Applelinks Tech Web Reader - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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Will Apple Return To A Single Macbook Range Next Year?
IDC Forecasts PC Shipments to Fall by Double Digits In 2013
Record-Breaking Online Tech Sales This Thanksgiving Weekend, According to CEA Black Friday Survey
FileMaker Launches FileMaker 13 Platform For iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac And The Web




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Will Apple Return To A Single Macbook Range Next Year?

9To5Mac's Ben Livejoy says he's something of a fanboy where Apple laptops are concerned, and observes that while the split between the MacBook Air and Pro ranges has made sense for a whole bunch of reasons up to now, differences between the two MB families have become markedly smaller, with Airs and Pros both using SSDs for storage, and neither any longer offering mega capacities by today’s standards. Both have effectively non-upgradeable RAM. Neither has an optical drive. Neither has Ethernet.
And the base model 15-inch MacBook Pro has even lost the discrete graphics support that used to help distinguish it from lesser MacBooks, while you can buy a MacBook Air with a Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, nad 512GB SSD, and its Intel HD Graphics 5000 IGPU will happily drive a 27-inch Thunderbolt Display at full resolution alongside its own display, making it a practical machine even for demanding tasks like video editing.

Lovejoy says once they put a Retina display into a MacBook Air, and use the wedge approach to slim down that MacBook Pro, will there really be justification for two distinct MB ranges? He thinks not, and says he's confident there will be a single MacBook range by 2015 or even late 2014.

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IDC Forecasts PC Shipments to Fall by Double Digits In 2013

Worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by -10.1% in 2013, slightly below the previous projection of -9.7%, and by far the most severe yearly contraction on record, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

IDC nottes that Interest in PCs has remained limited, leading to little indication of positive growth beyond replacement of existing systems. Total shipments are expected to decline by an additional -3.8% in 2014 before turning slightly positive in the longer term. At these rates, total PC shipments will remain just above 300 million during the forecast – barely ahead of 2008 volumes. Even in emerging markets – a primary growth engine of the PC market – shipments are projected to decline in 2014 and recover by only a few percent during the forecast.

IDC does report that the commercial market is faring notably better than the consumer market in 2013 with shipments declining by -5% year over year compared to nearly -15% for consumer markets. The relative stability is due to a mix of more stable PC investment planning, smaller impact from tablets, and the necessity of replacing of Windows XP systems before the end of support planned for 2014. However, they project that the long-term outlook for the two markets is not significantly different, with a small decline projected for both consumer and commercial segments in 2014 and near flat growth in the longer term.

"Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system," says Jay Chou, Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers at IDC. "While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available. And despite industry efforts, PC usage has not moved significantly beyond consumption and productivity tasks to differentiate PCs from other devices. As a result, PC lifespans continue to increase, thereby limiting market growth."

"The emergence of 2-in-1 devices designed to function in both clamshell and slate configurations – many of which will run Windows – along with Windows-based tablets themselves, is expected to provide some new volume for the Windows platform as well as the PC vendors and other parts of the traditional PC ecosystem in coming years," says Loren Loverde, Vice President Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers. "The Windows-based tablet market (covered in IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker) is expected to grow to 39.3 million units in 2017 from less than 7.5 million in 2013 and less than 1 million in 2011. However, relative to a PC market size of roughly 300 million units, these Windows tablets would add just a couple percent a year relative to PC growth. Even so, these Windows devices are projected to account for 10% of a combined PC & Windows Tablet market by 2016 – making them an important growth segment for the PC ecosystem."

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Source: IDC Worldwide Quarter PC Tracker, November 2013

(*) Forecast data

See Table and Taxonomy Notes below.

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Source: IDC Worldwide Quarter PC Tracker, November 2013

(*) Forecast data


Table Note: Mature Markets include U.S., Western Europe, Japan, and Canada. Emerging Markets includes Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

Taxonomy Note: PCs include Desktop, Mini Notebook and other Portable PCs which possess non-detachable keyboards, and do not include handhelds or Tablets such as the Apple iPad or Android Tablets

IDC's Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker gathers PC market data in more than 80 countries by vendor, form factor, brand, processor brand and speed, sales channel and user segment. The research includes historical and forecast trend analysis as well as price band and installed base data. For more information, or to subscribe to the research, visit
http://www.idc.com






Record-Breaking Online Tech Sales This Thanksgiving Weekend, According to CEA Black Friday Survey

Over half of U.S. adults who shopped through Friday, November 29 and bought consumer electronics (CE), did so online (55 percent), a 10 percentage point increase over last year and a new record, according to interim results from the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) annual Black Friday Survey. CEA’s Black Friday Survey examines shopping habits, intentions and expectations Thanksgiving Day through Monday, December 1.

Among the 35 percent that bought a CE product through the weekend, tablets (29 percent) have been the most popular CE device purchased, as predicted by CEA’s Pre-Black Friday Survey. Headphones (24 percent), video game hardware (21 percent), smartphones (19 percent) and laptop/notebook computers (17 percent) were the next most commonly purchased CE products during the first two days of the long, holiday weekend.

Almost 39 million U.S. adults shopped on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, an increase of more than 10 million shoppers from last year. The weekend isn’t over yet. Shopping intentions for Cyber Monday are the highest they have ever been in three years with roughly 18 percent of consumers planning to continue the Thanksgiving shopping weekend.

“Consumers appear to have responded to retailers’ strong push to get them in the stores and online early this year,” says Shawn DuBravac, CEA’s chief economist and senior director of research. “The dust is still settling, but early indications point to a weekend of record-breaking online sales and a healthy appetite for key tech products.”

CEA predicts 126 million U.S. adults will have shopped through Monday of the 2013 Thanksgiving weekend. Once again, tech was second only to clothes as the most popular item purchased last weekend, with toys rounding out the top three. Through Friday, 66 percent of those shopping purchased clothing, 35 percent say they bought electronics and 32 percent say they bought toys.

CEA’s Black Friday Survey presents the interim findings of a telephone survey conducted among two national probability samples, which, when combined consist of 622 adults, 282 men and 340 women 18-years of age and older, living in the continental United States. The initial interviews were completed between November 29-30, 2013. Additional data is available with final figures available Monday, December 2.

For more information, visit:
http://Www.CE.org
or
http://www.DeclareInnovation.com






FileMaker Launches FileMaker 13 Platform For iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac And The Web

FileMaker, Inc. today unveiled the next-generation platform for business productivity: FileMaker 13. The new software makes it even faster and easier than ever for teams to create tailored business solutions for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and the Web that deliver significant productivity gains.

“With FileMaker 13, any team can quickly create custom solutions that streamline their business processes while minimizing design time,” says Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “The FileMaker 13 Platform gives organizations even more options for delivering powerful but easy-to-use solutions, including breakthrough web technology, along with impressive new design tools for iOS and desktops.”

FileMaker 13 includes more than 50 new features. Chief among them are:

• FileMaker WebDirect, an entirely new, HTML5 browser-based technology that allows teams to create and deploy desktop-style solutions in a web browser with no programming skills required.

• Tools to create iPad and iPhone solutions that support even more iOS behaviors, including slide controls, popovers and the ability to scan records using gestures. iPad and iPhone layouts can now be created in one step; and iOS solutions can include single-click capture of bar codes using on-device cameras and custom keyboards that speed data entry.

• Major improvements to design capabilities, including support for shareable custom themes and styles, and the ability to drag and drop data fields onto design layouts.

• More robust security, with AES 256-bit encryption that locks down data no matter where it lives – on iPad, iPhone, desktop or server. FileMaker Pro 13 Advanced is used to enable encryption.

• Dozens of new enhancements for solution developers, from the ability to hide or display objects on a screen based on business logic to easier integration with web applications.

• Simplified server administration, including an entirely new HTML5 administrative console in FileMaker Server 13 for managing business solutions from anywhere.

All FileMaker 13 Platform software is available immediately. Monthly prices start at US$9 for FileMaker Pro; US$15 for FileMaker Pro Advanced, and US$29 for FileMaker Server under the FileMaker Annual Volume License Agreement, which is billed annually (minimum quantities apply).

Traditional software licenses are also available starting at US$329 for new FileMaker Pro 13 licenses and US$179 for FileMaker Pro 13 upgrades.

The FileMaker Go for iPad and iPhone App is free from the iTunes App Store. Server concurrent connections for FileMaker Go or FileMaker WebDirect are priced at US$25 per 5-pack per month, and are available from FileMaker and software resellers.

FileMaker, Inc. is an Apple subsidiary.

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



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