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.
Apple just announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 third quarter ended September 27, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.5 billion and net profit of $7.5 billion, or $1.18 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. 'Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO.
On the eve of the Apple Event scheduled for tomorrow morning, Gartner rains down and states that the tablet trend is on a steep decline as growth has gone from 55% in 2013 to a measly 11% in 2014. While Apple's iPad sales have been down for the last two quarters, the tide could begin to turn as early as tomorrow if Apple could deliver something that brings back that original iPad magic.
A new study released today by Germany's respected market research firm GfK covers survey statistics from China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US about the reception of potential smartwatch services. The results reveal that that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches like the upcoming Apple Watch to carry tickets for passenger transport or as security keys to their computers and/or online accounts. The ability to transmit healthcare data via a smartwatch is also of particular interest to the majority of people. In America and China, there is far more openness for using smartwatches as identity cards and payment systems than those surveyed in Europe where there's much deeper skepticism of such future cloud based services.
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to August 2014, show that Apple's share of British smartphone sales defied convention by holding steady ahead of the iPhone 6 launch. Apple was boosted by the iPhone 5c, which was Britain's best-selling smartphone during August.
In July the UK based TechRadar gave Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S a great review, 4.5 stars out of 5. Yet despite that great review, the new Samsung tablet couldn't generate more tablet usage in the UK. In fact, according to a new UK tablet web traffic study by Chitika, Samsung's tablet usage rate actually fell from 9.1% in April to 8.8% in August. Overall, Apple's iPad was the web-traffic champ again crushing both Android and Windows tablets combined in the UK market.
Today Samsung introduced their all-new Galaxy Note Edge in Berlin to show that they intend to take the battle to Apple as the iPhone is expected to enter the Phablet market next week with a 5.5 inch model. With Apple coming onboard, the Phablet market is set to break records this fall and for all of 2015. According to a new forecast from IDC, worldwide phablet shipments (smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches) will reach 175 million units worldwide in 2014 and top 318 million in 2015.
In mid-July we posted a report titled "Apple's iPhone 5S Crushes Samsung's S5 Globally and Takes Third Spot in China." The statistical research results were derived from a report from Counterpoint. Late on Friday Counterpoint's latest report came to light covering new statistics from China. China remains the bright spot for the entire mobile phone value chain and crux of all the growth. More specifically, Counterpoint's report focuses on China's shift to 4G LTE and presents us with the latest stats that indicate that there's currently a close three horse race in play with Apple being one of them.
According to a new IDC report, the worldwide smartphone market reached a new milestone in the second quarter of 2014, moving past the 300 million unit mark for the first time in its history. Vendors shipped a total of 301.3 million smartphones worldwide in 2Q14, up 25.3% from the 240.5 million units shipped in the second quarter of 2013. The report shows that Apple's iOS dominates the smartphone market at the high-end by a wide margin. Yet despite the many blogs that are playing up the headline that Android and iOS make up 96% of the smartphone market by volume, the reality is that Apple's share of that volume was less than 12%. In other words, on the basis of volume alone, Apple's iOS was crushed by Android.
In a newly released report on Apple's diversity in the workplace, Apple's CEO Tim Cook duly noted that Apple was "committed to transparency, which is why we are publishing statistics about the race and gender makeup of our company. Let me say up front: As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page. We are making progress, and we're committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products." Cook added that "This summer marks the anniversary of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 — an opportunity to reflect on the progress of the past half-century and acknowledge the work that remains to be done." Patently Apple's report presents you with Tim Cook's full message on diversity along with a lot of graphics and statistics that will provide you with a full picture of Apple's diversity in the workplace 2014.
A new infographic published today details the initial results of ABC Live Video being on Apple TV and they're fantastic. According to ABC infographic, "Users watch 50% more ABC live video on Apple TV than on desktop and mobile combined." The research also uncovered that "viewers spend 65% more time per visit on Apple TV than on the desktop." The research further revealed that 9pm E.D.T. is primetime for Apple TV usage. See the infographic below for more on this development.
A new Counterpoint report published today notes that Apple & Samsung have, combined, controlled two-thirds of the US smartphone market for the last 10 quarters. Last month Hong Kong's Counterpoint reported that Apple's iPhone 5S was the number one Smartphone in the world, while missing out in China as the number two smartphone. Obviously Apple's iPhone 5S made gains around the world in order to become the number one smartphone, as they were also number two in the US.
An earlier UK-based smartphone usage study found that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry users generated more than 86% of the country's total smartphone Web traffic in June 2014. The latest study covering the US and Canadian markets shows a similar trend with Apple once again in the lead with a 52.3% smartphone usage rate. This is about doubles Samsung's usage rates – even though Samsung has more models on the market.
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.