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Embedded Apple Map on WWDC site suggests official public MapKit web API coming soon

Apple seems to be preparing to announce a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing anyone to embed an Apple Map view into a web page. On the WWDC microsite, Apple has embedded its own map object in the page to show attendees how to get between Moscone West and the Bill Civic auditorium, where the Monday keynote will be held. Looking at the code, it appears Apple wants to make this embeddable map a public API in the (near?) future so anyone could add an Apple Map to their website.

The map allows user interaction like you might expect with panning, zooming and such. Behind the scenes, the Apple map uses a HTML5 <canvas> element to render the custom cartography. Right now, MapKit is exclusive to iOS and Mac apps, ostensibly funded by the revenue Apple brings in from the sale of App Store apps.

From a business perspective, it is unclear why Apple would want to open up its API to web developers. Today, most developers use embedded Google Maps to display maps on their websites due to its ubiquity. Although other mapping options exist, a high-profile entrance of Apple into the space would provide strong competition to Google’s offering.

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April 19th

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Who will buy the iPhone SE? Over 35% of iPhone users are still using a 4-inch device

Who will buy the iPhone SE? Data shows that over 35% of iPhone users are still using a 4-inch device…

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Jordan Kahn

March 21st

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iOS & Android increase duopoly on smartphone market to 96%, Apple beats market in Q4

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IDC just released its latest numbers on the top smartphones by operating system showing iOS and Android continue to collectively dominate the market with both experiencing growth during 2014. Together, iOS and Android grabbed 96.3% of all smartphone shipments, which IDC points out is up from 95.6% in 4Q13 and from 93.8% in calendar year 2013.

Android experienced the most growth last year with 81.5% of the market during the year marking an increase in both unit volume and market share from 2013. iOS, on the other hand, managed to also increase its unit shipments— 153.4m in 2013 vs 192.7m in 2014— but dropped slightly in overall market share.

iOS growth did manage to outpace Android in the last quarter of calendar 2014, however, with 19.7% market share vs 17.5% during the same quarter in 2013.

iOS saw its market share for 2014 decline slightly even as volumes reached a new record and grew at nearly the same pace as the overall smartphone market. Much of this was due to the strong demand for Apple’s new and larger iPhones and the reception they had within key markets. What remains to be seen is how Apple will sustain demand going forward, as larger screens were among the last gaps in its product portfolio.

The number three platform, Windows Phone, for the most part remains steady in IDC’s numbers at around 3% market share. Number four, BlackBerry, experienced significant decline with a -69.8% year-over-year change during 2014.


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Jordan Kahn

February 24th

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AAPL shares set new closing high record reaching $119.56

Update: 2/5 closed above at $119.94. Apple stock closed at an all-time high today ending trading at $119.56 per share after climbing past its previous trading high of $120 per share to 120.51 per share during morning trading. The price also exceeds Apple’s previous opening record high of $119.27 per share setting that record up to be broken […]

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Zac Hall

February 4th

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AAPL shares reach new record high of $120 following Apple’s record Q1 earnings report

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Apple’s stock soared the day after the company reported its record breaking quarter with over $74 billion in revenue and more than 74 million iPhones sold, and now Apple’s stock has reached a new all-time high during trading. The company briefly touched on $120/share during trading this morning and is on track to break its previous record closing high soon.

AAPL set its previous record high of $119.75 in late November after the announcements of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September alongside the reveal of the Apple Watch; the company also released new iPads in October. Apple’s current highest closing price measures in at $119, just under its trading high reached today.

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke earlier this week during the company’s quarterly conference call on the company’s record iPhone sales while adding that the company is optimistic about continued growth in the future. The Apple CEO also offered a more specific timetable for the release of the Apple Watch, specifying that the Watch development puts it on track to be released in April. Previously the company only promised ‘early 2015′, which Cook said to Apple includes the first four months of the year.

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January 30th

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AAPL up 8% to near record highs, bringing the rest of the market with it

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Apple broke many records with its latest quarter reporting $74.6 billion in revenue and $18 billion in profit with 74.4 million iPhones sold, numbers which greatly surpassed both Apple’s guidance and the even higher consensus analysts predicted, and Wall Street is taking notice.

Following a dismal day for the market yesterday which saw Apple down a few points ahead of its earnings report—it was soon back on the rise in after hours trading—both Apple and the Dow are climbing this morning largely due to those record numbers yesterday. Hovering around 7.5% higher since opening this morning and occasionally crossing 8%, Apple is positioned to cross its previous record high shortly.

In terms of Apple’s market cap, the company added nearly $50 billion overnight after reporting its record quarter for revenue, profit, and hardware sales climbing from $640.09 billion to $689.12 billion.

With Apple’s stock price on the rise today, the company is poised to cross its previous record set last November when it crossed $700 billion in market capitalization with stock as high as $119.75 during trading. Apple’s previous record high close measured at $119.00 even while stock today is hovering just under $118.

Aside from breaking its own previous records for earnings during a quarter, Apple’s FY2015 Q1 set a new world record for quarterly profit of any company. We’ll keep an eye on this space as Apple climbs toward a new all-time high bringing the market up with it.

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Zac Hall

January 28th

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Apple drops to fourth place in U.S. PC shipments for Q4 2013 with 5.7% drop in shipped units

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IDC has announced preliminary PC shipment numbers for the fourth quarter of 2013, with Apple dropping from third to fourth place on the list. Apple shipped about 438,000 fewer machines than the same quarter in the previous year, allowing Lenovo to catch up and overtake them, despite Lenovo’s gain of only 163,000 shipped units.

HP, Dell, and Toshiba maintained the same positions as the previous year. While most companies lost a portion of their market share this year, Lenovo and Dell managed to claim most of the free space in the market. Overall the market saw a 1.6% drop over last year’s sales—about 285,000 shipments.


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January 9th

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IDC: iPad drops below Android with 40% share of worldwide tablet market, Apple still top vendor

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Research firm IDC is out today with preliminary data from its quarterly study tracking worldwide tablet market share putting Apple at 40% market share compared to Android’s 56.5% of the market in Q1 2013. In the year ago quarter, Apple held 58.1% of the market surpassing Android’s 39.4%. IDC says Android shipments were increased thanks to strong growth of Samsung’s smaller sized tablets, while ASUS moved into the number 3 spot with 350.0% year over year growth due to strong demand for the Nexus 7:

ASUS managed to move into the number 3 vendor spot as it continued to see decent tablet shipment demand from the highly marketed Nexus 7 device. But, with Google’s I/O conference right around the corner and expectations of an imminent device refresh, the company will need to find a way to sustain its momentum. Amazon fell to the number 4 position, once again the victim of a highly seasonal product cycle.

Despite Apple taking number two behind Android for tablet shipments by operating system, it remains the top vendor by OEM taking a 39.6% share of the market vs Samsung’s 17.9% and 5.5% for ASUS. IDC notes that Apple actually exceeded expectations for Q1, where it typically experiences a drop off in shipments, by selling 19.5 million units compared to a forecast of 18.7 million:

The company, which historically has experienced a steep drop off in first quarter shipments (following strong holiday sales in the fourth quarter), saw some smoothing of that seasonality this year. Number two vendor Samsung also performed above expectations and managed to grow its shipments over the fourth quarter as more of the company’s smaller-sized tablets began to gain traction in the market. Samsung has also used its recent Android smartphone growth to help bring its tablet product line into new markets and channels, leveraging the opportunity to package and bundle. The strong performance of the two market leaders helped drive total shipments to an impressive 49.2 million units for the quarter.

As we often warn with these kind of reports, shipments include “shipments to distribution channels or end users,” so it’s not necessarily an accurate representation of sales to customers as not all vendors provide that information.


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Jordan Kahn

May 1st

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Researchers Expect To See A $6.5 Billion Market For Home Robotics By 2017

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Sure, we have our Roombas and a few AR Drones here and there, but researchers expect that we’ll have many more – and better – robots within the next few years and that the overall market should hit $6.5 billion by 2017.

According to ABI Research’s Consumer Electronics Research Service, the consumer robotics market is currently at about $1.6 billion and growing. A slow economy and fairly expensive parts has stagnated things for the time being but improved devices and more interesting implementations – home helper robots, for example – could push the market up considerably.

As we’ve seen in our visit with Bossa Nova Robotics, devices like the Mobi ball bot can move through crowded spaces and help out in unique situations. While it’s still no Rosie the Robot, I could imagine a cleaning bot that could also help move heavy objects as a team effort and robots that can inspect chimneys and drains. Interestingly, the problem of safety begins to crop up when talking about consumer robotics.

“What happens if a robot falls down the stairs while someone is walking up, or gets caught on a lamp power cord and pulls the lamp down and starts a fire?” added Solis. “This is a gating factor to take-up of more complex personal robots – solvable but with additional cost.”

Obviously the question remains: did the robots start the fire on purpose?

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April 18th

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iPhone, iPad leads in business, profitability, Android leads in smartphone marketshare

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Henry McCracken over at Time has done us all a favor by collecting various data sets that illustrate the state of iOS versus Android.

The data ranges from device marketshare to revenue from app downloads, which presents some stark differences between the two platforms.

We unpack the results below.

Google’s Android platform held over half the U.S. smartphone market in January at 52.3% thanks to the success of popular devices made my Samsung and HTC, while iOS held 37.8% solely due to the iPhone, according to Comscore.

Notably, Android users download more apps than iOS users. Half of mobile app downloads took place on Android in Q1 2013, while 40% of mobile apps were downloaded on iOS. Again, Android’s lead in market share contributes to their success.

While those numbers look quite impressive in Google’s favor, they do not tell the entire story.

In the tablet realm, for example, Apple’s iPad won 53.8% of the market last year, while tablet’s running Android followed with 42.7%, according to IDC.

Perhaps most importantly, Canalys reports that revenue from app downloads largely originated from iOS at 74% in Q1 2013.

Despite leading in app downloads as we noted earlier, Android only accounted for 20% of download revenue during the same period of time.

Businesses, it appears, largely trust Apple’s platform for their operation. Citrix cites 62% of enterprise use of mobile platforms in Q4 using iOS over 35% using Android.

While Android with its endless assortment of handsets with different form factors and price points leads in marketshare, Apple clearly dominates with iOS in business and revenue.


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Zac Hall

April 17th

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