3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple Boosts Bluetooth, BlackBerry Q10 Sales Are Strong, and Microsoft Drops Office For iOS
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL): Among the other headlines surrounding the Cupertino iPhone maker, iOS 7 reportedly sports far superior Bluetooth support for peripheral accessories and devices, such as speakers, fitness trackers, medical devices, and notably, smart watches. The new system will also feature AirDrop, allowing users to — via Bluetooth — quickly exchange photos or documents. The Verge adds that the expanded support ideally means users shouldn’t have to worry about fussing with settings to get things functioning properly — like Pebble had to do with iOS 6.
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): Wells Fargo reports that salespeople have indicated strong sales for the QWERTY-loaded Q10, and has been a generally strong seller in the U.S. The firm expects the company to report slightly stronger than expected results for its May quarter, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT): The software giant has dropped its Office 365 program into the iOS format, indication that the company and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) seem to have resolved their contentions over the revenue split — at least for the time being. In order to use it, one must have an existing Office 365 subscription to begin with — the app itself however, is free. This is, for now, an-iPhone only app. Charts, animations and other elements are supported. There’s no iPad version yet, though obviously it will run on the iPad. Offline editing is supported, AllThingsD reports.