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27-inch Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display

Anki Cozmo programmable robot

Microsoft Surface Laptop

Motorola Moto Z2 Play

Google Home

Sennheiser HD-1 in ear wireless headphones

Motorola Moto E4

Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch

BlackBerry KEYone

Philips Hue Smart Lighting System

insta360 nano 360 camera for iPhone

2017 Cadillac CT6 Luxury

UAG Rugged Case for Surface Book

Motorola Moto G5

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

2017 Chrysler Pacifica

2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Linksys VELOP Whole Home Mesh Network

Fitbit Alta HR

2016 Range Rover

2016 Ford Flex Limited

Timex IQ+ Move fitness tracking watch

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2017 Mazda CX-9 Signature

2016 Mazda MX-5

Sennheiser PXC-550 Bluetooth headphones

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4MATIC Sedan

Sudio Regent Bluetooth headphones

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

VisionTek SoundTube PRO Bluetooth speaker

Fitbit Charge 2

2017 GMC Acadia Denali

Apple AirPods

Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2016)

808

Game of Thrones Season Six Blu-Ray

Michelin Premier all-season tires

Tom Tom Spark 3 Cardio +

Google Daydream View VR headset

ASUS ZenBook 3

Jaybird X3

JBL SoundBoost Speaker Moto Mod

Moto Insta-Share Projector for Moto Z

Google Pixel XL

Apalon's My Alarm Clock app

Lenovo Moto Z

Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3

iOS 10

Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless vacuum

Tablo by Nuvyyo

Samsung Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable

Ulysses for macOS and iOS

Epson SureColor P600 Wide Format inkjet printer

HBO's Vinyl Season 1

Apple MacBook (2016)

Papago! GoSafe 268 mirror mounted dash-cam

Piper all-in-one security

JayBird Freedom headphones

SF MoMA app

Fitbit Blaze fitness tracker

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Friday
Sep022011

The Apple Beat: Safari on iOS is still the Mobile Browsing Juggernaut


By Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla

Apple's Safari browser found in iOS devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch remains the leading mobile browser by a surprisingly high margin according to a report by Net Applications. Not bad for a browser that doesn't even view Flash content.

Apple's mobile Safari is used for more than 50 percent of the browsing done on mobile devices (53 percent in August 2011, to be exact), and it has maintained this position for a number of months.

Think about it, Apple has sold 200 million iOS devices and the default browser on all of these is mobile Safari. Given the nature of iOS and Apple's approach, users are likely to stick with the default browser their device came with. In a way, this is much like how Microsoft's Internet Explorer became the no. 1 browser since it was the bundled go-to web browsing application on all Windows boxes.

What is surprising is that the no. 2 mobile browser isn't from Google, Opera Mini is still very much alive and just happy to be cruising along under Safari. Consider that Opera Mini is the favoured browser in non-smartphone handsets and you begin to understand just why it is sticking around (although to be fair, Opera Mini is the most cross-plaform browser we know of and can be seen on most tablet and smartphones out today).

To get a better picture of what the smartphone and tablet browser landscape looks like, check out NetMarketshare's Report.

The Steve Jobs Reading List

As I've covered Apple through the years, I've amassed a number of books magazines and articles on the company as well as on its enigmatic visionary leader, then CEO and now Chairman Steve Jobs. Jobs' own official autobiography, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson ships in November 21st but there are a number of worthy books out there to learn more about Jobs.

I recently re-watched The Pirates of Silicon Valley which was an engaging and entertaining (although not entirely accurate) retelling of the birth of the personal computer told from the point of view of Steve Jobs (played by Noah Wylie) and Bill Gates (played poorly by Anthony Michael Hall). A lot of the movie deals with Jobs and Woz as teenagers and how they started Apple from a garage and the film also gives insight into Jobs's early years. The video below, from Macworld 1999 shows real Steve and Noah Steve sharing a light moment together.

Pirates of Silicon Valley was based largely on  Fire in The Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer which is a genre defining take on early PC business and how everything we know today began.

Other books we can recommed are Steve Jobs: The Journey is the Reward by Jeffrey S. Young, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Alan Deutschman and one of the best reads you'll have about business characters and what goes on behind the scenes, Apple: The Intrigue, Egomania and Business Blunders That Toppled and American Icon by Jim Carlton. That last one doesn't focus solely on Steve Jobs but on Apple's other CEOs and was written at the time very few people believed Apple could survive. Going back to many of these books made me realize that Apple under Jobs 2.0 didn't just curtail disaster but managed to reinvent itself convincingly. 

While I was on this nostalgic journey, I also stumbled upon a goldmine of old Apple Keynotes on YouTube. Check out AppleKeynotes and take a nice trip back in time.

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Gadjo Sevilla is a long time Mac user and technician and has been covering Apple's business and products for over 15 years. The Apple Beat is a weekly opinion column focusing on the latest Apple news.

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