Today's Apple Daily Digest has some interesting wannabe iPad buyers' numbers, more rumors on the iWatch, how popular iOS 7 turned out to be and more...
72% of ChangeWave survey's respondents want to buy iPads
It has already been established that the iPad Air has a much bigger demand than what the iPad 4 had [TechCrunch], yeah I don't know how that is news. iPad 4 was more an incremental upgrade to a then 6 month old iPad 3 while iPad Air is thinner (than a pencil) in iPad Mini's form factor... Duh. In a recent ChangeWave survey of around 2500 North Americans, 72% of the people were planning to a buy an iPad in the next 90 days and this number has increased by a whopping 17% from the last survey. So much so for the other tablet competitors. Apple might have given up on the market share of its iPhones to Android phones in the US and outside, but even after 3 years, no one knows how to compete against the iPad.
Wireless charging iWatch
The mythical and the recently most rumored (oops sorry most rumored after the Apple TV), Apple's iWatch has another leg to its long list of rumors, wireless charging, according to a "reliable Chinese blog" C Technology, via iDownloadBlog. It is not unusual for Apple products to be speculated years in advance and sometimes even reviewed before any official announcements are made by Apple. And the so called iWatch is no exception to this. Also, Samsung has taken it to another notch in emulating Apple this time, by copying a rumored Apple product and now we know what Samsung can do on its own without Apple's product and design expertise ("A smartwatch the Galaxy Gear is not. Frankly, I'm not sure exactly what it’s supposed to be" - TheVerge).
The Apple iWatch rumors have been going around for a while now and even if well versed Apple pundits like John Gruber cannot make exact sense of it, there can't be so much smoke without a hint of any fire and hence it is by now agreed upon that some kind of a wearable device is being researched ( and almost into development) by Apple and is much more than a watch (similar to how the iPhone was much more than a phone). And though competing products like the Pebble watch and Sony's take on the smartwatch exist, none of them so far have been able to make a compelling argument for this use case [Pebble watch review and Sony watch review]. Hence 2014 is indeed going to be an interesting year for Apple and we will have to wait and see on how Apple's smartphone take, the iWatch will turn out to be.
Coming to wireless charging, I am not sure if I agree on inductive charging, that most of the companies are touting as "wireless charging" is any kind of a revolutionary technology. You need to place your device on a mat that is connected to the outlet by a cable, BY A CABLE, how is this wireless charging? If Apple is indeed working on a wireless charging iWatch, it better be really wireless, right?
iOS 7 - the most popular mobile OS in US
It is only 3 months old, but it is the most popular kid in the market. iOS 7 adaptation has hit more than 70% in US according to a recent data set released by Chitika [via TUAW]. Also bear in mind that not all the currently in-use iOS devices support iOS 7. Apple's iOS 7 only supports iPhones 4 and up, iPads 2 and up and only the 5th gen iPod Touch. So taking those out of the remaining 30% of the devices not running iOS 7, the iOS 7 adaptation numbers are even more impressive.
Though Android defenders continuously downplay the need for an ubiquitous OS (across all devices in any platform) for a healthy developer base and customer satisfaction, compared to the 1.1% (Android's developer page) share of the Android's latest KitKat OS, iOS 7' greater than 70% share is remarkable. More to note is that Android 4.4 update is more like iOS 6 update from iOS 5, in the sense it is more incremental. Whereas Apple's iOS 7 update was a drastic overhaul of iOS. These statistics truly talk about how Apple's measures (like over the air downloads, easy updates and most importantly control over their own hardware) have (repeatedly) proved extremely successful.
A $40,000 document... of course, because it was signed by Steve Jobs
According to MacNN, a very rare 1978 document, 8 pages long recently sold for around $40,000 in an auction! This was the pre-IPO time at Apple, but post the success of Apple II. It was signed by Steve Jobs and Robert Friedland, who is now a mining tycoon residing in Singapore. Well, who bought this document for so much? It was bought by Tristar Productions CEO Jeff Rosenberg, according to CNET. According to the auction house [RR Auction], it looks like a deal involving mostly real estate and other such investment opportunities (yeah I know, nothing related to computers or technology, weird huh). Ok why this Friedland guy? Apparently both Jobs and Friedland went to school at Reed college together and had a shared interest in Eastern spirituality. Oh by the way Friedland spent two years in prison for LSD possession just before this deal was signed!
Google and Intel parting ways?
According to Bloomberg, Google is researching/developing their own custom server processor and mulling moving away from Intel chips. Why? Apparently, designing your own hardware and software is better for development and overall quality. Sounds familiar, huh! Yeah this has been Apple's philosophy all along, albeit only in mobile devices, recently. But this trend of overall control of hardware and software was pioneered by Apple and has become the norm in the recent years, though only a few companies have tried this approach (like Microsoft's Surface and Samsung's Tizen OS) and none have succeeded, yet. Intel has already almost lost its game in the mobile race, with the failure of its Atom processor and now the ARM architecture based chips are ruling the mobile world, from iPads to iPhones. And of course Intel shares dropped, as soon as this news broke out. Whether Google will eventually ditch Intel's chips for its servers and data centers, still is unclear, but changing times in a united hardware and software control are in the horizon. And Apple clearly has a big head start in this race!