The iWatch is what most of Apple’s fan-base is expecting as the next great product that Cupertino will release. Besides rumors, leaks and assumptions, we can analyze Apple’s own moves and decide whether an iOS smartwatch makes sense or not. Now, according to the MobiHealtNews publication, Apple has hired Michael O’Reilly, former chief medical officer and executive vice president of medical affairs at pulse oximeter firm Masimo Corporation.
At the moment, it is not sure what O’Reilly will be doing at Apple, but it’s interesting to know that the Masimo Corporation where he worked launched an iPhone-compatible pulse oximeter back in 2012. For those who don’t know, pulse oximetry refers to the measurement of the human pulse by monitoring oxygen saturation in the blood stream.
Michael O’Reilly MD is an anesthesiologist who lists teaching gigs at University of Michigan and University of California at Irvine on his LinkedIn profile, which also notes his employment at Masimo Corporation ended in July 2013. He held the position of Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs. No mention of Apple as a current employer.
To think that Apple could launch an iPhone along with a pulse oximeter is pretty farfetched, so it’s most likely that O’Reilly’s knowledge will be used in developing the iWatch, which is expected to incorporate advanced health monitoring features. Over the course of the last year, Apple has made several hires from the medical and sensor field, which can be considered as a sign that we’re getting closer to the moment when we will see Apple unveil the iWatch. What do you think – can this become reality or not?
Rumors about a bigger-sized iPad, allegedly called the iPad Pro, have been surfacing the web for quite some time now. We too have been keeping you informed with the least hearsay, suggesting that there will be two different models of the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ in 2014 or just one that will launch somewhere in fall. But there are many who are skeptical about its success, such as Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research at market research firm IHS. Albeit acknowledging that there have been larger panels in the manufacturing line, the analyst says that these are just experimental, in Apple’s case:
Despite the fact that Samsung has launched some 12+ inch sized tablets at the beginning of this month, the analyst doesn’t seem to think that there’s yet enough demand for such a product. And the product placement of an iPad Pro is another problem which doesn’t seem characteristic for Apple.
We have not seen volume shipments yet of any panels. We have to get a lot further down the line in terms of seeing really strong indicators from Apple that such a product exists, and we're just not at that point
When this [rumored] product was first discussed, it was said that there were requests from the education market, which I think shows a lack of understanding about how that market works. Those products have to qualify over years. Most of the education market is still using the iPad 2
What do you think - are there more pro reasons for Apple to come up with a bigger sized iPad or more against it?
What's the argument for it? The usage model is not entirely clear at this point. Microsoft has indicated in the past that they're developing Office for the iPad. That's one application that if it came out, you could make an argument, OK, there's a use case where it would be useful to have a larger device.
Apple is known for branding its products and services with the letter “i” in front, with some saying that it stands for "internet", “intelligence” or “innovation” while others are suggesting that the "i" stands for the first initial of Apple designer Jonathan Ive's last name. The most notorious products that Apple has ever created are without a doubt, the iPhone and the iPad. However, only few know that Apple wasn’t the first one to come up with the name “iPhone” as Cisco owned the trademark on what they called I-phone.
Now, Matt Nowak from Gizmodo’s PaleoFuture publication has dug up an Associated Press article from 1994 which describes Intel’s vision for a home of the future with the “I-pad” being one of the most interesting devices. Avram Miller, Intel’s vice president back in 1994 is apparently not only the first one that has come up with the “I-pad” name, but also one of the first to have described pretty accurately what it would do:
So, mister Miller had guessed plenty of the original iPad’s features - flat-panel screen, touch interactivity, speak assistance, wireless and affordable. Not only this, but he actually admitted that Apple had already created something similar to an I-pad in the Apple Newton. Could it be that Steve Jobs was inspired by this? We will probably never find out.
One of the devices that's interesting, we call it an I-pad, an information pad. It would be a device that has a flat-panel screen. You can write on it, touch it. You might be able to speak into it and it might speak back. It would be wireless, cheap and have different forms in the house. Some early forms of an "I-pad" are Apple Computer Inc.'s Newton, Motorola Inc.'s Envoy and IBM's Simon devices, which have both computing and communication features.
According to market research firm IDC, Apple's share of the tablet market has seen a slight boost in the 2013 holiday quarter that has ended on December 28. The new line of iPads allowed Apple to raise its share of the market to 33.8% from 29.7% in the previous quarter. Also, the Cupertino Company has seen a year-over-year growth of 13.5%.
Apple once again led the worldwide market for tablets, shipping 26 million units during the quarter, up from 14.1 million the previous quarter and 22.9 million in 4Q12. While the quarter represented the company's most successful on record, its year-over-year growth of 13.5% was well below the industry average.
For the past two years, Apple’s share of the tablet market has seen a perpetuous decline, caused mainly by low-cost Android tablets. However, we need to mention that IDC’s numbers represent the number of shipped tablets, meaning those units that are currently in retail or in the channel and not necessarily yet sold directly to the consumer. Tom Mainelli, Research Director at the Tablets division at IDC says that important markets are already reaching their saturation point:
The numbers bring into focus the challenges the company faces as it attempts to grow its tablet business in markets outside of its traditional mature-market strongholds and in the face of continued success from competitors both large and small. Apple saw its worldwide tablet market share for the quarter grow to 33.8%, up from 29.7% in the third quarter but down from its 38.2% share in the fourth quarter of 2012.
It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the U.S. are reaching high levels of consumer saturation and while emerging markets continue to show strong growth this has not been enough to sustain the dramatic worldwide growth rates of years past. We expect commercial purchases of tablets to continue to accelerate in mature markets, but softness in the consumer segment—brought about by high penetration rates and increased competition for the consumer dollar—point to a more challenging environment for tablets in 2014 and beyond.
It will be interesting to see how will the iPad fare in 2014, as it will get more pressure on its hegemony, not only from the growing number of Android tablets, but also from Windows 8 devices that are expected to ship in hundreds of millions.
Jan 30, 2014 - 3:10 PM - by dgstorm
Sometimes we simply don't have time in the day to learn everything possible about how to use our iPhone or iPad as effectively as possible. Those crafty engineers at Apple have tested the depths of their creativity by adding a huge slew of useful features and functions to iOS, but that doesn't mean we have the opportunity to learn them all.We thought it would be a great idea to share some of these tricks for any users who don't know about them.
We won't have a new trick for you everyday, but we are introducing our Super-Trick of the Day for Your iPad series which we will share every other day or so. For some of you, these tricks might end up being obvious. Just remember though, you didn't know them before you knew them, and if you didn't find out about them, then you wouldn't have known about them. Now that the philosophy lesson is over for the day, let's get on to the first Super-Trick!
Our first trick of the series is a simple but useful one. Many folks don't know that when you are using the calculator in iOS, you don't have to back all the way out if you mess up some numbers. You can swipe left to right to remove a number. It's as easy as the pic above.
Now, that's handy!
Stay tuned for our next Super-Trick suggestion in a couple of days. (Probably Monday!)
If you are still looking to buy an iPad and you don’t mind signing up for a 2-year commitment with America’s largest provider both of mobile telephony and of fixed telephony, then there’s a sweet deal that AT&T has in store for you. The carrier is now offering customers $200 off cellular iPads with a two-year commitment with a Mobile Share data plan. The discount is available on all iPad models offered by AT&T, which includes the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and some other older iPad models. MacRumors shares more details regarding the deal:
So, for example, a 16GB Retina iPad mini, which normally retails for $529, would be available for $329 after both credits, while the $629 16GB iPad Air would end up at $429. This is one of the most decent iPad deals we’ve recently seen, provided that the sweet holiday season discounts has ended. Recently, big retailer Best Buy has offered some temporary $50 discounts for all the models of the iPad Air by $50 and $30 discounts on first-generation iPad mini models.
The deal combines an existing promotion that offers $100 off tablets with contract and a new promotion that offers $100 bill credits to customers who add a new smartphone or tablet to an existing account. An AT&T spokesperson confirmed to MacRumors that the two promotions can be used together. $100 of the credit will be applied at purchase while the other $100 will appear as a bill credit within 3 billing cycles. Customers must remain with AT&T for 45 days to receive the bill credit.
If you are using the official Twitter iOS application for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch device, then you should know that it has recently received an update that brings new useful features. Version 6.1 of Twitter for iOS comes with new photo tools, a new recommended tweets section, and better login verification. Here’s how the full changelog looks like:
Twitter users can now reply to Tweets in their timeline with photos by using a new gallery button and it’s now easier to mention other Twitter users when sharing a photo to their timeline. The photo viewer and photo editing tools have been improved, with more options being offered to the user.
- Click on a Tweet and reply with a photo by selecting the gallery icon.
- Easily mention other users when you Tweet a photo.
- Improvements to the photo cropping and image rotation.
- Various improvements to the photo viewer.
- Users with login verification enabled no longer need temporary passwords to log in to their device.
- When you’ve read all the latest Tweets, pull to refresh and see recommendations for new content on Twitter.
Besides the above mentioned changes, Twitter users that have login verification enabled won’t need to have temporary passwords in order to log in. Also, new recommendations for content on Twitter will appear when you pull to refresh your Twitter feed.
Jan 29, 2014 - 3:02 PM - by dgstorm
For those of you unfamiliar with Microsoft's Bing Rewards program you're in for a little treat. The program is set up to enable you to earn credits by simply searching. By earning these credits you can then redeem them for rewards such as gift cards from top brands such as Amazon, Xbox, Skype, Fandango and Domino's. What's even more cool, and if you're into 'paying it forward', you can donate your hard-earned credits to schools or charities.
Previously, you could only take advantage of Bing Rewards via your browser on your laptop/PC/Ultrabook, but Microsoft has just announced that the program will hit Android and iOS today. Not all of the features will be in place at launch, but you will be able to utilize the 'search and earn', and take advantage of offers right from your phone. The rest of the features will become available over the coming months according to MSFT:
Here's a quick look on how Bing Rewards will work and how to redeem:
Over the next several months we’ll be extending nearly all of the Bing Rewards features our members love on the PC to these mobile experiences.
Remember folks, this is just the first step and you can expect additional updates in the coming months. Get searching and earning those credits!
How does it work?
Signing into Bing Rewards on your mobile phone using your Microsoft or Facebook account takes you to a new mobile optimized dashboard that has offers customized just for you. In addition to many of the offers you would find on your PC, there is a new exclusive mobile-only search offer that gives you an opportunity to earn additional credits on your phone. Tracking your credits is simple on your phone: just go to your Bing Rewards dashboard or check out your credit balance at the bottom of every Bing search results page. Now whether you’re searching with Bing on a PC, tablet, or phone, it's easy for you to get rewards.
Next we’ll be adding the ability to redeem your credit balance in the mobile version of the redemption center so you can redeem and easily use digital gift cards and coupons when you’re on the go. For now when you’re ready, go to the Bing Rewards redemption center on your PC to redeem credits for a selection of gift cards, donations, and sweepstakes entries.
Written by Chris Ruiz
Yesterday, we have shared with you Apple’s financial results for the holiday quarter that has ended on December 28. Besides revealing the usual sales numbers, we found out some other things, such as the fact that iOS 7 is running on 80% of compatible iPhones and iPads, and that Tim Cook himself admitted that iPhone 5c’s market share is lower than expected. Another interesting information that Apple shared is the fact that they paid out to iOS developers a whopping two billion dollars in Q1 2014 alone.
The $2 billion number is, of course, another record number and it’s almost four times than what Apple paid developers during the same period last year. And if we corroborate this information with a previous report which was showing that iOS is the leader in mobile advertising revenue, generating 55.70 percent of it, we can see that iOS is enjoying a continuous success.
Developer revenue is increasing at a very rapid pace, as Apple paid out $10 billion in 2013 and it’s definitely going to beat this number in 2014. As it seems, 92 percent of the revenue coming from iOS apps is thanks to in-app purchases, compared to just 4 percent from paid apps and another 4 percent from paid apps with in-app purchases. How many apps have you bought this year?
Saint Valentine’s Day is slightly more than two weeks ahead, but Apple is already getting ready with the interior decorations. The Cupertino Company has updated the online store with nuances of red and a new “Top Valentine’s Gifts” section where shoppers are lured with something special to buy for their significant one this February 14. If you have subscribed with Apple’s newsletter, then you probably received their email, as well, entitled ”Valentine’s Day and iPad. Made for each other.”
As you will see on the redesigned Apple online store, holiday graphics have replaced the standard stock product photos and there are now new updated captions like “Love is in the Air” which promote Apple’s top products for the Valentine’s Day shoppers.
Apple has also improved its shipping estimates for those shopping for Apple gifts ahead of Valentine’s Day. So now, all of Apple’s products, with the exception of the Mac Pro, will arrive with free shipping, just in time for the holiday. Just make sure you order them before February 5th. Apple has also dressed its iTunes Store app with similar holiday graphics and a curated list of the “Top Valentine’s Gifts.”
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