Applelinks iOS News Reader - Monday, April 29, 2013

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Peak Android? - Consumers Will Drive iPhone Ownership Past Android's By 2016
Apple’s Next Big Thing - The iPad
More Smartphones Than Feature Phones Shipped For First Time in Q1 2013 - IDC
How Apple Accidentally Revolutionized Health Care
iShutdown To Wake On LAN (WOL), Sleep, Restart Or Hibernate Your Mac or PC From Your iOS Device
Quickly Power Your Phone and Tablet With The Sun



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Peak Android? - Consumers Will Drive iPhone Ownership Past Android's By 2016

Yankee Group analyst Carl Howe says that despite press excitement about Samsung, Apple continues to eat Samsung’s lunch, and to gain share against all Android devices - market performance he attributes to what he calls Apple's “black hole” ecosystem which captures subscribers who never leave. By contrast, he says Android smartphones are losing one out of every six customers to other manufacturers, and contends that these trends will drive Apple ownership well past Android ownership by 2015 and reinforce Apple’s dominance in tablets as well.

Howe points out that consumer intent to buy Samsung phones is less than half that of intent to buy iPhones in the U.S., and in fact, iPhone intent to buy is statistically tied with the intent to buy all Android phones combined.

"High ecosystem loyalty and feature phone upgraders will drive Apple’s ownership past Android’s peak," noting that while intent for new customers to both Apple’s and Android’s ecosystems is about the same, platform loyalty is not. O, with only nine percent of Apple owners planning to switch to another platform for their next smartphone purchase, while 24 percent of Android owners plan to defect from the Android platform, 18 percent of them planning to to buy Apple, basing his comments on the findings of a survey of 16,000 U.S. smartphone customers.

For the full report visit here:
http://www.yankeegroup.com/ResearchDocument.do?id=60321






Apple’s Next Big Thing - The iPad

Slate's Farhad Manjoo observes that Apple's iPad has always labored under the shadow of its little brother the iPhone, and even after proving itself a worthy alternative to personal computers for many users, the iPad rarely gets its due. He notes that when investors and financial analysts think about Apple’s future, they tend to focus on the iPhone, which remains the company’s cash cow, citing estimates that Apple keeps about 50 to 60 cents in profit from every dollar it makes on iPhone sales, and that against that backdrop the few billion that iPad sales generate for Apple seem insubstantial.

However, Manjoo says the iPad's future looks very bright, and he suspects that within a couple years, it will reclaim its rightful place at the top of Apple’s product hierarchy, noting that the iPad, isn't nearly as vulnerable to competition as the iPhone, and thanks to the $329 iPad mini, and backed up by 350,000 apps designed specifically for the iPad. he thinks the iPad should eclipse the iPhone as the company’s best-selling product by 2015, if not sooner, and provides a reasoned explanation of why.

Manjoo observes that while Apple fans and critics have been agitating for a new big thing from Apple for several years now, nobody really knows what they want from Apple, exactly - just something new - and in our obsession with "new," we’re missing potential of the old, and it’s very likely that Apple’s next big thing is already out there.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/6xtUD






More Smartphones Than Feature Phones Shipped For First Time in Q1 2013 - IDC

The worldwide mobile phone market grew four percent year over year in the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker which found that vendors shipped a total of 418.6 million mobile phones in 1Q13 compared to 402.4 million units in the first quarter of 2012 and 483.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2012.

IDC says that in the worldwide smartphone market, vendors shipped 216.2 million units in 1Q13, marking the first time that more than half (51.6%) of total phone shipments in a quarter were smartphones rather than so-called feature phones. The market grew 41.6% compared to the 152.7 million units shipped in 1Q12, but 5.1% lower than the 227.8 million units shipped in 4Q12.

"Phone users want computers in their pockets. The days where phones are used primarily to make phone calls and send text messages are quickly fading away," says Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst with IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. "As a result, the balance of smartphone power has shifted to phone makers that are most dependent on smartphones."

"In addition to smartphones displacing feature phones, the other major trend in the industry is the emergence of Chinese companies among the leading smartphone vendors," notes Ramon Llamas, research manager with IDC's Mobile Phone team. "A year ago, it was common to see previous market leaders Nokia, BlackBerry (then Research In Motion), and HTC among the top five. While those companies have been in various stages of transformation since, Chinese vendors, including Huawei and ZTE as well as Coolpad and Lenovo, have made significant strides to capture new users with their respective Android smartphones."

Smartphone Vendor Highlights

Samsung maintained the position it held at the end of 2012: the undisputed leader in the worldwide smartphone market. By the end of 1Q13, Samsung shipped more units than the next four vendors combined. The company revealed its highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 with new features including display, camera, WiFi, and security innovations. What remains to be seen is how Samsung's new Tizen-powered smartphones will look and feel later this year, and fit into the company's overall smartphone portfolio.

Apple's smartphone shipment volume hit a new first-quarter high thanks in part to the iPhone 5, with volume growing 6.6% year over year. However, the last time the iPhone maker posted a single-digit year-over-year growth rate was 3Q09. Apple has held onto runner-up spot in smartphone rankings for the past five quarters. IDC notes that Apple's mix of models shipped to market is increasingly diversified as it tries to reach new buyers.

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Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, April 25, 2013

LG returned to the smartphone Top 5 after a two-quarter absence, reaching record-high shipments in the process. Its smartphone volume for the quarter was driven in large part by its 3G smartphone portfolio, namely the L series and the Nexus 4. LTE-enabled devices, including the Optimus G series, also contributed to its success. LG hopes to continue its upward trajectory with the launch of the F and L series targeting the mid-range and entry-level segments.

Huawei has shown significant improvement from where it was a year ago, when it offered a handful of Ascend smartphones and had more limited presence outside the Asia/Pacific region. Since then Huawei has decreased its dependence on rebranded feature phones while growing its Ascend portfolio to address multiple customer segments with more branded smartphone offerings. The company nearly doubled its unit shipments to regions outside of Asia/Pacific this past quarter when compared to 1Q12.

ZTE's 1Q13 performance continued the trends established last year, with a strong showing in Asia/Pacific and North America, but a small presence in EMEA and Latin America despite its previous success with low-end feature phones there. With a target of increasing smartphone revenue by 30% this year, ZTE will try to grow in North America and Europe. In China, where increasing price pressure has challenged vendors to grow profitably, ZTE will emphasize its higher-price products. In addition, ZTE will be among the first companies to launch a Firefox-powered smartphone this year.

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Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, April 25, 2013

Note: Data are preliminary and subject to change. Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

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For more information, visit:
http://www.idc.com






How Apple Accidentally Revolutionized Health Care

Motley Fool blogger Keith Speights says that while Apple didn't necessarily intend to revolutionize health care, that's exactly what has happened, obserikng that health care has changed dramatically since Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone later the iPad, with much of that change directly attributable to Apple and those two devices, and that physicians love their iPhones and iPads.

Speights cites a 2011 study by Manhattan Research that found 75% of physicians owning at least one Apple product, while Vitera Healthcare's 2012 survey of health care professionals backed up that metric, finding that 60 percent of respondents used an iPhone and 45% owned an iPad - devices and the apps they run that allow clinicians to instantly access a world of medical information at the point of care, such as the Medscape application that allows physicians to check drug interactions, look up information about procedures, and read medical news updates on the fly, ranking first among most frequently downloaded medical apps for iPhones and iPads.

For the full commentary visit here:
http://goo.gl/XCSLC






iShutdown To Wake On LAN (WOL), Sleep, Restart Or Hibernate Your Mac or PC From Your iOS Device

"iShutdown" is a top rated app ranked the #1 top utility in Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria with an average rating of 4.5.

iShutdown was developed with one goal – to give you functional and stylish tool. To give you an ability to shutdown, Wake On LAN (WOL), sleep, restart or hibernate your PC or MAC without leaving your couch or armchair.

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iShutdown scans the devices connected to your local network and shows them along with their name and IP. You don't need to find out the Mac addresses or type them in to use the WOL feature. Just tap on the host in the generated list and select what you want to do – shutdown, WOL, sleep, or hibernate it.

Features:
• Attractive and handy
• Animated interface.
• Large convenient button to turn the PC or MAC power on/off.

Functionality:
• Turn on (via Wake on lan, WOL), shutdown, restart, hibernate or sleep your PC or Mac.
• Works fine both with Mac and PC
• Automatic detection of accessible PCs in local network
• Ability to add required PC or Mac manually.
• Works both with Wi-Fi and 3g
• Indication of active hosts

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App home (with links to HD version and PC/Mac component):
http://ishutdownapp.com/

iTunes link:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/id438646982






Quickly Power Your Phone and Tablet With The Sun

Suntactics claims to have the highest rated portable USB solar charger on Amazon.com. Get the most out of your smartphone or tablet, start charging outside, using free energy from the sun. Use for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, Android.

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sCharger-12, 14 Watt, USB Solar Charger

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Use for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, Android, Blackberry, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, GoPro, and more.

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(*) Charge TWO devices at the same time
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(*) Charge at the same speed as household outlet
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$239.95

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sCharger-5, 5 Watt, USB Solar Charger

Use for iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, Android, Blackberry, Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, GoPro, and more.

(*) Fully charge any smartphone in 2 hours or less
(*) Charge anything with a male USB connection
(*) Durable, simple to use, just plug in
(*) Water and weather resistant

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$139.95

For more information, visit:
http://www.suntactics.com/



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