"Also you have to take into account that the only way to try Android is with a two year contract, but you can try iOS as a much cheaper alternative."
"The iPod Touch is the device to introduce iOS to users from all types of backgrounds. It’s Apple’s gateway product which leads to more iOS use on the iPhone or iPad or even jumping to Mac use."
CUPERTINO, California—June 26, 2014—Apple® today announced its 16GB iPod touch® is now available in vibrant colors and equipped with a 5 megapixel iSight® camera for just $199. The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, brilliant 4-inch Retina® display, Apple's A5 chip and FaceTime® camera. iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodized aluminum design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space gray and (PRODUCT) RED. iPod touch comes in a 16GB model for $199, 32GB for $249, and 64GB for $299.
iPod touch comes with iOS 7, offering more than 200 features including Camera app filters that let you easily add real-time photo effects. Additionally, the Photos app offers ways to automatically organize your photos based on time and location. With iCloud® Photo Sharing, it’s simple to share photos and videos with exactly the people you want to see them and your friends and family can comment and access their shared streams from any iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch, Mac® or PC at any time. This fall, iOS 8 will be supported on the entire iPod touch lineup.
With the revolutionary App Store℠ on iPod touch, users in 155 countries have access to over 1.2 million apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, including hundreds of thousands of games. More than 75 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store. Customers also have the iTunes Store® at their fingertips, giving instant access to an incredible selection of music, TV shows, movies and books to purchase and download directly to their iPod touch.
Apple is not succumbing to mediocrity, nor is it being murdered by Tim Cook, and this run is not only real, it's the start of a historic bull run, the likes of which have never been seen. So I restate my Kamikaze call, that Apple will ultimately reach $1,600 sometime in 2015, and $1,404 by the end of 2014.
Apple Bottom: I Told You So
Ernie Varitimos 05/13/13
‘How long can a company continue to lose money fighting against Apple’s profit machine?’
First, there’s Apple’s competitors. Across the board, from PC manufacturers to smartphone and tablet makers, the number of companies that make a heft profit can be counted on a single hand (with a few fingers left over).
For example, Samsung makes a profit, though not as much as Apple. Microsoft makes a profit from Windows and Office but little else. Who’s left? Google is highly profitable with traditional search engine advertising, but has yet to figure out how to diversify the business model in the post-PC era of mobile devices.
Every other device maker struggles for relevancy, feeding off the bottom end of the price spectrum where margins are lower than low. Nokia and Motorola were sold for scraps. HTC may build the best smartphones that no one buys.
How long can a company continue to lose money fighting against Apple’s profit machine?
‘Apple And Economics: From Apps To Competitors’
KATE MACKENZIE — Tuesday, June 10, 2014
"Yes Beats may primarily have been about securing a streaming music service, but suddenly the ability to earn multi-millions from locked-in Lightning headphones, license fees and sales of adaptors makes for a very juicy side business."
GORDON KELLY — 6/05/2014
Like most Apple developments, the news emerged from a leak. 9to5Mac has learnt that Apple submitted a specification to its MFi (Made For) licensing program for headphones which connect using the company’s proprietary Lightning port instead of the standard 3.5mm jack. Furthermore all it will take for the Lightning port to start accepting these new headphones is a firmware update.
Like most Apple innovations this brings some notable upsides. The 3.5mm jack (technically called a ‘TRS’ connector) is rarely the bottleneck to audio quality, but the Lightning port will enable a switch from analogue to digital audio with an exceedingly high lossless stereo 48 kHz digital output and mono 48 kHz digital input. If you can afford a $1,000 pair of headphones you may pick up the difference.
Of more relevance to most people, however, is the new functionality it will bring. Headphones with a Lightning connector would be able to do more than lower/increase volume, end calls and skip tracks. There could be specific app control or even the ability to set a specific app to start when they are connected. Since the Lightning jack can also receive power, not just send it, you could still charge a device by connecting it to your headphones while listening to music.
But let’s cut to the chase. The biggest upside in this switch would be for Apple. Right now you can plug any pair of headphones or earphones into an iPhone, iPod, iPad, Mac or MacBook, but with the switch Apple would control an essential peripheral and its MFi licensing program would see it start to take a sizeable fee for every pair of headphones sold for use with an Apple device.
Take charge of group messages.
Start a group conversation and give it a name like “Soccer Team” or “Road Trip.” Easily include who you want, drop who you don’t, and leave the conversation whenever you want. Or turn on Do Not Disturb and then read through the messages when you have time.
New time-saving features and more in Mail.
To help manage busy inboxes, you can mark messages as read or unread or flag them for follow-up with a quick swipe left or right. You can designate individual mail threads as VIP so you can easily track updates to the conversation. There’s also a custom mailbox you can show in mailbox view that groups VIP threads together. For added security, you can choose to have external email addresses marked in red. And if you use Exchange, you can set automatic reply messages from your iOS device to be sent, for example, when you’re away from work.
See meeting availability and more in Calendar.
In Calendar, you can see your colleagues’ availability when scheduling a meeting so you can quickly find a time that works for everyone. You can mark events as private. It’s easier to create events that repeat at custom intervals and lengths of time, such as on the first Monday of every month. And you can email meeting attendees from Calendar to let them know you’re running late.
Get easier access to corporate documents.
Third-party document apps can make documents available to other apps more easily than ever — without making unnecessary copies. So if you have an app that can access your corporate file servers, you can get to the document you need right from the app you want to edit it in. In addition, AirDrop support between iOS and OS X enables users to transfer files to and from a Mac even without an Internet connection.
István Fekete — June 2nd, 2014
Apple already has placed orders for the next generation iPhone batteries, allegedly switching suppliers, but the 5.5-inch iPhone model was allegedly facing battery issues. The latest rumour from the Far East claims those problems are gone and Apple has placed battery orders for that iPhone model with Sunwoda (via GforGames).
Fact is Apple is among the partners with which Sundown works and the Chinese lithium battery manufacturer recently has announced a 50-million RMB investment in its lithium battery business in Xining City to build up a wholly owned subsidiary.
As the sources speaking with Laoyaoba reveal, the battery manufacturer has plans to increase its production capacity from 120 lines to 180 lines because it has commenced orders from Apple for 5.5-inch iPhone 6 batteries. Apple allegedly will pay about 40 yuan for a battery unit and it has allegedly ordered around 20 million units.
“Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to activate the scanner, and we found it to be quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand"