Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.
Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.
Microsoft’s Windows operating system still runs about 90% of PCs around the world, but widespread adoption of powerful phones and tablets means it now features on only 14% of computing devices. Today’s graphic shows the current market share by operating system, with projections for this year and next.
First-day pre-orders for the new iPhones, which went on sale in 10 countries, far surpassed the 2 million recorded for the iPhone 5 model two years ago. Today’s graphic takes a look at how different iPhone models have performed in the market.
The new Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet and monitor heart rates. The watches will come in three collections, including a sport edition and an upscale line coated in 18-karat gold. Today’s graphic compares the Apple Watch to seven competitors already on the market.
Yesterday, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Today’s graphic compares the new iPhones to seven major smartphone competitors.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, we launched the Reuters Sports Reel app as a way to showcase the terrific photography produced by our journalists. What makes this app so compelling is that you actually see photos coming into the app during events in near real time. In addition to covering this year’s Tour de France, we have now covered the Hungarian and Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix races. With our internal push notification platform, you can get alerts for the events, teams, or individuals you most want to follow. Apple has already chosen to feature this product, and as mentioned when we launched the app, you can get it for both iOS and Android.
There are a couple of great pictures below from the Belgian F1 race, and we will be covering the rest of the Formula 1 calendar: (more…)
Worldwide smartphone market share for Samsung and Apple dipped in the second quarter, according to IDC. Today’s graphic shows the total smartphone shipments and market share breakdown.
I’ve just wrapped up a week-long trip to Australia – my first for Thomson Reuters, and with a bit of luck, hopefully not my last. It’s absolutely one of the best places to visit in the world, if you can take the long flight to get there. From Dallas, the flight is 15.5 hours and that’s just to get you to Brisbane – continuing on to Sydney required a stopover to refuel, and another hour or so in the air.
Earlier this year, I had been asked to present at an information retrieval conference session on the Gold Coast. While the title of my session, “OK Glass…Google…Why Do I Need Your Search?” is a bit facetious, it allowed me to talk about the way we are thinking about the continuous client service. Of course we need search. Search has, in my opinion, evolved into a learned history of things I care about and am interested in. Thus, applying algorithms to that learned history enables services to proactively and asynchronously push content to my phone, without me even needing to ask for it. That’s incredibly important, because those and other types of devices do not have the sorts of user input functionality that we have on our desktops and laptops (i.e. a large screen, keyboard, and mouse). (more…)
It’s nice to be back in Aspen for the Ideas Festival, and unsurprisingly, I’ve spent a lot of time in sessions around creativity and innovation. I particularly enjoyed one run by IDEO featuring their founder, Tom Kelley, titled Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential in All of Us.
There were a couple of great themes worth sharing. The first of those is the obvious one: with creativity and innovation comes failure. Tom had a really good way of putting innovation into context using the example of running an experiment. With an experiment, you have a hypothesis – and sometimes it’s right and sometimes it’s not. If you treat the creative process as an experiment, you’ve reframed failure as a potential outcome but with a completely different spin.
Perhaps the best message I took away was the concept of “designing with empathy.” Kelley talked about the development and launch of a GE scanning machine that could do incredibly powerful things, particularly in the field of pediatric medicine; but the machine scared the daylights out of kids. Over 80% of them were so frightened that they had to bring in an anesthesiologist to keep the kids still. The GE product designer was gutted to hear that his incredible work had caused such a reaction – and so GE went back and took another run with a redesign that included graphics to make it look like a pirate ship! Kids were told to pretend they were hiding from the captain and to stay as still as possible, and it worked. After the redesign, less than 10% of kids that went into the scanner required the anesthesiologist. (more…)