Portable Media Players
Apple has sold more than 100 million iPod Touch units, the company
said Thursday, and it hopes to sell more by offering a new,
less-expensive $229 model.
The Cupertino tech giant began selling the iPod Touch alongside the iPhone back in 2007, and on Thursday, it told The Loop, an Apple blog, that since then, it has sold more than 100 million units. That's up from 82 million last July.
Sales have been steady despite predictions that smartphones would kill the iPod market. But Apple has been able to push the device to younger users
On Monday, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported on Mac and iPod sales and noted that Apple's iPod sales have slipped 23% in the last quarter and represent only 2% of Apple's revenue. This means the iPod is no longer what consumers want, and that it may not necessarily be around for many more years. It is no wonder that Apple never bothered to update the iPod Classic line after they added the larger 160 GB model storage option.
Apple hasn't released anything groundbreaking in their iPod lineup, and anything that was considered remotely different
In the future, our clothes will replace our devices. They will light up with social media alerts, producing holograms to read those updates wherever we choose. We'll never need to remember umbrellas or coats again either -- sensors will read humidity levels and tell the conductive fibres of our customised 3D-printed clothes to release waterproof chemicals, while a shift in their nanoparticles will pull fibres together for insulation. Sensors will send our biometric data to doctors, while the antibacterial fabrics protect us from viruses.
If you're looking for a smartwatch in the next few years, you likely won't want for choice. A new report pegs LG as developing its own take on the new category, according to The Korea Times on Friday. LG is supposedly working on a smartwatch as well as a product "similar to Internet giant's Google Glass," according to the paper's sources, as part of a strategy to remain competitive long-term.The LG smartwatch is in development alongside the Glass-like product as a "non-commercialized" R&D project, which essentially means it isn't ready to ship.
Apple, as the reports go, is working on a "smart watch," although the secretive company won't say anything about it, of course.
So, after months of speculation, what does its chief rival in the mobile world do?
Announce that it definitely is working on a smart watch.
Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile business, said as much during an interview in South Korea, where the company is based. And he said it's not a knee-jerk reaction to Apple's rumored plans.
"We've been preparing the watch product for so long,"
Google's Project Glass and Apple's rumored watch have promise. But high-tech wearables are already here with the success of Kickstarter-funded Pebble.
The first time Eric Migicovsky saw his watch in the wild was at Toronto's Pearson Airport last February. Disembarking a late-night flight, he ran into someone sporting a Pebble on his wrist. "The guy saw me and was like, 'Good work. I just got mine the other day,'" recounts Migicovsky, laughing. "It was just the weirdest thing."
Given its initial success, Migicovsky may want to get used to such encounters.
While Tim Cook has dropped hints that Apple Inc. is hard at work on a television to drive the next era of growth, the company's wristwatch-style device, still in development, may prove more profitable.
The global watch industry will generate more than $60 billion in sales in 2013, said Citigroup Inc. analyst Oliver Chen. While that's smaller than the pool of revenue that comes from TVs, gross margins on watches are about 60 percent, he said. That's four times bigger than for televisions, according to Anand Srinivasan, a Bloomberg Industries analyst.
The Up band, made by Jawbone, is an electronic bracelet that helps you log your activities, eating and rest, and it can record an awful lot of data. But the more detailed the data you want, the more work you'll have to do to get it.Up, costing $130, is the technological cousin of devices like the Striiv, Fitbit, and Fit Link, among others, which range in list price from $70 to $150. The idea is that measuring your activities, what you eat and how much you sleep will help you develop a healthier
Marketers need to start thinking about how to optimize content and related ads that appear in wearable tech devices.
An Apple application patent claim surfaced Thursday describing a flexible, wearable video device designed like a wristband.
Analysts believe it's too early to determine how marketers will need to optimize content, but marketers should consider the impact from Google Now or Apple Siri -- technology aimed at serving information even before making a request or search.
It might provide insights on the future of online advertising where content plays a bigger role.