Read on for just why Apple’s eating the smartphone industry’s lunch; how the company’s stock’s shooting up despite economic woe; Apple’s not playing nice with the indie labels over iTunes LP; an Apple patent filing’s given Tim Berners-Lee’s W3C a three-month headache (but that’s all over now); and if you’re an iPhone jailbreaker then Do Not Upgrade to iPhone OS 3.1.2 – just don’t, alright? Oh, and a couple of product news announcements….
AND a nice new video clip telling you more about the amazing currently Mac-only Eigenharp, get on.
Apple eats a smarter lunch
Ignore all previous predictions. Ignore all previous predictions. We have a new prediction – from analysts – and it’s likely to be the key prediction for Apple iPhone market share for as much as 24-hours!
Canalsys has pulled together NEW figures and these show Apple’s iPhone has grown market share worldwide by 700 per cent inside a year. That’s right, it’s exploded from 2 percent share last year to 14 percent now, Canalsys say. RIM and Nokia have more, but “everyone else is getting crushed”, a report says.
(Google’s Android has 2 percent share right now, and we think we may see a similar explosion there. And Windows is an also ran, lumped in with ‘everyone else’.
Apple growing, growing, growth
January this year saw Apple stock at $82.33, and if this scribbler had any spare cash, he’d own some stock (he doesn’t), now we’re looking at $190 – up 130 percent in nine months. And the stock’s on the rise this morning.
iTunes LP – major labels only
We’re with the indies on this one – how can Apple reinvent the album format when it’s charging labels $10k just for the right to offer an iTunes LP package? And the indie labels make COLLECTIBLE music releases, what’s with the iTunes team on this? Got to get some indie label experience higher up the chain in there. The future of music isn’t about the majors, we promise you…
W3C sidesteps Apple over widget-patent
Forgive our lack of clarity on this – here’s the deal. Apple filed a patent on remote updating, which impacted the W3C’s attempt to create a standard for widgets into a three-month hiatus while the heads who helm the web tried to figure out how they could avoid a clash with Cupertino. Seems they’ve found it and the secret’s in careful wordology.
iPhone update sends smartphones back to jail
Most iPhone and iPod touch users really should install the newly-available 3.1.2 software – but you jailbreakers really, really should wait. Seems the software once again breaks compatibility with the latest jailbreak tools, as the cat and mouse game between Apple and iPhone freedom-seekers continues.
The update does contain a new baseband version in order to fix the issue, therefore if you have an unlocked iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS, do not update until there is confirmation from a trusted source, like the iPhone DevTeam,” a warning over at CultOfMac reads. “If you’re planning to jailbreak, you should wait as this firmware version is currently incompatible with the latest jailbreak tools.”
The wonderful Eigenharp (below)