Last Updated Jun 22, 2011 12:51 PM EDT There's a growing global shift in who downloads from Apple's (AAPL) App Store, according to a new report from app marketplace analysis firm Distimo. As of last month, Asia is on the rise, largely paralleling historic iOS app trends. Western countries, on the other hand, saw either flat or declining numbers of downloads. That means app developers have to reexamine their strategies and see if they've positioned the right products in the right markets. Here's a heat chart that shows the relative downloading activity in different countries, with the U.S. as the largest market for both paid and free apps: Gert Jan Spriensma had mentioned almost in passing that some Western countries saw a decrease in app download activity. I emailed him and received this response:Although the volume in many Western countries, like the U.S., is equal to that of December 2010, for a few big ones the volume is significantly lower, like in Germany and France. For almost … [Read more...] about Head East, Young Apple App Developer, Head East
Notes apple app
(AP) NEW YORK — A federal judge cited the confident voice of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs on Tuesday as she refused to toss out lawsuits alleging the company and various publishers conspired to drive up the price of electronic books. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote noted in her written ruling that Jobs had made statements that agreements between the publishers and Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, California, would cause consumers to "pay a little more" and that prices would "be the same" at Apple and Amazon.com (AMZN). In a lawsuit this year, the U.S. government joined 15 states in suing Apple and publishers, saying they conspired in the fall of 2009 to force e-book prices several dollars above the $9.99 price charged by Amazon.com on its popular Kindle device. According to the lawsuit, the publishers were concerned that Amazon's e-book price was too far below the price of hardcover books and Apple was concerned because it was preparing to launch the iPad. By 2010, Amazon … [Read more...] about Federal judge: Apple statements damage lawsuit position
When Mark Zuckerberg promised last month to "launch something awesome" early in July, there was a fair bit of excitement about the imminent prospect of an iPad app for the social network. When Facebook instead announced Skype video calling and group chatting, the group yawn reverberated from coast to coast. But that doesn't mean the idea is stillborn. Indeed, TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook has hidden the code for its long-awaited iPad inside the code of the latest update to its iPhone app. Whether this means Facebook is close to an official announcement remains unclear. But signs suggest something is in the offing. TechCrunch found executable code in Facebook's most recent update to its iPhone app that lets users with so-called jailbroken iPads access and use Facebook's tablet application. Until now, anyone trying to connect to Facebook on an iPad has had to access the social network via the Safari browser. According to TechCrunch, which fiddled with its iPad to run the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Facebook question: Is that an iPad app in your iPhone app?
Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company's cash hoard, said that innovation is in the corporate DNA, added that the smartphone market may be the best ever and outlined his acquisition strategy. He also knocked the PC industry's focus on specifications and noted the iPad is the "poster child" of the post-PC era. Cook, speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco, addressed Wall Street analysts and investors for the second consecutive year. Generally speaking, Cook has been much more open with investors than former CEO Steve Jobs. The overall theme from Cook was that Apple doesn't buy the limits of large numbers and has existing markets---namely tablets and smartphones---that can continue to grow. Cook covered the following topics as he repeatedly emphasized Apple's potential for growth: According to Cook, the tablet market is a huge opportunity for Apple and the iPad is the poster child for the post-PC era. "It creates an experience that's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple “unrivaled” in innovation, still growing, Cook says
What a difference five years makes. Apple's App Store has a lot to brag about as it celebrates its fifth birthday on Wednesday. Over the last half decade, it helped fully realize the Swiss army-capabilities of the smartphone, which could do far more than make phone calls and browse the Internet. While not the first, it set the standard for mobile application marketplaces to come. The best part: it made apps accessible to everyone. "Nothing like the App Store existed before and it has fundamentally changed the world," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said last month, describing the store's launch at the company's yearly developer conference ahead of today's anniversary. But things have changed since the App Store was first introduced by the late Steve Jobs, and Google Play has surpassed the App Store when it comes to sheer number of available apps. While Apple's App Store has always been home to the hottest big-name apps, its success over the next five years may be shaped by how well … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple’s App Store turns five: You’re great, now change
Photo-sharing apps are sizzling hot, but there are so many! We can't tackle them all, but here are a few you should try right now. An app called Photo Circle let's you snap pics that you can share with a select group of people. Just take a photo and add a comment. You won't find any filters or followers on the app, but it creates a great space for sharing private moments and conversations. The app is free at Apple's App Store and Google Play. Developers are adding interesting twists to photo sharing. One of the buzziest new apps is Jelly. The creators have simple instructions: Point, shoot and ask. Once you connect through Facebook or Twitter, you can see questions from your friends' friends. Users have asked questions like "What is the state of our union?" or "How can I improve my desk?" The possibilities are endless. And if you like an answer to your question, you can send a thank you note. The app is free at Apple's App Store. An app called OKDoThis turns photography into a game. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Instagram is fun, but these photo apps are one of a kind
CUPERTINO, Calif. -- If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8, the new software update for Mac computers will seem familiar. The Yosemite update to Apple's OS X system, available as a free download starting Thursday, adds several features to bring the Mac in line with last month's iOS 8 update for mobile devices. There's also new functionality to make Macs act more like iPhones. Yosemite still has plenty of touches that make a Mac a Mac. But it continues a trend of breaking down barriers between the various devices as people depend more on smartphones and tablets for their everyday computing. CNET Review: A free upgrade every Mac user should download Here are some of the key updates and features of the new system. Continuity and Handoff Let's say you're writing a lengthy email on your iPad and would prefer the Mac's keyboard. You can just click an icon on the lower left corner of the Mac and continue there. What you've already started on the iPad automatically appears on … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple’s OS X Yosemite available now: Should you update?
iPhone users, take note: Apple has released its latest software update for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The new version, iOS 9.2, includes a number of bug fixes and improvements that some people might find more useful than others. Several of the enhanced features relate to Apple Music, the company's answer to Spotify, Pandora and other services for streaming music. Apple says iOS 9.2 includes the following updates for Apple Music: You can now create a new playlist when adding a song to a playlist Your most recently changed playlist is now listed at the top when adding songs to playlists Download albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping the iCloud download button See which songs have been downloaded with the new download indicator next to each song in My Music and Playlists See works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog Users will also notice some changes in the way iOS 9.2 displays News and iBooks: A new Top … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple releases iOS 9.2: Should you update?
Those testing out the pre-release beta version of Apple's iOS 10 might notice that Apple Maps is always watching. That does sound a little ominous, but what it means is that Apple's mobile map widget will know when you copy and paste an address, for instance, and will offer directions for how to get there. This will happen even if you are using the competing Google Maps, CNET reports. Users will get a notification from Apple Maps noting that the address was "Recently viewed in Safari" or whatever site or app was being used, so it will be clear when Apple is pulling information from another app to offer travel directions. Apple Maps is being opened up to third-party developers so you could potentially order up an Uber ride straight through the maps app. In way, the decision to open up Maps is consistent with efforts to make virtual assistant Siri ubiquitous through iOS 10. In the beta version of the operating system, the voice-activated assistant can be used through non-Apple apps like … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Apple Maps in iOS 10 watches every move you make
Last Updated Sep 12, 2017 7:47 PM EDT Apple (AAPL) lifted the curtain on its latest iPhones on Tuesday, introducing three new iPhone models and updated versions of Apple Watch and Apple TV. The technology giant's annual launch event was the first public event held in Apple's Steve Jobs Auditorium, an underground, 1,000-person venue where each leather seat reportedly cost $14,000, at the company's new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Here's how Tuesday's event went down. (Timestamps indicate EDT). And for more Apple coverage, head over to CNET's live blog of the event.3:07 p.m. -- Reporter Sascha Segan notes the Apple Watch Series 3, even with cell phone service, won't be available without an iPhone. Consumers hoping to avoid paying two bills will be disappointed. 2:56 p.m. -- The presentation ends with Cook inviting attendees to a hands-on room to try out the new products. To recap, here's everything the company introduced today:2:54 p.m. -- Apple's face recognition … [Read more...] about Apple iPhone 8, iPhone X, Watch unveiled: As it happened