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Android gains marketshare from iOS in Q2 as 60% of its shipments hit under $200 off-contract

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IDC released its second quarter report for worldwide smartphone shipments by operating system today and in it noted iOS and Android accounted for 96% of the global market. That number, however, comes only as Android grew on the strength of higher sales of low-cost devices abroad.

The dominant smartphone operating systems (OS), Android and iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4% for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors. Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in 2Q14, up 33.3% year over year. Meanwhile, iOS saw its market share decline despite posting 12.7% year-over-year shipment growth. While Android and iOS both realized gains from a year ago, the rest of the market recorded losses.

Of that 96%, the numbers show Android smartphones collectively grabbed 84.7% of the market with its 255.3 million units shipped, while Apple comes in at 11.7% of the market with 35.2 million units shipped during the quarter. That’s down from 13% last year despite growth in overall shipments for Apple and up from 79.6% last year for Android.

Perhaps most interesting in the report is that during the quarter that ended in June IDC says “58.6% of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices.” Compare that to Apple (which dropped in marketshare while Android grew) with only 15.4% of its shipments in the $200-$400 mid-range category. The remainder of Android’s sales include 21.5% in the mid-range $200-$400 category and 19.82% in the high-end $400+ category:

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IDC previously released its data for worldwide smartphone shipments for Q2 by OEM with Apple coming in with 11.9% of the market behind Samsung at 25.2%.


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Mac OS X software update temporarily broken, likely due to expired SSL certificate

Apple’s SSL certificate that is responsible for verifying and authenticating connections to Apple’s Mac App Store software update servers has expired, causing the Mac App Store to issue errors like those above. Another error notification points to the swscan.apple.com server as being the issue, below.

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A quick search shows that this SSL certificate expired yesterday May 24th at midnight.

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Third-party app updates appear to be working — I was able to update three different apps, though I did encounter the above issue. Dismissing the error and updating the apps works just fine. However, official Apple updates apparently do not work. Apple does make these updates available through their website.

While the SSL expiration seems likely to be the culprit, the issue could also be something else.

We’ve reached out to Apple to try and clarify what the problem exactly is, and when the issue will be resolved. We have yet to receive a comment.

Thanks anonymous for the tip!


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Apple releases Mavericks update to remedy Gmail sync problems

Apple’s free OS update, Mavericks, has gone along fairly swimmingly — except for Gmail users who use the desktop Mail app for communications. But the bugs that caused improper syncing and general problems are now fixed, as TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company’s latest patch will solve those woes. “Mail Update 1.0″ is a patch, released today, that improves syncing with Gmail and works better with custom mail settings, along with miscellaneous stability fixes for the OS itself. The patch itself is bare-bones, but will do the trick to remedy those atrocious email-related migraines.

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Apple releases OS X Mavericks today for free, Macbook Pros with lower price

The public will have the chance to get their hands on Apple’s latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, announced during the company’s Tuesday event that the latest OS installment is available today at no cost to Mac owners.

Mavericks, announced in June at Apple’s WWDC event, deviates from the company’s traditional “Big Cat” nomenclature and takes more cues from iOS than previous OS iterations. The big features include a Notifications window, full Maps and iBooks integration, an updated Safari browser and tighter iCloud integration.

Mavericks will be available for free in the App Store. Apple’s iLife and iWork suites are also free, starting today.

Apple also brought markdowns to its Macbook Pro line. Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, announced that the new 13-inch Macbook Pro — with Intel CrystalWell technology, Retina Display and 4GB of RAM — will cost $200 cheaper at $1,299. It’s larger, 15-inch counterpart will fetch $1,999. Both models, as well as the new $999 and $1,099 Macbook Air, will ship today.

Then, Schiller trotted out the release date for the Mac Pro. The futuristic-looking device, which is jam-packed with dual workstation GPUs that can push up to 7 teraflops of power. The system will run for $2,999 and ship in December.

For more details, visit our live blog of the event.


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Report: Apple continues lead as top smartphone vendor in U.S. during April

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ComScore today reported its numbers for smartphone subscribers in the U.S. for the three month period ending in April with Apple experiencing the biggest gains in both categories. The main theme of the report is much the same as we heard in its January and February reports– Apple is up and gaining at the expense of Google and just about everyone else.

When it comes to market share by platform, comScore reports that Google continues its lead with 52.3% (down 0.3 percent since the January quarter), while Apple experienced a slight gain of 1.4 percentage points increasing from 37.8% to 39.2%. That’s compared to BlackBerry at just 5.1% (down from 5.9% last quarter) and 3.0% for Microsoft (down from 3.1%).

Apple also captured the biggest gain for smartphone subscribers by OEM, positioning itself as the No.1 smartphone vendor in the U.S. with 39.2% of the market compared to Samsung’s 22% during the three month period. Filling out the final three positions is HTC, Motorola, and LG:

138.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (58 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in April, up 7 percent since January. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 39.2 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.4 percentage points from January). Samsung ranked second with 22 percent market share (up 0.6 percentage points), followed by HTC with 8.9 percent, Motorola with 8.3 percent and LG with 6.7 percent.

Unlike some other reports that often includes shipments of devices, comScore tracks mobile phone usage through its MobiLens data surveys.


Apple to release OS X 10.9 with new power-user features, more from iOS later this year

OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed “Cabernet,” will focus on various “power-user” enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources. Unlike operating system updates such as OS X Leopard and OS X Lion, OS X 10.9 will likely not be an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions.

The new operating system includes major enhancements to the Finder application such as tags and tabbed browsing modes. Those additions are notable as many pro-users have relied on third-party solutions and hacks to enable these features. Additionally, the new operating system will include a new Safari web browser with a redesigned backend for improved page loading, speed, and efficiency…

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Third-party TotalFinder tool

The ability to keep a different “Space” or full-screen app open on a different monitor (in multiple monitor setups) is another important power-user feature coming in 10.9. This feature was forecasted by Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi last year.

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In October, reader Stephen Gilbert shared an email exchange with Mr. Federighi in which Gilbert complained about the lack of proper multi-monitor support in OS X Mountain Lion. The Apple executive said that Apple is “absolutely aware of [its] customers’ passion on this topic,” according to the email exchange.

According to our sources, OS X 10.9 will see some user-interface changes, but the changes will not be a drastic ones.

Last year, we reported that early builds of OS X 10.9 included Siri functionality. It is unclear if full Siri-support is still in the cards for OS X 10.9 or if the functionality will be glued to future hardware updates (for instance, iPhone 4 versus iPhone 4S). The shake-up at the top of Apple’s overall software group shifted around multiple iOS and OS X projects, so anything on the roadmap prior to this shakeup could have been altered, according to a person familiar with the situation.

OS X Mountain Lion added many app-based features from iOS, such as Messages, Notes/Reminders, Game Center, and AirPlay, but the additions in OS X 10.9 from iOS will focus more on system fundamentals. According to one source, Apple has been testing a new multi-tasking system for OS X that is similar to the quick-app-switcher function on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The multitasking feature will be functional for applications in the background, according to this person. Additionally, Apple could use app-pausing technologies from iOS to pause background application processes in OS X. This is significant as full performance could be given to foreground apps, which could help optimize battery life on Apple’s notebook computers. It is unclear if this feature will make the cut for 10.9′s public release.

Apple will also likely announce Xcode 5.0 later this year. Apple’s new version of its developer app suite is said to be redesigned and include improved application testing tools. Perhaps hinting at this is Apple’s own WWDC press release (emphasis ours):

Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we’re excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can’t wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.

Apple’s last two operating systems shipped in the summer, which suggests it is likely that 10.9 will also see a summer release. OS X 10.9 was originally scheduled to be previewed earlier this year, but Apple decided to introduce the operating system alongside iOS 7 at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference. Recent rumors have indicated that Apple moved resources away from OS X 10.9 development in order to focus on iOS 7. This likely contributed to Apple moving back the next OS X’s debut.

As we previously noted, the operating system seems to have already been fairly widely distributed inside Apple, based on views to 9to5Mac with computers running OS X 10.9.

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