Summary iPad Mini: small tablets are getting hit the hardest, says NPD DisplaySearch Apple. As the market for smaller tablets shrinks, tablet suppliers will move to larger sizes, with shipments of models ranging from 8 inches up to 10.9 inches overtaking smaller 7-inch-class models by 2018, DisplaySearch said. "In addition...11 [inch] and larger tablets will exceed 10% of the market by 2018," the research firm said.
Summary A new report compiled by Parker Associates and discovered by Gigaom revealed that the Apple TV has lost some U.S. market share to competitors like the Roku and Chromecast last year, causing it to become only the third most popular device in the category. According to the report, Google's Chromecast and the Roku streaming device each sold around 3.8 million units in 2013--though the figure is more impressive in the case of the Chromecast, which was only introduced in the second half of the year.
Summary SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc acknowledged on Wednesday it needs to address manufacturing partners' carbon emissions and its own rising water consumption, though the iPhone maker said it had cut back sharply on greenhouse gas output. Observers say it has improved its practices and earned better scores from groups such as Greenpeace. On Wednesday, Apple released its 2014 environmental responsibility report, saying investments in renewable energy helped slash its carbon footprint from energy use by 31 percent from fiscal 2011 to fiscal 2013.
Summary Days after the discovery of a "secret" Apple eBay store, a new report from Avast revealed some of the risks involved with selling used smartphones--even in instances where consumers conscientiously deleted their data. The GSM-based phones (so, compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks) were priced between $449 and $499. The report added that while there was no "direct language" on the storefront making clear Apple's participation, "it displays many of the hallmarks of the iPhone maker's earlier partnership with eBay to sell refurbished iPads."