Apple will reportedly introduce the next line of iPads in the middle of October against a backdrop of consecutive quarters of flagging sales for the tablet as consumers increasingly turn to large-screen smartphones, Bloomberg says. Apple will reportedly update its 9.7-inch edition and the iPad Mini, as well as bring a larger 12.9-inch model to market early next year.
Android tablets accounted for two-thirds of global tablet shipments in the second quarter to grab a 67% share of the marketplace compared with 28% for Apple's iPad, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. A year ago, Android devices composed roughly half of the sales and market share while the iPad held a 47% share. In the U.S. smartphone market, Apple's iOS narrowed Android's lead to 9 percentage points, according to Kantar Worldpanel's second-quarter survey. BlackBerry's share plummeted from 4% to 1.1% as Windows Phone grew from 2.9% to a 4% share.
Details have emerged on Nokia's plans to release a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet early next year that will come equipped with a cover containing a battery and doubling as a keyboard and kickstand, according to an online report that suggests AT&T will market the device in the U.S. Connectivity will also come from HDMI and USB ports on the device, which will compete with Microsoft's own Surface tablet.
Google and Apple have partnered on a bid of more than $500 million to buy the bankrupt Eastman Kodak's digital patents, a not-uncommon practice among rivals who want to prevent litigation. "They have decided to come together in this process to reduce the cost of purchasing the Kodak patents, while meeting their business needs," said Richard Ehrlickman, president of IP Offerings, a patent brokerage and consulting firm. In other patent news, the U.S. Patent Office has issued a preliminary ruling invalidating all of Apple's 20 claims to a group of multitouch patents.