IDC is reporting today that the worldwide tablet grew 11.0% year over year in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14) with shipments reaching 49.3 million units. Although shipments declined sequentially from 1Q14 by -1.5%, IDC believes the market will experience positive but slower growth in 2014 compared to the previous year. As for Apple, they remain the number one tablet vendor in the world with close to 27% market share for Q2.
While Apple's CEO Tim Cook fielded most of the analysts questions during their Q3 Financial Conference Call today on a wide variety of matters from the impact of iPhone trade-in programs through to Japan's new VAT (Value Added Taxes) that will play havoc on short-term iPhone sales (smartphone sales in general), it was the iPad that Cook wanted to spend more time on. Apple's iPad sales were incrementally down as noted in Apple's press release posted earlier today. Yet Cook was really pumped up about future iPad developments and so this report takes a look at a few of Cook's comments on this important market segment.
Apple just announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended June 28, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $37.4 billion and quarterly net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $35.3 billion and net profit of $6.9 billion, or $1.07 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 36.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter's revenue. Apple's CEO stated that Apple's record June quarter revenue was fueled by strong sales of iPhone and Mac sales and the continued growth of revenue from the Apple ecosystem."
A new web traffic report published today once again shows that Apple's iPad remains the King of web traffic in the US and Canada. It likewise reports that Samsung's user base exhibited the largest share loss over the same timeframe, dropping two full percentage points. This supports our report that indicated that Samsung tablet sales were sluggish for last quarter.
The Korean Press this morning is perplexed, stunned and confused at how Apple's iPhone 5S was able to remain the number one smartphone in the world. We reported earlier this month that in Q1 Apple was the number one smartphone in the world. Now the latest stats from Technology Research firm Counterpoint confirm smartphone statistics for May which finally reveals that the iPhone 5S retained its number one status and this time against the Galaxy S5 head on.
Apple unveiled the initial build of its latest desktop operating system at the company's worldwide developer conference (WWDC) in early June 2014. With a bevy of new features, including a tighter integration with other Apple devices and services, on top of some user interface changes, many considered Yosemite to represent a dramatic change for Apple in the desktop arena. Subsequent developer interest seems to have been equally striking, as initial adoption figures of the OS beta version in North America have significantly outpaced those of its predecessor, OS X Mavericks.
A new ABI report published today illustrates that Apple and Samsung account for the majority of the top 20 smartphone models sold worldwide in Q1 2014. Apple's flagship iPhone 5S clocked in as the number one smartphone around the world. Samsung's heavily marketed flagship device Galaxy S4 i9500 16GB came in second. Although Samsung's Galaxy S5 was shown at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress this past February, it didn't acutally launch publicly until the beginning of Q2 so it naturally didn't show up in this latest ABI report.
A new set of stats from a comScore report published today finds the latest trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for May 2014. According to comScore, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.9 percent OEM market share. While Google's Android took the overall lead with 52% market share, it's amazing that the Android Army couldn't score higher than 52%. Apple is doing an amazing job at retaining their market leadership as the number one OEM in the US.
Barron's is reporting today that while Berkshire Hathaway knocked Apple out of the Number One spot last year in Barron's annual ranking of the world's most respected companies, Apple has stormed back to take the top spot leaving the competition in the dust.
Last month we reported that "Samsung's Galaxy S5 was Confirmed a Dud & May Hurt Financials," and shortly thereafter reported that a Samsung VP admitted that their quarter wasn't looking good. With all of the hoopla over the Galaxy S5 being a smash hit, stats presented today in a new Kantar study actually reports the very opposite. According to their study, not only was the Galaxy S5 not a smash hit in Britain but it actually came in below Apple's iPhone 5C. Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C were the first and second bestselling smartphones in Britain last month with the new Samsung Galaxy S5 in distant third place.
Samsung Electronics filed or bought the largest number of patents for chips, smart media and smartphones throughout last year, Thomson Reuters said Monday. This is quite contrary to the Androider's myth that Apple is the biggest patent filer. In fact, Apple didn't even make the top five patent filers globally and more importantly didn't make the top ten in the key area of mobile telephony.
A new study by Chitika for June 2014 shows us that Apple's iOS trumped Android again when measuring web traffic in the US and Canada. It's another study to show that developers creating cool web apps should consider iOS first for the best return on their investment.
In late February 2014, Chitika Insights observed that iOS 7 users generating the vast majority of Web traffic from U.S. and Canadian iPhones (84.3%) and iPads (78.5%). These high rates of adoption for the company's latest OS versions have been a frequently touted selling point for Apple in its efforts to maintain its strong developer community. With iOS 8 expected to be at least partially unveiled during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote on Monday, Chitika revisited overall iOS version distribution on each respective device type. Expectedly, the latest data indicate indicates that share growth for iOS 7 across both iPhones and iPads in North America is at a high going into the conference.
According to a new Kantar Worldpanel study, 88% of iPhone owners in the US who plan to change/upgrade devices over the next 12 months say that they'll stick with Apple. In Apple's other largest market, China, 41% of iPhone owners who intend to change devices in the next 12 months say they will stick with Apple. In other statistics, the study shows that Apple is wining the "switchers" battle with Samsung in the US and China and shows us which iPhone models are being sold in China. Kantar also states that the iPhone 6 is expected to sell well and that an iPhone with a larger display will sell better in China than it will in the US.