Who says that iOS isn’t represented in the workplace? According to Good Technology’s quarterly Device Activations Report, iOS devices accounted for a whopping 77% of activations in the sector, an improvement of 71% from the prior year. Android’s share was 22.7%, down from 29% in 2011’s fourth quarter. The study was made by Good Technology which provides security for mobile devices and analyzed activations made by its clients which includes half the Fortune 100.
The top three devices activated for enterprise use in the fourth quarter of 2012 were all Apple iPhone models. The Apple iPhone 5 accounted for about 33% of activations, and that was followed by the better than 20% of all enterprise based activations that belonged to the Apple iPhone 4S. The first non-iOS model in the top ten was the Samsung Galaxy S III which finished 6th with slightly more than 5% of enterprise based activations. The only other non-iOS model in the top ten was the Motorola DROID RAZR which finished tenth. If we extend it out to the top eleven, then we would include the Samsung Galaxy S II which finished eleventh.
Tablet-wise, iOS crushed Android in the enterprise with nearly 90% of all tablet activations in the fourth quarter. While about 55% of all activations in the fourth quarter for enterprise purposes were iPhone models, slightly over 20% were Apple iPad variants. Slightly less than 20% of all activations were related an an Android smartphone. Windows devices accounted for less than .5% of activations in the period.
We have heard stories like this before, a battery or phone spontaneously combusting or melting, sometimes with no obvious reason as to the cause.
In this case however, we do not think it is that big of a mystery, although anything really is possible. Shibani Bhujle is a Marketing Manager in New York City and she says that her one year old white iPhone 4S combusted and oozed acid, burning her fingers.
“My iPhone was on a coffee table and randomly the power went off,” Bhujle said. After smelling fumes, she picked it up and tried to turn it on. The device felt very hot in her hands and smelling something burning, she says she panicked and tried to remove the battery by prying the back plate off the phone. The battery was melting and in the process of oozing liquid. You can already tell where this is going, right?
Bhujle managed to remove the battery by basically tearing the device apart. Whether that helped to avert further injury to herself or prevent a fire we will never know. Feeling that this was a manufacturing defect, she went to an Apple store hoping to address the issue and get a replacement iPhone. Apple was willing to take her damaged phone, but was not offering a replacement device. After talking with managers and other staff at Apple, there is no resolution. Naturally, that is not an outcome Bhujle is happy with.
Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III handset usurped the Apple iPhone 4S as the world’s best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2012, according to a new report released by market research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics .
The figures show the S III to have shifted 18 million units in Q3, compared to the iPhone 4S’ 16.2 million. Meanwhile, the S III commanded a 10.7% share of the global smartphone market compared to the iPhone 4S’ 9.7%.
It’s worth noting that sales of the 4S were tempered by the launch of the iPhone 5 in Q3. Apple’s latest handset sold 6 million units and grabbed 3.6% global smartphone market share, Strategy Analytics says.
Samsung’s claim to the smartphone crown is unlikely to be maintained though. The iPhone 5 launched close to the end of the third quarter of the year and suffered limited availability at first.
The S III is still selling healthily, having sold 10 million units in the past two months alone, and has sold more than 30 million units this year, according to Samsung. Still, it won’t be surprising if Q4 sees the now widely available iPhone 5 rise as rapidly as the S III did. In Q2, the Samsung’s flagship sold just 5.4 million units according to Strategy Analytics, so such fast increases are certainly possible.
Indeed, Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics, says in today’s press release, “We expect the new iPhone 5 to out-ship Samsung’s Galaxy S3 in the coming fourth quarter of 2012 and Apple should soon reclaim the title of the world’s most popular smartphone model.”
With Samsung and Apple the undisputed kings of the smartphone market right now, releasing flagship devices once per year, six months apart from each other, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the top spot in studies such as this one flip between the two companies regularly.
One of our reliable Apple (AAPL) sources has let us know Apple has begun testing iOS 6.0.1 with different carrier partners in the U.S. and we have a general list of what the first iOS 6 update will entail. iOS 6.0.1 should fix the horizontal lines bug on the screen when the keyboard or app folder is open, and it will also fix a problem with the camera’s flash not going off.
In addition, the new software will improve Wi-Fi support, fix cellular data not working in some cases, add a consolidated cellular data switch for iTunes Match, fix a bug that allowed access to Passbook pass details from the lock screen, and also finally fix the bug that caused Exchange meetings to be unexpectedly cancelled for the entire calendar invite group.
In addition to iOS 6.0.1 news, we have also learned that Apple is only now just starting testing on iOS 6.1. This makes it extremely unlikely iOS 6.1 will ship with the new iPad mini by November 2nd unless there is a separate build just for the new iPad, and iOS 6.1 for all other devices will launch at a later time.
It seems like we’ve seen a flurry of iPhone-related rumors. Earlier, we learned that Apple has begun internally seeding sixth-generation iPhone prototypes with 1GB of RAM and a modified A5X chip. And now we’re finding out about its appearance.
As noted by AppleInsider, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White issued a note to investors this morning regarding information he picked up during a recent trip to Asia. And judging from what he learned, Apple is completely rebuilding the iPhone…
“In our view, this will be the most significant iPhone upgrade with a four-inch screen and a new, sleek look that we believe will require a unibody case. This new, sleek look will be the most important reasons that consumers decide to upgrade.”
If you feel like you’re having deja-vu, it’s because you are. Last year we heard a ton of rumors claiming that the fifth-generation iPhone would feature an all-new design. But as we all know, they never materialized. Apple unveiled the familiar-looking 4S last October.
For what it’s worth, a redesign certainly makes sense this year. The iPhone 4/4S design has been around for 24 months now. And folks coming out of their two-year carrier contracts will be primed to buy something new and different.
And with a new look and updated features, White believes that Apple’s iPhone launch in the last quarter of this year could be “extraordinary.” In fact he sees it “dwarfing previous launches” — including the record-breaking 4S opening.