It’s going to be another tech-powered Holiday this season. IDC is expecting 362 million mobile devices to be shipped in Q4, mainly driven by holiday spending. It’s not just smartphones either, tablets are growing by leaps and bounds as well.
It’s an unusually media heavy day for the normally very private Tim Cook. Tonight his interview with Brian Williams airs on NBC and Bloomberg Businessweek has published a long, and fascinating, interview with Tim Cook led by Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel. While portions of both interviews have been discussed alreadyâ€”Tim Cook Says Apple To Start Manufacturing Macs In USA SoonÂ andÂ Tim Cook: Television is an “Area of Intense Interest”â€”the discussions in the Businessweek interview are too compelling not to comment more on.
You’ve seen the Apple commercials where kids FaceTime with their grandparents. Heck I FaceTime with my two-year-old nephew and it’s awesome. Apple makes it seem like FaceTime is just a magical program thatÂ just works, but in reality youÂ doÂ need to turn it on and set it up on your devicesâ€”and Macâ€”to make it work.
The year is coming to a close and analysts, pundits, and even simpler scriveners like me are starting on their crystal ball gazing predictions for Apple next year. Boy Genius Report quotes analyst Adnaan Ahmad’s predictions for next year including a cheap iPhone, an Apple Television, and a MacBook Air running iOS. Thoughts? Read on.
Hot on the heels of getting regulatory approval form Chinese authorities for its devices, Apple today announced that the iPad mini and the iPad 4 will be going on sale in the region starting December 7th, while the iPhone 5 will arrive in the region a week later on December 14th.