According to Counterpoint’s Monthly Market Pulse report for October 2013, Apple’s iPhone 5s continued to be the bestselling phone globally during October. Apple’s iPhone 5s sales saw an upward sales momentum as Apple continued expansive roll-out for its flagship model thus further widening the gap with its arch rival’s flagship model Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Apple’s iPhone 5s topped the best-seller’s list despite the component shortages causing long waiting periods in several channels and without Mobile China that is expected to launch iPhones in the coming days ahead.
Apple disclosed content from users’ accounts to U.S. government officials fewer than 1000 times during the first six months of 2013, according to a Report on Government Information Requests that the company issued on Tuesday.
“Apple’s main business is not about collecting information,” the company said in the report. In detailing its interactions with governments, both in the United States and around the world, Apple hoped to provide more transparency about the processes. Moreover, the company says that it has repeatedly made the case for more openness in its meetings with government officials; along with the report, Apple is also filing an amicus brief with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA), supporting other cases requesting more transparency.
“We feel strongly that the government should lift the gag order and permit companies to disclose complete and accurate numbers regarding FISA requests and National Security Letters,” the company said in its report. “We will continue to aggressively pursue our ability to be more transparent.”
With this move, Apple joins the likes of Facebook, Microsoft, and Google; earlier this year, all three of the companies voiced their desire to be more open with the public about government requests.
The debut of Apple’s new 64-bit A7 Application Processor has been assailed by more than one industry figure insisting that the new chip isn’t anything special, but a series of iOS developers are reporting huge performance gains and already using the new chip to accomplish “desktop class” tasks that were not previously possible on a mobile device.
Just days after Apple’s new gold iPhone 5s went on sale, Samsung has announced the new Galaxy S4 “Gold Edition,” though the back of the device retains the same plastic design as other models.
I’m sure they made this decision out of the blue. No reason to think that they saw the sales figures for the gold iPhone 5S… The timing is just purely coincidental. And people complain that Apple is too aggressive with it’s copyright infringement lawsuits. Sheesh.
Apple has just issued a press release revealing it sold 9M iPhones during the launch weekend of its iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As is typical for the company with new hardware, it hasn’t broken out individual model sales, but other signals point to a stronger debut weekend for the higher-end iPhone 5s than for the 5c. Apple blew away its previous record for first weekend iPhone sales, which was 5 million for the iPhone 5 last year.
Consumers looking for a way to measure how much excitement there is with the new iPhones that go on sale Friday may want to check out the TaskRabbit index.
In recent Apple launches, busy consumers have turned to the San Francisco micro-job site to hire people to wait in line for the latest iPhone or iPad. Last year, 350 people were hired just in San Francisco and New York alone for the “line skipping” jobs.
“This year, we’ve seen just over 250 people sign up to have a TaskRabbit wait in line for them in all of our 15 active markets combined,” said TaskRabbit spokesman Johnny Brackett.
The drop in the TaskRabbit index is just one indicator that the legendary enthusiasm among die-hard Apple fans is a bit damper this year for the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. As of Thursday evening, lines at Apple stores were either noticeably shorter or nonexistent.
Last year we saw Apple begin to address the changing landscape with the iPhone 5. The 5 saw Apple moving to a thinner, lighter chassis with much better internals and a significantly larger display. While there is market demand for Apple to do the same again, and move to an even larger display, there are some traditions Apple is sticking to. In this case, it’s the tradition of the S-update.
The iPhone 5s continues Apple’s tradition of introducing a performance focused upgrade for the last year of any new chassis design. The first time we encountered an S-update was with the 3GS, which took the iPhone away from its sluggish ARM11 roots and into the world of the Cortex A8.
Thoughtful, detailed analysis of the new iPhones.
THE A7: ARMV8 AND 64-BIT ARCHITECTURE
First, performance. Apple claims this is the biggest year-over-year improvement in computing performance in the history of the iPhone, and in both my day-to-day experience2 and some benchmark testing over the past week, I have no reason to doubt them. The iPhone 5S is fast.
If anything about the 5S has proven controversial, it’s the move from 32- to 64-bit. I drew quite a bit of ire this week, from the following brief comment responding to a piece by AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski:
Indeed, there’s little to be gained from slapping a 64-bit chip into today’s smartphones, aside from being the first to say you’ve done so.
“Adding 64-bit processor capabilities adds nothing to the user experience today, as it would requires over four gigabytes of memory,” Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights and Strategy, and a former executive at AMD, told AllThingsD. “Most phones today only have one to two gigabytes of memory, and it will be years before the norm is four.”
That’s nonsense. There are serious performance gains by going 64-bit. Addressing more than 4 GB of memory is not the only advantage.
I stand by that, but this deserves a full explanation.
Since Apple has introduced the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S, our deal experts thought they’d take a moment to briefly talk about the “wow-worthy” features (if any) of these latest handsets. Did they live up to your expectations
Interesting video discussion, if only because they are trying so hard to be unexcited. Dan Leadbetter couldn’t seem to think of any new feature that was impressive, yet later admits how cool some of the new features are.
For me, the 64-bit A7, the M7 and the camera improvements are huge. The fingerprint sensor is also a major new feature - it should help to significantly reduce the wear and tear on the home button, which is one of the parts that tends to wear out due to heavy usage. As for the video discussion about it, if you happen to burn off your fingerprints, I think you probably would have a lot more important issues to deal with than using your phone’s fingerprint sensor. Like maybe your physical well-being. Also, it might be worth noting that you won’t be locked out of your phone - you can still use your burned stump of a finger to press the home button. That function wasn’t removed from the phone, guys.
After Apple’s iPhone event ended this morning, I had a chance to spend a few minutes with the two new phones and wanted to post some thoughts.
The iPhone 5C is a gorgeous looking phone, no matter what color choose. They all feel very rugged in their construction, so you can put any thoughts of a cheap iPhone out of your mind right now. Perhaps it’s the reinforcement that Apple put inside the plastic casing or the build of the casing itself—whatever it is, the 5C is a solid phone.