Every mobile device vendor wishes in one way or another that it were Apple. The company has succeeded by delivering a complete hardware and content experience with its devices for nearly 20 years along with an attractive brand promise that make consumers wait in line to buy products sight unseen. How many times can Apple repeat this pattern and what level of success is its iPad tablet brand likely to see?
Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, slightly above a consensus of analysts and a record for the company's September quarter. Apple also posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion in its fiscal fourth quarter. Overall, Apple's gross margin was 37 percent, compared to 40 percent in the year-ago quarter.
Apple reports its fiscal fourth-quarter results after the market closes today, and all eyes will be on how the company's iPhone business is doing, and to a lesser extent, how well its iPad tablet sales have held up.
Microsoft's corporate VP of communications managed to generate more reaction than anything the company launched last week when he penned a blog post in reaction to Apple's decision to drop fees for its iWork suite of apps.
While T-Mobile's "free data" for tablets strategy is smart, it does make me wonder about the overall message wireless carriers are sending to consumers about LTE data and its value in the market. There's a huge discrepancy in the pricing of LTE data among the operators with some offering free data and others charging a premium.
In a tale of two tablet vendors, product releases this week from Nokia and Apple reveal strikingly different approaches to wireless connectivity. However, the approaches are not surprising given the companies' histories.
T-Mobile US plans to offer up to 200 MB of free LTE data each month for life for customers who use tablets on its network. The carrier said its latest "uncarrier" move is designed to get customers using cellular data on their tablets.
Apple unveiled new iPad models on Tuesday and for the first time T-Mobile US will sell service for the popular tablets.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere appears to be hinting that T-Mobile will sell service for Apple's new iPads.
A California judge has signed off on the details of a settlement between Apple and AT&T and customers who claimed they were tricked into buying an Apple iPad in 2010 only to have AT&T then switch its unlimited data plans to a usage-based pricing system.