Apple Q1 Earnings

18th of January, 2011

Quarterly revenue was almost $27 billion, representing $6 billion in profit — not too surprising considering they shipped 20 million iPods, 14 million iPhones, 7.3 million iPads and 4 million Macs. Business Insider has more, the press release is available here.

iOS Penetration Approaching 90%

17th of January, 2011

According to Bump CEO, David Lieb:

Bump says that 10% of its users are still running some form of iOS 3.0, and just two percent of users are stuck back on iOS 2.0. Within the 4.0 crowd, 52.89% are running the latest version of 4.2.1, with 27.5% still running 4.1.

Excellent news if true, but very surprising considering iOS still doesn't support over-the-air updates.

iOS 4.3

12th of January, 2011

Odds are that Apple will show off the fifth iteration of iOS in just a few months, so it's surprising to read that iOS 4.3 will land with such a hefty list of features. My guess is the new stuff was supposed to be a part of 4.2 but didn't make the cut: not surprising considering the size of that release.

Developers can download a beta here.

iPhone 4 on Verizon

11th of January, 2011

Great news for developers; anyone who's released an app knows that the US is by far the largest App Store market so broadening it only be a good for us.

The mobile hotspot support is interesting; I don't know if it's going to be brought to AT&T — the GSM iPhone 4 is technically capable — but I'd be shocked if international carriers weren't given the option to offer a mobile broadband package to customers.

Intel and NVIDIA make a deal

11th of January, 2011

Ars Technica:

Intel and NVIDIA have announced a six-year, $1.5 billion dollar technology cross-licensing deal that marks the end of a long patent dispute between the two chipmakers.

“The cross-licensing agreement allows Intel to integrate NVIDIA technologies and those that are covered by our patents into their CPUs, such as Sandy Bridge, for example,” said Jen-Hsuan. “And a cross-license allows us to build processors and take advantage of Intel patents for the types of processor we're building—Project Denver, Tegra, and the types of processors we're going to build in the future.”

This is definitely a win for consumers, but especially Mac owners: had Intel and NVIDIA failed to come to an agreement future MacBooks would have been forced to adopt inferior graphics technology — like Intel's integrated solution1 — instead of the current Intel/NVIDIA combo.

  1. Mac Pros and iMacs have already transitioned away from NVIDIA to AMD (formerly ATI) cards, but it's extremely rare to find an Intel processor coupled with an AMD/ATI graphics card in notebooks so I don't think this something Apple would consider.