The iPhone 6 is doing abundantly well when it comes to sales. So well, in fact, the phone is closing in on Samsung‘s top smartphone maker title. It’s a title that the Korean company took from Apple in the third quarter of 2011 and one that it has held onto since. However, given the iPhone’s strong sales and Samsung’s market share decrease of 34 percent in 2013 to 25 percent this past year after only shipping 78 million smartphones in the third quarter, it appears that Samsung may not hold the title for that much longer.
Apple’s success is in large part to the larger screened iPhone 6 and 6 plus with analysts believing that Apple sold 66.5 million iPhones in the quarter that ended on Dec. 27, an increase of 30 percent to the year before. Exact numbers won’t be known until Apple releases its iPhone sales tomorrow but the company is forecasted to post a revenue of $67.5 billion, up by 17 percent from last year. Coupled with options for larger amounts of internal memory the phones have also benefitted from being released with new carriers in China that included China Mobile LTD and NTT DoCoMo Inc.
As a result of the falling shares and sales for Samsung, the company is looking at restructuring management and design aspects in order to curb the loss of sales. Even so, Samsung is expected to see a drop in sales, but not one as drastic as 2014. That said, as always, we’ll just have to wait and see.
source: Wall Street Journal
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Got a device with specs two years old? Specifically, are those devices the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6? Good news if you live in China, Xiaomi is working on starting up a trade-in system that will allow you to pitch your
lemons Apples for shiny, new Mi Notes or Mi Note Pros.
If all goes according to plan, Xiaomi would like to take your iPhone 5s and replace it with a Mi Note. If you have an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, you can receive a Mi Note Pro. Xiaomi is claiming that they’ll take any functioning iPhone 5s/6/6P in any condition for this trade-in program.
Further reading: Xiaomi announces the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro
No word on whether this will stretch beyond the Chinese borders or what they plan to do about the retail price discrepancy between the companies’ devices.
Come comment on this article: Xiaomi to launch their own “cash for clunkers”: trade in your iPhone for a Mi Note
For years, consumers have been demanding larger screens and have placed their buying power behind original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) willing to give them what they want. Apple, slowly accepting the consumer demand despite the vocal minority’s laments, has finally delivered a modern screen size to its iPhone products with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
This news is old and has been talked about for months now, obviously. What is new, though, is the data showing that Apple’s size upgrade with the iPhone has hit Android OEMs in an unlikely location: their home countries. Counterpoint Technology Market Research, an Asian-based consulting firm that delivers data-driven analyses of market trends, has released a report detailing Apple’s newest attack on the Asian front.
If you’ve ever wondered where Android OEMs get their huge competitive strength from despite Apple’s dominance in western markets, it’s due to their widespread popularity in the eastern and emerging market regions. Apple has been fending off the likes of Samsung in places like the United States, while not being able to make much headway against them, because the iPhone simply wasn’t that desirable of a product on the other side of the Pacific. Until now, that is.
Counterpoint reports that from May 2014 to November 2014, Samsung’s presence in Koreans’ pockets dropped nearly 20%, while Apple saw a huge boost of nearly 25% especially after the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus’ release. Tom Kang, Counterpoint’s research director in Korea had the following comment: “No foreign brand has gone beyond the 20% market share mark in the history of Korea’s smartphone industry. It has always been dominated by the global smartphone leader, Samsung. But iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have made a difference here, denting the competition’s phablet sales. Korea being the world’s highest penetrated phablet market (handsets with 5” above screens) earnestly needed a large screen iPhone for quite a time and now this thirst has been quenched. If there was a better supply of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus 64GB & 128GB models during the month then Apple’s share could have climbed to the 40% level.”
An even bigger jump for Apple took place in Japan, a location where Apple sales have generally done better historically than in other Asian markets. In November 2014, it finished out with a record 51% in sales.
In China, iPhone sales rose sharply as well, but still fell behind Chinese favorites Xiaomi and Lenovo. It took the two combined, however, to stay ahead of the singular Apple entry.
Perhaps Apple took a page from Samsung’s playbook: don’t listen to the old-guard technology junkies and look to what real people want. Apple die-hards in the blogosphere might rail against the larger screens and other new technology, but at least half of the US segment owns a large-screen Android device and an unfathomable percentage of the population overseas owns one as well. So Apple ditches the squeaky wheel in order to compete directly across all fronts and, apparently, it’s working.
As I mentioned back in December, I expect Android OEMs to have a tough 2015 unless they pull their collective heads out of, well, you get the idea.
Come comment on this article: Size does matter: larger iPhone 6 brings the smartphone war to Samsung’s home ground
People do some pretty kooky things for love, and while some attempts end up outrageously romantic, others fall flat on their face. This is one case where the attempt has failed pretty spectacularly when a Chinese man purchased 99 iPhones, specifically the iPhone 6, in his proposal attempt to a young lady. The young lovestruck fellow, who proposed in the city of Guangzhou, even arranged the 99 devices in a heart shape (see above) and gathered friends around the heart to witness the supposedly romantic event.
Unfortunately, the lady in question didn’t feel the same way, leaving the young man standing in the middle of $85,000 USD worth of Apple products – I wonder if Android devices would have been cheaper/more successful. The unsuccessful proposal apparently cost the gentleman ¥500,000 in local currency, though he shouldn’t have too many issues finding buyers – the iPhone 6 is in hot demand in China. In fact, people have offered body organs in exchange for Apple products in the past so the man shouldn’t be short of lifestyle choices should he engage in bartering instead of cash.
Just remember kids: you can’t buy love.
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Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s recent refresh of OneDrive, Dropbox has now made its iOS app compatible with Apple’s fingerprint-scanning technology, Touch ID, as well. You’ll need iOS 8 in order for the feature to work, but chances are you’re already running the latest and greatest software from Apple anyway. Aside from adding the ability to unlock the application by way of Touch ID, Dropbox also updated it to support the bigger screens of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — something that owners of Apple’s newest smartphones will definitely appreciate. Now someone tell Google to hurry and do the same for Drive.
Via: The Next Web
File-sharing service Dropbox has updated its official iOS app with a number of new features, including full optimization for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus as well integration with Touch ID for more convenient unlocking. The app also includes a fix for previewing rich text format format files and general stability and performance improvements.
Dropbox saw its last major update last month after the release of iOS 8 which brought a new Notification Center widget, a new Share extension that allows files from other apps to be opened and saved, and the ability to manage shared folders in the app. A number of other apps have also included support for Touch ID since the release of iOS 8 last month.
There are a few things you can count on when Apple releases a new iPad: it will be thinner, it will be faster and there will be a LOT of hyperbole. Amidst the claims of magical devices, record-breaking sales and “very cool stuff” there are also a lot of numbers. Here’s a closer look at the big digits from today’s event.
Chinese mobile carriers and Chinese e-commerce site Jingdong Mall (JD.com) have processed a combined total of about 20 million pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus since pre-orders began on October 10, reports Tencent (Google Translate, via Digitimes).
The report notes that China’s three biggest carriers including China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom have processed over 10 million of those pre-orders, while JD.com states that it has received 9.5 million pre-orders for both devices. JD.com specifies that 4.7 million pre-orders are for the iPhone 6, while 4.8 million pre-orders are for the iPhone 6 Plus. The figures also do not include pre-orders accepted by Apple or its over 6,000 resellers in the country.
Last Friday, it was reported that the three major Chinese carriers had taken one million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus pre-orders in the first six hours. Apple announced on September 22 that opening weekend sales for both devices topped ten million units, breaking the previous record of nine million units set by the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in 2013. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will officially be available in China this Friday, October 17.
If you have been following tech news this week, you might have heard about ‘Bendgate’ which is the alleged weakness of the newly released iPhone 6 Plus to resist fairly ordinary handling and bend quite severely. And not that good type of bending demonstrated by the LG G Flex; this looks to be a design flaw in the iPhone 6 Plus and looks like it will undermine Apple’s first attempt at a phablet device. The Apple faithful have been putting on a brave face and claiming that this is either untrue or those who have been testing it have been using excessive force. YouTuber Unbox Therapy has gone on record today to prove exactly how easy this bending occurs, and promptly tries to bend the new Moto X 2014 to show exactly how a normal phone should work.
Suffice to say that Apple probably needs to go back to the drawing board and try again. Quite a contrast to the Moto X 2014, which held its own in this brief test, and yet another feather in Motorola’s cap for making another robust device. The Moto X 2014, which was announced during IFA 2014 just a few weeks ago, combines much of the latest tech available to smartphones including a 5.2-inch display powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor. While that might not be the absolute newest processor available, the original Moto X proved Motorola can do a lot with a supposedly “underpowered” processor, let alone one of the best available. We can’t wait to see more of them in action.
What do you think about the Moto X 2014 and this whole ‘Bendgate’ ordeal? Let us know your thoughts.
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