Report: Americans have 28 percent more mobile apps in 2012

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If it feels like you not only have more apps on your iPhone, but that you’re spending more time in those apps, then you should congratulate yourself on being as savvy as pollster Nielsen. According to a report from the organization, the number of apps on the average smartphone increased from 32 to 41 — a jump of 28 percent — over the past year.

As you can see from the Nielsen infographic at the top of this post, the percentage of time spent by smartphone owners in apps rather than on the web has also climbed. The average smartphone user spends only about 19 percent of his or her time on the web; the rest of the time, native apps are being used.

The one other fascinating tidbit on the chart shows that the number of smartphone owners in the US has climbed from 38 million in 2011 to 84 million in 2012 — that’s a jump of 121 percent in just one calendar year.

[via Engadget]

Report: Americans have 28 percent more mobile apps in 2012 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 17 May 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple might top Intel in mobile processor shipments by year-end

Watch out, Intel. That Apple-shaped company in your rear-view mirror is closer than you think, and according to In-Stat, could pass you in terms of mobile processor shipments by the end of 2012.

What’s really amazing is that Apple wasn’t even in the mobile processor business until 2007. In 2011, Apple shipped 176 million processors in its iPad and iPhone devices. Intel, which manufactures mobile processors for laptops and other devices, shipped 181 million. In-Stat believes that if the unprecedented demand for Apple’s mobile products continues, the company will soon be the number-one manufacturer of mobile processors.

That’s not far-fetched, considering that earlier this week Apple CEO Tim Cook said that it’s fairly likely that the tablet market — which Apple owns — would surpass the total market for PCs in the near future.

Jim McGregor of InStat notes that things could get worse for Intel if Apple decides to use its own ARM-based processors in the popular MacBook Air and other devices. Analysts say that this currently isn’t too likely due to technical and performance issues, but if it could reduce total system component costs for Apple’s “traditional” computers, it might be worth the company’s time and effort to overcome those issues.

Intel’s not taking the market threat lightly, hence the recent push to use more of its mobile processor line in the so-called “Ultrabooks,” which are aimed directly at competing with the slender and light MacBook Air.

[via The Loop]

Apple might top Intel in mobile processor shipments by year-end originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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AT&T sets single day sales, activation record with iPad

While the company hasn't provided specific numbers, AT&T announced this morning that the new iPad set a single-day sales and activation record in the 24 hours of availability.

In a short statement from AT&T, the company said that it had encountered “robust demand for the new iPad.” Shortly thereafter, Apple CEO Tim Cook echoed those comments during this morning's “cash call” by announcing a record weekend of iPad sales.

While AT&T's 4G LTE network is much smaller than that of competitor Verizon, the new iPad — which is the first to support 4G LTE — could be a real draw for AT&T customers who want more speed when they're mobile.

As of the end of the December quarter, Apple had sold 55 million iPads. Piper Jaffray analyst and TUAW favorite Gene Munster noted last week that he expected Apple to move over a million iPads on Friday. Since Wall Street expects Apple to sell about 10.1 million iPads in the current quarter, the hot launch of the latest iPad could be the first sign of another record-breaking quarter.

AT&T sets single day sales, activation record with iPad originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 19 Mar 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apps have created 466,000 U.S. jobs in four years

Apps for mobile devices are a surprisingly robust source of jobs in the United States, according to research from TechNet. Since 2008, apps have created 466,000 American jobs. TechNet estimates that about 155,000 of those tech-related jobs are related to app development and tech support, while the remaining 311,000 jobs also require tech skills but include things like app marketing and art design.

Of those jobs, the highest percentage (23.8 percent) of the total are located in California. Other app hot spots include New York (6.9 percent), Washington (6.4 percent), Texas (5.4 percent) and New Jersey (4.2 percent). Central Florida doesn’t want to be left out, as the Orlando Sentinel reports; local universities and training institutes are high on app development learning programs for would-be developers.

These numbers include not only jobs created for iOS apps, but also those triggered by the development of apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Facebook.

[via The Loop]

Apps have created 466,000 U.S. jobs in four years originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Infographic illustrates 10 years of the iPod

The 10th anniversary of the iPod’s announcement isn’t until October 22, but the folks at Most Wanted (part of VoucherCodes.co.uk) came up with a celebratory infographic that was just too good to pass up. It depicts an illustrated history of the iPod since that happy day in 2001, and is reprinted with permission in its entirety here. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

Source: VoucherCodes.co.uk

Infographic illustrates 10 years of the iPod originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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