The holidays have been good to Apple, and in particular to iPad sales. In its first quarter 2011 earnings report today, Apple said it sold an astonishing 7.33 million iPads and 16.24 million iPhones in the quarter.
Not many companies get a second chance. In that respect, Apple has led a charmed life. The company led the first boom in personal computers but fell behind the PC juggernaut as Microsoft, the PC clone makers, and a broad array of PC industry supporters soared past Apple, leaving it with about 2 percent of the personal computer market.
Apple says it generated more than $20 billion in revenue this quarter after selling nearly twice as many iPhones as it did during the same quarter last year.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ bold claim that Apple owns 50 percent of the mobile gaming market might not actually be a part of his reality distortion field, according to a recent survey of gamers.
Using a bit of clever math, app maker and market analyst firm Asymco has determined that about 38 percent of all 120 million reported iOS device sales are iPod Touches.
Steve Jobs has rarely acknowledged Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak in public in recent years. So it was a surprise when Jobs called out his “partner in crime” Tuesday at the launch of Apple’s latest music products. Wozniak, commonly known as Woz, stood up and took the applause. Afterward, reporters grabbed him for his reaction. Here’s a short video of Woz’s take on the announcements such as Apple’s Ping social networking service.
Apple press events are always a visual feast. We’ve captured the imagery of the Apple event today, from cool new Apple store in Shanghai above to the surprise appearance of Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay. Check out the images and the video of Martin, whose perfect voice occasionally cracks while singing Viva la Vida.
So Apple made some news today. Specifically, chief executive Steve Jobs took the stage in San Francisco, where he showed off major upgrades to the company’s music and TV services.
Apple’s next big media event is set for this Wednesday, September 1 at 1PM EST (10AM PST), and as always, there’s no shortage of rumor and speculation floating about. We’ll be at the event, and will be following any major announcements. But first, let’s take a look at what Apple may have up its sleeve.
This is one of those great gigs of the modern iPhone era, until you get caught. A mid-level Apple manager was arrested on Friday for allegedly taking $1 million in kickbacks from Asian suppliers for the iPhone and iPod, according to a published report.
Rumors are beginning to appear regarding Apple’s next round of product releases. This time around, there’s word of a smaller, 7-inch iPad, details on new iPods, and some very speculative information about the iPhone 5, reports iLounge.
Tony Fadell, the man who brought the idea of a portable audio player to Apple, has now cut all of his ties with the company, according the New York Times. He initially stepped down from his role as senior VP of Apple’s iPod division in November 2008 for “personal reasons”, but remained close to the company as a special advisor to Steve Jobs.