Apple Hits New Profit Record with Soaring iPad and iPhone Sales

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Apple‘s success with the popular the iPad and iPhone have caused a surge in quarterly net-profits of $7.31 billion, a 125% increase from the same quarter a year ago. The iPad increased 183% from the previous quarter last year with 9.25 million units sold whilst the iPhone sales increased 142% selling 20.34 million units.

The bumper sales for the iPad and iPhone made up for the 20% decline in iPod sales with 7.54 million iPods sold. The shares jumped to a high of $405 during late trading and closed at another record: $376.85. Both are the first time Apple has managed to reach such high amounts. Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, told investors “right now, we’re very focused and excited about bringing iOS 5 and iCloud to our users this fall.”

As well as the iOS 5 and iCloud, Apple will deliver the newest version of Mac OSX ‘Lion’ on Wednesday. Bloomberg reported earlier this year that the iPhone 5 is planned for a September release date.


Apple Awarded Touch Screen Patent

Figure 5B from Apple's iPhone Touch technology patent

Apple has been awarded a patent for touch-screen technologies as seen in the iPhone. The patent, ‘Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content‘ was first filed in 2007 with some technology writers complaining that the patent is too broad.

The patent includes touchscreen gestures and UI elements used in the touchscreen environment, for example a virtual on-screen click-wheel. PC Mag published a counterpoint that the patent was too broad after criticisms of their original article which was titled as having ‘a huge blow to rival smartphone makers.’

Meanwhile, Samsung has been denied previews of the upcoming iPad 3 and iPhone 5 devices. Samsung made the request to ensure that the final look of their devices were not the same as Apple. Apple had previously asked to see upcoming Samsung devices including new versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S according to Engadget.

Apple: Google and Amazon Music Services Take Weeks To Upload

Apple’s new online cloud storage is nothing new. Cloud storage is already offered by most major technology companies with products such as Google Docs, Dropbox, Windows Live SkyDrive and the Amazon Cloud Drive all freely available. Google is currently developing a beta service called Music by Google, which allows uploaded music to be played with music and music purchased from Amazon is uploaded to the Amazon Cloud Drive.

What Apple is playing on is its dominance in storing user data. It provides a place for apps, which can be pushed to all Apple devices; iBooks on the Mac and most importantly, paid music. Music you have previously purchased from iTunes can be accessed on your Mac or PC, iPod, iPad and iPhone devices. Unlike the music services from Amazon and Google, Apple will use a matching method. Your music library is scanned and matched to the 18 million songs in iTunes.

One of the more bewildering claims from the Apple iCloud music comparison table, is that Apple will take ‘minutes’ to scan and match your music library while Amazon and Google will take ‘weeks,’ A potentially misleading claim, Apple could of said it would take months, years, thousands of years if they wanted to.  Unhelpfully, they based the claim on the fact ‘upload time varies depending on amounts uploaded.’

Amazon’s statistics reported by Apple are also shaky. Apple says that it costs $50 for 5,000 songs, however $50 (USD) is the annual price for 10,000 songs. It costs $20 for 4,000 songs, they have simply rounded it up to the 10,000 song figure as Apple wanted 5,000 songs in their comparison table. Surely, they should have a footnote pointing out that the amount of stored music can double for the same price.

For now, Google in the comparison table is not very helpful. The costs are still unknown, Apple only can fill in one category for the comparison table, which was that Google Music was a web app. Maybe, we should not of trusted Apple to create a comparison table, check out PC World for a non-bias approach to the comparison table.