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.
ABI Research reports 438 million handsets and 244 million smartphones shipped during the 3rd quarter of 2013. Samsung retained its lead in handset shipments and grew its share of smartphone shipments to 35%, while Apple share remained flat at 14%. Yet ABI's new report is playing a bit of shell game by narrowly limiting iOS stats to only smartphone's to enhance Android's numbers.
IDC's latest report states that the worldwide smartphone market grew 38.8% year over year in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13). Vendors shipped a total of 258.4 million smartphones in 3Q13, establishing a new record for units shipped in a single quarter by more than 9.0%. The previous high was 237.0 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013. Apple remained in second spot behind Samsung with slightly better market share gains than Samsung when compared to last quarter stats. Apple was up 5.7% and Samsung down 1.6%.
With all of the critics were expecting a poor iPhone quarter, Apple once again foiled their negative forecasts and enjoyed a great iPhone quarter. Apple sold a record 33.8 for the September quarter, compared to 26.9 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple's Tim Cook delivered a knock out statistic in iPad sales in education and more during Apple's financial conference call held this afternoon.
Microsoft thought that by debuting their Surface tablet last year that they'd invade Apple's iPad space just in time for Christmas sales and grab instant market share away from Apple to make headlines around the globe. In reality, they embarrassingly had to write off $900 million worth of inventory as the desire for a Windows based tablet was close to zero. In round two, Microsoft began cutting prices aggressively in the beginning of July of this year. And the results were surprising.
A new Gartner study published today provides us with a new round of statistics to mull over and dissect regarding 2013 worldwide shipments and trends. Combined worldwide shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32 billion units in 2013, a 4.5 percent increase from 2012. A generalized trend that Gartner sees in the year's closing quarter is that it will be driven by lower-priced devices in all categories while there'll be a boost for PC devices coming from hybrid notebook-tablets
Apple's release of two new iPhone models on September 20, 2013 was the company's latest salvo in the smartphone market. The two respective models, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, were aimed to appeal to different sets of customers with two separate price points and some feature differences. Initial domestic sales estimates for both devices have been positive, and based on the latest usage figures, the iPhone 5S and 5C have already made a significant impact on the iPhone ecosystem.
International Data Corporation's latest U.S. and Worldwide PC shipment stats were just released. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013. In year-on-year terms, the market contracted -7.6%, ahead of a projected decline of -9.5% for the current quarter. Although Lenovo inched out over HP, HP held up well in this tough market with a 0.4% growth which is in stark contrast to both Acer and ASUS who dropped more than 34% for the quarter. In the US, the only loser in this quarter was Apple.
T-Mobile grew to 13.2% of smartphone sales in the U.S. market in the 3 month period ending August 2013, marking its highest share of sales over the past year, and realized a growth of 1.1% points, reversing an on-going trend of year-on-year decline. The sales growth comes as a result of strong iOS sales and strategic discounts, based upon analysis by the company.
In the first two days after iOS 7 was released, the adoption rate quickly jumped to 32% which was a historic record for Apple. After a week, the adoption rate of iOS 7 has leapt to 51.8% which has already beaten Google's adoption rate for Android-Jelly Bean which was at 45% of the Android ecosystem in 14 months, according to Chitika Research.
South China Morning Post quoted James Yan a senior analyst at IDC China as saying that Apple's share in the world's largest smartphone market, which has declined dramatically in the face of strong competition from Samsung Electronics and popular mainland brands, "is expected to remarkably improve with the launch of the new iPhones on China Mobile's network." The IDC chart indicates that iOS adoption could double in 2014.
According to a new IDC report, the worldwide mobile phone market is forecast to grow 7.3% year over year in 2013, marking a sharp rebound from the nearly flat (1.2%) growth experienced in 2012. Strong demand for smartphones across all geographies will drive much of this growth as worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to surpass 1 billion units for the first time in a single year. Worldwide smartphone shipments are forecast to grow 40.0% year over year to more than 1.0 billion units this year with strong gains in emerging markets and the sub-$200 smartphone segment. IDC's report presents a forecast of Smartphone OS growth, and they don't see Apple's iOS gaining much ground going forward.