This page provides a report of all important updates and discussions involving Apple Inc. between November 5th and 11th.
Monday, November 10th
- One reason Apple has such innovative products (iPhone, different iPods, etc.) is because they spend so much on R&D ($1.1 billion in 2008). Some people predict that Apple will spend even more in the near future!
These numbers do not portend well for Apple's competitors in the cell phone industry. Of course, with that kind of cash getting poured into R&D I would say that anyone who makes a mobile electronic device should worry that Apple might invade their market.
- A study found that the new MacBook lineup might get 33% of U.S. laptop sales.
Apple's recent MacBook lineup and the iPhone may make it one of the better-positioned companies to survive a likely steep drop in spending during the holidays, according to new data from ChangeWave. The analyst firm says that a full third of all studied US notebook buyers, or 33 percent, plan to buy some form of Apple notebook during the season or within the next 90 days from the start of November.
Saturday, November 8th
- US Federal District Judge Kenneth Karas ordered Mark Papermaster, a new recruit from IBM, to "immediately cease" work with Apple until the court had come to a decision on whether his employment there breaches the non-compete clause in his contract with IBM that prompted a lawsuit.
Apple and Papermaster's lawyers have already mounted a defense in the legal filings meant to avert trouble for the candidate, arguing that his top spot in the division handling the iPhone and iPod touch carries too narrow a scope to risk trade secrets leaking out.
Thursday, November 6th
- A J.D. Power and Associates’ survey of smartphone users shows that the iPhone ranks highest in customer satisfaction among business types.
Despite its much-maligned touchscreen, the iPhone ranks highest in customer satisfaction among business types, according to J.D. Power and Associates’ second annual survey of smartphone users. Apple’s device easily outscored phones with physical keys made by RIM , Samsung, HTC and Motorola.
- The iPhone has becomes the top handset sold in the U.S. As well, the iPhone became the second best selling smartphone in the World.
Move over, Motorola. The iPhone has shaved away your lead in the mobile phone market, passing the RAZR to become the top handset purchased by U.S. adult consumers in the third quarter of 2008, according to the research firm NPD Group. The RAZR had held onto the top spot for 12 quarters.
Apple's blowout quarter for iPhone 3G sales lifted it into second place among all smartphone vendors worldwide. Canalys released market share stats on Thursday showing strong growth for the smartphone market even as the worldwide economic situation takes a turn for the worse. A total of 39.9 million smartphones were shipped during the third calendar quarter of the year, a 28 percent increase over last year's totals. Nokia is still the leading vendor by a comfortable margin, holding 38.9 percent of the market. But shipments declined slightly, and market share fell 12.5 percent, compared to last year, as Nokia goes through a transition from older models to newer devices that are just getting out into the market, according to Canalys.
Wednesday, November 5th
- Rumors have been flying around the internet that Apple is cutting it's iPhone production. This runs contrary to earlier rumors that Apple may offer a $99 iPhone in the coming months. AppleInsider published a similar report.
Tuesday, Craig Berger of Friedman Billings Ramsey said December quarter iPhone production was likely to be down 40% from the previous quarter, worse than the 10% production cut he had previously expected.