Apple has grabbed a good deal of limelight this week, both in the smartphone market and on the Internet, nudging aside Google and Samsung with the release of the iPhone 4S, the iOS5, the iCloud, new iOS apps, Mac OS X updates and the iLife software.
The eagerly awaited release of what many were expecting to be the iPhone 5 (it turned out to be the iPhone 4S) earlier this month was a good start, with buyers lining up overnight, and escalating sales records to a new high. Apple's new software, the iOS 5 which has 200 new features, hit the markets a few days before the launch of the new iPhone.
Apple has also seen its shares close at a record high this week, up 3.3 percent at $422.
A List of the 5 Big Events That Made This an Apple-Filled Week
Consumers Overwhelmed with iPhone 4S
The iPhone 4S launch saw big lineups overnight outside retail stores and has turned out to be the most successful iPhone launch the company has ever seen. Apple said it received more than a million pre-orders in the first 24 hours. According to a Bloomberg report, most analysts believe Apple will sell 2 to 3 million iPhone 4S units over the weekend.
Release of iOS 5
Apple debuted the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and released it to consumers this week. The software brings 200 features to the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch, including Notifications, iMessage, iCloud service, photo improvements.
Arrival of Find My Friend and Airport Utility App
Apple introduced two new apps on the iOS platform before pushing it out; one of these was the Find My Friend app which allows users to keep track of friends with other iOS devices and the other for setting up the company's network.
Mac OS X 10.7.2. With iCloud Support
Apple released an OS X 10.7.2 update for its latest Lion operating system, which includes support for Apple's iCloud service. It includes synchronization options for e-mail, contacts, notes, bookmarks, documents, calendars and the iCloud iPhoto stream feature.
Wins Injunction Against Samsung in Australia
In the legal arena, Apple recorded another win, when the Federal Court of Australia awarded it an interlocutory injunction against Samsung selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 for infringing on Apple's patents.
Google and Samsung have had a hard time coping with Apple's dominance. Both competitors of the California-based organization are holding off an event they had scheduled for this week to announce the first phone based on the next version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich. According to an AllThingsD report, both companies changed their mind, saying, We believe this is not the right time to announce a new product as the world expresses tribute to Steve Jobs' passing.