Applelinks iOS News Reader - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

iOS Devices Favored over Android by Private Jet Flyers Accessing Paramount Business Jets Website
More 13-inch iPad Rumors From Points East
Apple's Enterprise Penetration Benefiting From BlackBerry's Troubles
iPhone 5S Outselling 5c Three To One In UK; 5c Appeals To Lower-Income Demographic In The U.S.
A Month With The iPad Air: The Best Yet, But Still No PC Replacement
Magnetyze by BuQu Tech Joins Growing Family of Charging Accessories For iPhone 5/5s, 4/4S
KYOCERA's "Kyoto Opal" Utilized in Decorative Design of Protective Film Screen Covers for iPhone 5s/5c/5


iOS Devices Favored over Android by Private Jet Flyers Accessing Paramount Business Jets Website

An increasing number of professionals on the go rely on their mobile devices, tablets and smartphones as necessary and vital tools to conduct business. Recognizing this trend, renowned air charter industry innovator Paramount Business Jets revised its website last year to better accommodate use on these devices - and, in the time since, the company has noticed some interesting developments.

"We've seen a steady increase in the number of people accessing from mobile devices," says PBJ Technology Advisor Neeraj Kamdar. "Today, mobile devices consistently generate between 30 and 35 percent of our total page hits for a given week."

Another fascinating aspect involves the types of mobile devices used by customers. Internal analytics show that, of all mobile devices accessing, 76% are running Apple's operating system, with a nearly equal number of iPhones and iPads comprising that total.

"Those percentages are notable as a recent study published by TIME Magazine indicates the smartphone and tablet markets are essentially split evenly between Apple, and devices running an Android OS," Kamdar observes. "If anything, Android may even hold the advantage in sheer numbers, given the variety of devices available. And, yet, it's evident that a greater percentage of potential customers, as well as our existing client base, are using a device running the Apple iOS."

Mr. Kamdar also noted that Apple users are also twice as likely as Android users to submit a travel quote request on the PBJ website.
In recognition of these emerging trends, changes made last year to ensure that mobile device users experience the same easy-to-use and informative format as those accessing the website with a personal computer.

"The Paramount Business Jets site is responsive - it detects the kind of device being used, and automatically adjusts the experience to match the capabilities of the tablet or smartphone without compromising usability," Kamdar says. "This allows PBJ to offer greater functionality to more clients than websites that are not optimized for use by mobile devices, or have separate "mobile" versions with fewer features and less capability."

In its continuing strive to be technologically savvy, PBJ has also developed its own online worldwide private jet charter quoting system, time and distance calculator, airport proximity tools, and an airport finder extension for Google Chrome. Paramount Business Jets is also developing additional tools to improve their client user experience online, as well as native apps for various mobile platforms to further enhance their growing mobile presence.

Paramount Business Jets researches over 1,000 trips per month for its clients, including one-way and transient flight specials, and potential savings on empty legs. PBJ offers charters worldwide with as little as 4 hours notice and access to over 15,000 certified aircraft worldwide, ranging from turboprops, helicopters, and very-light jets, up to the largest and most luxurious Boeing, Airbus, and Global Express intercontinental aircraft.

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More 13-inch iPad Rumors From Points East

The Chinese language site PadNews says that Apple's 12.9 inch iPad is likely to be released in April or October 2014, and the current prototype has a resolution of 2K level.

They say the iPad (Maxi?) will be built by Foxconn and possibly use 4K resolution. They note that "Some people think that our message has some credibility, some people think it is nonsense," but affirm that their sources are related to some insiders, and they;re just passing on the messages relayed to them. They can't declare 100 percent authenticity, but believe that their informants are not just blowing smoke.

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Apple's Enterprise Penetration Benefiting From BlackBerry's Troubles

AlThingsD's John Paczkowski notes that 94 percent of the Fortune 500 and more than 85 percent of the Global 500 are testing or deploying iPads - impressive enterprise penetration for a product so young, and poised to become even more so in the year ahead according to Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair, who Paczkowski cites saaying he has seen big gains for the iPad in business over the last few months. Blair attributes Apple's accelerated growth in the enterprise to BlackBerry's collapse and Android's failure to gain meaningful traction in the enterprise space.

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iPhone 5S Outselling 5c Three To One In UK; 5c Appeals To Lower-Income Demographic In The U.S.

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to October 2013, shows that the new iPhone 5C and 5S models have helped boost Apples market share compared to the previous month, but have not yet seen the same uplift as when the iPhone 5 was released last year. The report notes that across Europe(*), Android remains the number one OS with 70.9% share, with Apple holding 15.8%, but with Windows continuing to achieve rapid growth, now accounting for 10.2% of European smartphone sales.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech strategic insight director Dominic Sunnebo, observes that in almost all markets, the iPhone 5s and 5c releases have given iOS a significant bounce compared to the previous month. Generally, Apple's share of the market still remains lower than when the iPhone 5 was released, although this is not wholly unexpected as shoppers tend to react more positively to full releases than incremental improvements such as the 5s and 5c.

However, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech notres that the new releases have led to spectacular results in certain markets, notably Japan, where the iPhone is now available via the country's largest carrier NTT DoCoMo, and Apples share hit 76.1% during October. In the US, Apple's October share reached 52.8%. However, mainland Europe remains more of a challenge for iOS, particularly in markets like Italy and Germany where handset subsidies are far lower. Britain is more positive, with iOS sales share is now at 28.7% for the last 3 months, with sales driven by the higher-end 5s model which has outsold the 5c by three to one since their release.

However, Mr. Sunnebo observes that the cheaper 5s appeals to a broader audience than Apple usually attracts, with the biggest demand for these mid-end models in the U.S. coming from lower income households. He notes that some 42% of iPhone 5c owners earn less than $49,000 annually compared with just 21% for iPhone 5s. iPhone 5c customers also tend to be slightly older at an average of 38 years compared to 34 years for the 5s. The good news for Apple is that this wider appeal is attracting significant switching from competitors. Almost half of iPhone 5c owners switched from competitor brands, particularly Samsung and LG, compared with 80% of 5s owners who upgraded from a previous iPhone model.

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A Month With The iPad Air: The Best Yet, But Still No PC Replacement

BGR's Zach Epstein observes that while every new iPad is the best iPad yet, the iPad Air is something more. He's now spent a month with the iPad Air, upgraded from his third-generation iPad, and says the Air actually feels lighter than the iPad mini since the tablet's heft is distributed across a much larger device. He notes that he's always found the iPad's 9.7-inch display to be much more useful than the 7- and 8-inch screens on tinier tablets [me too, Ed.] but the fact that smaller slates were also so much lighter gave them an appeal beyond their lower price points. With the iPad Air, he contends that point in small tablets favor is almost completely erased.

Moreover, he observes that the new iPad's thin aluminum case gives it a look and a feel that are simply unrivaled, with no other tablet on the planet coming close to matching its fit and finish - not even the new iPad mini with Retina display, which he says feels very heavy for its size. He maintains that the iPad Air is noticeably better in every way compared to the fourth-generation model - so much better than the fourth-generation iPad in so many ways that the old model seems antiquated after spending just 60 seconds with the Air.

In Epstein's estimation, the Air is also a far better buy than the iPad mini with Retina display, with the few benefits that might be afforded by the mini device's smaller size overshadowed by its steep price - just $100 less than comparable iPad Air models. He also observes [and againg your editor agrees, Ed.] that the iPad Air is not a device that pushes tablets any closer to satisfactorily replacing PCs for work; it's still not there as far as most users are concerned. He notes that PCs - OS X or Windows - are still much better equipped to facilitate work, faster, running more complex software, supporting real multitasking rather than just bouncing around between apps, and allowing apps to exchange data far more easily, and to perform any desired task in the background.

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Magnetyze by BuQu Tech Joins Growing Family of Charging Accessories For iPhone 5/5s, 4/4S

From its recently-introduced mobile battery to its line of home and car chargers compatible with both iPhone and Android smartphones, Magnetyze offers a growing family of charging accessories that make ideal gifts.

Magnetyze by BuQu Tech (pronounced boo-koo) applies patent-pending magnetic technology to keep iPhone and Android smartphones charged and ready to grab and go. Magnetyze eliminates multiple cords, clumsy cradles and the need for new charging accessories with every smartphone upgrade. When it is time to upgrade to a new smartphone, only the Magnetyze protective case needs to be replaced: all Magnetyze charging accessories will continue to work with any Magnetyze case Android or iPhone.

Featured accessories include:

Desk Stand/Charger: Designed to work seamlessly with any Magnetyze protective case for Android or iPhone, this combination stand and charger offers zero-loss cordless charging, hands-free 360-degree rotation for viewing your phone from any angle even while it is charging and easy grab and go magnetic attachment. MSRP: $39.99

Car Stand/Charger: Enables safe, hands-free charging during travel by securely attaching to your cars dashboard or windshield. Rotate your phone horizontally or vertically while charging (perfect for GPS or hands-free calls) and simultaneously power an additional device through the built-in USB port. MSRP: $59.99

Wall Charger: Use with any standard wall plug to take advantage of full-speed, cordless charging. An additional 2.1 Amp USB port powers another device while your phone charges. MSRP: $34.99
Disc Charger: Offers full-speed charging and grab and go magnetic attachment with a sleek low-profile design. MSRP: $39.99

"This holiday season, Magnetyze charging accessories are the ideal solution for online shoppers looking for grab and go convenience," saidys Jessie Revlin, Senior Director of Marketing at BuQu Tech. "Whether its extra battery power to keep your smartphone operating at its peak or cordless charging for your Android and iPhone, the Magnetyze platform provides flexibility everyone can use."

BuQu Tech is a subsidiary of Battery-Biz Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronic power accessories. Earlier this year, it was an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its Magnetyze Magnetic Charging System. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

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KYOCERA's "Kyoto Opal" Utilized in Decorative Design of Protective Film Screen Covers for iPhone 5s/5c/5

Kyocera Corporation has announced that the company's unique Kyoto Opal material is being utilized in protective film screen covers for the iPhone 5s/5c/5. The covers, featuring sparkling characteristics similar to natural opal, recently went on sale in Tokyo and will also be available in the U.S. through the makers Web site starting December 5 (Power Support International:

The film cover is made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin with thinly sliced Kyoto Opal mixed in for decorative properties. The extremely fine grain structure of the Kyoto Opal makes it so that when the display is on, the opal material has a very transparent quality and does not interfere with the screen display or operations. When the screen is off, the opal material shines brilliantly in different colors depending on the angle it is viewed from. Because this characteristic makes it difficult to see the screen from side angles, the cover film can also help ensure user privacy from nearby onlookers.

This year marks the 5th anniversary of Kyoto Opal, which is being used in an ever-widening range of products: from traditional Japanese souvenir items to flutes, high-end ukuleles, professional hair cutting scissors, magnetic necklaces which are designed to improve blood circulation, and even in eyewear.

The wide use of Kyoto Opal stems from its unique aesthetic features. Utilizing special staining techniques, Kyocera has been able to realize a variety of rich and subtle hues and tints, which cannot be duplicated with molded resin-based opal products. Furthermore, by surmounting the inherently brittle characteristics of naturally occurring opals, which tend to split and crack, it is possible to cut the material into diverse shapes and sizes.

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