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    iPhone popularity helps Apple post solid results

    posted by Evelina

    The popularity of the iPhone has been proven once again, with Apple revealing that 8.7 million units were sold during the fourth quarter of 2009.

    Data showed that this figure was double the Christmas 2008 number, falling just short of the Wall Street target of roughly nine million.

    Apple was also boosted by sales of its Mac, with numbers rising 33 per cent from a year ago to 3.36 million units.

    It meant that the firm saw a 50 per cent increase in profits, with net income rising to £2.08 billion in the three months to December 26th 2009.

    Sales of the iPhone handset were boosted by its roll-out in China, while it has also been made available to customers in the UK on the Vodafone and Orange network.

    “It was a very good quarter, as expected. It’s a continued sign that Apple has great products that consumers want despite this recession,” commented Daniel Ernst from Hudson Square Research.

    Apple is expected to unveil its new Tablet product at a conference tomorrow, while there are also rumours that a new iPhone 4G is in development.ADNFCR-2524-ID-19578929-ADNFCR

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    Wii title dances to top of the charts

    posted by Evelina

    Nintendo Wii’s Just Dance title has kept its place at number one in the gaming charts, beating off competition from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

    The all-action dance game first slid onto the Dancefloor quietly eight weeks ago at number 100. However, the beat is now louder and the tempo has been increased as it has jived its way to the top of the charts.

    Nintendo also has cause for celebration, with four other titles being placed in the top ten, including Wii Fit Plus at number three and Wii Sports Resort at number five.

    Modern Warfare 2 is still shooting off the other competition tho, having sold 4.7 million copies in its first 24 hours on sale, it is still the best-selling full price title and is second behind Just Dance.

    Army of Two: The 40th Day, Fifa 10, New Super Mario Bros. Wii and James Cameron’s Avatar: The Game are also flying high in the gaming charts, while titles such as Football Manager 2010 and Forza Motorsport climbed this week.ADNFCR-2524-ID-19578951-ADNFCR

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    Expert: 2010 to be year of tablet PCs and e-readers

    posted by Evelina

    This year could be the year of the tablet computer, according to predictions from the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice at Deloitte.

    The professional services firm said that it expects “tens of millions” of the devices to be sold in 2010.

    Fraser MacDonald, editor at Stuff Magazine, said that together with colour e-readers, this year is going to be very good for tablet computers, stating that Apple will be driving the market for these.

    “What Apple will do is really tie up the content angle of what could make a tablet PC a very useful thing to have. The device itself is almost irrelevant, it’s just a method through which you access the content,” he said.

    Mr MacDonald also added that making online products such as e-books, magazines, movies or TV shows instantly downloadable will make the tablet devices a great success.

    It is expected that Apple will unveil its new tablet computer when it holds a press conference on Wednesday, while a new iPhone operating system and device are also being rumoured for release.ADNFCR-2524-ID-19576111-ADNFCR

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    Smartbooks to ‘appeal to a younger generation’

    posted by Evelina

    More and more youthful consumers will be investing in smartbooks as they want to be constantly and continuously online, according to an industry expert.

    Franck Nicholls, marketing manager of consumer products at Freescale for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said that smartbooks are perfectly suited to a younger, school-age demographic.

    He added that being connected constantly to the world wide web, where social networking sites can be accessed quickly, is of great importance to a younger age-group.

    Mr Nicholls pointed to research by Alexa.com, which showed that the average Facebook user spends 30 minutes per day on the website, checking their profile, chatting with other users and looking at photos.

    “The expected users for smartbooks want intuitive, trendy, and powerful devices that become extensions of themselves,” he commented.

    According to data by Strategy Analytics, mobile broadband subscriptions will grow from 200 million in 2009 to 1.3 billion by the end of 2014 thanks to internet-enabled devices such as smartbooks and netbooks.ADNFCR-2524-ID-19576129-ADNFCR

     

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    iPhone fourth generation to lead smartphone upgrades

    posted by Evelina

    A 2010 release of the fourth generation iPhone could see a boom in the smartphone market, according to an industry expert.

    Conrad Longmore, editor at Mobile Gazette, said that predicting the future of the smartphone market is tricky as there is no clear definition of what one really is.

    However, he said that at the top end, many consumers will be looking to replace their existing smartphones with newer devices.

    “For example, we can expect to see a fourth generation iPhone sometime during 2010 which should prompt existing customers to upgrade,” he added.

    Mr Longmore also predicted that 2010 will see mid-market handsets becoming progressively smarter, offering features that would previously have been restricted to high-end devices such as the iPhone or BlackBerry.

    This Wednesday (January 27th), Apple is rumoured to be releasing a new iPhone 4G device. Multi-tasking, an improved camera with flash and a quicker processor could all be included, according to numerous iPhone fan sites.ADNFCR-2524-ID-19576120-ADNFCR

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