iPhone in the lead in Ireland’s smartphone market.

It’s official; the iPhone is Ireland’s most popular smart phone, beating the competition by a clear lead.

This week, DRG, a digital advertising agency announced that iPhone sales in Ireland had reached 250,000 handsets over the various models, and that iPhone internet browsers account for an increasing amount of web traffic in a recently released bunch of statistics for the Irish mobile market, one of the highest penetrated markets in the world (about two phones for every person in the country).

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An Apple a day, keeps the competition away…

Apple has changed the world, literally. They’ve let us bring our music libraries with us where ever we go, made smart phones cool for the average joe blogs, now they’re going to shake up up portables and how we read news and magazines.

While this is brilliant for us, who are now so used to seeing the Apple logo, it’s practically one of our five-a-day now. The Software and hardware giant has also livened up competition, made other companies fight for our attention and forcing them to produce machines that don’t just work, but look attractive.

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iSlate delay, 6 months?!…!

Apple is all set to formally announce the new Touch based device, popularly christened the ‘iSlate’. However, while we’ll get an introduction very soon, most of us will have to wait at least six months to actually lay our hands on one.

Word has surfaced that the software and hardware giant may release the new slate in a similar pattern as the original iPhone in 2007. This does mean a longer wait for those of us outside of the US, but should be just in time for christmas.

iSlate, or not to iSlate, when will we be seeing one on the shelves?

The rumoured tablet was supposed to be shipping in March, but it’s now looking more likely to be June, due to what has been described as ‘minor issues’ and for more work to be done on battery life and the model’s durability.

The iSlate is set to take on the role of something between an iPhone and a Mac, however as more and more stories and suggestions come to light about the device it does seem to be leaning more towards an actual Mac; being able to run multiple programs, web browsing and magazine and ebook reading all on a ten inch touch screen screen, which could revolutionise portable computing.

It’s also believed that WiFi would be the most likely option when going for web access, and using 3G as a secondary ‘out-and-about means’, which has raised the question of whether or not there would be two models available; the WiFi only, or both WiFi and 3G in one.

Another change to what we expected, apart from the delay which has shifted people’s ideas about the new release and what it could do as a portable, is the cost; originally thought only to be $600, with added costs for the large touchscreen and various hardware fittings the price has now been suggested to be around $1,000 or about €700.

Even with the increased price Apple are still expecting to shift up to a million units per quarter, according to Kaufman Bros, who are investors in the Cupertino company.

This does appear to be another bundle of rumours which are popping up like daisies ahead of Apple’s event, so for now it’s best to take them as they come, and have our excitement and credit cards go on standby.

Apple might launch touchscreen iMac…

The possibility of an ‘iSlate’ today became a step closer with the rumour surfacing of Apple launching a touchscreen version of its popular iMac desktop range.

Touchy? No Touchy? Will the touchscreen iMac work?

It makes sense for Apple to begin introducing some touchscreen models to their computers. If they are indeed to launch a tablet, then the computer manufacturer needs to show a certain amount of confidence in touchscreen technology other than small portables like the iPhone, such as being able to put one of their flagship computer lines into the world of touch.

It appears that the touchscreen is here to stay, regardless, it seems to be the future with more and more companies producing touch enabled computers, phones, and media devices. However, Apple is making what was otherwise an unnoticed market suddenly the centre of attention, even stealing the show from Microsoft, who last week debuted a new line of ‘slate’ PC’s.

A question that quickly pops to mind is how long a user can sit at an iMac and comfortably use the touchscreen without getting a strain, and whether or not anyone would bother using the feature with a mouse and keyboard closer at hand.

With all the talk about Apple products so close to their next event, it seems like a good idea to take some of these rumours onboard, and hope we’re not disappointed.