Apple has sold 1.39 million iPhones, and 1.1 million during the quarter, the company reported. Mac shipments were up 34 percent, compared to last year, and iPod shipments were up 17 percent.
Apple is gaining share on the rest of the PC industry. Last week, IDC and Gartner had the worldwide PC market growing at about 15 percent, while Mac shipments are growing more than twice as fast.
The announcement lit up CNET News.com's message boards, with many readers debating the value of the Apple's market share versus other companies. But more than one reader expects the holiday shopping season to bring good tidings to Apple.
"With the reduced price, sexiness and shear functionality (not even including the coming 3rd party apps!) of the iPhone and the new iPods, Apple should have a blowout holiday season," forum.
Meanwhile, the hunt for the Google phone is a lot like hunting for Bigfoot. Rumors of a Google phone, or "Gphone," have circulated since late 2004 and hit a fever pitch over the last few months.
at its analyst day this week, but until now, Google executives and representatives have refused to comment, or even confirm, if Gphone is the name of a product many believe the search giant to be working on.
Often, where there's smoke, there's fire. And what do the smoke signals--and Google patents--say? Unlike Apple's iPhone, the Gphone probably won't be an actual hardware device. Instead, it's more likely to be a bundle of software and supporting infrastructure that allows a phone manufactured by someone else to access Google services, experts say.
But Google executives
"I'm on the board of Apple. I'm using the iPhone," said CEO Eric Schmidt, holding up his phone to show reporters. "We have a policy of not talking about future products."
Right now, Microsoft is focusing on its enterprise strengths. The company is announcing a new product, known as System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008, and noting that it is providing start-up funds for Enterprise Mobile, a new Boston-based service provider that will help companies manage the process of doling out smartphones to large workforces.
The new software allows businesses to push out software updates to phones over the air and also provides a VPN system for Windows Mobile devices to get secure access to corporate data, something that in the past has typically required third-party software. But even that product is some months away.
Face time for Microsoft
Microsoft may be playing catch-up in the mobile market, but it certainly got the jump on the competition in the social-networking space. Microsoft is
Under the terms of the new agreement, Microsoft will be the exclusive third-party advertising partner for the Palo Alto, Calif.-based social-networking site, and the Microsoft ads will expand beyond the United States to Facebook's international presence. So far, the advertising deal does not appear to have expanded beyond its current 2011 expiration date.
Microsoft is apparently doing well right now without being a dominant player in the mobile market. Like Apple,
As for Vista, the company said it saw double-digit growth in multiyear agreements by businesses and saw "the vast majority" of consumers opting for a premium version of the operating system. Microsoft also saw particularly strong results in the Windows client business, where revenue grew 25 percent in the quarter. And it sold 1.8 million Xbox 360 consoles in the quarter.
But Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer clearly sees big opportunities in the mobile-software market. As millions of consumers acquire cell phones, and as cell phones become more capable, it's a natural extension of Microsoft's core business of selling PC operating systems and applications.