Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
It is no surprise that Apple’s iPhone dominates the smartphone market this day and age. Take a look at the wonderful info-graphic below courtesy of Macrumors.com. It shows that Apple is ranked number two amongst all other vendors that are in the smart phone market. Although Samsung is number one on the list, they have a wide range of Android driven phones which prevents any one phone from dominating the market as opposed to Apple, which offers one iPhone (albeit with several yearly revisions of the device). This means that the iPhone can be considered the most popular smartphone on the market.
Kudos to Samsung, though, for providing such a wide variety of excellent smart phones. The Android OS has proven to be a worthy competitor to Apple’s iOS in such a hard market to dominate. Still, the presences of Apple near the top of this list is compelling. How long before you see Apple at number one? Will the iPhone 5 be the final push that takes Apple over the edge? If I had to place a bet, I would put all of my money on the iPhone 5 doing so.
With such a huge installed iPhone user base, iResQ is seeing more and more iPhones come in for repair. Believe it or not, the iPhone 3G S is still as popular as ever and we see tons of them come in for broken glass (or digitizer repairs). But when it comes down to the king of the castle, the iPhone 4S reigns supreme. This shows in our spike in iPhone 4S repairs lately.
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Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
iResQ is blowing up this week with iPhone 4S repairs, MacBook screen repairs, and iPad repairs. But we have pause briefly to discuss some very important ballyhoo. Yep, I just said ballyhoo. March 7 is the date we’ve been hearing this week. Apple’s March 7 Media Event should mark the arrival of a new iPad with Retina display (LCDs with a 2048×1536 resolution according to tinkers at MacRumors). And multiple retailers such as Target and Best Buy are lowering the prices of their iPad 2s, presumably in anticipation. So what does that mean for the fate of the iPad 2? Well, not much really. At least not in the immediate future. There are still plenty of iPhone 3GS in use (we see a plethora of 3GS and 4 iPhones for repair despite the iPhone 4S release last fall), and early indications seem to suggest that, aside from a speed bump and twice the resolution there aren’t necessarily going to be major fundamental differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad 3. You 3D proponents out there are going to have to wait a little longer.
Just a quick note on the Academy Awards, since I can’t help but dispense my opinions on movie culture. It’s no surprise that Hugo and The Artist cleaned up- both were beautifully stylized without being heavy-handed and both were earnest homages to film history at large. It’s the least I have disagreed with the Oscars in quite a while. What was interesting to me is how the Academy seems to respond when there isn’t a clear frontrunner in a given category, like this year’s Animated Feature. Nothing against Rango (I’m a big fan of Gore Verbinski), but it seems like when there isn’t a heralded Pixar picture then the judges essentially put recognizable names on a dart board and fire away (*cough* Kung Fu Panda 2 *cough*). The lack of a great Pixar film in 2011, and the In Memoriam montage serves as a reminder of, like him or hate him, how influential Steve Jobs was on so many facets of popular culture. Apple is moving forward, and I can’t imagine Pixar won’t as well, but I hope it’s with the same gusto and attention to perfect detail that we’ve come to expect. Ah, now I think I hear the music playing me off. Goodnight, everybody.
Friday, March 5th, 2010
Wow, finally some iPad news! Here are the details from Engadget, complete with pricing: iPad Launches on April 3, Preorders Begin March 12.
There’s nothing like some exciting Apple news to start off a Friday morning. Since I’m not a coffee drinker, it really gives me that kick that I need. Our company breakfast today didn’t hurt either. Yum.
So here’s an excerpt taken from the Engadget article for those of you too scared to click the link:
“The iPad will be launching on Saturday April 3rd (and on the shelves, er… display tables at Apple retail stores), but you’ll be able to plunk down cold, hard cash for it in just a week. Pre-orders will begin on March 12th for the US version (non-3G) for that April street date, with the 3G version coming in late April”
Great stuff! You can be sure that we’ll have our hands on these babies as soon as they are available. Of course, we’ll also be repairing the iPads in case you haven’t seen the links all over our website.
Speaking of great stuff, did you know that this week marked the birthday of Alexander Graham Bell? Yep, that’s right — the man who is credited for inventing the telephone. He would have been 163 on March 3rd. I wonder what he would think about the iPhone 3GS? I wonder if he’d play “Words with Friends” against me?
Have a great weekend all, and get your pocketbooks ready to buy an iPad.
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What’s that? Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What’s that buzzing? Could it be? Yes, it’s the Apple rumor mills. I know, I know. Really lame. Sorry. But as we’re drawing closer to the September event in San Francisco, software and hardware rumors, predictions, and wild stabbing guesses are flying about the Apple universe, and I can’t help but buy in a little. So what are the internets saying? Most of you have probably seen the “leaked” images of the Snow Leopard packaging, but if you haven’t, you take a look and decide if it’s real or fake. Only two bits a gander:
So what else is Steve or the to-be-named replacement going to share with us? Well, apparently a fair amount about iPods and iTunes. It’s about time for the iPod Classic to get a makeover and the iPod Touch has a lot of firmware update potential in the wake of the last iPhone 3G and 3Gs improvements. We’ll see. I haven’t heard anything about new Portables, but it’s been sounding like the iMac is going to look more like the Cinema Display, which already looks more like the Unibody MacBook and MacBook Pro. Sleeker, more compact, overall awesomer.
And yes, of course, the Apple Tablet. As is tradition, Apple is tight-lipped about development, and it looks like we’ll have to wait another three months before a formal announcement. But hopefully we’ll get some answers about Snow Leopard’s “fine tuned”-ness. Get excited friends, and check back with the blogs for August’s coupon. Chumbawamba.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
Hey everyone. I trust you all had a fantastic and patriotic Fourth of July. Mine was joyous as always- family, friends, burgers, brats, and the numerous glaring craters we left in the cul-de-sac in front of my parent’s house. Nothing like celebrating our country’s independence by blowing up a small piece of it.
Did any of you take me up on last weeks coupon? I did. The wife and I went out and adopted ourselves an Australian Shepherd named Franny. Like the Salinger short story. So, if I happened to have a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a broken screen, I’d fix it and give myself $40 off. What a great deal I’d be giving me. Don’t forget it; the deal is good until August 31st. Read last week’s post for details, and check out Franny below.
On to Apple news and rumors: Looks like the next generation of iPod is going to not only include processor upgrades similar to the iPhone 3Gs, but a video camera as well! Several sources have reported a large purchase of cameras that specifically fit the dimensions of the iPod Touch, which will see it’s third generation release in September. And along with the new iPod Touch, all you Touch and iPhone users should check out Yowza, one of the coolest recession-combative Apps recently released. Based on your particular geographic location, Yowza will automatically download coupons for goods and services in your area, which you can cash in on by scanning the coupon bar code directly on your iPod or iPhone. Pretty slick, huh? Check them out at the App store or getyowza.com.
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