Applelinks iOS News Reader - Friday, April 26, 2013

Apple Ranks Highest In Owner Satisfaction for Second Consecutive J.D. Power And Associates Tablet Satisfaction Study
Apple Maintains 48 Percent Share of Global Branded Tablet Shipments in Q1 2013 - Strategy Analytics
iOS 7 Now Just Over Six Weeks Away - Report
Android Continues to Climb, But Millennials Lean To Apple
The Perfect Black And White Images App For iPhone And iPad
QUAN to Offer Upgrade Alternative to 117 Million iPad Users
Tablets Outselling Desktops And Notebooks Combined In U.K.
Apple Store App Updated To Version 2.0.6
A World Of Happiness (Enhanced Edition) For iPad


Apple Ranks Highest In Owner Satisfaction for Second Consecutive J.D. Power And Associates Tablet Satisfaction Study

As more households continue to adopt tablet computers, the act of sharing these devices among household members is having substantial influence on the purchase-decision process and on future brand selection, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction StudySM - Volume 1 released on Thursday.

Now in its second year, the study measures tablet owner satisfaction among those who have owned their tablet for one year or less. Satisfaction is measured across five key factors (in order of importance): performance (26%); ease of operation (22%); styling and design (19%); features (17%); and cost (16%).

And for the second consecutive study, Apple ranks highest among manufacturers of tablets in overall owner satisfaction, achieving a score of 836 and performing well in four factors: performance; ease of operation; styling and design; and features. Amazon (829) closely follows Apple in the rankings and performs particularly well in the cost factor.

Key Findings of the study include:

• Tablet owners who also have a smartphone spend 36 percent more time browsing the Internet on their tablet than on their smartphone.

• Twenty-seven percent of tablet owners say they are likely to buy a new tablet within the next 12 months, compared with 37 percent in 2012.

• Ninety-four percent of highly satisfied tablet owners are likely to purchase additional consumer electronic devices from the same manufacturer.

The study finds that 51 percent of tablet owners share their device with at least one other person. While the incidence differs across brands, tablet manufacturers may benefit from promoting shared usage as a selling point, as satisfaction increases when more people use one tablet device. When a tablet is only used by one person, overall satisfaction is 824 (on a 1,000-point scale), 28 points lower than when a tablet is shared by four or more persons (852).

"It is somewhat unexpected to find that although 64 percent of tablet owners were the sole decision-maker involved in their device purchase, many of them share their tablet with someone else," says Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecommunications services at J.D. Power and Associates. "It is important that manufacturers understand this dynamic and try to provide an exceptional experience for all users since this may improve future business prospects, as high satisfaction through sharing a tablet device may result in owners handing down their tablet to a family member or friend, and the likelihood of repurchasing a new tablet from the same brand and running the same operating system increases."

In fact, 41 percent of tablet owners who share their device among four or more persons indicate they "definitely will" repurchase their next tablet from their current tablet manufacturer, compared with 28 percent among those who do not share their device with any other person. This shared usage is not limited to adults. Nearly one-half (46%) of tablet owners have children who also use their tablet. Among owners who indicate they share their device with children, 30 percent have downloaded education apps, compared with 16 percent among those who do not share their device with children.

Tablets are also being used for business activities, with 20 percent of owners indicating they use their tablet for this purpose. Owners of tablets that originally evolved from e-readers are not as likely to use their device to engage in business activity. While tablet owners are beginning to engage in business activities with their device, just 31 percent of employers contribute to the price or reimburse their employees for the entire tablet purchase price, a 3-percentage-point decrease from 2012. This may be an indication that some companies may be promoting a "bring your own device" (BYOD) strategy.

The 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study--Volume 1 findings are based on experiences evaluated by 1,857 tablet owners. The study was fielded in February 2013.

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Apple Maintains 48 Percent Share of Global Branded Tablet Shipments in Q1 2013 - Strategy Analytics

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments reached 40.6 million units in the first quarter of 2013. Android secured a robust 43 percent global share, while Apple iOS maintained its strong leadership at 48 percent. Windows secured a 7.5 percent global share.

Peter King , Director of Tablets at Strategy Analytics, comments: "Global branded tablet shipments reached an all-time high of 40.6 million units in Q1 2013, surging 117 percent from 18.7 million in Q1 2012. Demand for tablets among consumer, business and education users remains strong. Apple produced a solid performance this quarter as the Mini had its first full term and shipped a robust 19.5 million mixed iPads worldwide maintaining market leadership with 48 percent share during the first quarter of 2013. Android captured a record 43 percent share of global branded tablet shipments in Q1 2013, rising from 34 percent a year earlier. Global Android tablet shipments increase 177 percent annually to 17.6 million units."

King adds, "When we add White-Box1 tablets into the mix, Android market share of the total tablet market increases significantly to 52% and iOS slips to 41%, as the bulk of the White-Box tablets are Android low budget models aimed at a different market to the branded tablets."

Other findings from the research include:

• Global branded tablet shipments grew 117 percent annually in Q1 2013, compared with 146 percent annually in Q1 2012. This was the highest CY Q1 shipment figure since the modern tablet industry began in Q2 2010;

• Microsoft captured a niche 7.5 percent global tablet share in Q1 2013. Very limited distribution, a shortage of top tier apps, and confusion in the market, are all holding back shipments.

Exhibit 1: Global Tablet Operating System Shipments and Market Share in Q1 2013 (Preliminary)2


The full report, Global Tablet OS Market Share: Q1 2013, is published by the Strategy Analytics Tablet & Touchscreen (TTS) service, details of which can be found here:


1 A white-box tablet is a product produced by one company (the manufacturer or ODM) that other companies (the vendors or OEMs) rebrand to make it appear as if they made it. White box tablets invariably use different components to branded tablet in order to keep costs to a minimum.

2 Shipments refer to sell-in. Numbers are rounded. The definition of tablet does not include e-book readers or convertible PCs.

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iOS 7 Now Just Over Six Weeks Away - Report

MobileMarketingWatch says the grand unveiling of Apple's iOS 7 is now just over six weeks away, with the company planing to debut iOS 7 at the kick-off of the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference.

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Android Continues to Climb, But Millennials Lean To Apple

Forbes' Pam Goodfellow notes that among consumers planning to purchase a mobile phone in 2013's secind quarter (April, May, June), more than half (54.6%) are considering an Android device, while fewer (41.5%) are shortlisting an Apple iPhone, and that disparity between the two brands has grown from 4% in April 2012 to a current 32% gap bully for Android.

However, Ms. Goodfellow notes that among Millennials - individuals born between 1983 and 1995 - nearly seven out of ten (67.6%) are leaning toward the iPhone 5, while their enthusiasm for Samsung's Galaxy S4 is somewhat cooler (61.9%). The devices are more evenly matched among Gen X-ers (1965 to 1982) and the Silent generation (pre-1946), while Boomers (1946 to 1964) look like they're leading the charge for the Galaxy S4. She notes that these results are a bit of a reversal from last year's Android/iOS match-up where the Android operating system pulled preference among the younger generations, and observes that with Apple enjoying the favor os Millennials currently, it seems that some of these warm wishes may pay off in the near term.

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The Perfect Black And White Images App For iPhone And iPad

From onOne Software, Perfect B&W for iPhone and iPad joins the desktop version as the easiest ways to develop black and white images. They even share the same presets so you can create the same look - whichever device you're using.

Take an otherwise everyday snapshot and turn it into a work of art with Perfect B&W for iPhone and iPad. This powerful and easy-to-use app will remove the color in your photo to reveal its light and accentuate its shadowsresulting in a stunning and unique black and white image.


Capture the many moods of black and white photography from elegant to mysterious and romantic to dramaticwith one-tap presets that recreate classic and timeless looks, or create your own unique masterpieces to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagramall from your iPhone or iPad.

Beautiful Black & White In A Single Tap

Choose from a collection of one-tap presets that quickly and easily convert your mobile snapshots into beautiful black and white images and recreate the classic looks of black and white master photographers. A simple tap can transform your landscape to look like an Ansel Adams, or capture the gritty reality of street photography like Henri Cartier Bresson did. You can also add the clarity and sharpness of HDR to your image, replicate timeless darkroom processes, and more. Use Live Preview to browse through the effects while you shoot and create your masterpiece on the spot.

These black and white presets match those in the desktop version of Perfect B&W, giving you a convenient way to create stunning black and white images.

Advanced Controls For Unique Styling
• Adjust brightness, contrast, and detail with touch-controlled sliders
• Get the effect of color filters after the shot to enhance contrast and brightness of the details you care about
• Replicate darkroom processes and get the monochromatic looks of sepia, cyanotype, copper, selenium, and more with
Toner presets. Toner effects include: Ambro, Ansel, Baril, Carbon, Bogart, Copper, Cyano, Ingrid, Machine, Minor, and Vintage.
• Add grain, glow, vignettes, and borders

Save A Personal Preset

Create your own amazing look with the adjustment tools? Save it as your own personal preset to use again and again!

Snap With The In-app Camera

Take pictures with the convenient in-app camera that integrates the essential iOS camera features, such as Auto Flash, AE/AF Lock, Volume Button Fire, and the Front Facing Camera. Also find Live Preview, Rule of Thirds, Shooting Mode, and Auto Save Color functions to get the shot that you want.

See your scene in black and white and stylize your image on the spot. Use the Live Preview to see how an effect looks on your subject and select your favorite look as you take the shot.

Save And Share Directly To Instagram, Facebook And Twitter


Share your masterpiece with your friends, family, and fans by posting them directly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or send them via email.

Do Even More On Your Desktop

With Perfect B&W for the iPhone, iPad and desktop, you'll be able to create stunning black and white images wherever and whenever you want.

Extend your creativity with the desktop version of Perfect B&W that includes dozens more presets and creative controls. Use the super-charged, darkroom-inspired tools and 70+ presets and get even more ways to replicate time-honored black and white processing techniques and create beautiful black and white images.


Precisely dodge and burn, add contrast and detail, and apply selective color exactly where you want with simple brush strokes.

Recover shadows and highlights, and add sharpening, toner, film grain, and glow to your image. Adjust each to the level of your liking and youre your settings as presets to use again and again.

Use Blending Modes to achieve unique hand-painted or grungy look and take full control of your Tone Curve.
These are just some of he powerful and intuitive tools in the desktop version of Perfect B&W that will give you both instant results and complete creative control as you develop beautiful and provocative imagery.

The pinnacle for many photographers is the perfectly mastered black and white print. With Perfect B&W, you can easily develop your own stunning black and white images. Its powerful and intuitive tools give you both instant results and complete creative control. Use Perfect B&W to add dramatic and elegant looks to your photos and create the many moods black and white photography can evokeresulting in beautiful and provocative imagery.

Whether you are a hobbyist photographer or a working professional, you can achieve classic black & white looks instantly with a library of expertly crafted effects or customize your own unique look using powerful, darkroom-inspired controls that replicate time-honored processing techniques. Enhance tone and contrast by boosting shadow and highlight details or bring back a touch of selective color. Control the exact appearance of your image using a set of essential adjustment brushes and achieve precise edge detected masking with the all-new Perfect Brush. With Perfect B&W, you'll infuse the artistry of black and white photography and create your own masterpiece.

Reproduce vintage style using film grain and darkroom techniques quickly with the library of presets available in Perfect B&W, including presets designed exclusively for Perfect B&W by top industry professionals and your friends at onOne. Discover the perfect preset for your image with built-in search and instant live previews. Mark your favorites for quick and easy access, and expand your creative toolkit with even more presets.

Keep Your Favorites Handy

Save time and stay focused on your image editing when your favorite effects are always close at hand. Keep the presets you use most often in your Favorites panel, including ones youve personally created.

Essential Adjustment Brushes

Precisely dodge and burn, add contrast and detail, and apply selective color with a set of powerful brushes designed specifically for black & white processing. You control where and how much with simple brush strokes.

Wacom tablet users can also control brush size and strength using our built-in pen pressure and sensitivity support.

Perfect Brush

Paint inside the lines with precision using the NEW edge-detecting Perfect Brush! Whether you're painting in effects, detail, contrast, highlights or selective color, the Perfect Brush will apply adjustments smoothly to the specific area youre working on while automatically recognizing the edges around it.

Blending Modes

Use Blending Modes to blend your black & white image with your original to achieve a unique hand-painted or grungy contrast look. Choose from a selection of 30 modes to change the brightness, contrast, and color of your image and dramatically alter its appearance.

Toner Presets

Imply mood, add depth and create striking contrast within your images using the Toner Presets in Perfect B&W. Select from a collection of toners such as copper, cyanotype, selenium, sepia and more or build your own.

Filter Presets

Get the effect of photographic filters after the shot. Use built-in color filter presets to enhance contrast in your image and adjust the relative brightness of the details you care about, whether it's the sky, foliage, or people.
A green filter lightens foliage and darkens skin. It is a good general purpose filter.

Othere filters are Yellow, Orange, Red, and Infrared.

Tone Curve

Optimize the balance of tone and contrast in your image with the Tone Curve. You can adjust your shadows, mid-tones and highlights to create the exact look you want.

Film Grain

Add the timeless look and feel of vintage film stock using our library of authentic film grain. Choose from a selection of carefully crafted film types that integrate realistic grain onto your images.

Finish Your Image With Borders, Edges And Vignettes

Accentuate your images with flexible vignettes and authentic film & darkroom edge effects of sloppy borders and print edges.

Combine Images For Endless Creative Options

In the Layers home module, you'll find tools designed specifically for photographers to combine the best parts of multiple photos and quickly retouch your images. You'll easily be able to swap faces or create a balanced exposure. You can also blend images for creative effects, create layouts, build composites, and more. Enjoy all of the benefits and creative power of a layered workflow, even without Adobe Photoshop. Your creative options are endless.

• Combine the best parts of multiple photos
• Retouch portraits and landscapes
• Stack and position your images in creative layouts

Works Where You Do

Perfect B&W integrates seamlessly into your workflow no matter what tools and software you use. Two editions are available to meet your workflow needs. The Premium Edition works as a plug-in to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Apple Aperture, and as a standalone application. The Standard Edition works just as a standalone application. Choose the edition that works where you do.

System Requirements

Operating System Minimum

OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
(current maintenance releases, 64 bit)

Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
(current maintenance releases, 32 and 64 bit)
Note: Windows XP is not supported

Operating System Recommended:

10.7, 10.8
(current maintenance releases, 64 bit)

Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
(current maintenance releases, 64 bit)

Processor Minimum
Intel Core 2 Duo, Xeon or better processor(s)

Processor Recommended
Quad-core Intel Core i5, Xeon or better processors(s)

RAM Minimum
4 GB

RAM Recommended
8+ GB

Hard Drive
1.5 GB for installation

Fast 7200 RPM or SSD drive Recommended

Display Minimum
OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB dedicated video RAM
1280x720 resolution

Display Recommended
OpenGL 4.0 compatible video card with 1GB dedicated video RAM
1920x1080 resolution

Wacom tablet for pressure sensitive input.
Hardware display calibration tool.

Get the Edition of Perfect B&W that Fits Your Needs

• Works as a standalone application
• Integrates with Lightroom and Aperture
• Works as a plug-in for Photoshop and Photoshop Elements

• Works as a standalone application only

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QUAN to Offer Upgrade Alternative to 117 Million iPad Users

With Apple releasing a new iPad each year, older models of the revolutionary tablet are becoming obsolete at a ridiculous pace. Technology innovator Quantum International Corp. is working on a new solution that would allow more than 117 million iPad users worldwide to upgrade their devices without shelling out big money for a newer model.

Quantum is working on a protective iPad case capable of enhancing the popular tablets file storage capacity, battery life, connectivity and more, providing incredible new functionality for a fraction of the cost of a new iPad. Its the all-in-one accessory desired by every iPad owner on the planetincluding owners of forthcoming models.

In a joint venture with A Plus Technologies, Quantum is in the midst of taking its plans from the drawing board to the workshop by producing a working prototype of the powerful peripheral.

The company estimates that with an anticipated target price of $129 for its iPad case and a conservative estimate that just one in a hundred users decides to expand their new and existing iPads capabilities, the sales could provide a market potential of $150 million. A successful product launch could mean extreme, rapid growth for Quantum.

The company has already contacted manufacturers in China about initiating production of the breakthrough accessory as soon as a prototype can be produced that meets internal performance targets.

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Tablets Outselling Desktops And Notebooks Combined In U.K.

The Register reports that tablet computerss have been outselling desktop and notebook PCs combined in the U.K., and they could well be about to generate more revenue for their manufacturers too, according to data from GfK, a market research firm.

Tablets have accounted for more than half of the sales volume of computer products in the UK since October 2012, GfKs monthly stats show, rising to almost three-quarters in the run-up to Christmas but then falling back to just under 60 per cent during the first three months of 2013.

However, notebooks still generate more sales value than tablets save for November and December 2012 as notable exceptions.

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Apple Store App Updated To Version 2.0.6

Apple has released Version 2.6 of its free Apple Store app for iOS 5.0 and later.

When you're on the go, the Apple Store app is the best way to research, personalize, and buy products from Apple. You can also use it to make Genius Bar and workshop reservations at the Apple Store. And its also the easiest way to get a new iPhone right from your current iPhone.


Here's what you can do with the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch:

- Buy products on the go and pick them up at your favorite Apple Retail Store, or have them shipped to your door (U.S. only).
- Personalize an iPad or an iPod with free engraving, plus get signature gift wrapping for select Apple products.
- Custom-configure a new Mac with the options you want, including larger drives and more memory.
- Track your stuff: View the status of current and previous orders in the order status section.
- While in an Apple Store, quickly purchase accessories on your own with EasyPay (available in select countries).
- Request help, check in for reservations, and meet up with a Specialist at the store.
- Make Genius Bar and One to One reservations and sign up for workshops and events.


New in Version 2.6:

- Choose to receive notifications that let you know exactly when youre eligible for upgrade pricing on a new iPhone. And since all you need to complete the order is your Apple ID and password, buying your new iPhone is fast and easy (US only).

- Stay on top of your delivery with notifications. Well let you know when your order ships, keep you informed of any updates, and notify you when its delivered.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later
This app is optimized for iPhone 5.


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A World Of Happiness (Enhanced Edition) For iPad

Independent Publisher Luigi Savagnone Announces A World of Happiness for iPad, the story of a man who is basically a misfit in the society in which he lives. He, full of sadness and bitterness about the kind of life he lives, he decides to move to a shack on the beach and there build a small rowboat.

Fortuitously, he returns to the city and reads a letter that he received from a banking institution: He was hired as a clerk in the bank. So he tries to work as a clerk, but the hypocrisy of the people suffocates him. He also tries going on vacation to relax in the Sahara desert, but he finds only terrible misfortunes and hardships.


After risking death several times due to looting by robbers, the heat of the desert, is able to survive and be able to return to work. He returns to the office, a survivor of this disastrous holiday, finding only the wickedness of his boss. That is when he decided to resign in order to entrust his life to what has always been his love: the sea.

It is at sea he discovers unknown worlds. He meets a siren who gives him ultra powers in addition to her love. Living a second life as aquatic and immortal being, he does forget to be a man, with all his weaknesses.

Device Requirements:
(*) iPad using iBooks 2.0 or later
(*) iOS 5 or later is required
(*) 72 pages

A world of happiness is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the in the Fantasy category.

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