This is — interesting. Apple, per a UK court order, has had to issue an online apology to Samsung for the Galaxy Tab vs. iPad patent infringement case. In the United States, Apple won, but in the United Kingdom, it’s very different: an apology, while delicately manicured to offer no sign of weakness, while telling the truth of the situation, according to the appeals court thought it so. Other European countries (namely Germany, for example), didn’t share the UK’s position with Apple and Samsung. The full statement can be read, after the break.
Apple has released their Q4 earnings report for the year, bumping them into another record-breaking quarter. The numbers: An $8.2B profit on $36 billion in revenue, breaking its record Q4 2011 of $6.62b profit on $28.27b in revenue. The gains were almost entirely boost by a 58 percent increase in iPhone sales with 26.9M units sold, up from 17M last year, and a 26 percent increase in iPad sales with 14M sold, up from 11M last year.
So, despite the lack of what seems to be short-term favor, Apple has one again defied expectations and delivered. But keep this in mind: Mac sales were relatively flat, up just one percent to 4.9M, and the iPod line continued its standard decline, down 19 percent to 5.3m. Hmm?
Last night, press and public partied together for the Note II NYC city tour. From that event, I scored a Galaxy Note IIs handset on AT&T that we’ll review in the coming days, but fast-forward, Verizon is hosting the Note II for pre-order alongside AT&T, starting this Thursday morning for $299.99 on a two-year contract. It has the same specs as the other versions that make the Note II so special: 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display and is powered by a quad-core processor, with LTE-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is available in both grey and white variants. AT&T’s models ship November 9th; Verizon’s on the 27th of that same month.
Another expensive tablet hybrid for Windows 8, another lower chance of it becoming intensely popular: the HP Envy x2 will feature an 11.6-inch detachable screen that will start at $849.99, includes Beats Audio, NFC, and an 8-megapixel camera, that brushed aluminum finish that some love to the end and beyond. It will be available starting November 14th. Via: HP
The Samsung Galaxy Note II — a 5.5-inch, Super AMOLED HD, quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording, and larger battery than before — phablet, will debut with AT&T’s fantastic 4G LTE data service (it really is awesome, especially in New York), starting on November 9th for $299.99 on a new 2-year agreement. Pre-orders start online on October 25th. Press release after the break!
This is Apple’s brand new, especially well-designed iPad (4th generation). Once again called the new iPad, this one features FaceTime HD, a Lightning port (for Apple’s new port standard), the new image processing chip from the iPhone 5, and with a 16GB WiFi version for $499 and a 16GB model with cellular data on board for $629 — on Sprint, Verizon, or AT&T 4G LTE . You’ll be able to pick one up through Apple’s online and brick and mortar stores soon — as listed in the PR after the break — on November 2nd. Read More →
With the internals of an iPad 2, the iPad mini is an inexpensive, 1,024 x 768 display, Apple A5, Lightning port, Siri, 16GB of internal storage and 7.9-inch screened tablet starting at $329. 4G LTE models start at $429 on Sprint, AT&T, or Verizon. Built using the same detailed manufacturing process as the iPhone 5, it measures 7.2mm thick, .68 pounds heavy (or light) device. Pre-orders start Friday (October 26th) and will begin shipping on November 2nd. It comes in black or silver/white, in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage sizes. Press release after the break.
And with Apple’s new 7-inch entry against the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, there’s an entirely new market open — one of which, with older specs, the iPad mini may or may not completely conquer. Read More →
The LG H160 sliding tablet is one of two new Windows 8 PCs announced by LG this morning. The H160 has a 11.6-inch IPS display of unknown resolution that’s compatible with LG’s Smart Touch Pen, whiLG says it allows for “precision-required” work, however the technology it uses is actually unknown. Thanks to the built-in keyboard the H160 weighs just over 2.3 lbs and is 15.9mm (0.63 inches) thick, but it does offer up full-size USB, HDMI, and microSD ports — all with 10 hours of battery life promised, hinting that it uses Intel’s new Clover Trail family of processors.
As for the second PC, it’s an all-in-one called the V532. It gets to sport a 23-inch 1080p multitouch display, Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics card. There’s built-in tuner and functions as a TV when the PC is switched off. Both machines will be released in Korea on October 26th to coincide with Microsoft’s Windows 8 launch; US launches from LG are rather rare, so don’t actually plan on seeing this in the states anytime soon.
Are you curious as to how the two best Windows Phone 8 smartphones will be priced on AT&T’s 4G LTE network? The Nokia Lumia 920 will retail for $149 on a 2-year contract at Best Buy, and the HTC 8X at $99 for an 8GB variant — all of which are currently available for pre-order. Oddly enough, there are not release dates, other than “will ship when available”. Considering Microsoft will hold a press event for Windows Phone 8 on the 29th, details should be revealed in a week’s time.