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.
Late last month we reported that "Apple's iPad Continues to Crush all Android Tablets Combined with 77% of Web Traffic in the US and Canada." Today, IDC released a new report that shows that Apple is still king of the tablet market worldwide. That's the good news. The bad news is that IDC is playing games with the tablet figures just like Strategic Analytics did with smartphone sales to favor Samsung. Strategic Analytics mixed "mobile phone" sales in with "smartphone" to confuse the statistics of who is selling more smartphones. Apple doesn't sell mobile phones; they sell only smartphones, so the stats are completely unreliable. Today, IDC is playing the very same type of game by throwing in 2-in-1 Ultrabooks that act as a tablet knowing full well that Apple doesn't play in that market. To prop up the other vendors numbers, the 2-in-1 devices are now included. It's sad that the market has to play games because they can't beat Apple head on. Apple may have still come out on top this time around, but will they be able to stay on top for long with 2-in-1 units gaining ground? The trend is what's disturbing.
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.