A Few weeks back Brand Finance Global 500 put out their list of the world's 500 most valued brands and Apple was named number one again for the third year in a row. Today, Fortune published their list of the top 100 most admired companies in the world, with Apple landing on top for the seventh consecutive year.
According to a new mobile phone forecast from IDC, mature smartphone markets like North America and Europe are expected to see growth drop to single digits. In emerging markets, 2014 volumes are expected to be 1.2 billion, up from 1 billion in 2013, representing 19.3% year-over-year growth. In the longer view, IDC forecasts worldwide smartphone shipments will slow to 8.3% annual growth by 2017 and 6.2% in 2018. While IDC's forecast spells out a gloomy smartphone future for Android OEMs, it may spell opportunity for Apple.
Devices running Google's Linux-based Chrome OS are some of the most affordable laptops and desktops on the market, typically costing under $400. While the profile of Chromebooks/Chromeboxes and their potential for PC market disruption looms large in the industry, even prompting a TV ad response from Microsoft, usage statistics point to the devices making a minimal impact in North America more than two years following their market debut.
According to a new NPD Group report, Apple maintained its top position in the US smartphone market with a 45 percent unit share in 2013. Overall, the US consumer smartphone market grew 21 percent as more than 121 million smartphones were sold in 2013. Sales results weakened during the fourth quarter as unit growth slowed to just 10 percent year over year.
Steve Jobs stated during an interview with Walt Mossberg in 2010 that "PC's are going to be like trucks. They're still going to be around. They're still going to have a lot of value," but that PC's, as clearly defined as desktops and notebooks, were going to be replaced by Post PC devices. Steve Jobs was talking up the Post PC era in that interview, a term which Jobs popularized back in 2007, according to Wikipedia. Since the roll out of the iPad, PC sales have been steadily falling off a cliff at a steady pace. In fact, Sony just announced that they're getting out of the traditional PC market – puff, gone. Apparently, the only ones that didn't get that memo about the Post PC era, was analyst firm Canalys.
According to a new IDC report published this afternoon, worldwide tablet shipments totaled 217.1 million units for the full calendar year 2013, which is up from 144.2 million units for the full year 2012 and represents a year-over-year growth rate of 50.6%. And despite gains made by Apple's competitors this year, they were still unable to unseat the king tablets: the iPad.
During Apple's Q1 Financial Conference Call yesterday afternoon Apple's CEO Tim Cook noted that iPhone sales had doubled year-over-year in mainland China. Yet the bigger news was yet to come. Cook noted that iPhone activations so far in the past week since the China Mobile launch had been the highest ever in the country. He further noted that the iPhone only launched in 16 cities and that they should see the iPhone in more than 300 cities by the end of the year as China Mobile continues to upgrade to 4G. Supporting Cook's enthusiasm for dynamic growth for iPhone sales in China is a new study published today that states that 4G sales in China are going to experience an explosive 1500% uptick in 2014.
On Friday we reported that Apple's new iPhones hit Samsung's Q4 Badly. On January 07, Businessweek estimated that Samsung had shipped 13 million units of their Galaxy S4 for Q4. Yet when the real numbers came in days later, Bloomberg reported that it was actually much, much worse at a measly 9 million units, down from selling 17 million in Q3. Today, Apple announced a record-breaking 51 million iPhones were sold in the holiday Quarter which clearly demonstrates that the new iPhone 5S was a smash hit this holiday season with consumers over rival products from Samsung and others. Report Updated with Conference Call Highlights 5:15 PST
Prior to Apple announcing their financials for calendar Q4 2013 later today, Chitika published a new tablet usage chart. Despite a quarterly and year-over-year share dip, Apple's iPad share rebounded to a level slightly ahead of its pre-Christmas figure of 77.3%, and its users still generate more than three quarters of all tablet-based Web traffic within the U.S. and Canada.
In September we reported that "Apple's iOS adoption rate crossed the 51% mark in 7 days flat. Growth has continued through the following two months, with iOS 7 usage rates surpassing the 70% mark within North America. It's very likely that iOS 7 will continue to substantially outpace iOS 6 adoption which reached 83% close to six months following its release in September 2012.
Apple's "iOS in the Car" project began under Scott Forstall in 2012 and in 2013 Eddy Cue gave Apple's project its official branding while explaining what the system would basically look like. Apple already has 18 car companies signed on and ready to go for late 2014. This is one of Apple's future battlefronts. Apple's project has been seen as a threat to the status quo. Today, others agree with this assessment of the in-vehicle infotainment system market. In fact, one study is predicting that Apple will shockingly grab close to 50% of this market by 2018. Is this one of the new product categories that Apple's CEO Tim Cook forecasted for 2014? Yes, it would appear to the case. Is Wall Street listening?
According to a new IDC report, worldwide tablet shipments grew to 47.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013. While slightly below the firm's forecast, the number still represents 7.0% growth over the previous quarter and 36.7% growth compared to the third quarter of 2012. Android products once again drove much of the shipment growth in the market as iOS growth stalled and Windows tablets continued to struggle to win over consumers.Yet the stats showing Samsung as the one driving Android may not be all that they're cracked up to be.