Reports by AllThingD tech blog and others peg the launch event as in sync with 2012’s debut of iPad Mini
FRAMINGHAM (10/09/2013) – Apple will introduce new iPad tablets on Oct. 22, the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD technology blog reported Tuesday. The date was no surprise, as it synced with the unveiling of the fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini in 2012.
Last year, Apple rolled out new tablets on Tuesday, Oct. 23, kicking off an upswing in sales, particularly of the lower-priced and smaller iPad Mini. That same day in 2013 is Tuesday, Oct. 22, two weeks from yesterday.
AllThingsD cited sources it said were familiar with Apple’s plans, adding that the event, like virtually all product debuts by the company, will be invite-only.
Several weeks ago, the Current Editorials blog had named the Oct. 22 date.
Most pundits and analysts expect that the fifth-generation 9.7-in. iPad will be slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, boast an improved camera and feature the Apple-designed 64-bit A7 system-on-a-chip (SoC), or a slight variation of the A7 that first appeared in the iPhone 5S last month. 2012’s fourth-generation iPad, for instance, relied on the A6X SoC, while the iPhone 5, which led it by only weeks, used the A6.
Though the iPhone 5s won’t be available in stores until September 20, we were able to use some demo models for a little while on Tuesday after Apple’s media event announcing them. We scanned our thumbs, took pictures, and tried to imagine what part of space is gray. Here’s our hands-on first look.
The iPhone 5s feels an awful lot like the iPhone 5. It isn’t noticeably heavier in hand, nor is the look particularly different—save for its new color options.
In using the iPhone 5s briefly, we found it speedy and snappy, and iOS 7 looks great. We weren’t able to run any benchmark tests or particularly hungry apps, so there was no way to put to the test Apple’s claims of it being twice as fast as the iPhone 5 in many tasks. As we said, the iPhone 5s feels more or less like the iPhone 5. It’s truly an iPhone with an “s” at the end at its name—a whole bunch of upgraded internals built on top of a phone design that seems quite familiar.
Over the next six months, nearly an equivalent percentage of mobile app developers expect to build for tablets as for smartphones: 81.34 percent vs. 84 percent, respectively. Since 2010, the number of developers focusing on enterprise apps has jumped from 38 percent to 51 percent, and the figure is further expected to rise as high as 63 percent by the end of the year.
These latest numbers come from a study conducted in April 2013, in which Appcelerator and IDC surveyed 6,046 Appcelerator Titanium developers. The duo claims this is the world’s largest survey of mobile app developers to date.
IDC Press Release
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The worldwide mobile phone market grew 4% year over year in the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in 1Q13 compared to 402.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012 and 483.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.
In the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 216.2 million units in 1Q13, which marked the first time more than half (51.6%) the total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones. The market grew 41.6% compared to the 152.7 million units shipped in 1Q12, but 5.1% lower than the 227.8 million units shipped in 4Q12.
IDC Press Release
FRAMINGHAM, Mass., March 26, 2013 – According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Smart Connected Device Tracker, worldwide shipments of smart connected devices grew 29.1% year over year in 2012, crossing 1 billion units shipped with a value of $576.9 billion. The market expansion was largely driven by 78.4% year-over-year growth in tablet shipments, which surpassed 128 million in 2012.
Looking specifically at the results for the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), combined shipments of desktop PCs, notebook PCs, tablets, and smartphones was nearly 378 million and revenues were more than $168 billion. In terms of market share, Apple significantly closed the gap with market leader Samsung in the quarter, as the combination of Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad Mini brought Apple up to 20.3% unit shipment share versus 21.2% for Samsung. On a revenue basis for the fourth quarter, Apple continued to dominate with 30.7% share versus 20.4% share for Samsung.
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Wall Street Journal
BARCELONA—Here are two stories that sum up the state of the phone industry as revealed at last week’s Mobile World Congress, the annual gathering of the mobile phone business. Firstly, what was the buzz of the show?
It wasn’t a top-end, LTE-enabled, quad-core processor smartphone—it was the Nokia NOK1V.HE +1.60% 105, a €15 phone. Its most notable feature—apart from its price—is its 35-day standby time. The second comes from the experiences of The Wall Street Journal. To save the blushes of one particular handset maker we won’t name the company, but it took us 12 takes to shoot a video review of one of its products. In the end we failed. Why? It took three takes only to discover we had filmed the wrong phone. It then took another nine to try to review the correct one. Every time we tried there was some button that was pushed by mistake, or we hit the wrong thing on the screen and it didn’t do what we thought it would. In the end we gave up. What do the two stories tell us? That real consumer benefits, like a monthlong standby, are valued by consumers. They also show that one phone looks a lot like an other and that adding extra functions to a device isn’t always the path to a good user experience.