Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apple. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Apple Sells 37.4 million iPhones in Q1

Apple reported sales of 37.4 million iPhones in Q1, compared to 35.1 million in the year-ago quarter. iPad sales reached 19.5 million, compared to 11.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, sales of Macs were just under 4 million Macs, compared to 4 million in the year-ago quarter.

“We are pleased to report record March quarter revenue thanks to continued strong performance of iPhone and iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Apple Data Centers Now 100% on Renewable Power

Apple's data centers are now 100% powered by renewable energy.

In a blog posting last week, Apple announced that its flagship data center in Maiden, North Carolina, boasts the nation’s largest end user–owned, onsite solar photovoltaic array -- a 100-acre, 20-megawatt (MW) facility with  an annual production capacity of 42 million kWh.  Apple is currently building a second 20-MW solar photovoltaic facility on nearby land that should be operational in late 2013.  Apple has also built an onsite 10-MW fuel cell installation that uses directed biogas and provides more than 83 million kWh of 24/7 baseload renewable energy annually.  In total, Apple will be producing 167 million kWh of onsite renewal energy.  The Maiden data center has earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Apple's older data center in Newark, California is now using 100% renewable electricity sourced from wind farms in California.  New data centers under construction in Prineville, Oregon and Reno, Nevada will also use renewable energy.

Apple Acquires WiFiSlam for Indoor Location Tracking

Apple has acquired WiFiSlam, a start-up developing indoor location tracking technology, for $20 million, according The Wall Street Journal.

WiFiSlam is based in Palo Alto, California.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

AT&T Enables FaceTime over Cellular for LTE Customers

AT&T will enable FaceTime over Cellular at no extra charge for iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered data plan.

AT&T will also continue to offer FaceTime over Cellular to customers with any AT&T Mobile Share plan, as well as FaceTime over Wi-Fi, which has always been available for all customers.  AT&T expects to roll out this functionality to customers over the next eight to ten weeks.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Apple Sells 26.9 Million iPhones in Q3

Apple reported robust demand for its iPhones. The company sold 26.9 million iPhones in Q3, representing 58% unit growth over the year-ago quarter, and up from 20.3 million in the previous June quarter.  

A total of 125 million iPhones have been sold to date.

Another note -- Apple is now holding $121.25 billion in cash.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Apple Expands LTE Choices for iPad

Apple announced expanded LTE coverage in its new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display.  Several LTE radio options are supported.

In the U.S. market, iPad LTE service will now be available from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

International LTE Coverage

Canada -- Bell, Rogers, Telus
Germany -- Deutsche Telekom
UK -- EE
Australia -- Optus
Japan -- KDDI, Softbank
Korea -- SK Telecom, KT
Hong Kong -- Hurchison, SmarTone
Singapore -- M1, SingTel, StarHub

Monday, September 17, 2012

Apple and AT&T Confirm Record iPhone 5 Pre-orders

Apple reported that pre-orders of its iPhone 5 topped two million in just 24 hours, more than double the previous record of one million held by iPhone 4S.  The company said demand for iPhone 5 exceeds the initial supply and while the majority of pre-orders will be delivered to customers on September 21, many are scheduled to be delivered in October.

AT&T also announced a sales record with the iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.  AT&T did not disclose a sales number, but said customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

AT&T's Website Offline for Hours Ahead of iPhone 5

AT&T took its entire U.S. website offline hours ahead of the midnight (PT) commencement of iPhone 5 sales.  Customers log-in to existing accounts remained open.

The online Apple store also went offline ahead of the launch.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Three versions of Apple's iPhone 5 for Supporting Global LTE

Apple is producing three versions of the iPhone 5 to meet spectrum requirements of carriers worldwide. The first round of carriers supporting LTE was also confirmed.

GSM model A1428: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE Band (AWS) and LTE Band 17 (700b MHz). Carriers supporting include AT&T (U.S.), and is Canada, Bell (including Virgin), Rogers (including Fido), Telus (including Koodo).

CDMA model A1429: CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B (800, 1900, 2100 MHz); UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz), LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz), LTE Band 5 (850 MHz), LTE Band 13 (700c MHz)and LTE Band 25 (1900 MHz). Carriers supporting include Sprint (U.S.),Verizon (U.S.), and KDDI (Japan).

GSM model A1429: UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE Band 1 (2100 MHz), LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz), LTE Band 5 (850 MHz). Carriers supporting include Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Everything Everywhere (UK), Orange (UK), T-Mobile (UK), Optus & Virgin (Australia), Telstra (Australia), Softbank (Japan), SK Telecom (Korea), KT (Korea), SmarTone (Hong Kong), M1 (Singapore), and SingTel (Singapore).

Other radios on-board include 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0.

Apple has not included NFC in the iPhone 5.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Free Press Launches Petition to Block AT&T's FaceTime Policy

Free Press, a public advocacy group working for Net Neutrality (wired and wireless), launched an online petition seeking to change or block AT&T's policy on using Apple's FaceTime application over its wireless networks.

FaceTime on iPhones is currently limited to Wi-Fi connections. With the coming iOS 6.0 update, FaceTime is supposed to be enabled from use over cellular data connections as well.

Specifically, Free Press is concerned that AT&T will block the iPhone from using FaceTime over cellular connections unless customers subscribe to the carrier's new "Mobile Share" service plans.

Free Press argues that AT&T's plan to block mobile access to FaceTime for all other customers would violate the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet rules.

In response, AT&T argues that Net Neutrality rules do not apply in this case because (1) FaceTime is preloaded on every iPhone on the AT&T network and (2) AT&T does not have a similar preloaded video chat app that competes with FaceTime.  In a posting on its public policy blog, AT&T's Bob Quinn writes:

"The FCC’s net neutrality rules do not regulate the availability to customers of applications that are preloaded on phones.  Indeed, the rules do not require that providers make available any preloaded apps.  Rather, they address whether customers are able to download apps that compete with our voice or video telephony services.   AT&T does not restrict customers from downloading any such lawful applications, and there are several video chat apps available in the various app stores serving particular operating systems."

However, Free Press rejected that argument.  In a follow-up blog posting, Free Press Research Director S. Derek Turner made the following statement:

"AT&T is inventing words that are not in the FCC's rules in a weak attempt to justify its blocking of FaceTime. The FCC's rules are crystal clear: AT&T is not permitted to block voice or video telephony applications that compete with its own services. There is simply nothing in the rules that distinguishes 'preloaded' applications from 'downloaded' applications. It is interesting to see AT&T try this line of defense, as it is tacitly admitting that it is both blocking FaceTime and that the app does in fact compete with its own offerings."

Free Press also runs the coalition.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Apple Plans Massive Data Center in Oregon

Apple is planning to build a massive data center in Prineville, Oregon, in proximity to Facebook's main data center, according to city documents reported by The Bend Bulletin. The facility reportedly will be over 500,000 square feet (46,451 m2) located on 160 acres of land. This would be equivalent in size to Apple's flagship data center in Maiden, North Carolina.