Today the leading producer of global patent databases, analytic solutions and innovative web services released its annual tabulation of the top U.S. patent recipients for 2014. Another banner year for the patent world, 2014 saw annual U.S. patent grants increase by more than 8 percent reaching an all-time high of 300,678 and surpassing the 300,000 mark for the first time.
In September we posted a report titled "Samsung weeps as iPhone 6 Mania Rocks around the Globe." There was just something in the air about the iPhone 6 that was different from some previous models. In part it was the introduction of Apple's first Phablet taking on Samsung's Galaxy Note. Apple was taking the battle to Samsung and there was electricity in the air as the battle began. Today, to a new study by Kantar tells us that the iPhone 6 had won the war by a wide margin in the U.S.
In July we reported that the iPhone 5S and 5C were the top selling smartphones in Britain and more surprisingly that iPhone users accounted for close to 50% of the country's web traffic. Today, new data shows that Apple's new iPhone 6 models have boosted iPhone sales to 42.5% of British sales for a 12.2% boost year over year.
As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg makes higher education more affordable, more accessible, and more successful for students. Chegg surveyed 880 college students attending 2-year and 4-year colleges between December 16th and December 19th to see what electronics such as smartphones, tablets and headphones students preferred. For Christmas gifts the winner with students is all things Apple – but the jumbo chart presented in our report also shows you what other gifts that could make the grade this holiday season.
Apple's initial stumbles with the release of iOS 8 hurt the adoption of Apple's latest mobile operating system. But after stabilizing, the numbers have been growing steadily. In early November Apple's iOS 8 adoption rate was noted as being 56%. A month later Apple's developer webpage tracking adoption rates now presents a new chart showing that the adoption of iOS 8 has risen by another 7% to a total of 63%.
Last month a report from market research firm Strategy Analytics noted that Samsung Electronics' smartphone market share in North America fell from 36.2 percent to 24.8 percent between the second and third quarters of this year, hitting a record low since the third quarter of 2012. Apple, meanwhile, increased its share by six percentage points to 33.9 percent. A separate report claimed that Apple was the world's number one smartphone vendor by revenue in Q3. Now a new report from Chitika is reporting that not only is Apple clobbering Samsung in North America for web traffic, they're also beating them handily in respect to App traffic/usage rates.
After Samsung's profits fell by more than 60%, Gartner's latest smartphone report rubs it in that Samsung's market share in China dropped a whopping 28.6% year-over-year with Xiaomi hammering them without mercy. In respect to worldwide sales, Samsung still rang in as the number one volume leader proving volume without profit is simply a useless stat. They're king of nothing. While Apple's market share grew in Q3, we'll have to wait for the stats covering Q4 to know how much the iPhone 6 advanced the market share needle point for Apple.
With just about a month's worth of data on iPhone sales, Kantar reports that the iPhone 6 Plus has captured 41% of "phablet" sales—sales of smartphones with a screen size of 5.5 inches and larger. Phablet sales currently represent 10% of overall smartphone sales, up from 2% for the same period last year.
Yesterday we reported that Apple iOS users won the Thanksgiving Day spending battle by spending about 25% more than Android owners on their Turkey Day purchases, with an average of $118.57 per order compared to $95.25, according to the most recent data from IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark. Today, new stats have emerged about online holiday shopping. New York City was the leading city for online shopping over the two-day period, followed by Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago. New York City shoppers spend an average of $121.91 on Black Friday. Did Apple iOS users win the battle again? Yes, of course.
In a report that we posted a month ago we covered CEO of Cheezburger Ben Huh talking about how Apple owns the market's mind share because they've become the platform for the creative class. This flies in the face of the fact that the Android operating system dwarfs iOS in pure market stats. But it's not just about "mind share" it's also about Apple customers spending more money on Apps and hardware than your average Androider does. A new report published today confirms this as fact.
The iPad Champion Stands Alone: According to new report published in Taiwan today there were 5.445 million branded consumer tablets sold in the China market during the third quarter of 2014. While that marked a 1% decrease on quarter it marketed a 25.1% increase on the year. The data was provided by China-based Analysys International. Apple's iPads took top position in this category and our chart shows you how Apple crushed all of their competitors combined.
According to a new "Good Technology" report, Businesses of all sizes continue to evolve from point solutions to a full platform approach for mobility. As they do so they continue to adopt additional apps and the business impact of these apps continues to increase. Already this year, we've seen enterprise mobility move well beyond simple mobile device management (MDM) and basic email on smart devices. Noteworthy is the fact that the Good Technology report noted that Apple's iOS activations in the enterprise continued to grow in Q3 thanks to the iPhone 6. The report further noted that iOS reversed a decline in activation share and won share from Android.
The Market is flooded with cheap unprofitable tablets: Today a new IDC report was published regarding the top five tablet vendors for Q3 2014. Despite a continued shipment decline for its iPad product line, Apple maintained its lead in the worldwide tablet market, shipping 12.3 million units in the third quarter.
Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports that their latest data covering just the first few days of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have shown a nice little pop for iOS smartphone market share in most major centers. The marketplace with the largest boost from iPhone 6 sales just might surprise you.
During Apple's live financial conference call this afternoon Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that he wasn't concerned over iPhone subsidy cuts in China. While admitting there were some "pressures," he quickly noted that 80% of iPhones sold in China today aren't using subsidies. That was a surprising detail. I think it'll take another quarter before the full picture about subsidies is clear. But for now, Apple shows no concern over this issue in the least.