Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Apple Store goes down, only white iPhones coming up

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Apple has just pulled down the Apple Online store and the white iPhone 4 is of course coming up. Our colleague Mr. X has let us know that the white iPhone 4 will be the only thing coming up this time around (save for new iPad 2 countries). iMacs will likely wait until next week. Speaking of iMacs, we’ve been told that certain Apple Store employees will be at work early on May 3rd (naturally a Tuesday), putting up new posters and displays. Catching my drift?

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Android has more freebies as Apple makes big bucks from 3x paid apps

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The headline won’t shock anyone following the mobile space, although there’s more to it than meets the eye. A Distimo survey, relayed by TechCrunch, shows the Android application store rocks more free programs than Apple’s App Store. Utrecht, Netherlands-based Distimo counted 134,342 free items on Android Market versus 121,845 freebies on the App Store.

Even though Apple’s store was the slowest growing mobile bazaar in March 2011, it still leads in terms of quantity and remains the most vibrant app community on the planet. The number of App Store items is approaching the 400,000 milestone (Distimo counted 367,334 apps). At current 16 percent growth rate, however, Android Market will overtake Apple’s store in app volume five months from now.

Also interesting: iPad submissions grew 12 percent in March to 75,755 apps, with an average daily revenue nearing a cool $400,000. As any iPad owner knows, a larger canvas commands premium prices ($5.36 on average for an iPad app). Another tidbit: Distimo expects BlackBerry App World to overtake Nokia’s Ovi Store by the end of next month. Some insight and more pretty charts after the break.




The 12,497 free apps difference in favor of Android is negligible in the greater scheme of things. Both platforms offer enough free alternatives to common apps. However, iOS is running circles around Android with three times higher number of paid apps. Let’s not forget iOS is the home to higher-quality software than Android. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners are spending more money on mobile apps compared to their Android-toting friends. This is especially true for premium games that are far and few between on Android. This particular category is a whole new ball game as iOS titles slowly but surely eat Nintendo’s and Sony’s breakfast.

All of the aforementioned factors currently work in Apple’s favor. As of February 2011, Apple paid two billion dollars to app developers – and that’s after the company’s 30 percent cut on each sale. Poor revenue performance on Android should be blamed, in my personal opinion, to ad-supported culture, fewer triple-A games and lower software quality in general. Summing up, Android is not the home to top-notch software and there’s a survey for that, too. Android people have figured that out – hence, not a lot of them buy apps. Just my two cents. Of course, each person has his or her own pro et contra arguments so do share yours in the comments.






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Still No decision on when Steve Jobs is going back to full time at Apple

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As part of the interview Steve Jobs gave to AllThingsD on white iPhones and Location security, he was asked when he would return to Apple full time. Jobs brushed the question aside saying only:

Look, we’re here to talk about location today, not me.
It is probably best not to read too much into the non-statement and the current part-time role seems to be fitting everyone just fine.
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Crowd-sourced traffic service from Apple due “in the next couple of years”

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The blogosphere is abuzz this morning with Apple’s official response to the Locationgate scandal. While the company’s powerful PR machinery is in full swing trying to dodge the bullet, we have pinpointed a rather interesting line in Apple’s document entitled “Q&A on Location Data”. Before we dive into that – and for those who didn’t get the memo – Apple has confirmed a database residing on the device that contains anonymized data generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby WiFi hotspots and cell towers.

They use it to “help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested”. Storing a year’s worth of data was a “bug” that will be fixed with a forthcoming iOS update. “We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data,” the company wrote. But Apple may be planning to use this crowd-sourced information to release a new traffic service in the future, quite possibly a turn-by-turn traffic service. Apple itself alluded to this in the document:

Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.
What might this service be like?

I remember that Google has been experimenting with a similar crowd-sourced traffic service in Japan. They were tracking phone movements to see where there is traffic congestion. If a phone on a highway was staying relatively still, then Google knew there were traffic delays. Multiply this data by millions of handset owners and you get a pretty detailed insight into near-real-time traffic patterns in any given area. We also know Apple was seeking engineers to take the Maps app “to the next level” and they later added more engineers specialized in navigational software. Plus, we also know, as MacRumors noted, that Apple acquired mapping startups Poly9 and Placebase.

These acquisitions were for a purpose and if Apple intends to create its own mapping service, as we believe it will, then a crowd-sourced turn-by-turn based service sounds like a no-brainer.

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Apple confirms white iPhone 4 launch tomorrow April 28 2011

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Apple has just issued a press release confirming the April 28 launch for its sought-after white iPhone 4. The device will be available from Apple’s online and retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The statement quotes Apple’s worldwide marketing honcho Phil Schiller:

The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful. We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.



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