RIM (Research in Motion) has been losing its standing in the smartphone market for some time now following the rise of the iPhone and Android, but has always been able to count on government agencies and companies for their reliance on Blackberry devices as their official business phone. However, it seems that their grip on the corporate section of their global customer base may be slipping as the iPhone is slowly encroaching into its territory.
Many have claimed that this was not unexpected and that there are a lot of factors contributing to the gradual abandoning of BlackBerrys in favour of iPhones. A report by the IDC (International Data Corporation) posits that iPhone shipments will substantially exceed the number of BlackBerry shipments, owing to the popularity of the iPhone amongst company officials and corporates. Last year the IDC predicted that by 2016, nearly 22.4 million corporate-liable BlackBerry devices would be shipped. They have now determined that 68.9 million iPhone shipments will be made by 2016, dwarfing the expected number for RIM. To add to this, a lot of companies have begun incorporating ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policies by allowing employees to use the same device for personal as well as professional use.
As Apple is expected to introduce a new iPhone on Wednesday, it will come with the next version of iOS, the iPhone operating system. With that introduction, iPhone users will be upgrading apps and trying out all of Apple’s cool, new features.
One of those new apps users may download has been made by one of the youngest app developers in Apple history.
Charley Hutchison is a seventh-grader from Mississippi and his goal was to have an app in the Apple App Store before his 12th birthday.
“I’ve always been really interested in computers. Then my parents had an iPhone, and I really loved playing with apps on there, so I decided, why don’t I make my own app?” Charley said. “If there’s so many already on the store, surely I can make one myself.”