In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.Monday, March 5
– Xiaomi plans to enter U.S. market within a year: „We’ve always been considering entering the U.S. market,“ Xiaomi Chairman Lei Jun said at the sidelines of China’s annual legislative session in Beijing, according to the WSJ. „We plan to start entering the market by end 2018, or by early 2019.“
Commentary: Xiaomi was the world’s fifth-largest smartphone maker in 2017, with an estimated 92.4 [...]
Apple Watch continues to be the world’s most popular smartwatch by a significant margin, according to analysts.
IDC estimates Apple Watch shipments totaled eight million units worldwide last quarter, which also makes it the best selling wearable device during that period.
The research firm says one in every five wearables shipped last quarter was an Apple Watch, on the strength of new Series 3 models launched in September.
By comparison, Fitbit reported sales of 5.4 million wearables last quarter, while Xiaomi shipped 4.9 million units over that time, according to IDC. An estimated 41 percent of smartwatch shipments came from smaller vendors grouped [...]
A record 99.9 percent of smartphones sold worldwide last year were based on either Android or iOS, as all competing platforms have effectively been squeezed out, according to data shared today by research firm Gartner.
Android remains more widely adopted than iOS by a significant margin, with a roughly 86-14 percent split between the respective operating systems last year. Android’s dominance is unsurprising given the software is installed on dozens of different smartphone models offered at a range of price points, whereas the iPhone primarily caters to the high-end market.
iOS and Android have been the leading mobile operating systems for many years now, [...]
Affinity Photo, which Apple named the iPad App of the Year for 2017, was today updated with a suite of „more powerful professional features,“ according to developer Serif. To celebrate the new update, users can also download three add-on brush and filter packs for free starting today.
Specifically, version 1.6.7 of Affinity Photo lets users shoot direct in RAW or HDR video from within the iPad app, and introduces upgrades for RAW processing so that the clarity of RAW images has improved. There’s direct integration from the iOS Files app, enhancements to Drag and Drop, the ability to add personalized fonts, and much more, which you can glimpse in the Version [...]