics giant Samsung has returned record net profits for the third quarter amid booming smartphone sales.
In the approach to Christmas Samsung, the world’s largest technology company by turnover, expects demand for mobiles – particularly those running on LTE of 4G networks – to be further boosted, though it acknowledges there will be “stiff competition.” Continue reading
Rating: Older iPad 3 only worked on North American LTE networks
Much as predicted, Apple launched a new iPad mini tablet in California yesterday [October 23rd 2012], along with an improved version of the iPad. Significantly, both models will be compatible with EE’s 4G network in the UK – 4GEE, thanks to built-in support for Band 3 LTE. EE’s own web site here doesn’t yet make reference to the two new Apple devices. However, on Apple’s own web site here, it does say, “EE (soon to launch).” This will give EE another major boost for 4G sales in the run-up to Xmas sales. Continue reading
Unveils new fourth generation iPad with retina display, faster A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera & Ultrafast wireless
October 23rd 2012. Apple has introduced the iPad mini, a completely new iPad design that is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad. The new iPad mini features a stunning 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance¹ and an incredible 10 hours of battery life²―every inch an iPad, yet in a revolutionary design you can hold in one hand. Apple today also announced the fourth generation iPad featuring a gorgeous 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features. Continue reading
Smartphones now account for nearly half of shipments
Korean manufacturer LG Electronics looks to have turned the corner in the smartphone sector following the domestic launch of its flagship Optimus G last month, latest trading results indicate.
In a surprising turnaround LG returned to profit for the third quarter with a record 7 million smartphones sold during the period, up 23 per cent from the previous three months. In recent years the world’s fifth-largest phonemaker by shipments has failed to keep pace with the likes of Apple and Asian rival Samsung. Continue reading
Royalties up 27 per cent as use of smartphones and tablets grows
Shares in British chip designer ARM closed more than seven per cent higher last night [23rd October 2012] after it reported better than expected Q3 results, much of it buoyed by sales of smartphones and tablets, especially Apple devices. The Cambridge-based company beat consensus revenue and pre-tax profit expectations to see turnover hit £145 million in the quarter compared to £120 million for the same period last year. Continue reading
Network goes live next week – but only just
Smartphone users benefiting from EE‘s new 4G network in Britain will have the personal intervention of the firm’s CEO to thank, it’s been revealed. With just a week to go before EE’s super-fast network is officially launched, City AM reports how Olaf Swantee – boss of EE and its subsidiary brands Orange and T-Mobile – spent months persuading phone manufacturers to design devices that would run on the operator’s 1800 MHz frequency. The network will also be the only 4G network to work with Apple’s best-selling iPhone 5. Continue reading
Rating: Probably to coincide with Apple iPad Mini launch
It’s virtually certain that EE will announce pricing for its 4G LTE network in the UK tomorrow [October 23rd 2012]. The smart money is on timing to coincide with whatever it is that Apple is planning to announce at a Press event on that day which will start at around 6pm our [UK] time. Given that the Apple invite says, “We’ve got a little more to show you,” virtually everyone is betting that the announcement will confirm the launch of the iPad mini. That will be a seven inch version of the iPad to compete with the likes of the Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire. We’re also expecting EE to announce the brand for its 4G service as superfast 4GEE. Continue reading
Investors in troubled Finnish mobile maker Nokia have an anxious few days ahead as they await the launch of Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco.
The debut of Microsoft’s new OS on Monday week [29th October 2012] could prove even more crucial to Nokia than the Seattle software giant itself, given the phone maker’s continued slide and the fact it is pinning its hopes on Windows Phone 8 to revive its fortunes. Continue reading
Rating: Still “waiting for activation”
Here at GoMobile News we are in the information business – not merely trying to score points off industry newbies. Thus it seems appropriate to provide the latest update in our ongoing battle to restore a ‘jailbroken’ Apple iPhone 3G to full working order. We appear to be around 90 per cent of the way now. As we correctly surmised in our previous story here, the jailbreak attempted on a regular iPhone 3G passed to us by a reader did, in fact, leave it with the wrong version of its ‘baseband’ software in place. Luckily, not every not every Apple fan is dismissive, arrogant or just plain rude – unlike several people who posted comments on our site. Hence Chris Stratton came to our rescue and pointed us in the right direction of a cure to our predicament. Continue reading
Cripplingly expensive lawsuits that threaten to tear the mobile industry apart could end if the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) succeeds as peacemaker.
Executives from top firms, including those from arch rivals Apple and Samsung, last week attended an ITU roundtable in a bid to end the feuds, it has been revealed.
Also present were representatives of Microsoft, RIM, Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola. Continue reading
Investor eyes will be focused again on tiny Edinburgh firm Wolfson Microelectronics today [16th October 2012] following news that one of its chips can be found in Apple’s iPhone 5 cable.
Yesterday shares in the company rose nearly 5 per cent when analysts at ABI Research revealed they had dismantled Apple’s new Lightning adapter and found a Wolfson processor inside. Continue reading
They’ve rowed massively and now it looks as though the marriage is finally over. Apple is kicking Samsung out of bed with reports from Korea that their supply chain partnership is “near collapse.”
For years the two have benefited hugely from the relationship, with Apple getting cheap components and Samsung earning billions from its biggest parts customer. Continue reading
Shares in Chinese telecom and mobile operator ZTE plunged 15 per cent in early trading today [15th October 2012] after it warned that Q3 losses would wipe out first half profits.
Only three weeks ago ZTE, the world’s fourth largest mobile phone company, revealed it was to step up production of smartphones to 35 million this year having sold 66.1 million mobile phones overall in 2011. Its meteoric rise has caused concern to other phone makers, particularly in the US where last week a US Congress report branded ZTE and its larger rival Huawei a national security threat and called for the government and telecom carriers to do more to block them from acquisitions and contracts there. Continue reading