1 billion iPhones, top in tablets, cable alienation


Apple tops 1 billion iPhones sold — Apple has a thing for its billion milestones, and this time it’s for the iPhone. CEO Tim Cook says the company recently sold its billionth iPhone—a number the company hit just days before its third fiscal quarter earnings report.

Apple is still the top tablet manufacturer with iPad sales way ahead of second place Samsung — The latest report from the global market research firm TrendForce finds that worldwide tablet shipments for this second quarter totaled 33.54 million units, representing a quarterly drop of 4.8% and a year-on-year decline of 8.8%. Apple retains its top position in the quarterly ranking with 9.95 million iPads shipped. This figure translates to a 2.9% dip from the first quarter and a 9% drop from a year ago.

Apple’s content negotiation tactics have ‘alienated’ cable providers & networks – report — Apple has allegedly taken a hardline approach in negotiating with content owners for a potential $30-per-month streaming television service — a strategy that may have backfired on the company, a new report suggests.