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Apple has a somewhat uphill battle to win back the smartphone war. Yes, let’s admit it that they have fallen behind and in their own words “Consumers Want What We Don’t Have”. As smartphone market explodes across the globe, Apple is finding it hard to stay relevant in emerging markets. India and China are large mobile markets. The sheer number of people living outside the United States makes the global play important. A lot of what Apple does is magic in US, but does it work globally?

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Why Small Screens Is A Problem

Apple has relatively smaller screens on its smartphones today. Android has taken the smartphone screen to over 5″ and anything below 4.5″ isn’t really a flagship phone anymore. While Apple need not compete with Android on specs, but consumers now want larger screens. Imagine an entry level consumer who uses a Micromax Canvas phone with 5″ screen. It costed him Rs 10,000. Over the years he would upgrade and as he looks to get a high end smartphone, he is already used to LARGE screens that that would eliminate iPhone from his choice list. Evolving smartphone users are used to large screens, apart from that Androids ecosystem has them covered very well with Dual SIM and Free apps. Small screens is becoming a vicious circle for Apple.  [click to continue…]

With the fresh worldwide release of Apple’s newest phones (the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S), users might get confused as to whether or not it’s great to upgrade their still relatively fresh iPhone 5. These two new devices, especially the budget-friendly 5C, gives another option to those who are yet to get on the iDevice hype train. Below, we’ll help you in making the decision of moving to the new iPhone or staying with the old one. [click to continue…]

Reports have been flowing in about the stage at which iOS 7 development is currently, what to expect from it and when to expect it. A interesting thread on Branch where the top tech bloggers around have put in their thoughts and information is shedding quite a bit of information regarding iOS 7. John Grubber of DaringFireball said that his sources indicated a delay in development of iOS 7 and that Apple has been moving engineers from OSX 10.9 development team on to iOS development team to quicken things. Apart from that Apple has been said to be very careful with securing iOS 7 UI to not leak out by installing polarisation filers atop of test devices that will reduce viewing angles drastically so that people passing by won’t be able to view the screens.

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Let’s face it. Apple’s sixth iteration of its mobile software was a minor update. I have been hearing from people that the actual reason for it being the minor update, unlike iOS 5 was due to the fact that Apple invested its entire time in building its own mapping solution from the scratch. There’s no doubt that Google Maps are still unmatched on any platform. And we know how massively Apple maps failed and Tim Cook had to eventually apologise for providing a bad mapping solution to its users.

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Fortunately, Google pushed its Google Maps application on App Store and Apple was generous enough to approve it. When iOS 5 was introduced, it was truly a leap for Apple in mobile OS. Nevertheless, Apple knew from the very first day since the development of Android started at Google that they have to abandon Google services sometime soon. However, that was not the primary motive at that time for Apple. Nor they had those immense resources to achieve it. Steve wanted Apple to recognise its true potencial and return to the market yet again with release of new categories. iPhone was one of life saviour, but services such as Google Maps, Youtube and Google Search were one of the safest bet for them to make it a hit among other smartphones during that time. [click to continue…]

How many times have we heard about how much secrecy Apple maintains with its products? Apple is know for keeping every aspect of the company secretive, right from how their employees work to how their campuses look like to what they work on and what not. But once in a while, when you least expect it, Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs also used to let know that deep down he cares for his employees. And here is an incident as recalled by David Gelphman, an Apple employee for more than 12 years. Read on to know more about his unforgettable experience at Apple.

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A comparison of all the flagship devices done by PhoneArena reveals that the iPhone 5 still has the best display and leads the pack in 3 out of the tested 4 categories, the only category that iPhone 5 failed to win was in screen resolution which is lower than the latest phones from Samsung and HTC. Read on to get more in detailed information about all these devices. Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. HTC One vs. Sony Xperia Z vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Nokia Lumia 920

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I have been using Nexus 4 since few days now. And completely loving the way how far Android has come down to. It’s been an amazing experience on this device. Nevertheless, there are so many great features which Apple could pick from Android to improve App Store in iOS 7. First, we all know how HTML interface of App Store sucks. It takes significant time even on high speed internet connection for the UI to surface once the app is opened. Of course, there’s a workaround to make it work faster, but then it remains a mess for many people.

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I figured out that there are many ways by which Apple could learn from Play Store or Android and improve App Store for the future. Some of them are listed below -

Ability to install Applications from the iTunes Store (web interface)

This feature has been on Android from quite sometime now. For those who don’t know, you could install applications from the web as well on your phone without even touching your smartphone. I admire this feature a lot. For example, if i’m on my Macbook and found out an app link on Twitter or Facebook, all i could do is to directly use the link to install app on my device. That’s it, i don’t even need to open Play Store on my device, search and then install. And your email account decides what device you own for the purpose to install apps seamlessly. [click to continue…]

Philip Elmer-DeWitt of CNN Money made a note of an interesting piece of information, Samsung seems to be going all out at marketing whereas Apple seems to be going a bit calm and simple with its marketing lately. Apple is famous for hyping its products before the launch and build up huge anticipation, voluntary or not but Apple has a cult following since many years that build up the anticipation. Samsung seems to have been trying to replace Apple with their grand style marketing and the recent launch of their new flagship device, Samsung Galaxy S4, speaks more than required about it. Samsung went for broadway style theatrical launch for their Galaxy S4 which has been considered to be a pain by most tech blogs!

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With increasing number of devices comes increasing amount of fragmentation; different devices, different processors, different speeds, different GPUs, different screen size and what not! If the hardware trouble isn’t enough, developers have further trouble with different versions of OS on the devices. Flurry release a recent report which says that there are approximately 2130 mobile devices that use an app in the month of January alone! Imagine the plight of developers to make an app compatible with well, say at least most of the devices if not for all. Read on to know more about the scary truth behind app development for developers.

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