Posts tagged: iPhone

September News Heats Up Mobile Market

Carrie Sylvester
 Sep 20, 2013

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iOS (iPhone) in the News

Apple once again held true to its history of a September iPhone introduction. There was much speculation around the impending announcement and Apple delivered by introducing two models on September 11th — the iPhone 5c and the 5s. Although the overall excitement for some seems to be waning that never stops the true Fan Boys; the very day the phones were announced, there was a guy in Tokyo that lined up in front of his local Apple Store and lines continue to form wherever the phones will be available even though they will be available  on September 20th.

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For those short on memory, SanDisk has an answer

Ed Lee
 Aug 15, 2013

One of the big dilemmas for today’s smartphones and tablets is limited memory. With more vendors including only internal memory and no built-in microSD card slot for extended memory options, mobile device users are left with nowhere to go if they run out of internal memory for their collection of music, photos, and videos.

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Is that a smartphone in your pocket?…

Carrie Sylvester
 Jun 12, 2013

There is no doubt that American’s love their mobile phones — and our latest love affair is with the smartphone. According to the 2013 InfoTrends U.S. Mobile Imaging Study, 94% of consumers report using a mobile phone of some kind, and nearly 59% are using a smartphone. It’s hard to miss the slew of TV commercials that promote the latest and greatest smartphones. Some commercials, like the recent iPhone campaign say that more photos are taken and more music is listened to on an iPhone than any other device. Windows Phone has a funny commercial that makes fun of Android & iPhone users as they brawl with each other about which is better while the Windows users calmly stand by and shoot photos/video of the brawling group. All joking aside, which operating system is really winning over the hearts of U.S. consumers?

The Survey Says….

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Smart Cameras and Facebook Printing Dominate Late Summer News

Alan Bullock
 Sep 6, 2012

It’s hard to recall a week with so much interesting news in the photo industry since the glory days of PMA trade shows. With Photokina less than a month away, the eight days from Wednesday, August 22, to Wednesday, August 29 saw a number of significant announcements hit the wires. Here are the highlights… Read more »

Just Another iPhone App Called “Camera”?

Alan Bullock
 May 25, 2012


Yesterday, seemingly without warning, Facebook launched an iPhone app called Camera. With it, users can take pictures, apply editing filters, share them with other users, and “like” and comment on others’ pictures. If you’re thinking that this sounds a lot like Instagram, you’re right. If you’re thinking that Facebook has re-branded and re-released Instagram just six weeks after announcing its agreement to acquire the company for a cool $1 billion, you’re wrong. That deal hasn’t even closed yet, and Facebook Camera was reportedly in development before that news broke in early April.

At first glance, the two apps appear to be very similar, but there are some significant differences. Read more »

Facebook Announces Agreement to Buy Instagram

David Haueter
 Apr 10, 2012

Facebook will be making the largest acquisition in its history when it acquires the incredibly popular Instagram photo app, a deal which was announced on Monday and should be completed in this quarter. Facebook has agreed to pay approximately $1 billion in cash and stock for Instagram, which has gained around 30 million users since it launched in January 2011. Instagram doesn’t have any significant sources of revenue, but reportedly closed a deal for $50 million in funding just last week (at a $500 million valuation — hello instant payoff!). Facebook will also acquire Instagram’s entire team of employees in the deal, which only consists of around a dozen people in the San Francisco area. Read more »

Printing to My Home Printer Anywhere, Anytime

Other Posts
 Nov 3, 2011

Whenever I receive an e-mail on my iPhone that needs to be printed I mark it as unread and hope I remember to look at my e-mail that night on my computer. I occasionally forget to print these documents, so I decided to see if it was possible to print directly from my iPhone. As it turns out, there are a lot of options for people who wish to print from their smartphones, tablets, and other e-mail enabled devices, but some of these applications come from unexpected sources. Read more »

The iPhone 4S: A Cool Phone with a Sweet 8MP Camera: But It’s NOT the iPhone 5!

Carrie Sylvester
 Oct 5, 2011

On Tuesday, October 4, the Apple fans (and even the “not so much” fans) waited in anticipation to hear all about the iPhone 5. Sure enough, an announcement was made… but it was for the iPhone 4S rather than the 5.

Some people were surely let down when Tim Cook walked on stage to make this much-anticipated announcement. Many were sure that yesterday was going to mark the launch of the iPhone 5, and instead it turned out to be news of a souped-up version of the iPhone 4. I myself would typically grumble about the hype and wonder why the world goes crazy over these launch events… particularly when the news turns out to be somewhat anticlimactic. Instead, this self-professed “not so much” Apple fan yet avid camera lover (traditional or mobile) was thrilled to hear that Apple had further stepped up its game by including an 8MP embedded camera in its newest smartphone.

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Digital Still Cameras: It’s Time for More Innovation

Jeff Hayes
 Jul 7, 2010

I read an interesting article today in the Wall Street Journal that reminded me of the lack of innovation taking place in the digital still camera market. In the article Videogame Makers in Talks About Portable 3G Connections there is a quote from NTT DoCoMo President Ryuji Yamada who said, “videogame makers know that in order for portable game machines to take the next step forward, they need wireless. We are discussing this with various players.”

Unfortunately, most of the camera vendors have taken a very traditional approach to camera design by primarily focusing on megapixels, zoom, shutter lag time, and lower prices. While these improvements are all very nice, my feeling is they are pretty much played out.

The following chart shows DSC camera placements in North America over the last five years along with average megapixels and average selling price. Let’s face it, the market is saturated. DSC vendors have fulfilled the basic needs of consumers (taking a quality photo) with a wide range of cameras that meets every traditional need at a price point they can afford.

Lower Prices and More Megapixels Aren’t Driving More DSC Shipments

North American DSC Shipments, ASP and AMP

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