Investors nervous about #Apple after #iPhoneX tanks – an annotated infographic

A sharp slowdown in production by Apple’s five largest device manufacturers suggests demand for the iPhone X is fading. The graphic below shows how Apple’s revenue growth is directly linked to its assemblers’ monthly sales growth, with insights into the buying patterns of iPhone customers. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Investors nervous about #Apple after #iPhoneX tanks – an annotated infographic

#AppleWatch launch may be delayed – manufacturing issues – an annotated infographic

So not everything goes Apple’s way. On a day when the world has been openly gawking with car-crash fascination at Samsung’s announcement of a projected 60 per cent collapse in its smartphone profits for Q3 this year, details have emerged of a fly in Apple’s Watch ointment that may delay production and launch. GT Advanced Technologies, the makers of the watch’s toughened Sapphire Crystal screen, unexpectedly filed for bankruptcy. No screen: no Apple Watch. It’s a rum old business, really, as you’d think a company that had potentially secured a lucrative revenue stream with the world’s pre-eminent high-end gadget brand … Continue reading #AppleWatch launch may be delayed – manufacturing issues – an annotated infographic

#4G phones still generally rubbish shocker – an annotated graphic

The hype over 4G has been relentless for months now (years even), but apparently you can still count yourself lucky to get a signal in most parts of the world. Today’s snazzy infographic illustrates the global 4G signal coverage in a very pretty way: east coast America is the place to take your 4G handset, by the looks of things. Naturally, users of BlackBerry 4G phones have bigger things to worry about today, as the once proud Canadian smartphone maker finally agrees to sell itself to its biggest shareholder for a shade under $3 billion. Having spent the past five … Continue reading #4G phones still generally rubbish shocker – an annotated graphic

#Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch – an annotated graphic

The future is finally here! Wristwatches that do more than tell time, date and/or depth above and below sea level! Casio enthusiasts who hankered after nothing more than the ability to calculate basic arithmetic on the hoof have been satisfied for decades, of course, but for those who crave more from a timepiece – photos! social media! pulse rate monitor! – will have been delighted at the announcement this morning by Samsung of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Berlin’s IFA show. E&T naturally had the Galaxy Gear news covered in detail this morning, with some lovely photos to boot. Check … Continue reading #Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch – an annotated graphic

#BlackBerry 10 hits the shops to reboot #RIM fortunes – an annotated graphic

In a world awash with Apple iPhones, Samsung Galaxys and Nokia Lumias – not to mention scores of Asian tech garofalo fish feeding at the global feet of smartphone sales – can the launch of a new BlackBerry still knock it out of the park for Research in Motion? E&T has the latest on the UK launch of the BlackBerry z10. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading #BlackBerry 10 hits the shops to reboot #RIM fortunes – an annotated graphic

Smart phone conflict metals – an annotated graphic

With the world positively agog at the release by Apple of its iPhone 5, and with similar gadgets from the likes of Nokia and Samsung wowing the masses lately, it seemed an apposite moment to share this graphic about the issue of conflict minerals potentially used in their production. The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that companies like Apple must scrutinise the sources of four metals used in the production of such shiny high-tech trinkets and baubles as the iPhone 5, in order to determine that human rights abuses are not being committed during their mining. Tin, Tantalum, Gold … Continue reading Smart phone conflict metals – an annotated graphic

Jobs’ ‘Star Trek’ videocall gaffe

‘iPhone brings Star Trek to the modern world’ claims the Times story headline: Apple has placed video calling at the centre of its new iPhone, [a feature that] that got the 5,000 crowd at the Worldwide Developers Conference most excited. Steve Jobs, founder and chief executive of Apple, introduced the new service to whoops of delight when he called to Jony Ive, the company’s British-born designer. “I grew up with The Jetsons and Star Trek, just dreaming about video calling. Now it’s real,” Mr Jobs said. However, as any Trekkie know, the handheld devices features in the cult sci-fic series were … Continue reading Jobs’ ‘Star Trek’ videocall gaffe

Living the American dream

What goes best with a lawsuit? Why, a counter lawsuit, of course. Those wacky hair-trigger litigators of America have been at it again, as Nokia sues Apple and Apple sues Nokia right back. What’s it all about? Good question, glad you asked. Patent infringement. You know how it is: one gadget dude comes out with something spiffy and another gadget dude claims that actually they invented half the cool stuff in the other gadget dude’s spiffy new device, so he gets the US International Trade Commission in to decide who’s right and who’s wrong. And so it is with Apple … Continue reading Living the American dream