Great speculation clads the question: “When will Apple [AAPL] introduce the iPhone 5?” I’ve been gazing at the crystal ball, talking to astrologers, seeking the wisdom of soothsayers and looking at my iCal calendar to estimate the date: October 2, or October 16. READ MORE.
The iPhone seems set to make its debut in South Korea, following a change in rules requiring handsets sold in the country use a mobile standard called Wireless Internet Platform for Interoperability (WIPI).
Developed in the country, WIPI support was required to be included in all handsets sold in South Korea. Apple’s iPhone 3G doesn’t support the standard, meaning the company was unable to introduce its device into the territory – until now…
The effect of this has been to create a unique local market for handsets, dominated by Samsung and LG Electronics.
Changewave’s senior researcher Paul Carton warns new research by his firm shows, “an accelerating collapse in US business spending that has reached historic proportions – with record pullbacks occurring both in the current fourth Quarter and going forward.”
iPhone users are more comfortable with advertising within their apps and more likely to use and install applications on their device than users of any other smartphone, new research scheduled for release today informs.
TNS Compete will reveal initial iPhone-focused findings as it launches its new Smartphone Intelligence service, offering survey-based and behavioral analysis on smartphone use.
While legal beagles flood the ‘net with searches for the New York Bar Exam today, the rest of us are really, really passionate about music, new research explains – and it looks like good news for Apple and others in the sector this Holiday Season, read on…
A pair of reports emanating from Bauer Media and the Consumer Electronics Association show a growing appetite for music among consumers (that’s you and I), and increasing demand for music among US teens.
With such a fury of interest at music, it’s a surprise the label bosses can’t seem to sell the stuff.
Needham Co. analyst Charlie Wolf this morning upgraded Research in Motion from an underperform to a hold rating because the company’s current share price fully reflects any slowdown in the growth of BlackBerry’s sales, the analyst explained.
Wolf downgraded RIM to underperform on July 16 to take into account potential impact of the iPhone on BlackBerry sales in the consumer market.
During the launch, the company’s Ben Padley, Head of music, said: “Since the launch of our first Walkman phone in 2005, Sony Ericsson has continued to pioneer a superior mobile music experience – and the 77 million Walkman phones sold to date are testament to this commitment.”
Analysts at Gartner aren’t convinced the company’s really doing enough to see off the threat from ever-cheaper, consumerr-focused smartphones, as players such as BlackBerry, Nokia and Apple move into the music device space.
Nomura analyst Richard Windsor this morning warned clients that Research In Motion is struggling to develop the touch interface for use within its forthcoming ‘iPhone killer’, the BlackBerry Thunder. The analyst says the implementation even lags behind Nokia. who he also warns will be unable to match Apple’s user interface for its solution in the mobile device market.
“Those who have handled prototypes complain of poor typing, unresponsive keys, bugs in the user interface cause by touch as well as accelerometer issues,” Windsor warned on RIM, as reported by MarketWatch.
Meanwhile in a separate report, Changewave Research claims Apple’s iPhone 3G will impact the smartphone market like a “tsunami”. In a survey of 3,567 consumers the researchers found that 11% of those who already own a smart phone had an iPhone, up two points from before – and only three away from Palm. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry leads with 42% of the market.
But the whole environment seems set to change, as of those respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days, 56% plan to purchase an iPhone, compared to only 29% in a previous survey in March, RIM must be worried – just 23% plan to buy a BlackBerry,
78% of iPhone owners are Very Satisfied with the phone. RIM ranks second with 54% of its customers saying they’re Very Satisfied.