According to Gartner, the App Store is responsible for 99.4% of all sales for apps for mobile devices, grabbing up most of the $4.2 billion spent on apps during that time. If current trends stay the same, they project Apple will retain roughly 2/3 of that market in 2010. The report analyses App Sales and App revenue, in billions, throughout 2009, projecting rapid growth throughout this year.
Nokia field a complaint with the ITC last December asking them to block the import of iPhones for infringing on several of their patents. Now Apple has filed a similar argument with the ITC saying Nokia's products infringes upon some of theirs, and their products should be the ones blocked from import. The fur seems to really flying. It will be interesting to see who wins out. Hopefully it won't be Nokia.
Apple may have requested that Google intentionally remove multitouch functionality from the Google Nexus One to secure approval of a patent that might not otherwise be approved. Leo Laporte, while co-hosting the show Windows Weekly, said he heard from sources within Google that Apple had "politely" asked the company to omit the feature from the device to avoid a fight the iPhone maker thought they might lose.
The employees in a factory owned by Wintek Corp., the people that make the touchscreen components for Apple's iPhone and iPod touch, are going on strike. The altercation arose after the local government found no evidence supporting claims that several employees had died due to exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace. Employees disagree with the report, and have destroyed several pieces of equipment and damaged multiple vehicles in response.
Engadget is reporting that Apple has begun sending out invitations to the press for a special event to "come see our latest creation." The event will be held on January 27th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco at 10AM Pacific, just as we expected. Most rumors indicate that we'll be seeing an Apple tablet at the event, but we wouldn't be surprised if there was some tie-in with the iPhone and possibly a preview of iPhone OS 4.0. We should be covering the event, assuming our invites come!
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The most talked about issue developers have with the App Store has been the long app approval times, but the new year seems to have brought significantly shortened wait times. Several developers have corroborated that Apple's turnaround has greatly improved and are now measuring the time it takes in hours and days instead of weeks and months.
The first time we noticed this was when Facebook released a bug update to Facebook for iPhone in under 24 hours. We initially thought that it was due to special treatment for Facebook, but many of your comments suggested that other apps were being approved just as fast.
Apple announced their Q1 financial conference call will be taking place on Monday, January 25 at 2pm PDT/5PM EDT today. People (mostly investors) will be able to listen in as Apple executives answer questions from analysts about boring financial information about the company concerning a bunch of boring numbers, and where they expect those boring numbers to be in the future based on what they know.
For the second time today, an Apple product rumor is making waves out of France. What we hear is a popular local magazine is claiming to have information also from "some mobile operators" that Apple is planning to release the next iPhone in May of this year instead of around June/July like they have been doing in the past.
We all want Apple's new tablet to arrive, hopefully sooner rather than later. Adding to the gossip chain, an industry source who has seen the operating system behind the device (though not the device) said that "the UI has a good bit of new sexy to it," implying that the tablet OS may in fact be different from the iPhone OS.
Remember Alisa, the person Apple was refusing to help after her stolen iPhone was sent in for replacement? We were pretty upset to hear that Apple was refusing to return her iPhone to her, the rightful owner, simply because she decided not to file an official police report. Fortunately, it turns out that sad story has a happy ending, as Apple has agreed to return the device when she emailed Steve Jobs about the situation.