Apple Still Crushing Competitors with 69.6% Share of Tablet Market in Q2

New iPad vs. Competiton

Amazon’s Kindle Fire might be a success, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices might be attractive and available in nearly every screen size imaginable, but Apple’s still crushing the global tablet market. A new report from iSuppli found that Apple’s share of the entire tablet market was 69.6 percent during the second quarter, up 44.1 percent from the first quarter of this year.

Apple shipped 17 million iPads in total, compared to Samsung’s 2.25 million units shipped and Amazon’s 1.02 million units shipped. Samsung’s share of the tablet market was just 9.2 percent, up 2.8 percent from the first quarter of this year. Amazon’s tablet share was just 4.2 percent, down 13.3 percent overall. ASUS and Barnes & Noble pulled up the rear with a 2.8 percent share and a 1.9 percent share of the global tablet market, respectively. It doesn’t look like Apple’s dominance will change anytime soon, either.

“Apple is making all the right moves to rebuild its dominant position in the tablet space,” Rhoda Alexander, director of tablet and monitor research for IHS said. “With the expected entrance of the 7-inch version of the iPad in September, Apple is sending a clear message that it plans to dominate this market over the long term. Apple’s major media tablet rivals, Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., hope to challenge Apple in the second half of the year, but will be facing formidable headwinds with no sign that the market leader is backing off of its aggressive strategy in the market.”

Apple’s success is largely attributed to the iPad brand and its identity in the global tablet market, something that other device makers have struggled with. iSuppli also said that satisfied iPad owners return to the iPad for their next purchase, too. “Vendors must understand that customers are not buying hardware, but that they are buying an experience,” Alexander said. “Users then want to carry that experience across multiple devices, creating an opening for the savvy vendor into a much larger sales opportunity than a single tablet.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Goes for sale Worldwide This month

Samsung has at long last made the release of its Galaxy Note 10.1 official, promising to have the stylus-equipped Android tablet on store shelves “globally” by the end of this month. Equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the Note 10.1 offers a fine spec upgrade over Samsung’s previous 10-inch tablet efforts, while also expanding the Note lineup in form factor from the original Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch dimensions. In terms of connectivity, you’ll get a choice of Wi-Fi-only, Wi-Fi plus 21Mbps HSPA+ 3G, or Wi-Fi plus LTE, with the 4G-capable model coming a little later in the year.

 

[RUMOUR]The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012

The iPhone 5, iPad mini & Next-Gen iPod nano Will Be Unveiled On September 12, 2012 [Rumor]

September 21, 2012 is looking increasingly likely as the release date for the next-gen iPhone and upcoming iPad mini, as a new report from a trusted site pegs the date.

According to a report from Rene Richie at  iMore, sources tell them that Apple will debut the new iPhone on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, releasing it nine days later on Friday the 21st.

We’ve heard this date repeated independently three times by three different sites now, so it’s starting to look like there’s some fire accompanying the smoke.

Over the last couple of years, Apple has tended to release new iOS devices nine or ten days after they have been announced, so these two dates make internal sense. The only question is whether or not Apple would release a new iPhone before October, which is when they launched the iPhone 4S.

I think there’s a strong argument that they will. The Q3 2012 earnings call made it clear that sales of the iPhone 4S are starting to stall as more and more customers hold off and wait for the iPhone 5. Releasing the iPhone 5 in September instead of October lets Apple put iPhone 5 launch sales on its fiscal Q4 2012 earnings sheet, as well as give people more time to buy the device before Christmas.

As for the iPad mini, iMore says that they’re hearing it will be released at the same event, and will be exactly like the 9.7-inch iPad, except scaled down to 7.85-inches. They also hear that all new iOS devices will get a 19-pin dock connector.

iOS App Of The Week For July 11, 2012

Every week, we will handpick an app from the past seven days that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always be from various categories, but they are chosen because our own staff members love it and have been using them daily. So here are this week’s picks! Enjoy!

Layout

Create beautiful framed pictures with Layout, our App of the Week.

Our App of the Week is Layout, which will definitely appeal to anyone that loves to frame their photos, such as with Diptic and PicFrame.

With Layout, users are able to arrange their photos in a grid, and the photos can be imported from you Photo Library, Facebook, Instagram, and even Flickr. Enhance your images with the built-in filters and effects to truly make your images stand out from the crowd. For even more customization, you can adjust the saturation and contrast, or even add some fun stickers and captions — these are great for cute family photos.

When your piece is done, you are able to share your Layout with friends and family through email, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. Layout also features iCloud sync, so you can store your projects and work on them from different devices — pretty nifty, right?

For $2.99, this is a great buy, and our staff has been loving this app! So make sure to try it out for yourself.

Twitter for iPhone and Android updated with expanded tweets, events, improved search & notifications

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Twitter for iPhone and Android have been updated with some new features (as well as the new Twitter bird).

Expanded tweets adds several new partners as media sources to the app just like on web. This allows you to expand more tweets on the apps to get more content. For example tweets from sites such as Vimeo and Etsy will expand to show videos or images.

Events can now be discovered in the new app, events such as twitter.com/#NASCAR on your iPhone.

Search has seen some major improvements so you will receive more suggestions when searching people by both real name and @usernames.

Notifications has also been improved. You can now get notifications from people you follow when they send a tweet or retweet. This really helps you keep on top of particular users.

10 iOS Only Games

It’s about time to download some awesome new and all-time-favorite games from the App Store! Well, we have even more cool ones in store for you below. What’s more exciting about this is that these are the iOS-exclusive games that can only be found on the Apple platform (at least for now). So, if you just got a new iOS device and you wanna show your friends some cool games, this is it.

Snoticles

This awesome 5 star game earned our top spot! Help Snoticles battle against Blots, a weird-slimey-looking enemy. Each Snoticles has its own unique ability, and solve each game with Angry Birds-like mechanics! Super addictive! The new update comes with more than 50 levels to play along the ride!

 

MinoMonsters

Looking for a Pokémon fix on iPhone? There you go. Train your monster, finish the mission and earn perks and achievements as you go! Even capture some wild ones as you dive in the adventure. Feed, pat and treat your monster as if it was your real pet! If you haven’t read our review, make sure you do!

Home Sheep Home 2

I find it amusing when Chillingo (the parent company of Angry Birds) didn’t release this game on other platform. Nevertheless, if you happen to watch and love Shaun the Sheep on Disney Channel, you’ll love this game. Join Shaun and his friends as they journey along 40 levels of caverns, and evade the guards! Use each sheep’s unique abilities at its potential to win!

Tap The Frog 2

Following the success of the original Tap The Frog, version 2 contains loads of exciting new challenges. Help him rise through the ranks to become a Frog King, and possibly earned his sweetheart (aww). Simply make the frog jump, paint, and pop each mission and bash away your thumbs and fingers! Even replay each level as many times as you’d like to get more stars! Addictive!

Batman Arkham City Lockdown

While not exactly new, each update delivers truckloads of new stuff you should put your hands on. Using the same engine that brought you Infinity Blade II, fight the enemies along the way with simple swipe, dodge, jumps and defends completely similar to the original Unreal iOS game! Choose from several Batman skins and powerups to achieve maximum pleasure!

Woody Woodpecker

Just don’t get annoyed by its voice, brace yourself for the hilarious racing game of all time! Pick among 5 Woody Woodpecker characters, ride those slopes, and gain momentum with just a tap to produce a rocket-high flying adventure! Each character has their own abilities such as acceleration, top speed and powerups. Very easy game for some minute to kill.

Bike Baron

With over 300 crazy challenges to tackle on, there’s no shortage of fun as you speed up your bike along the ridiculously-looking circuit and earn coins and achievement as you finish each mission! You can even create custom levels and share it with everyone! This is what happens when you put the developers of Minigore and Angry Birds’ composer in the same seat: pure magic!

Rage HD

While there’s a separate SD version of the game, there’s no reason to deny this console-like game in pure HD. This intense first-person shooter puts you in a game show called Mutant Bash TV; as in killing mutants, pick ammos and cash to win. While the level is pretty much limited to Easy, Medium and Hard, there’s no reason not to play this game on your downtime!

The Creeps

An all-time-favorite tower-defense game sets you in the world where there are Creeps living in your closet! Defeat the (weird) things that bump in the night with blasters, glue bottles, flashlights and boomerangs! Now the update comes with boatload of new levels to play, so if you’re into some soft of tower-defense game (in this case, defend the kids’ bed), you’ll love this one.

dream:scape

A hauntingly-beautiful game, oh wait, it’s not a game: it’s an immersive interactive experience, an explorable novel that makes you the character. Help Wilson reconstructing the past via the Dreamscape of his memories, and reveal buried secrets and mysteries along the way. Recommended with a headphones on, solve each piece thoughtfully as you progresses the game. [Not recommended for iPod touch, iPhone 3GS, and first generation iPad]

 

U.K. Court Decides Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs Do Not Infringe Apple’s iPad Designs

U.K. Court Decides Samsung’s Galaxy Tabs Do Not Infringe Apple’s iPad Designs

                                                       The iPad alongside Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Apple has been handed yet another blow in a U.K. courtroom after the High Court of England & Wales sided with Samsung today and decided that the Korean company’s Galaxy Tab series does not infringe Apple’s designs. The judge said Samsung’s products are recognizably different to Apple’s, and are therefore free to remain on sale in the U.K.

Samsung delivered its full statement to Pocket-lint this morning, in which it insists the company requested this voluntary trial in September 2011 to “oppose Apple’s ongoing efforts to reduce consumer choice and innovation.”

The company also notes that the High Court referred to approximately 50 examples of tablet designs that were created or patented prior to the iPad, and ruled that several design similarities are visible on a wide range of designs from before 2004.

The full statement reads:

In a ruling on July 9, 2012, the High Court of England & Wales sided with Samsung that the designs of the Galaxy Tab series of products are ‘different’ from an Apple tablet design, and do not infringe Apple’s Registered Community Design No. 181607-0001. Samsung products subject to this trial were the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 8.9, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

Samsung had requested this voluntary trial in September 2011, in order to oppose Apple’s ongoing efforts to reduce consumer choice and innovation in the tablet market through their excessive legal claims and arguments. Apple has insisted that the three Samsung tablet products infringe several features of Apple’s design right, such as ‘slightly rounded corners,’ ‘a flat transparent surface without any ornamentation,’ and ‘a thin profile.’

However, the High Court dismissed Apple’s arguments by referring to approximately 50 examples of prior art, or designs that were previously created or patented, from before 2004. These include the Knight Ridder (1994), the Ozolin (2004), and HP’s TC1000 (2003). The court found numerous Apple design features to lack originality, and numerous identical design features to have been visible in a wide range of earlier tablet designs from before 2004.

Equally important, the court also found distinct differences between the Samsung and Apple tablet designs, which the court claimed were apparent to the naked eye. For instance, the court cited noticeable differences in the front surface design and in the thinness of the side profile. The court found the most vivid differences in the rear surface design, a part of tablets that allows designers a high degree of freedom for creativity, as there are no display panels, buttons, or any technical functions. Samsung was recognised by the court for having leveraged such conditions of the rear surface to clearly differentiate its tablet products through ‘visible detailing.’

Samsung welcomes today’s ruling by the High Court, which affirms Samsung’s commitment to protect its own intellectual property rights while respecting those of other companies. Samsung believes Apple’s excessive legal claims based on such a generic design right can harm not only the industry’s innovation as a whole, but also unduly limit consumer choice.

Apple is yet to provide a statement of its own on the matter, but you can almost be sure that the Cupertino company will appeal today’s decision. It has been fighting hard to make Samsung pay for allegedly copying its iOS devices — right down to the packaging — and it certainly won’t back down easy.

This is the second time in as many weeks a U.K. court has ruled against Apple. Just last week, a judge ruled in favor of HTC over claims the Taiwanese smartphone vendor was guilty of infringing four of Apple’s touchscreen patents, including one that covers its famous slide-to-unlock feature.

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