I wish PAKISTANI “Industry” to take advantage of app market BUT everyone seems to point score in heavens !!!
Anyway I thought I keep writing and posting interesting news ::
Apple unveils iPhone 5
- September 13, 2012 – 6:36AM
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Apple launches faster, thinner iPhone 5
- New faster iPhone 5 available September 21 from $799
- 4G support including in Australia on Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile
- New dock connector necessitating $35 adapter for older accessories
- 4-inch Retina display, iOS6, 8-megapixel iSight camera
- New iPod Touch and iPod Nano also released
Apple has unveiled the iPhone 5, saying it’s thinner and lighter than the previous model, even though it has a bigger screen. Australians will be able to buy one next Friday.
The iPhone 5 comes in either white and silver or black and slate and will be sold in Australia for $799 for the 16GB model, $899 for the 32GB model and $999 for the 64GB model. Apple said customers could pre-order from this Friday.
Apple also launched a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano, which can be pre-ordered this Friday and will be available in October. The new Touch costs $329 (32GB) or $439 (64GB), while the Nano can be had for $169 (16GB).
The iPhone 5 is thinner and ligher than the iPhone 4S, yet has a taller screen, as expected. That means another row of icons will fit on the screen.
The new phone is the year’s most eagerly awaited phone launch, and analysts expect Apple to sell tens of millions of units before the year is out. The release on September 21 is expected to help Apple recapture attention and revenue after it lost the lead in smartphones to Samsung this year.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 have been reduced in Australia to $679 and $449, respectively. The iPhone 5’s new operating system, iOS 6, will be available to download on older models on September 19.
The first launch countries for iPhone 5 are Australia, US Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK. A week later, the phone will be available in 22 more countries, including Italy, Poland and Spain. Prices for overseas locations were not announced.
The iPhone 5, made entirely out of glass and aluminium, will also come with the capability to connect to the fastest new wireless data networks, both in the US and overseas. That’s another feature that was widely expected and some competing phones in the US have had this ability for a year and a half.
Apple confirmed the new phone will work on 4G networks in Australia including Telstra, Optus and Virgin Mobile.
With the new model, Apple is ditching the connection port it’s used for iPods, iPhones and iPads for nearly a decade in favour of a smaller, narrower one. That means Apple is still the holdout in an industry where other manufacturers have settled on a standard connector for charging and computer backups.
There will be a separate $35 adapter available so that the new phone will be able to connect to sound docks and other accessories designed for the old phones.
Thanks to new technology that eliminates a separate touch-sensing layer in the screen, the phone is 18 per cent thinner and 20 per cent lighter, said Apple marketing head Phil Schiller. He spoke at an Apple event in San Francisco.
The camera on the back of the iPhone 5 has the same resolution as the one on the iPhone 4S, but takes pictures faster and works better in low light, Apple said.
The front-facing camera is getting an upgrade to high-definition, letting users take advantage of the faster data networks for videoconferencing.
One feature missing from the new phone is a chip for near-field communications, or NFC. Other top-of-the-line phones are incorporating such chips, which let phones work as credit cards at some store payment terminals. They also enable phones to share data when “bumped” into each other.
Fairfax Media reported speculation this week that Apple could in future introduce mobile payments without NFC by allowing people to pay for goods at retail stores using their iTunes account.
Apple also announced a new iPod Touch model that brings over the changes applied to the iPhone 5, including the bigger screen and smaller connection port. For the first time, Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant software, Siri, will be available on the iPod.
Apple is also updating its iTunes software for the Mac and PC, with what is says is a “dramatically simpler and cleaner interface”. It will be available as a free download in October.
Apple’s main announcements were largely in line with investor expectations, and their response was tepid. Apple shares rose $US5.13, or 0.8 per cent, to $US665.72 in afternoon trading.
The shares have been on a tear as expectations rose for the iPhone 5, rallying 16 per cent since Apple’s latest earnings report, in July.
Sales of Apple’s iPhones are still strong. Samsung benefited from having its Galaxy S III out in Australia in May and the US in June, while Apple was still selling an iPhone model it released last October.
Amid expectations of a new iPhone, Amazon, Nokia and Motorola all tried to generate interest in their products last week, hoping that a head start on the buzz will translate into stronger sales.
Makers of consumer electronics also are refreshing their products for the holiday shopping season.
Mobile app market to almost double this year to 45 billion
- September 12, 2012 – 2:47PM
Smartphone users worldwide will download more than 45 billion apps this year, nearly twice the number of apps that were downloaded in 2011, according to new data from the research group Gartner, in a clear sign of just how quickly the demand for apps is growing.
Apple, Google and Microsoft dominate the global app market, with Apple accounting for the largest portion of app downloads in 2012. Gartner projects that there will be about 21 billion apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store this year, a 74 per cent increase from the previous year. Going forward though, Gartner predicts that these companies will see growing competition in the app market from Facebook and Amazon.
“Amazon has appealed to users with its strong brand, global presence and a good selection of high-quality content while Facebook’s recently launched App Centre – supporting both mobile devices and desktops – will become a powerful competitor due to its strong brand and leading position in social networking and gaming,” said Sandy Shen, Gartner’s research director.
By 2016, Gartner estimates that there will be more than 300 billion apps downloaded annually, or more than 10 times the amount that were downloaded in 2011. While the appetite for apps will continue to increase, the appetite for paid apps will actually decline as a percentage of overall downloads.
Just 11 per cent of apps downloaded this year will be paid apps, and that number is expected to drop to 7 per cent by 2016. Even those who are paying for apps still aren’t paying very much. The vast majority (87.5 per cent) of paid apps downloaded in 2012 were priced at less than $US2.99.
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