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Categories: Apple

Apple's Holiday Shutdown Puts Rush on App Developers

Posted by: Rachael King on December 14

By Adam Satariano Apple has given developers a holiday deadline if they want the most recent versions of their games, photography, productivity or other applications available in the App Store...

Apple iPad Hack Homes in on 'Common Problem' McAfee CTO Says

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on June 11

Though AT&T made headlines when a glitch in its Web site accidentally exposed e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad owners, such Web-site issues are "common," says McAfee CEO George Kurtz []....

Why the Jury's Still Out on the Apple iPad

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on January 27

Does Apple's tablet computer, the newly announced iPad, live up to the hype? There's no doubt Apple fans will flock to the device, with its svelte build and 9.7-inch color...

Qualcomm's MediaFlo to Come to the iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 06

On Jan. 6, Qualcomm announced that accessories maker mophie has built an antenna to catch Qualcomm MediaFlo TV's programming into its cases for the iPhone and iPod touch. The move will allow Qualcomm to sell its TV service while bypassing wireless service providers, which haven't been as successful as hoped in pushing the service thus far.

Shoppers' Interest in the iPhone Slips

Posted by: Olga Kharif on January 04

Fewer people shopping for smartphones were interested in buying Apple's iPhone in December than in September, according to a new ChangeWave Research survey. Last month, 28% of more than 4,000 people surveyed were planning to buy an iPhone in the next three months. That's down from 32% in September.

Apps: The Top Reason to Buy an iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 11

While, initially, many consumers snapped up iPhones for their touch screens, that's changed. Nowadays, it's the apps that are the biggest driver of iPhone purchases, according to a new report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

IDC: Apple App Store to Top 300,000 Apps in 2010

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 07

The Apple App Store will balloon to more than 300,000 apps by the end of 2010, up from more than 100,000 games, calendars and other apps being offered today, according to a new forecast from consultant IDC.

Apple Crushes Clone Maker in Court

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on November 14

Apple won a sweeping legal victory against Macintosh clone maker Psystar Corp. Nov. 13 when a federal judge in San Francisco ruled (PDF, courtesy of Groklaw) that Psystar had violated...

BlackBerry's Big Advantage over Apple iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 04

BlackBerry devices enjoy at least one considerable advantage over rivals including the Apple iPhone: They use up much less wireless network capacity to complete the same tasks. That could prove to be an increasingly important advantage in the coming months.

Apple iPhone's China Problem

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 03

Apparently, China is impervious to Apple iPhone's charm. Apple's local partner, China Unicom, has only sold 5,000 units since the iPhone debuted in the country last week, according to reports. What's going on? Some observers blame the iPhone's high price. But consultant iSuppli points fingers at a different culprit: The Chinese gray market for the iPhone.

Verizon Still Wants the iPhone (Despite those Droid Ads)

Posted by: Spencer Ante on October 26

Despite a recent slew of negative ads dissing the Apple iPhone in support of Verizon's new Android-based device, Verizon chairman and CEO Ivan G. Seidenberg told investors on its earnings...

Have Apple-Verizon Talks Broken Down?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on October 20

Talks to bring the Apple iPhone onto Verizon Wireless's network might have broken down, according to an Oct. 20 note from Sanford C. Bernstein analyst Craig Moffett.

iSuppli: iPhone Will Stay at AT&T

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 10

On Sept. 10, consultant iSuppli released a report that claims that, based on feverish and expensive improvements AT&T is making to its network, there's reason to believe that Apple will renew its contract to deliver the iPhone to AT&T in the U.S. exclusively. iSuppli believes the current contract will expire in mid-2010.

Will Genius Fix the Apple App Store?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on September 09

Along with new iPods, today Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced App Store Genius, a recommendation engine for the iPhone and iPod touch that suggests apps you might like to download from the App Store.

Snow Leopard Upgraders: Update Your Flash Player

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 03

Another glitch in the upgrade to Snow Leopard has come to light, courtesy of the folks at the security firm Sophos. As explained in a blog post by Sophos' Graham...

Help for Snow Leopard Printing Woes

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 31

By and large, Mac upgrades to Snow Leopard seem to be going pretty smoothly, but there are a lot of reports of problems with printers and scanners. This isn't entirely...

Snow Leopard: Printer Compatibility Update

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 31

Since the release of Snow Leopard on Friday, there have been lots of reports of printer incompatibilities, mostly involving Hewlett-Packard and Epson printers. Both companies have responded with fairly detailed...

Snow Leopard's Secret Anti-Malware Feature

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 27

Snow Leopard, the new version of Apple's Mac operating system, is sufficiently short on new user features that Apple wouldn't have hidden one of the more significant additions. But that's...

Rhapsody for iPhone: RealNetworks Tweaks Apple's Tail

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 24

Reflecting the personality of its combative CEO, Rob Glaser, RealNetworks has never been a company to shrink from a fight. Over the years, it has gone head-to-head with Microsoft, Apple,...

Apple, AT&T, and the Rush to Judgment

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 22

Back in July, when Apple rejected the iPhone Google Voice from the iTunes App Store, the tech world instantly came to the conclusion that AT&T, iPhone's exclusive U.S. carrier, made...

Apple Tablet: The Mystery of Data Input

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 17

I swore to myself that I wouldn't write about the Apple tablet, that great unicorn of the high tech world, until I had some actual knowledge of what it really...

Outlook for the Mac: Suddenly Everyone Loves Exchange

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on August 13

Microsoft's announcement today that it was bringing Outlook to the Mac, reported by my colleague Arik Hesseldahl, was a very curious one. The product is not due for more than...

Cloud War: Google's Schmidt Resigns Apple's Board

Posted by: Rob Hof on August 03

In a move that many observers believed was long overdue, Google CEO Eric Schmidt today resigned from Apple's board. The two companies have clashed recently on the issue of Google's...

Apple's $800 Tablet: Is The Price Right?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 13

Rumor has it that Apple might be close to releasing its own tablet computer as early as October. The device may cost $800. Would you buy the tablet for this price?

Happy Birthday, App Store!

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 10

On July 11, Apple's App Store hits another milestone: It turns one year old. What do you like about the App Store, and what would you like to see changed?

iPhones Fly Off Shelves, Jobs Himself Announces

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 22

Two important tidbits of news from Apple this morning. First, a staggering one million iPhone 3G S handsets were sold in the first three days the new version was on...

WWDC: Apple Moves on the Enterprise (Updated)

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 08

Apple made news on on lots of fronts at its Worldwide Developers' Conference Monday, with the new iPhone 3GS, a $100 iPhone 3G, and major notebook announcements. Almost lost in...

Apple's Pricey Notebooks: Time For a Change

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on May 07

The birth of a new class of inexpensive thin-and-light notebooks, described in my current Tech & You column, is a good-news, bad-news story for most laptop manufacturers. To the extent...

Could Apple App Store Enter Mainstream Faster Than iTunes' Music?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on April 07

Researcher ComScore today came out with its first report on demographics of Apple App Store users. Turns out, 35% of all App Store users have a household income of at least $100,000. And 54% of buyers of mobile applications for the iPhone and iPod touch have household incomes of $75,000 or more. What does that say about App Store's traction? The App Store seems to be attracting a wider swath of users than the iTunes music store, which debuted in 2001, did in its early years.

App Store Users to Quadruple? Not So Fast

Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 24

Consultant In-Stat just released a new forecast: It believes the number of potential mobile app store users could quadruple within five years. Some 100 million handsets that will be shipped in the next half a decade will be tied to application markets like Apple's App Store, according to In-Stat.

Multiple iPhone Models Due Out This Summer?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 20

Rumors that Apple will unleash several new iPhone models when it releases new hardware this summer have picked up a notch. The speculation is that the company could unveil a cheaper, lighter iPhone, an iPhone especially designed for business use, and a netbook -- in addition to upgrading its current iPhone model.

Apple's App Store: How Much Is It?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 18

How much would it cost to buy up everything in the App Store in December? Let's do some back-of-the-envelope calculations.

iPhone 3.0: Wish List

Posted by: Olga Kharif on March 13

Apple seems to introduce new iPhone models every June/July. Last year's iPhone offered a number of improvements over the original device, including greater storage capacity. What would you like this year's model to add/be able to do? Let's start a wish list right here.

The New iPod Shuffle: How Minimal Can You Get?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on March 11

Minimalism has been the prevailing aesthetic at Apple for some time. Products are monochromatic, mostly white or silver. Buttons, ports, or anything else that would spoil the clean lines of...

Mac mini Margins, Not So Mini

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on March 03

As part of a general refresh of all desktop products, Apple today announced a long-overdue update of the Mac mini line. The mini gets a badly needed upgrade of its...

Safari 4: First Impressions

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on February 26

For a long time, the Web browser was something of a poor relation in Apple's OS X. It's easy to forget that the primary browser in the first version of...

The iPhone: A Blessing and a Curse?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 03

Consultant Forrester Research came out with some really interesting data today: Apparently, consumers that switch wireless service providers for hot new devices such as the iPhone come with a risk to carriers. More than 20% end up being likely to switch plans again in the next six months.

How Broad Is Dell’s Brand?

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on January 30

The latest reports that Dell is eyeing the smart phone market also beg the question whether any foray into consumer electronics—now or in the future—can successfully expand its portfolio. A...

New Mac Trojan in Pirated Photoshop

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 26

The last few days have delivered two clear computer security messages that shouldn't have been needed: Downloading pirated software is very, very dangerous as well as wrong and don't...

OS X Trojan in iWork Torrent Downloads

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 22

It's an article of faith among Mac fanboys that their favorite computer is invulnerable to the sort of nasty malware that plagues the Windows world (see this comment thread.) Alas,...

Wow! Macs Really Are Overpriced

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 20

For a long time I have maintained that Macs weren't really that expensive compared to Windows PCs; it's just that Apple refused to make low-end systems. Recently, I've been suspecting...

Apple's Steve Jobs to Take Six-Month Medical Leave

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 14

Just a week after revealing that he has a medical issue related to his 2004 pancreatic cancer surgery that had taken a toll on his weight, Apple CEO Steve...

iPhone nano Case Unveiled... Where's the iPhone nano?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 29

Rumors that Apple is about to introduce an iPhone nano continue to swirl. And they've gained some heft after one accessories manufacturer has actually started to sell cases for the yet-to-be-announced device.

Apple May Not Need Macworld, But Many Apple Partners May

Posted by: Peter Burrows on December 17

So posits a reader that goes by the name MacUser. He points out that: While Apple is able to host their own events very successfully, I feel that Macworld is...

A New Musical Use for MacBooks

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on December 09

The affinity of musicians for Macs is well known, but last night at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, I ran into an entirely use for the iconic MacBook Pro. The...

Google's Search Advertising Going Mobile on iPhone, T-Mobile G1

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 08

Well, if Google's revenues are going to come in a little light this quarter, as many people are speculating, it won't be for lack of Google trying. Today, the search...

Is the iPhone Bad for Carriers?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 08

Denmark-based researcher Strand Consult just came out with a list of reasons why carriers should run away from the iPhone. Talk about a contrarian view. Today, carriers like AT&T are touting the iPhone as a tool that helps them attract new subscribers and to increase their revenue per user.

iPhone Linux Hack: What It Means

Posted by: Olga Kharif on December 01

iPhone hackers have managed to replace Apple's own operating system that comes with the device with Linux software. That could be the beginning of a seismic shift for smartphone software. It opens the door for open-source operating systems to jump onto devices not built specifically for them.

Apple's iPhone to Debut at Wal-Mart?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 19

Several blogs are claiming that Apple's iPhone will go on sale at Wal-Mart beginning Dec. 28. Is this the right move for Apple? You bet.

Consumers Dropping DSL, Cable for the iPhone?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on October 30

Less affluent consumers are jumping onto the iPhone bandwagon. According to a new comScore report, since June, iPhone adoption has risen 48% among those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 per year and by 46% among those earning between $25,000 and $75,000. These growth rates are three times those of people earning more than $100,000 per year.

Teens: Going Gaga for the iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on October 08

Teens are going gaga for iPhones. According to a Piper Jaffray survey of 769 students conducted in several U.S. schools in the past few weeks, 8% of teens already own iPhones, up from 6% this spring. And 22% of the students say they will buy an iPhone in the next six months, up from 9% this spring.

New iPods on Sept. 9?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on September 02

Apple has just sent out email invitations for a media event next Tuesday, Sept. 9, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Art in San Francisco. And since September is...

Developers Frustrated With Apple

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 14

I still remember how excited software developers were on July 10, when Apple launched its iTunes App Store, which offers iPhone applications from third-party developers. Many programmers figured Apple would finally give them a way to make the big bucks off of their craft. And some, indeed, have since struck gold. But many haven't -- and are seething with resentment at Apple.

Apple to iPhone Users: Big Brother is Watching?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 06

I just read a report that claims that Apple can remotely disable any app on your iPhone. Scary? You bet.

Touch Screen Nanos on the Way?

Posted by: Cliff Edwards on August 05

My colleague Olga Kharif quite succinctly walks you through in this blog all the reasons why its unlikely Apple in the next month or so won't release a stripped-down version...

That iPhone Nano Rumor ....

Posted by: Olga Kharif on August 04

That old rumor – that Apple would introduce a stripped-down version of the iPhone – is being floated again. This Sunday, Daily Mail has run a story citing sources close...

Further Travels with the iPhone

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 27

After my experience using an iPhone to navigate the calles of Venice, I took it on the road. The iPhone proved to be not of much help. Google Maps is...

Walking Venice with an iPhone

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 25

I'm vacationing in Italy and for the past couple of days, I've been using an iPhone 3G and Google Maps to navigate the world's most hopelessly confusing city. It's not...

AT&T: iPhone 3G Sales Are Skyrocketing

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 23

Apple's exclusive iPhone reseller in the U.S., AT&T, just reported its second-quarter results this morning. And on the conference call with investors, CFO Rick Lidner said that the new iPhone 3G has sold double the number of units of the original iPhone in the last few days of the quarter.

App Store Activations: 100 Per Second

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 15

Just how much downloading is happening through the new Apple App Store? One developer, uLocate, says users are activating its Where application at a rate of 100 per second at peak. And Where is not even the top-10 most popular free or paid applications in the store.

iPhone 3G: Where's the Nav?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 15

Among the 500+ applications available from the iTunes App Store, the glaring omission is a turn-by-turn navigation service. This seems odd, since the iPhone, with it's big display and beautiful...

Apple: Users Download 10 Million Apps

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 14

Apple has just announced that its App Store topped 10 million application downloads in the three days since its launch. Today, the store that sells games, ringtones and organizers for the iPhone and iPod Touch offers some 800 applications, a quarter of them for free. These numbers are stunning. No other mobile applications store has ever come close to this kind of sales volume.

A Great Silence from Cupertino

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 11

SECOND UPDATE--6:55 pm EDT The iTunes Store seems to be working fine now, though it's occasionally a bit slow. The only problem I've had is with updating an iPod Touch...

iPhone 3G: You Can Buy It But You Can't Use It

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 11

You would think that after six months of nearly nonstop iPhone hype, Apple would have been ready for the big day when it finally came. But soon after the iPhone...

iPhone Crushing iTunes Store?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 11

It looks like the first-day demand for the iPhone 3G may have brought down a critical part of the iTunes Store. After you get an activated iPhone, you still must...

Will You Switch for the 3G iPhone?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on July 10

Released a year ago, the first iPhone has lead a mass of people switching to AT&T, the exclusive seller of the iPhone in the U.S. Would the new, 3G iPhone, due to debut on July 11, have the same effect?

Getting an Early Look at the App Store

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 10

The iTunes App Store isn't quite officially open for business, but you can get an advanced look with a small bit of effort. Here's how to do it: --Open iTunes...

Where the iPhone Failed

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on July 03

In one sense, next week's launch of the 3G iPhone marks a significant defeat for Apple. Of course, the original iPhone was a huge success in the U.S. and the...

Apple to Launch Wireless Beatles Games?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 23

Yes, I have no idea what such games would look like, either. But rumor has it that Steve Jobs & Co. is interested in creating a video game around the Beatles music catalogue. And that this game may have a mobile version.

iPhone: Heading Down Razr's Path?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 17

A reader recently made an interesting point: The reason that Motorola's legendary Razr crashed and burned was that the company and its carrier clients have quickly discounted the popular device. By 2007, Americans could get the Razr for free, and it became the most widely held phone in the country. Very soon after that, no one wanted to buy the Razr, the phone that everyone else had. Could the iPhone be heading down the same path?

Free iPhone Business Apps?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 11

Analyst Gene Munster recently surveyed 20 developers attending Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWCD). He found that half of the developers were working on enterprise applications for the iPhone, and that 71% of all applications they were working on will be made available to consumers for free. What this means is that many developers will be making business applications for the iPhone available for free.

The Flip Side of a Subsidized iPhone

Posted by: Olga Kharif on June 10

Yesterday, Apple announced that AT&T will start subsidizing its iPhone device, making it available for as little as $199 for an 8 Gigabyte model. Many consumers are likely to appraud that decision: By offering a subsidy of an estimated $350 per unit for the device, AT&T will likely see its iPhone sales double, estimates Craig Moffett, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein. So it's a win-win for consumers, right? Not necessarily.

Six Questions (So Far) About the New iPhone

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 09

Now that I'm out of Steve Jobs' famous reality distortion field, I have a few questions about the iPhone 3G announcement. But please add your own as well, since you...

Liveblogging Steve Jobs' Keynote: New $199 3G iPhone

Posted by: Rob Hof on June 09

Wireless gods permitting, I'll be liveblogging Steve Jobs' keynote at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference from Moscone Center in San Francisco, along with about a gazillion other press. It begins shortly,...

A Solar-Powered iPhone?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on May 27

A new patent filing suggests that Apple may be investigating making a solar-powered iPhone. It won't be the first company to try and integrate solar power capabilities into a phone: Motorola has looked at making a solar-powered phone for the past several years. But such a phone is yet to hit the market.

Another Sign 3G iPhone is Near?

Posted by: Olga Kharif on May 21

AT&T announced today that it will complete the roll-out of its new high-speed wireless network, which offers uplink speeds of 500 Kbps to 800 Kbps, in June. Incidentally, June is also the month when many expect Apple to release its new iPhone, able to run over the new network. Co-incidence? I don't think so.

Intel and Apple, BFF?

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on April 28

It's no secret that Intel and Apple have been best buddies for the past couple of years. But the friendship seems to hit a high today when Apple announced a...

Reader Poll: Tell Me Your Most Surprising "Switcher" Stories

Posted by: Peter Burrows on April 24

So let the call go forth: Bring me your tales of recent Mac owners who you never thought would end up with a Mac.


Bloomberg Businessweek writers Peter Burrows, Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif, Aaron Ricadela, and Douglas MacMillan, dig behind the headlines to analyze what’s really happening throughout the world of technology. Tech Beat covers everything from tech bellwethers like Apple, Google, and Intel and emerging new leaders such as Facebook to new technologies, trends, and controversies.



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