Apple sold the most smartphones over the holidays

Apple sold the most smartphones over the holidays

Apple has its nose in front of Samsung once more. Apple’s phone sales fell second to the Korean electronics giant for the first three quarters of 2017, but with the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X going on sale in the fourth quarter, it’s back in front, according to IDC’s quarterly report on smartphone market […]

Apple’s HomePod arrives in stores on February 9

Apple’s HomePod arrives in stores on February 9

HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple, arrives in stores on February 9 and is available to order online beginning January 26 in the US, UK and Australia. HomePod will arrive in France and Germany this spring. Using just your voice, it works together with an Apple Music subscription, providing access to one of the […]

App Store kicks off 2018 with record-breaking holiday season

App Store kicks off 2018 with record-breaking holiday season

App Store customers around the world made apps and games a bigger part of their holiday season in 2017 than ever before, culminating in $300 million in purchases made on New Year’s Day 2018. During the week starting on Christmas Eve, a record number of customers made purchases or downloaded apps from the App Store, […]

Worldwide app spend reached nearly $200M on Christmas day, up 12 percent from 2016

Worldwide app spend reached nearly $200M on Christmas day, up 12 percent from 2016

Consumers spent $196 million on apps, in-app purchases and subscriptions on Christmas Day 2017 across the App Store and Google Play, according to new data from Sensor Tower. The report, while excluding Android revenue in China, represents a 12.3 percent increase over 2016’s spending of approximately $174 million. That speaks to a still-growing market for […]

Apple acquires music-recognition app Shazam for a reported $400M

Apple acquires music-recognition app Shazam for a reported $400M

Apple officially confirmed it’s acquiring the music recognition app Shazam, according to Buzzfeed. The purchase is the latest acquisition for the world’s largest tech company. First launched in 1999, Shazam has grown significantly over the last several years. Once specifically devoted to music recognition, Shazam now accepts audio and visual clips to identify songs, movies, and […]

Chinese app developers account for a quarter of global App Store earnings

Chinese app developers account for a quarter of global App Store earnings

1.8m developers using Apple’s platform in China have earned a total 112bn yuan (£12.5bn), representing around a quarter of total global App Store earnings. The figures were revealed by Apple chief executive Tim Cook in a speech given yesterday to a public cyber policy forum, organised by the Cybersecurity Administration of China (CAC), which oversees internet regulation […]