In Apple’s world, innovation comes from looking to what should be done or needs to be done (the need) and tracing it backwards to find out what is required. So how will it make us touch our Macs?
Apple’s US carrier partner, AT&T, sure has one big smile on its face — it has recorded the highest number of iPhone activations ever and is stealing swathes of cellphone market share from its competitors.
The company’s financial results announced today confirm it activated 3.2 million iPhones in its just gone quarter. (It also made $30.8 billion in revenue in the period). That comes with much help from the iPhone, which the carrier again stated it was activating new units at a clip of 10 times the iPhone 3GS the previous year.
“On June 24, AT&T began offering iPhone 4, the most powerful iPhone yet. Preorder sales of iPhone 4 were 10 times higher than the first day of preordering for iPhone 3GS a year earlier. For the full second quarter, AT&T iPhone activations totaled 3.2 million, the most quarterly iPhone activations ever. Approximately 27 percent of those activations were for customers who were new to AT&T,” the company said.
The company also delivered substantial year-over-year wireless margin expansion, it said.
The number of 3G postpaid integrated devices on AT&T’s wireless network increased by 2.9 million to 29.7 million, an increase of 98.2 percent year over year and 10.8 percent sequentially.
CultofMac’s Leander Kahney says that Apple and T-Mobile are in the later stages of an iPhone agreement which would put the iPhone on T-Mobile’s US network by the end of the year.
That makes some sense since Deutsche Telekom
Today, Skype announced that its iOS application (finally!) has multitasking. (iTunes)
What’s New In This Version:
? Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4. Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application. Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
In light of that, we no longer have plans to charge a supplement to make calls over 3G. We
Update: the book was pulled from Amazon
Users searching through Amazon France for books about iLife ’10 might be shocked when the see “iLife ’10 for Dummies,” as the software is yet to be announced by Apple. The book created by the popular “For Dummies” series is set to launch September 23rd of this year and would coincide with back to school time in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Apple’s late on their release of iLife ’10 as iLife ’09 launched in January 2009. Via TUAW.
Additionally we’ve discovered a book about iWork ’10 on the French Amazon store. Very interestingly, this one seems to be coming sometime in October.
Although books like these in the past usually correctly hinted at Apple software refreshes, this sort of seems unlikely given the release time frame. Apple would probably not want a new product launching just months before 2011 to have to ’10 moniker. So if this is real, it probably should say ’11 or will be changed to ’11 prior to launch.