Research firm Juniper Research has released its latest report, measuring smartphone sales and shipments through the end of 2013. According to the report, global smartphone shipments reached 980 million in 2013, with 280 million shipped in Q4 of 2013 alone. This represents a 39 percent growth in shipments year-over-year.
Apple has announced its sales figures for 2013, revealing that customers spent over $10 billion on the App Store last year. Over $1 billion of that came from December alone, as new customers received iOS devices during the holiday season.
According to new data from The NPD Group, Apple’s iPads continued to lead the pack in tablet sales through 2013, accounting for 15.8 percent of all personal computing device sales in the US from January to November 2013. iPad sales actually decreased from last year’s figure, while Android and Windows tablet sales grew.
Apple’s 12 Days of Gifts app has gone live for 2013, offering users a free gift each day from today, December 26, until January 6. Whether you received a new iOS device during the holidays, or are a long-time user, the 12 Days of Gifts app is available to download for free and already includes one free gift.
Apple has revealed its top iPhone and iPad apps for 2013, with the results offering a look at the most popular (and highest grossing) apps across all categories, from games to social networking and photography. Game developer King sits atop the Top Free apps list for both iPhone and iPad with Candy Crush Saga, while Mojang’s Minecraft: Pocket Edition was the Top Paid app on both platforms.
Apple has released the latest update for its iOS operating system, taking users to iOS 7.0.3. The update adds iCloud Keychain and Password Generator support to iOS devices, as well as a variety of iMessage bug fixes and UI updates.
At today’s Apple event in California, Apple unveiled its new line of iPad tablets, as well as updates to its productivity software on Mac and iPad.
By now, many of us have seen or heard a long list of differences and upgrades associated with Apple’s redesigned iOS operating system iOS 7, but there’s an obvious difference between reading stats on a page and experiencing those changes for oneself. Now that iOS 7 has been available in the wild for a few days, it’s worth noting that we’re still finding new things to love.
Just days after the release of Apple’s updated iOS operating system iOS 7, it’s become clear that users are racing to adopt the new OS faster they have for previous versions. Both Fiksu and Tapjoy have found similar results, showing that adoption rates for iOS 7 have been far higher than the adoption rate for iOS 6 during its own launch.
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