Today in Apple Profits:
If you’re Apple, it’s hard to be too disappointed in your slightly lower than usual iPhone sales when you sold a record-breaking number of iPads. In its second quarter, Apple moved 26 million iPhones and 17 million iPads. Which is a lot. This news caused Apple’s stock to drop 5%, but let’s get real here: that’s 26,000,000 iPhones and 17,000,000 iPads. Apple’s going to be fine. Of the 24.8 million tablets sold this quarter, well over half of those were Apple’s. With experts saying that one in ten people will own tablets by 2016, Apple’s grasp on the mobile industry continues to get even tighter. Although Android continues to skyrocket, it has plenty of catching up to do.
Cool New App:
We could lead with a joke about why young kids would need an email application when they live such busy and stressful lives, but instead, we’ll open with why an app like Maily is such a cool idea. Kids are going to grow up with email in their lives and the sooner they understand it and know how to use it, the easier their lives will be. Think of Maily as “beginner email,” a stripped down, kid-friendly email client that helps kids share messages, audio clips and pictures with family members. With tablets poised to become the next great educational tools, kids will be able to effortlessly stay in touch with their parents while they’re on business trips and send grandma their latest drawing from across the country, all in a user interface that is built specifically for young children to navigate and understand. Hmm…sounds like the world’s youngest app critic may have a new project…
WTF of the Day:
If you’re not going to the Olympics but were planning to follow the various competitions through handy dandy social media, well, you’re not going to be happy. One condition of being a ticket holder (in addition to not bringing drugs and explosives and weapons on site) is that you’re not allowed to use social media at the Olympics. That means you can’t share a photo of yourself at the games on Facebook. That means you can’t snap a picture of the athletes and post it to Twitter. In other words, the London Olympics are trying to enforce something that is impossible to enforce. This is on top of the restriction on personal WiFi hotspots, so good luck if you’re a journalist or a blogger there to actually work and cover the games. Rather than embrace social media, the Olympics are literally attempting to fight modern technology and how we use it. “Old fashioned and sad” doesn’t even begin to describe this.
Take Your iPhone Out in Style:
It’s impossible to stay annoyed at the Olympics for deliberately staying behind the times, especially when delightful photo galleries displaying the oddest and most impractical iPhone covers you’ve ever seen are available for browsing. Consider this a Happy Wednesday! gift from us to you.