Dec 122012

According to media reports, in November, a still running Apple first-generation computer was auctioned at a high price of $ 640,000 in Germany Team Breker which broke the auction record of Apple antique computers. In June this year, Sotheby’s auction houses actioned a first-generation Apple computer (Apple I computer) at a proce of $374,500.

With Apple’s continued expansion in the electronics market, the company’s first generation products have become increasingly collectible value. In June this year, a 1976 produced but still running first generation Apple Computer was successfully auctioned at a price of $180,000, while the valuation of this computer is only $120,000. Steve JobsĀ  manuscripts written during working in Atari was bought at a price $27,500.

The collector Lonnie Mimms said: “Because Apple’s position in the world today is unparalleled, the first generation Apple Computer as the company’s maiden work has a unique the symbolic significance for the United States and the computer industry.” He has a collection of two first generation Apple computers, among which one is the original computer but can not run, the another is still capable of running, but some of the parts have been replaced.

In 2010, a first generation Apple computer was sold at the high price of $174,000, which pioneered the first Apple antique computer auctions.

The first generation of Apple computers were produced only 200 units, Steve Wozniak have joined in the production. In the existing 50 original generation computers, only 6 can still run. When listed in 1976, the first generation Apple computer was sold at $666.66 without the power supply, display, keyboard and shell.

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Dec 122012

According to U.S. investment bank Jefferies analyst Peter Misek, Apple iPhone 5S will be released in June next year, as the next member of the iPhone family, it is not simple an iterative upgrade. At that time,the iPhone 5S will not only have a “super-high-definition screen and camera”, but also have a variety of colors to choose from like the new iPod Touch.

In addition to the screen, camera and body colors to be updated, iPhone 5S will be the first time to add a storage capacity of 128GB model. Based on Apple’s recent massive investments on the Passbook, Misek also speculated iPhone 5S will support NFC technology, and have a larger battery capacity.

Misek had speculated that Apple TV will be released by the end of the year, but the prophecy did not come true. Many people think his saying has somewhat “exaggeration”. But his guess is not groundless, although the industry is widely regarded the iPhone 5S will only be upgraded in a few specifications, and also there has been reports that the iPhone 6 will usher in major innovation. The well-known technology website BusinessInsider also believes that in response to the current trend of declining sales, next year Apple will shorten the iPhone’s new release cycle. They said: “Apple certainly does not want to see most of the year’s results are concentrated in the six months period of time. In order to avoid this phenomenon, they need to accelerate the pace of product launches.”

Finally, do not forget, Misek forecast on the iPhone 4S is quite accurate.

Dec 102012

According to media reports, the Apple’s Apple TV set-top box will support Bluetooth function. The latest beta version Apple TV not only provides a new Bluetooth menu, but also the user can match the Bluetooth keyboard with the second generation and third-generation Apple TV.

After the Bluetooth keyboard matched with Apple TV, users can replace the Apple TV remote control with a Bluetooth keyboard to operate the Apple TV, the direction keys on the keyboard can be used to navigate, the Enter key can be used to play and pause, and the ESC key is available for pop-up menu or returning to the previous level. What’s more important is that it’s more convenient to use a physical keyboard to enter and search.

Previously, the user can connect an iOS device to the Apple TV, and use the remote control application to process keyboard input. Clearly, this time Apple has further enhanced the input features of the Apple TV.

Currently, the Apple TV can not be connected with Bluetooth speakers, mouse and Mac computers, and the Apple TV Bluetooth function seems only to enhance the input function. However, this helps the third-party manufacturers to open the door of the development of the Apple TV remote control. Logitech diNovo Mini keyboard which is priced at $70 can be easily connected with Apple TV to relize the remote control function and with the navigation keys.

This also means that Apple can launch a more powerful remote control. The industry generally believes that the Bluetooth remote control also contains a noise canceling microphone for the A2DP connection Siri voice input.

Dec 052012

The U.S. investment firm analyst Shaw Wu said in a report, the Apple iPhone 5 production has been improved, and it is expected in the holiday shopping season when Apple’s current fiscal quarter, iPhone sales is likely to exceed the Wall Street analysts’ expectations.

Shaw Wu released the latest research report and said: “In Apple current quarter ended December, iPhone sales is likely to exceed Wall Street analysts expectations which seem a little radical, that is, about 45 million and 46 million units.” In other words, he expects Apple’s iPhone sales in the current quarter will be over 46 million units.

Industry has pointed out, this is a major trend that needs to focus on. Just in the last month, investors were worried that Apple could not produce enough iPhone to meet market demand. Now it seems this “wrinkles” have been “ironed”.

Shaw Wu also expects Apple’s Mac sales will be less than what Wall Street analysts have expected, due to the factors of constrained supply. In addition, the IPad mini sales performance will also not be as desired, the same reason as Mac. In other words, the reason why Shaw Wu raised Apple expected performance is that the iPhone will have a strong sales performance. He expects Apple’s current quarter revenueis $54.6 billion and earnings per share of $13.70, which is higher than Wall Street analysts expected average revenue of $54.4 billion and earnings per share of $13.30.

Nov 302012

According to media reports, the application analyst firm App Annie Intelligence recently published a report said that on a global scale, the Google Play store revenue growth rate is 311% YTD, while the iOS App Store growth rate is only 12.9%. However, the total revenue of the Apple App Store is still much more than Google Play’s, which is four times more than the latter.

The report shows that seen from downloads amount, the iOS platform’s is still higher than Android’s, but the leading range is not that obvious. Android YTD downloads growth rate is 48%, while the figure is only 3.3% of the iOS platform’s.

Analysts pointed out that the Apple App Store and Google Play Global revenue gap is still quite large, but the gap is narrowing every month, which provides more opportunities for the application developers to make money from Google Play Store.

If Apple’s application store revenue in October is divided to individual countries, the United States topped with the 33% proportion, Japan, the United Kingdom and Australia followed, while the rest countries contributed 44% revenue together.

As to the Google Play revenue, Japan exceeds the United States with the 29% proportion, the latter revenue ratio is 26%. South Korea and the United Kingdom followed, and the remaining countries contributed 23% revenue together.

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Nov 302012

According to the online edition of the Fortune magazine, the U.S. investment bank Merrill Lynch analyst Scott Craig recently said in a report, T-Mobile, the U.S. fourth-largest carrier may get the iPhone underwriting rights next week.

This news looks reasonable. T-Mobile has 33 million customers in the United States. The company recently increased the HSPA + network coverage which is compatible with iPhone in 10 metropolitan areas in the United States, approximately 1.5 million T-Mobile customers have started to use the unlocked version iPhone on the network to enjoy higher download speed than GSM.

“We recognize that the iPhone has been an important reason for the loss of many T-Mobile customers,” said T-Mobile COO Jim Alling.

But it’s strange that, last week T-Mobile COO Jim Alling cold the rumour that T-Mobile will be selling the iPhone.

“We also hope to cooperate with the iPhone,” he said at a conference in Barcelona. “We hope, however, the economic benefits to sell iPhone bring in line with our expectations.”

Merrill Lynch analyst Greg pointed out that, after working with the fourth-largest U.S. carrier T-Mobile, Apple’s carrier channels will cover 98% of the nation’s post-paid market and 75% mobile phone users.

“This partnership brings very limited benefit,” he wrote. He expected Apple and T-Mobile cooperation will make 2013 iPhone selling 4 million more at the base of 179 million, and also make Apple’s revenue increase 1% and earnings per share increase by 2%.

If the U.S. Department of Justice refused the proposal of the AT&T acquisition the T-Mobile with antitrust, T-Mobile customers may already be able to use iPhone last year.

Nov 292012

Chinese Taiwan technology site DigiTimes reported on Wednesday that Apple iPad mini and iMac sales this year may be lower than the initial target, due to the impact of the parts supply shortage problem.

Sources familiar with the matter revealled, Apple iPad mini display panel makers output is low, and the backlight module manufacturers are facing with the predicament of limited supply, these two issues will impact on this year’s iPad mini sales.

The source said that AU Optronics and LG are providing display panel for iPad mini, but the former has suffered production problem, which caused its shipping percentage dropped to about 22% from the original target of 40%. Earlier there were reports said, the Apple’s current quarter’s iPad mini sales target is 10 million units, but because of the AU Optronics production standstill sake, it’s expected its sales will reach 600 million units as much as possible.

At the same time, the production of the new iMac also suffered a delay. LG is responsible for the production of display panel for the new iMac, but the company had to create a new manufacturing process for large-scale production of such component. Sources said that LG can only provide a limited number of component, which will lead to the sales of the iMac blocked. The 21.5-inch new iMac will be listed this week, and the 27-inch iMac will begin shipping in December.

The sales of iPad mini and iMac should increase early next year, when suppliers will produce more parts for these new devices, thereby increasing their own revenue. At the same time, the suppliers parts output should be able to improve to help Apple complete the sales target in the first quarter of next year. But in 2013 there may be other supply problem, which will focus on the chip. It’s reported that Samsung is clearly unwilling to provide chips for Apple iPad and iPhone, so TSMC will face the pressure of increasing capacity.

Nov 262012

It’s rumored that Apple has re-selected battery suppliers for its iPad tablet computer and MacBook laptop, as Samsung Electronics Company has now stopped to supply batteries for these two types products. Apple’s new battery suppliers are located in China, they are Amperex Technology Limited, hereinafter referred to as the “ATL” and Tianjin Lishen Battery.

Due to the patent battle between Apple and Samsung Electronics, Apple’s adjusting supplier behavior gives the impression as if Apple is trying to alienate Samsung Electronics Company. This week, Samsung Electronics Company modified its lawsuit content against Apple, which extended patent infringement and prosecution to Apple iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod Touch new products. Samsung Electronics claimed when they initially sued Apple, they didn’t know these two products, but these two products also belong to patent infringement, because their design and software are so similar with other Apple products.

Apple large size iPad display is supplied by Samsung Electronics Company, but the iPad mini display supplier is South Korea’s LG. Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently said on quarterly earnings conference call, Samsung Electronics is a key component partner, and at least in the near future, this status will still remain.

Nov 232012

IBM’s research institutions IBM Benchmark released a report on Thursday, said the U.S. Christmas shopping boom started on Thursday, ended at noon that day, the online sales increased by 14.3%, on average, each order was valued at$ 132.57. Up to three p.m., IBM released a new report, the U.S. Thanksgiving e-commerce retail sales grew by 16.4% compared with 2011, other indicators had also improved.

Research firm comScore expected on Wednesday, during the Christmas shopping season this year, the nation’s e-commerce sales will reach $42 billion, a year-on-year growth of 14%.

IBM data showed that as of Thursday noon, the e-commerce sales in the United States grew by 14.3%, the average value of an order is $132.57. Users who used mobile devices to access retail sites accounted for 26.5%, while it was just 15.8% in 2011. Mobile device users visited an average of 7.13 pages.

Insiders said that the reason why the proportion of mobile users increased is that it will not destroy the atmosphere of reunion to shop via mobile devices at Thanksgiving family reunion moment.

The IBM data showed, the Apple iPhone is the most popular online shopping facilities, it promoted the growth of online retail traffic and it accounted for 9.6% of the online retail traffic. Second it’s iPad with a traffic share of 9.3%, while all Android devices traffic share is 7.3%.

Users not only browsed merchandise through mobile devices, the proportion of goods purchased via mobile devices is also up to 14.1%, four percentage points higher than 2011. In contrast, the so-called “social shopping” (shopping through social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest recommended) only accounted 0.2% of the overall online shopping sales.

Industry sources sais that two reasons may lead to this situation: First, the user is not yet accustomed to this form, second this e-commerce is still in its infancy. Most stores are out of business on Thanksgiving Day, so the e-commerce is relatively active.

Nov 202012

According to media reports, earlier this month eBay launched a new block on its website to sell Apple Certified refurbished products, including a large number of iPad, MacBook and iPod touch.

The latest launched Apple Certified refurbished products currently listed on eBay include: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPod touch. According to eBay, every product has has quality inspection same with Apple’s own online store sales of refurbished products, and the warranty is one year. In addition, all iPad and iPod are equipped with a brand new battery.

For example, an Apple Certified third generation version WiFi iPad (32GB) sales price is $469 on the eBay Apple Certified refurbished products site. And a 15 inches MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 750G hard disk sales price is $1699.

EBay recently cooperated with AppleInsider and developed an apple product auction network application, to provide the reader with a smooth apple products auction site view, the readers can also filter products with the provided advanced control function according to the model, production year, prices and other parameters.