Strong adoption for iPhone SE in developed markets

Strong adoption for iPhone SE in developed markets
Uptake of the iPhone SE appears to be stronger than initially expected, according to the findings of a new report from Localyics. In terms of worldwide adoption, the UK, Hong Kong, France and Canada top the charts with one per cent adoption of the handset within the first three weeks of its release. This was closely followed by Germany with 0.5 per cent, the US and…

How long can you expect your iPhone to last?

How long can you expect your iPhone to last?
While comment, speculation and rumour has always surrounded the iPhone - particularly in the build-up to a new release - one topic that seems constantly under discussion is how long a user can expect their device to last. Lots of people are keen to trade in their old smartphone for the latest model, but some are happy to hang onto one device for as long as…

BlackBerry set to launch two mid-range smartphones

BlackBerry set to launch two mid-range smartphones
BlackBerry is set to return its focus to the mid-range smartphone market after acknowledging that its most recent venture - the BlackBerry Priv - was too expensive for some of its customers. Two mid-range Android handsets will be launched later this year, one with the traditional Qwerty keyboard that characterises the brand and another with a full touchscreen. John Chen, chief executive officer of the company, told…

Smartphone sales set to grow 7% in 2016

Smartphone sales set to grow 7% in 2016
Smartphone sales are expected to reach 1.5 billion units worldwide in 2016, which represents a seven per cent growth from 2015. This is according to the latest data from market research and advisory firm Gartner, which specified that this is the first time sales of the devices have exhibited single-digit growth. Given that the total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016,…

Does mobile advertising really put people off smartphones?

Does mobile advertising really put people off smartphones?
We've all experienced the frustration of loading an article to read on a webpage on our smartphones, only to be delayed by a pop-up advert that obscures the screen. However, new research from Nielsen suggests that despite this, the adverts are not frustrating enough to prompt us to change our habits. It could be that we do not find advertising too irritating after all, as people seem…

Could your smartphone become your passport?

Could your smartphone become your passport?
Passports are top of the list of things to pack when you're going on holiday - but despite that many of us still experience that heart-stopping moment at the airport when we think we may have left it behind. However, few of us are ever without our smartphones in 2016 - and the technology could soon be used to make worrying about forgetting your passport a…

Latest iPad Pro ‘easier to connect to wireless networks’

Latest iPad Pro ‘easier to connect to wireless networks’
The latest version of Apple's perennially popular media tablet range - the 9.7-inch iPad Pro - is easier to hook up to wireless connections than ever before, according to the firm. It boasts 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Mimo technology for ultrafast wireless connectivity. Mimo stands for multiple input, multiple output - and it is a technology for wireless connectivity that involves several antennas used at both the source…

Global smartphone sales exceeded 1.3bn in 2015

Global smartphone sales exceeded 1.3bn in 2015
A report from GfK has indicated that the sales of smartphones all over the world inched up to 1.3 billion a year in 2015.This represents a boost of seven per cent compared with the corresponding figures recorded for 2014, although this unit growth was offset by a general decline in global average selling price of two per cent year-on-year. As a result of this trend,…