Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated what he is has been saying for months: that Apple will enter a new product category this year. The biggest and most likely bet is that Apple will get into wearable computing with some kind of smart watch, though Apple observers have also been speculating (for years) about an expanded TV offering.
Half a year after introducing the Chromecast, Google has thrown open the gates to its $35 HDMI dongle, giving any app developer who meets its terms of service access to the TV. That could mean a huge step forward for consumers' ability to watch online video on HDTV sets, and it certainly means a big step forward in the ability of independent app makers to reach viewers. But I wonder who will take Google up on its open invitation.
According to a New York Times report, which cited an unnamed sources familiar with the matter, Apple has been testing a way to charge the battery of its rumored smart watch wirelessly via magnetic induction.
Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing said he hopes the company's $2.91 billion purchase of Google's Motorola Mobile division will help it to pass smartphone market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple, though he acknowledged that would take time.
Samsung, the clear leader in worldwide smartphone shipments, is collaborating with Carphone Warehouse on a new store concept that will see the mobile phone retailer operate more than 60 Samsung standalone stores across Europe.
Samsung Electronics and Apple maintained their stranglehold on the global smartphone market in the fourth quarter and for all of 2013, according to multiple research firms, but lower-end rivals are gaining market share at a faster pace. That may mean that over time the market for high-end, high-margin phones will erode, as average selling prices for smartphones worldwide fall.
Apple said it sold a record 51 million iPhones during its most recent quarter, which covered the critical holiday shopping season. Apple's iPhone sales figure was slightly lower than what an average of analysts expected. Apple also reported quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion.
Apple is looking to expand its presence in the mobile payments market, according to multiple reports.
Apple is working on two iPhone models with larger screen sizes than the current 5s and 5c models, according to a Wall Street Journal report, the latest to indicate that Apple is thinking of increasing the screen size of its phones to compete with large-screen devices from Samsung Electronics, Nokia, LG Electronics, HTC and others.
In the ongoing spectacle of Apple's patent war against Samsung, developers have had a ringside seat, and they wasted no time in commenting about the latest skirmish.