Applelinks iOS News Reader - Monday, December 3, 2012

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Intel Inside The iPad? Maybe, If Intel Gets To Power The iPhone
iPad mini & iPhone 5 Arrive in China in December
Mobile App Downloads Surged by 33 Percent in October Post-iPhone 5, Find New Fiksu Indexes
Bamboo Made Case for iPhone 5
Microsoft braces For Surface RT Feedback Storm
Eight Reasons Why the iPad Will Dominate the Tablet Category
Apple Captures #2 Ranking in OEM Market for First Time - comScore
Advent Calendar (vieda) Reveals iOS App Deals
Where To? Points Of Interest Finder App For iPhone


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Intel Inside The iPad? Maybe, If Intel Gets To Power The iPhone

CNET's Shara Tibken says that according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Doug Freedman there could be a new twist to the frequent Apple-Intel relationship rumors, that could actually be good news for Intel. Specifically thst Apple may be contemplating a new foundry relationship with Intel, which would build Apple's in-house-designed ARM-based smartphone chips in exchange for using Intel's X86 processors in certain new devices, like the next-generation iPad.

For the full report visit here:
http://goo.gl/PQ4VM






iPad mini & iPhone 5 Arrive in China in December

Apple has announced the Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14. iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

iPad mini is 23 percent thinner and 53 percent lighter than the third generation iPad, and features a 7.9-inch Multi-Touch display, FaceTime HD and 5 megapixel iSight cameras, ultrafast wireless performance, and a claimed 10 hours of battery life. The fourth generation iPad features a 9.7-inch Retina display, new Apple-designed A6X chip, FaceTime HD camera and ultrafast wireless performance. Both iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad come with iOS 6.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip; and ultrafast wireless - all while delivering even better battery life. iPhone 5 comes with Apple's iOS 6, mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, all-new Maps app, Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages.

iPad mini with Wi-Fi models come in black & slate or white & silver for a suggested retail price of $329 (US) for the 16GB model, $429 (US) for the 32GB model and $529 (US) for the 64GB model. The fourth generation iPad with Wi-Fi models come in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model and $699 (US) for the 64GB model. In China, iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be available through the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com), select Apple Authorized Resellers and by reservation from Apple retail stores. Reservation requests will be accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Thursday, December 6 for pick up the following day. Additionally, iPad 2 will be available at just $399 (US).

iPhone 5 comes in either black & slate or white & silver for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. In China, iPhone 5 will be available through the Apple Online Store (http://www.apple.com), select Apple Authorized Resellers and by reservation from Apple retail stores. Reservation requests will be accepted daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for pick up the following day. iPhone 4S is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract from participating carriers.






Mobile App Downloads Surged by 33 Percent in October Post-iPhone 5, Find New Fiksu Indexes

Fiksu, Inc. (http://www.fiksu.com), developer of the Fiksu for Mobile Apps Marketing Platform that combines advanced media optimization technology with the world's largest app media inventory, reports that app downloads dramatically increased by 33 percent in October following the new iPhone 5's Sept. 21 arrival. In tandem, the cost to acquire a loyal app user continued its downward trajectory, decreasing by 6 percent in October.

For October, the Fiksu Cost per Loyal User Index was $1.06, down seven cents or 6 percent, from September's $1.13. Significant increases in organic searches and app discovery driven by the arrival of the iPhone 5 and users' natural enthusiasm for downloading apps on to new devices pushed costs down and created a huge opportunity for mobile app marketers to very cost-efficiently acquire loyal users in October.

The Fiksu App Store Competitive Index (which measures the average aggregate daily download volume of the top 200 free U.S. iPhone apps) soared to 5.4 million daily downloads in October, a 33 percent increase from September. The Index painted a similar picture following the availability of the iPhone 4S in October 2011, when traffic also surged by a proportional 29 percent, and continues the surge Fiksu saw developing at the end of September.

"October was a month of opportunity for mobile app marketers," says Micah Adler, CEO, Fiksu. "Organic searches soared as users around the world actively explored the App Store searching out new apps for their new iPhones. This heightened period of organic discovery coupled with peak download volumes drove down the cost of loyal user acquisition. Some savvy marketers chose to ride this wave without substantially increasing their advertising spending."
The Fiksu Indexes measure monthly fluctuations in competition for rank in the Apple App Store and the cost to acquire loyal users1, helping mobile app marketers benchmark their performance against industry trends.
For Fiksu's full analysis, visit:
http://www.fiksu.com/resources/fiksu-indexes#analysis

Fiksu has accumulated more than 55.6 billion app actions including launches, registrations and in-app purchases, as well as real time bidding requests. This data is used to drive real time optimization of ad campaigns, to help app developers acquire large volumes of loyal users at very efficient costs.

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






Bamboo Made Case for iPhone 5

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Features:
- Made of Real Bamboo
- Light and good hand feel
- Unique ergonomic design
- Protected from bumps and scratches
- Perfect fit
- Easy access to all ports buttons and sockets

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This accessory is suitable for:
- iPhone 5

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US$24.99

For more information, visit:
http://goo.gl/2VBYC






Microsoft braces For Surface RT Feedback Storm

The Register's Gavin Clarke notes that Windows 8 is being described by reviewers as being kludgey with a dull screen, audio problems, and fraying cloth covers, and users now have a chance to get gripes off their chest with Microsoft's Surface Owner Feedback Program.

Happy/unhappy owners are being offered the incentive of a being entered into a draw for $200 of Surface accessories for entering their details there.

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/ICxy1






Eight Reasons Why the iPad Will Dominate the Tablet Category

Forbes Contributor Darcy Travlos observes that the iPad will prove to be the most disruptive consumer product, ever, since the iPod - not just a mere a stop along the spectrum between smartphone and laptop. Rather, the iPad's particular combination of features screen size, mobility, portability of the form factor, and Internet connectivity propels it beyond any previous product previously. Travlos cites eight reasons why the iPad, early yet in its product cycle, will serve as an ongoing catalyst for Apple over the next several years.

You can check it out at:
http://goo.gl/rYPHW






Apple Captures #2 Ranking in OEM Market for First Time - comScore

Marker research firm comScore, Inc. has released data from the comScore MobiLens service, reporting key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending October 2012. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 26.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to lead among smartphone platforms, accounting for 53.6 percent of smartphone subscribers, while Apple secured 34.3 percent.

OEM Market Share

For the three-month average period ending in October, device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 26.3 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers (up 0.7 percentage points). Apple ranked second for the first time on record with 17.8 percent market share (up 1.5 percentage points), followed by LG with 17.6 percent share, Motorola with 11 percent and HTC with 6 percent.

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Smartphone Platform Market Share


121.3 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (51.9 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in October, up 6 percent since July. Google Android ranked as the top smartphone platform with 53.6 percent market share (up 1.4 percentage points), while Apples share increased 0.9 percentage points to 34.3 percent. RIM ranked third with 7.8 percent share, followed by Microsoft (3.2 percent) and Symbian (0.6 percent).

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Mobile Content Usage

In October, 75.9 percent of U.S. mobile subscribers used text messaging on their mobile device (up 0.3 percentage points). Downloaded applications were used by 54.5 percent of subscribers (up 1.9 percentage points), while browsers were used by 52.7 percent (up 1.5 percentage points). Accessing of social networking sites or blogs increased 1.5 percentage points to 39.4 percent of mobile subscribers. Game-playing was done by 34.1 percent of the mobile audience (up 0.3 percentage points), while 28.7 percent listened to music on their phones (up 0.4 percentage points).

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MobiLens data is derived from an intelligent online survey of a nationally representative sample of mobile subscribers age 13 and older. Data on mobile phone usage refers to a respondents primary mobile phone and does not include data related to a respondents secondary device.

For more information, visit:
http://www.comscore.com/companyinfo






Advent Calendar (vieda) Reveals iOS App Deals

An App surprise every day beginning December 1.

How the Advent Calendar works:

Every day, the Advent Calendar tells you which iPhone and iPad Apps are being discounted up to 50% or more by selected developers for that day only at the App Store.

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The best Apps reduced in price by up to 50% and more every day.

After the overwhelming success of its campaigns the last years, Vieda - the association of German iOS developers - launched its fourth Advent Special on December 1, 2012. Each day up until December 24, the Vieda Advent Calendar App will highlight Apps offered by Vieda members at sharply reduced prices.

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The campaign focuses exclusively on high-quality Apps that are ranked among the Top 10 in their respective categories. App enthusiasts can therefore look forward to a great surprise every day.

Vieda was established on November 1, 2009 by 27 renowned German App developers on the initiative of Holger Frank and Hanno Welsch. The association now has more than 200 members.

The best Apps reduced in price by up to 50% or more every day.

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New in Version 4.0.1
• Smaller improvements and bug fixes.

System Requirements:
• Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
• Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

For more information, visit:
http://goo.gl/hxkUG






Where To? Points Of Interest Finder App For iPhone

FutureTap developer Ortwin Gentz says the "Where To?", award winning points of interest finder app for iPhone (http://www.futuretap.com/home/whereto-en/), makes it incredibly easy to locate the closest steakhouse, bank branch, billiard club or anything else you may be looking for, at the drop of a hat. Finally you can find local businesses without any typing, using a slick, intuitive user experience.

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iOS 6 and iPhone 5 both covered

Where To? works beautifully on the iPhone 5 and leverages iOS 6: Maps are displayed in vector-based style. And for those who've been bitten by Maps deficiencies, Where To? is a great alternative because it uses proven Google search results. To switch to Where To? easily, you can launch it from Maps using the last mile navigation feature.

Map & Browser: integrated
With just a few taps, you can find local hits for any type of place you are looking for. Check the found places on the built-in map or in a list sorted by distance. Then call to make a reservation or check the homepage using the built-in web browser.

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Augmented Reality

Explore a new way of visualization with Where To? 3D. Your points of interest will be displayed on top of reality. It's more intuitive than ever to check out nearby locations.

Shake To Surprise
Not sure what you want for dinner tonight? Use Shake to Surprise to make the choice. Take a chance and find something new and exciting!

Ratings & Reviews
Is the food delicious? The service great? Where To? collects and displays ratings and reviews from all Where To? and Google users. New reviews can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Get Driving Directions
Found your destination? Then let your iPhone navigate to it using a turn-by-turn directions app such as Navigon MobileNavigator, TomTom, MotionX GPS drive Maps and many others.

More Features
• Includes more than 700 customizable categories and 2,200 brands
• Find points of interest near you or your friends and family, anywhere in the world
• New points of interest are automatically reloaded when moving
• Display of opening hours
• Display locations in Google Earth
• Available in 10 different languages, covering most of the world with locally optimized search
• VoiceOver support
• Works with any iPhone or iPod touch (iOS 4.0 or later; Where To? 3D is compatible with iPhone 4S, 4 or 3GS)

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Mark your Favorite Spots

Save your favorite restaurants, shops and places to find them later easily. If you own multiple iOS devices, theyre synced automatically via iCloud.

Share your Destination

Wanna meet with some friends at this new Sushi place in town? Pass along the location info by email, text message, Twitter, Facebook or copy it to the clipboard Its your choice.

System requirements:
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

More information:
http://www.futuretap.com/home/whereto-en/

iTunes link:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id314785156?mt=8



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