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New data from IDC shows that the global market for tablets declined in the first quarter of 2016, although Apple remains the dominant vendor, with its iPad line holding onto a 25.9 percent market share. Apple's iPad sale declined from 18.65 percent year-over-year, for a total of 10.25 million sales, although this was slightly worse than the overall contraction in the tablet market of 14.7 percent. One bright spot for Apple, however, is that the "detachable" tablet market is gaining in popularity, with the company's iPad Pro line already more popular than the Microsoft Surface line.
Industry analysts IDC have released new data on estimated sales of various tablets and what the company calls "detachables," with Apple's iPad Pro handily beating all comers to cause iPads generally to remain both the dominant dedicated tablet, with the iPad Pro now the leading "detachable," meaning a "hybrid" notebook that uses a tablet for its display that can also be used independently, like the Surface. The report comes on the heels that the iPad Pro accounts for 12 percent of all iPad sales, just six weeks after its debut.
Microsoft has announced its quarterly results for the company's second quarter of its fiscal year. The company posted revenue of $23.8 billion, with operating income of $6.0 billion. Microsoft reported net income coming in at $5.0 billion, a significant drop from $5.86 billion in the year-ago quarter. Regardless of the drop, the company posted $0.78 earnings per share, topping analysts' expectation of $0.70 per share.
Microsoft is working on the smartphone equivalent of its Surface tablet range, according to comments made by chief marketing officer Chris Capossela. Speaking in an interview, Capossela confirmed the company is trying to create a "breakthrough" smartphone, one that is the "spiritual equivalent" of the Surface product line, and one that could potentially increase the use of Windows on mobile devices.
Microsoft has apologized to owners of the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 for enduring a "less-than-perfect experience" with their tablet PCs. Acknowledging issues with both products, launched in October, the Microsoft Surface team has published a "Note to Our Customers," thanking them for supplying "candid feedback" on the two computing devices and advising it is continuing to work on solving the problems plaguing the Surface 4 since launch.
Microsoft posted its first quarter earnings for fiscal year 2016 yesterday evening, and surpassed its own expectations, as well as those of analysts. The company posted $20.4 billion in revenue, down 12 percent year over year. Expected contraction in the company's Productivity and Personal Computing departments were offset by growth in cloud services, as expected. Operating income came in at $5.8 billion, with a net income of $4.6 billion.
[Updated with pricing information of various configurations] Alongside the reveal of the HoloLens developers kit and the new version of the Band wearable, Microsoft refreshed its Surface Pro, in addition to adding a new laptop to the line. The Surface Pro 4 brings new processors, a higher-resolution screen, and a new pen to the now 12.3-inch device. The Surface Book is a larger convertible device, with a 13.5-inch detachable screen.
Of course you can't ever know what someone who has died would think of anything, but sometimes you can guess. This week, a lot of people are guessing that Steve Jobs would be turning in his grave, but we're going to say no to that. He wouldn't. We think he'd agree with the new Apple Pencil stylus -- and we know we do.
Rumors are circulating that Microsoft is planning a major refresh of its hardware offerings in October, ahead of the Christmas season. Expected at the show is a revision to the Surface Pro lineup with Intel's Skylake processor in part to utilize Windows Hello biometric login, Lumia 950 and 950XL handsets already widely leaked, and some discussion of a smaller Xbox One console -- although rumors of the latter seem especially poorly validated, with little to confirm the release.
Microsoft has quietly extended its Surface Pro 3 lineup, adding one more option to the existing collection of five tablets, as part of a few changes to its overall Surface range. The sixth tablet adds an extra Core i7 selection to the roster, and while it has the same core specifications as its high-end stablemates, Microsoft has shrunk the storage capacity down from 512GB and 256GB to just 128GB.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE