The iPhone hit 25% of market share in the smartphone industry in the US, according to the latest report from comScore. They have the number of subscribers for devices from the five leading smartphone makers; RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Palm and Google; and except for one, Apple outperformed everyone else, increasing by times 1.2 during that time. The exception, Google, changed 2.7 times, but only went from 2.5% to 5.2%. Still, if they keep that kind of growth up, they'll certainly be a real challenger in the future.
Apple has been making a strong push as of late to make things easier on developers looking to publish in the App Store. Now Apple is showing that they take developers' opinions of their store seriously by polling them for their level of satisfaction. The surveys are lengthy and covers a wide range of App Store-related subjects, but mostly about the application review process.
If you've been following iPhone or Android news sites for more than a week or two, you can probably tell that Apple and Google are no longer joined at the hip like they used to be. Now that the iPhone and Android OS-based handsets are pitted against each other, the two companies now consider themselves to be the competition. Genius: SAT Vocab 2.2 by developer Flash of Genius made mention of Android, but now Apple has asked them to remove the word "Android" from their description.
Earlier this week, Apple's infamously opinionated CEO, Steve Jobs, allegedly said in a private company-wide employee town hall meeting that they weren't putting Flash on the iPhone or iPad because Flash was still too buggy and insecure due to Adobe's laziness. Adobe's CTO, Kevin Lynch, responded to the claim in a lengthy blog post, in which he claims that Flash is "ready" for the iPhone and iPad.
Today's blogosphere has seen more little birdies sing than a bird watching society, with insider sources leaking top-secret info left and right about the goings-on behind Apple's shroud of secrecy. One source has Apple signing a new contract with another manufacturer to make iPhone components overseas, while another source says Apple is finally taking a serious look at USB 3.0 technology and has already begun testing the tech, a claim that was soon denied by one of the parties allegedly involved.
It's a well-known fact that Apple is raking it in from iPhone sales combined with subsides from phone carriers, so it's safe to assume that they'll try to do the same with the iPad. A recent report from BroadPoint AmTech analyst Brian Marshall shows that Apple will be making roughly $208 on the baseline $499 model iPad, and $446 on each $829 model one.
Steve Jobs is known to be calm and reserved when the media is around, but employees get to see his more outspoken side. According to a few anonymous Apple employees, they all got to see that side of him at a company town hall meeting a few days after the keynote. The events give employees to ask questions about the direction of the company. This time, it resulted in him bashing Google's motto and calling Adobe lazy.
With the massive popularity of the App Store and the large revenue generated from app sales, many people (including us) assumed that Apple was raking in the cash from the 30% they deduct from the sale of each app. However, Apple said yesterday during their Q1 conference call that that's not the case.
"Regarding the App Store and the iTunes Store, we're running those a bit over break-even, and that hasn't changed," Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer said. "We're very excited to be providing our developers with just a fabulous opportunity, and we think that's helping us a lot with the iPhone and the iPod touch platforms."
The first photos of preparations for Wednesday's big event at the Yerba Buena Center starting to roll in. The photos show large banners being posted on the outside of the building, set in the same theme of the invitations they emailed to invited press members. This photo comes from Samuel Powel, which you can see after the break.
The first generation iPhone is considered one of the most hyped devices in modern history, but word has it that Steve Jobs is even more excited about the tablet we're expecting to see on Wednesday. An Apple executive claims to have overheard Steve Jobs, the company's CEO, saying about the tablet, that "This will be the most important thing I've ever done."