A new report published yesterday by market research firm Strategy Analytics shows that Apple's iPhone sales grew an impressive 16.8% year-over-year, significantly above Samsung's anemic 6%. Apple was only second to Huawei who scored an impressive year-over-year growth of 22.4%. Yet some of the other statistics that were presented in Strategy Analytics' charts skewed Apple's real position.
During Apple's April Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple's Q2 (or calendar Q1) demonstrated that they could do well in a number of geographies from emerging markets to the developed markets. Cook then followed up with specific examples: "Brazil was up 61%, Russia was up 97%, Turkey was up 56%, India up 55% and Vietnam was up 262%. I could go on but the point is that there are a number of markets out there where we're beginning to really catch on with. These haven't been particular strong points for Apple." Apple's conference call was held on April 23, 2014. The very next day, a new study was published with findings that put a little wind into Tim Cook's sails about the momentum for Apple in emerging markets.
Once again Chitika Insights latest web traffic stats for tablets in the US and Canadian markets has rolled out and Apple has crushed their Android competitors handily. Chitika notes that "the proverbial elephant in the room is iPad usage share, which still stands at over 77% of all U.S. and Canadian tablet-based Web traffic."
While we reported earlier on Apple's financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter that ended March 29, 2014, there were a few interesting little tidbits that emerged from Apple's Q&A session at their conference call. Though one thing is for sure, Apple's appears to be in no rush to expand their product line just yet. Until whatever they're working on is insanely great; it's not going to be revealed.
If you're an Apple shareholder, rejoice! Apple's Board of Directors surprisingly approved a seven-for-one stock split. Apple today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized another significant increase to the Company's program to return capital to shareholders. The Company expects to utilize a total of over $130 billion of cash under the expanded program by the end of calendar 2015.
If developers are wondering what platform to choose for their beacon technology rollout, it's a no brainer. The current score has 87% of iOS devices ready and 2.5% of Android devices ready at this very moment. Here's a trend Google apparently never saw coming. A new slideshow is now available that can provide everyone with the ABC's of beacon technology and applications. It's not iBeacon specific, but it does illustrate Apple's iOS dominance in this area of technologies.
They say that a photo is worth a thousand words. This is a clear example proving that out. The map illustrated in our cover graphic was created by Mapbox. It clearly shows us just how hot the iPhone really is in the richest part of New York: Manhattan. The iPhone is king in Manhattan in stark contrast to Newark, New Jersey where incomes are substantially less. It's an established fact that Apple's iPhone is adopted by more in the higher-end of the market, but this classic map gives visual life to those stats.
A new study published by Kantar today claims that the value proposition for tablets is still very cloudy for consumers. In 4Q13, tablet penetration in the United States reached 37%, a growth of 54% compared to the same period in 2012. Yet year-over-year growth is beginning to slow down. The report notes that 53% of US consumers interviewed during the holiday quarter said that they won't be buying a tablet in the next 12 months and 34% stated they were unlikely to buy a tablet in that same timeframe. The task for the industry tablet leaders is to send clearer marketing messages to consumers convincing them why they should take the plunge and buy a tablet. Of course Apple is well ahead of the researchers in this regard and initiated a focused ad campaign about different Verses – unique individual universes of how consumers are connecting to their iPad. Apple has an extensive list of stories outlining many different personal and commercial uses for the iPad. Apple's the only one doing this.
According to comScore's latest report on key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending January 2014, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 41.6 percent OEM market share.
A Few weeks backBrand 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.
According to a list released today of the world's 500 most valued brand by Brand Finance Global 500, Apple is number one again for the third year in a row. Others on the list include Samsung, Google, Microsoft, Verizon, GE, AT&T, Amazon, Walmart and IBM.
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.