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Apple Q4 2013: 33.8m iPhones, 14.1m iPads, 3.5m iPods

Apple’s tablets are priced so high that I’m reasonably sure their market is approaching saturation. Unless you’re either a true blue Apple fan or heavily invested in the iOS software ecosystem, it is increasingly hard to justify Apple’s price points for hardware that gets used by most for web browsing, looking at photos, and eReading. At some point, Apple is going to have start competing on something other than style for their tablets. Otherwise, sales are going to continue to level off as they mainly become about existing iPad customers upgrading and replacing older units, not bringing in new customers who can get comparable hardware for half the cost elsewhere.

The iPod drop is a no-brainer: no update whatsoever to the line means the only major source of sales are to people brand new to the line or replacing a broken unit.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM (PDT)

Voting in 2013 Readers' Choice Awards ends this week - vote now!

Love that the iPad air and iPad mini + retina are doing so well given that no one not under an NDA is likely to have even seen one. How can we judge products that are merely announcements?

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 28, 2013 at 11:37 AM (PDT)

MOGA Ace Power iPhone game controller leaked

Enough leaks, at this point we really need:

1. Something official from Apple. Devs are the only real source of information at this point telling us that internally Apple is pushing them to add controller support to their games, but that and some leaked concept photos are all we have.

2. Pricing. I’m actually going to do something this Christmas I would not have imagined just a year or two ago, and that’s jump back into the Nintendo handheld market again. If these controllers follow past trends, there’s every reason to suspect we’ll be spending nearly as much as a dedicated handheld so we can play $3 games on a $600 device (which becomes obsolete for gaming much sooner than the dedicated handheld).

3. Developer commitment on more than adding support for $3 games. Apple has the hardware, the distribution channel, and the installed user base BUT until we start seeing full, honest to goodness games that come with the budget (and similar price tags) of Nintendo and Sony offerings, iOS gaming is going to remain a cess pool of freemium and endless IAP/DLC so indie devs can stay solvent and bigger studios like EA can milk the sheeple.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 28, 2013 at 6:52 AM (PDT)

Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards for Best Apple Product of 2013

I completely disagree with your assessment of the 5, it is miles ahead of the 4S in terms of LTE, better form factor, lighter package, and processor performance.  The 5S is a mild improvement over the 5, but waaaay better than the 4S.

I for one am glad that Apple has not jumped onto the “phablet” bandwagon ... IMO they look ridiculous and are not practical to slip into your pocket.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 25, 2013 at 10:19 AM (PDT)

Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards for Best Apple Product of 2013

I can’t believe the iPhone 5S, aka the iPhone 4S+S+S (*), is in the lead. Apple should’ve given us the larger screen sooner rather than later. Samsung and HTC are way out in front of Apple on this.

* Let’s face it, the iPhone 5 was just an iPhone 4S+S.

Posted by Mollari 2261 on October 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM (PDT)

Vote now in our Readers' Choice Awards for Best Apple Product of 2013

Ok, I know that it may not be this first product the majority of the market will think of and most people will never need to own one and you won’t see a lineup at the apple store of hundreds of people dying to hand over $3,000 to be the first to own one but…

Your list is missing arguably Apple’s best and most innovative product of the year by far. The MacPro is the most impressive leap forward in design and engineering that Apple has made in quite some time in my opinion. And that’s not to say they haven’t made other impressive recent innovations.

While the iPad Air may be 20% smaller than the previous generation! the MacPro shrunk by a staggering 87.5%. At the same time, major improvements to performance and energy use were made. The inside architecture of this machine is pure genius. And the outside is simple, beautiful, elegant apple design as always.

My vote is for the MacPro.


D Richards

Posted by D Richards on October 25, 2013 at 12:09 AM (PDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3

If not a “certified” cable, I was till able to dismiss the recommendation

Now it is a Mandate, I cannot use third party cables after upgrading to 7.0.3


Posted by Calixto on October 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM (PDT)

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.2

Looks like they pulled 11.1.2 down, only 11.1.1 is available from Apple at the moment.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 24, 2013 at 11:07 AM (PDT)

Boost Mobile to get iPhone 5c, 5s

when will we know the prices of the iphones and when will they have them in boost mobile stores,

Posted by Jade Battles on October 24, 2013 at 7:30 AM (PDT)

Apple quietly changes iPad Air, Retina mini batteries

“Somebody needs to look into what kind of display tech is in these iPads as well as how much aluminum and other things.  How exactly did they do this with so little battery and so little weight?”

I think the difference is in the improved power efficiency of the A7 chip.

Posted by John on October 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM (PDT)

Apple releases iTunes 11.1.2

Updated both iTunes & to OS X Mavericks and my Library constantly crashes while attempting to scroll down thru the Albums tab.

Posted by Chuck on October 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM (PDT)

Apple releases iOS 7.0.3

After installing the update on my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini and turning on Reduce Motion in the settings, wallpaper images are no longer stretched on the home and lock screens of the iPhone (a good thing), but they still are stretched on the iPad (not good). I doubt this was intentional. It seems like Apple may have quietly attempted to address one of the most common iOS 7 complaints (the stretching of wallpapers and cutting off of heads and other body parts in the process), but didn’t get it quite right across all of their mobile devices. Puzzling. Anyone else experiencing this apparent fix, and the inconsistency of it?

Posted by Test4echoes on October 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM (PDT)

Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

Agreed, I could see the 4th gen at $100 under the iPad Air, but the iPad 2 ought to be $200 under ($100 under the new mini).  Anyone clueless/foolish enough to buy an iPad 2 now is getting fleeced.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on October 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM (PDT)

Apple discontinues 4th-gen iPad; keeps iPad 2, 1st-gen mini

Is Apple engaging in upselling by keeping such disparately functioning products in production and available, or merely predating upon the stupid? The logician in me wants to believe the former since it is arguably smart to be able to point out that for only $100 more you can get all the upgrades the iPad air offers over the iPad 2, but the cynic in me sees how surprised they seemed to be that the iPhone 5C didn’t sell better and assumes the latter.

$100 savings to get an iPad 2 vs the iPad air is fiscally insane. The iPad 2 has been bleeding developer support for the past year, and it is *just* at the cusp of hardware competence for iOS 7.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

@5: Perverse? This is exactly why we have a civil legal system. Or did you think there was any other reason why we have a civil torte system in place? This is the ONLY way under civilized law for the little guy to stand up to the big guy, or would you prefer mail bombs and CEO assassinations? The lawsuit is the single mechanism to redress wrongs under all western systems, full stop.

Anyhoo, according to Apple logic, a GB of internal flash storage costs the consumer about $3, the pushed update eats 1.3GB *permanently* if you don’t upgrade. That is a quantifiable reduction in value to every affected device of about $4. With at least 200 million eligible devices out there potentially affected by Apple’s anti-consumer practices, the collective damages to their customer base are approaching a solid billion dollars…

Or Apple could just do what they should have done and add an option to prevent automatic downloads and to delete them after the fact if you find out your device has had its capacity reduced. Of course Apple will never do this because it would require them to update what they consider a relegated OS, hence the lawsuit. Nothing clownish about it.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 21, 2013 at 7:48 PM (PDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

Really? This is what it has come to? What a perverse use of our legal system. What a waste. I hope this guy spends a lot of his hard earned money on this clown trial.

Posted by Mike on October 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM (PDT)

AT&T announces $5/day 250MB iPad data plan

I get 500MB/month for $4 with freedompop and any or all of our household’s devices can access it from the hotspot that fits comfortably in my pants pocket. Not really sure how the big telecoms have the nerve to rip people off like this… of course, I guess if you’re crazy enough to pay Apple $130 for a $5 cellular antenna, I guess you’ve already made clear your fiscal sanity.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 21, 2013 at 8:09 AM (PDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

@2: Whether you agree or not, if there is sufficient space to pre-download the update package it will be pushed to all eligible devices with sufficient free space.

I was skeptical of people complaining when iOS 6 came out (guess no one had whatever the determined vacant space was for it to happen) but watched it happen to devices in our household when iOS 7 came out. Boom, 1.3GB gone and no way to remove it or prevent it.

It really is unconscionable as people like myself were waiting on the first bug fix update and prefer to do big updates from a computer anyhow where backups are made. Nonetheless, I had 2 full packages pushed to my 5G touch that I never used - nearly 3GB of data wasted and loss of free space.

It’s dirty tricks like this that allow Apple to claim such high upgrade percentages: they take the choice away from the user. No, you don’t have to upgrade, but you do have to either keep your device sufficiently full or install it once it’s pushed on there if you want your storage space back.

I wish this guy luck.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM (PDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

Good one this hasto be done.

Posted by Neetu on October 21, 2013 at 5:09 AM (PDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

I don’t understand this. You will have to agree to the update to update the phone. It does not do it automatically. On every device I have it says there is an update but it never download unless I agree. Did I miss something?

Posted by georges on October 21, 2013 at 4:22 AM (PDT)

Man sues Apple CEO over automatic iOS 7 download

I was wondering of this automatic undate, is that only if your phone has enough space or is there a way for apple to do it no matter what? i have 4 with only 8GB of space and i have not done the last 4 updates and have not ever had an automatic update done even tho i run wifi at my house, any info would be great.

PS I don’t have the space for the update i only have 1.4 GB of free storage

Posted by CJ 10 on October 18, 2013 at 8:56 PM (PDT)

WSJ: Apple cuts iPhone 5c orders, boosts 5s

The 5C is a perfect example of the “can’t put lipstick on a pig” aphorism. While the masses might not be that up on the nitty gritty details, it’s still immediately obvious that you’re getting a much better product for only $100 more by going with the 5S. And if you’re even passingly familiar with the details, you’re well aware that Apple is merely trying to sell you old tech as a new product by sticking it in a brightly colored plastic shell. There is nothing surprising to me about Apple slashing 5C orders; shake my head every time yet another commercial for the emperor’s new clothes airs.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on October 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM (PDT)

Steve Jobs believed he was WWII fighter pilot in past life

He was also aroused by the sound of a Mac’s startup chime.

Funny how obsessed we are about Jobs.

Posted by choiceweb on October 17, 2013 at 11:13 AM (PDT)

Otterbox intros Preserver waterproof iPhone 5/5c/5s cases

Oddly, it looks like a LifeProof case wink

Posted by neotrooper on October 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM (PDT)

After iOS 7, dev recommends publishers avoid Newsstand

I’m glad I can finally hide Newstand. I would delete it if I could. On top of that,  prices for most subscriptions are so so at best.

Posted by choiceweb on October 16, 2013 at 10:57 AM (PDT)

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