Unless you have been living under a rock — or less fortunately in a coma for the last ten years — you would be cognizant of the fact that Apple is the biggest technology company in existence. One of the people who has been at the forefront in covering the iDevice-creating behemoth is Victor Agreda Jr., the editor-in-chief of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, better known as TUAW. We had the opportunity to ask Victor a few question about his history with the Internet, Apple products, and what companies outside Apple excite him.
Last week, The New York Times published a look at Foxconn’s push into creating its own products, specifically branded televisions. It’s a pretty good report, with a pretty big flaw; In an attempt to catch readers interests, and page views, reporter Lin Yang focuses on Apple, not Foxconn. The article frames Foxconn’s move into making their own televisions as a move away from Apple, Foxconn’s biggest customer. But Foxconn isn’t moving away from Apple, and Apple isn’t moving away from Foxconn.
48 million phones sold. Three different iPhones sold 48 million units. 23 million tablets sold. Three different iPads sold 23 million units.
13 million MP3 players sold. 13 million MP3 players sold. 13 million MP3 players sold. 13 million MP3 players sold. 13 million MP3 players sold. Who still buys MP3 players?
$54 billion in revenue. $13 billion in profits. All in 12 weeks. Revenue records broken. Profit records broken. Phone sales records broken. Tablet sales records broken.
In what may be the most anticipated earnings release in recent memory, Apple has unveiled their first quarter numbers, and they are huge. Apple posted its largest quarter ever, with $54.5B in revenue, and $13.1B in net profits, compared to revenues of $46.3 billion and a net profit of $13.1 billion year over year.
The world’s largest company sold a record 47.8M iPhones in the quarter, up 10M from 37M in the year-ago quarter, although they came up short when compared to the Streets’ expectations of 50M iPhones sold. 22.9M iPads were sold, meeting the Streets’ expectations, and up from 15.4M in the year-ago quarter.
These days, there are only a few ‘must-have’ apps for your iPhone. You have your requisite social network apps, Google Maps, a choice between Temple Run and Angry Birds, and CNN for breaking news alerts. Today we have a new entry to the list.
2012 has been a monumental year in technology. This year we’ve watched Facebook truly realize the complete “American Dream,” as it went through with an IPO that valued the social network at $90 billion in May, lost 47 percent of its value in 94 days, and subsequently began a slow ascent back to respectability. The Internet rallied its voice and defeated major legislation across the globe, including SOPA and PIPA that attempted to regulate the Internet. Major gadgets were released, including the Nexus 7, iPad mini, Microsoft Surface and iPhone 5. Copyright and patent laws around the world were put to the test as Apple and Android OEMs embarked on a game of ‘who can file lawsuits against each other in the most countries,’ with Samsung arising as the first victim of the lawsuits to the tune of $1 billion, which of course is being appealed.
All in all, it was a very eventful year in tech. Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights.
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2012 was a tumultuous year for Apple filled with triumph and tribulation. As the first full year without Steve Jobs comes to a close, we are looking not at a company standing still as so many had predicted, but at a company who has revised virtually every product that it sells in the midst of a controversial misstep and a management shakeup.
The year got off to a rocky start as harsh criticism was leveled at Apple’s assembler, Foxconn for their labor practices. Enter Tim Cook – who gathered the data, made changes, and now looks to do more of its manufacturing in the United States.
iOS VP Scott Forstall and retail head John Browitt are leaving Apple at the end of the year. Forstall leaving isn’t too unexpected — there have been rumors of Forstall clashing with other members of Apple senior leadership.
According to my sources, Apple employees are ‘pleased’ with the news that John Browitt is leaving, stating that ‘the changes he implemented in retail have not been the best choices.’
Eddy Cue has been tasked with bringing Siri — which is still in beta — and Apple Maps up to par with the rest of Apple’s services. Cue has been running iTunes, the App Store, iBookstore, and iCloud with great success.
Craig Federighi will run both OS X and iOS, bringing Apple’s two operating systems closer together, and Bob Mansfield will stay on as head of ‘Technologies,’ which “combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization.” Mansfield’s group includes Apple’s semiconducter teams, who, according to Apple, “have ambitious plans for the future.”
The best news in this whole situation is the promotion of Jony Ive taking over leadership of Human Interface for the entire company. He is the backbone of the Industrial Design that Apple has employed over the past few years, and his touch on the interface level will only increase the quality of all the interfaces Apple customers see on a daily basis.
CUPERTINO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.
“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”
Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.
Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri® and Maps, placing all of our online services in one group. This organization has overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store®, the App Store℠, the iBookstore℠ and iCloud®. This group has an excellent track record of building and strengthening Apple’s online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.
Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X®. Apple has the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems, and this move brings together the OS teams to make it even easier to deliver the best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms.
Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include the semiconductor teams, who have ambitious plans for the future.
Additionally, John Browett is leaving Apple. A search for a new head of Retail is underway and in the interim, the Retail team will report directly to Tim Cook. Apple’s Retail organization has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level who will continue the excellent work that has been done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services for customers.