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Tablets outnumber smartphones in record-setting Christmas Day activations spike

Tablets outnumber smartphones in record-setting Christmas Day activations spike

Martin James  Dec. 28, 2012 at 10:30

So, Christmas has been and gone for another year, and here's hoping yours was a good one. It certainly was for the mobile industry, with Christmas Day setting an all-time record for the number of smartphones and tablets activated on a single day.

Analytics firm Flurry says a total of 17.4 million Android and iOS devices were activated on December 25, more than four times the daily average for the rest of the year.

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Apple patent application details method for bending glass

Apple patent application details method for bending glass

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 27, 2012 at 12:00

Nothing gives a glimpse of the future quite like a trip to the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Remember the Apple thingy for ‘realistic’ wireless charging a few weeks ago? Course you do.

A more recent submission sees Apple looking forward to a future filled with curved glass. Oh, the possibilities!

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iPad mini-style iPad 5 tipped for March 2013 launch

iPad mini-style iPad 5 tipped for March 2013 launch

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 24, 2012 at 16:00

Apple’s release schedule is very much up in the air, with the iPad mini being joined – somewhat surprisingly – by an iPad 4 in October, just seven months after the launch of the iPad 3.

As such, we’re not entirely sure whether or not to expect a new iPad in Q1 next year (as per tradition), but Japanese site Macotakara, for one, reckons we most certainly should.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 22, 2012 at 12:00

Second last – or “penultimate” – Review of the week in 2012, peeps, and whaddya know? The Mayan misinterpretation turned out to be a load of nonsense.  And here was me thinking we’d all be dead.

Anyway! In the world of mobile, every second story seemed to concern the Asus ME172V (so much so that the codename now effortlessly rolls off of my brain), while the Apple execs ‘seething’ as Google Maps returns to iOS story got you all jawing the mostest.

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Significant production cuts for iPhone and 10in iPad?

Significant production cuts for iPhone and 10in iPad?

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 21, 2012 at 19:00

We’ve been hearing all sorts of bad news with regards to Apple of late; Apple Maps is rubbish, Google Maps for iOS 6 is great, the Californians posted a record single-day loss, iPhone profits have “likely peaked”… yadda yadda yadda.

The latest tale of woe suggests Apple has ordered production cuts for the iPhone and 10in iPad. Say it ain’t so.

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Google Maps iOS 6 saga suggests nobody wins in 'smartphone wars'

Google Maps iOS 6 saga suggests nobody wins in 'smartphone wars'

Martin James  Dec. 19, 2012 at 16:00

We've already covered the download frenzy that resulted in Google Maps finally becoming available for iOS 6 users after Apple initially tried to push its own badly flawed Apple Maps offering as the default mapping solution in its place.

The move has been held up as an example of how the ordinary consumer has increasingly paid the price for the escalating “smartphone wars” mentality dominating the mobile industry these days, and looking at new data from ad network MoPub, it's hard to argue.

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2012 in review: Apple

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 19, 2012 at 13:00

2012 in review: Apple

A couple of days ago, we kicked off our obligatory review of the year with a look at South Korea’s Samsung, not only the king of Android, but the king of smartphones. Uhm, in terms of volume shipped.

Now we turn our attention to Samsung’s biggest client and sworn enemy, the second biggest smartphone shipper and king of the tablets, Tim Cook’s Apple.

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Google Maps for iOS downloaded 10 million times in less than 48 hours

Google Maps for iOS downloaded 10 million times in less than 48 hours

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 18, 2012 at 16:00

There was pleasantly surprising news last week when Google Maps returned to iOS 6, much to Apple’s presumed chagrin.

It quickly skyrocketed to the top of the App Store’s free downloads, and now we’re hearing that Google Maps was downloaded more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours. Check me out; I’m a statistic.

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Apple execs ‘seething’ as Google Maps returns to iOS

One of the surprise happenings this week was the return of Google Maps to iOS. It had been rumoured for a while, but kinda dropped off the radar for a bit. A pleasant surprise, for sure.

Indeed, for those who rely on smartphone-based maps, the reappearance of Google Maps is pretty much The Best Thing Ever, and one connected chap suggests Apple execs are “seething”.

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Apple unveils its iTunes 2012 apps of the year

Apple unveils its iTunes 2012 apps of the year

Lewis Curdie  Dec. 15, 2012 at 15:00

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time for everyone and his dog to publish Best Whatever of the Year lists. In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at Best Jan Rants of 2012.

In the meantime, some company called “Apple” from California has listed what it considers the best App Store apps of the year.

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