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Sep 092014
 



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Has Apple become an unstoppable, unrivalled money-minting juggernaut?

Already a powerful force in smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, apps and music downloads, the digital media goliath today extended its appeal with customers by introducing two new iPhone models with bigger displays, an Apple Pay mobile payment service and the Apple Watch.

Although Android devices account for nearly 85% of all smartphones shipments worldwide, Apple takes home the bulk of the booty in the segment.

iPhone also has the cachet for being the most desired smartphone among consumers, particularly with Americans.

Popular as some rivals like Samsung Galaxy or LG G3 are in certain geographies, they’re far behind the iPhone in the smartphone beauty contest.

New iPhones

One of the highlights of Apple’s media event in Cupertino today featuring CEO Tim Cook and his top aides was the launch of two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen while the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5-inch display.

Apple's New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Smartphones

Both phones run on Apple’s new A8 processor.

Except for the larger screens and better resolutions, I did not find anything unique about the new iPhones. Several of Apple’s rivals including Samsung, Lenovo and LG already offer 5.5-inch or larger display smartphones. Apple is late to the game!

Apple’s new mobile payment service Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

If history offers us any clues, the new iPhones will quickly gain favor with Americans and to a lesser extent around the world.

Don’t be surprised to see the lemmings line up at BestBuy, AT&T or the Apple stores starting tonight or tomorrow!

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus start shipping on September 19. You can pre-order them starting September 12.

Specs for iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6

Apple Watch

The other highlight of today’s announcement was the much hyped iWatch, now officially known as Apple Watch. Continue reading »

Jul 232013
 

Bring ‘em on!

That was the strong message Apple sent to the Samsungs, Sonys, Motorolas, HTCs and other Android vendors nipping at its heels.

Apple sold 31.2 million iPhones in its fiscal third quarter ending June 29 proving that the pricey smartphones can still weather the attack from the dozens of Android devices flooding the market.

iPhone unit sales were 5.1 million units ahead of analysts estimates of 26.1 million units for the quarter.

Average selling price of the iPhones were 4% (about $27) less year-over-year.

Apple sold a significant number of lower-priced iPhone 4 and 4S in the quarter, leading to lower average selling price.

In the same quarter a year ago, Apple sold 26 million iPhones.

Total iPhone sales since launch in 2007 were 387.57 million units at the end of June.

Strong iPhone Sales in Q3-2013

If you include sales in the current quarter, total iPhone sales since launch must be nearing the 400 million mark.

iPhone Sales Nearing 400m Units

iPhone – Indian Picture

On a conference call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook said iPhone sales were up 400% in India.

But keep in mind that the iPhone base is still pretty low in India compared to mature markets like the U.S.

Unlike the U.S. market, consumers in India must pay full price for the iPhone since they are not subsidized by the carriers.

Lower priced smartphones from Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn are posing a stiff challenge to the pricey iPhone in India. Continue reading »

Mar 142013
 

Samsung is launching Galaxy S4, the newest model of its smartphones at Radio City Music Hall in New York City this evening.

Coincidentally, SI happens to be in NYC today.

Samsung Galaxy S4 © SearchIndia.com

As I wander around Times Square and Radio City in Midtown Manhattan on a cloudy winter day, I see prominent Samsung Galaxy billboards in the area.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S III, the new S4 phones are also powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system.

Galaxy S4 – Rumored Specs

While Samsung has not disclosed specs of the new phone, media speculation has the S4 with a 5-inch screen and running Qualcomm’s quad-core processor for the U.S. models.

Galaxy S4 models for other markets will be powered by a more powerful eight-core processor.

The S4 phone should come with a 13-megapixel camera (the iPhone 5 only has a 8MP camera) and a better battery. Many iPhone 5 users have complained about the phone’s poor battery life.

Apple Worried

Apple is so concerned about the impact of the launch on its highly profitable iPhones that it ran to the Wall Street Journal to throw mud on the Galaxy S 4.

Apple’s Senior VP of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller told the WSJ that “Android is often given as a free replacement for a feature phone and the experience isn’t as good as an iPhone.”

Schiller claimed four times as many iPhone users switched from an Android phone than to an Android phone in the last quarter of 2012.

Android has already made significant headway in the smartphone market with a global marketshare of 66.4%% vis-a-vis 19.1% for iPhone.

Apple’s iPhone sales are starting to slow down and the company is boosting advertising.

SI

For several years now, SI has been in the iPhone camp.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take the Android plunge this time with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Feb 282013
 

In the spirit of noblesse oblige, SI is providing two informative tables providing total unit sales and their dollar value for the iPhone and the iPad from their launch dates.

The data has been collected off Apple’s quarterly and annual filings to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

iPhone Success

Except the stones the caveman used to ward off dangers and to light a fire, never in human history has a consumer product been so successful in so short a time.

Apple has launched six generations of iPhones since 2007 – iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.

iPhone Sales 2007-2013

iPad Tablet

Apple invented the tablet category.

Before the iPad debuts, tablet sales worldwide probably numbered in the hundreds or, at most, a few thousands. Whatever be the numbers in the pre-iPad era, tablets were used only for esoteric applications and not a consumer device.

Apple has put five versions of the iPad since the tablets came out in 2010 – iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation) and the iPad Mini.

The 7.9-inch iPad Mini, Apple’s latest tablet model, debuted in November 2012.

Both the iPhone and iPad drive several billions of dollars in sales for Apple’s iTunes entertainment content store, App Store and the Mac App Store. We have not included those numbers here.

iPad Sales 2010-2013

Android & iOS Future

While Google’s Android platform is now making considerable headway against Apple’s iOS mobile platform powering the iPhones and iPads, it’s important to bear in mind that Android unit sales and net sales are spread across multiple vendors including Samsung, Google, Acer, Asus, Sony, Barnes & Noble, Lenovo etc.

It’s hard to say if Apple can drive the same momentum for the iPhone and the iPad in the years ahead but history will record the extraordinary success of the iPhone and iPad from 2007-2013 as a milestone in human accomplishment.

Sep 242012
 

Apple’s revenues from the iPhone 5 has amounted to roughly $3.75 billion in the first three days after the device hit the market on Friday, September 21.

Apple Sells 5m iPhone 5 in 3 Days

This is how I arrived at the above sales figure of $3.75 billion.

First, I took into consideration Apple’s announcement today that it sold five million units of the iPhone 5 between launch day September 21 through September 23.

Second, I looked at the prices of the iPhone 5.

Apple sells three models of the iPhone 5 with different storage capacities – $649 (16GB), $749 (32GB) and $849 (64GB). (In the U.S., carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless sell the iPhone 5 for $199-$399 to consumers in exchange for pricey two-year contracts.)

In my opinion, the majority of consumers will be buying the 32GB or 64GB versions of the iPhone 5 given all that junk (music, videos, pictures, books etc) they store on their devices.

Since Apple must have also sold some units of the lower-priced 16GB model and to also account for slightly lower priced sales through partner sites like Best Buy, Target etc, I have taken $749 as the average selling price.

Voila, $3.75 billion in the first three days.

But not all iPhone 5 units have been shipped to customers.

Apple claims that while the majority of pre-orders have been shipped to customers, many are scheduled to be shipped in October.

iPhone 5 Complaints

By the way, several iPhone 5 customers are complaining about receiving scratched/damaged units. Continue reading »

Sep 122012
 

Nirvana’s here.

I mean, the iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 Picture - SearchIndia.com
Apple has just launched the iPhone 5 in San Francisco.

IPhone 5 Specs:

* 4-inch screen (previous iPhones had 3.5″ screen)
* Retina display of 326ppi, 1136×640 resolution
* 7.6mm thin (18% thinner than iPhone 4S)
* Weighs 112 grams (20% lighter than 4S)
* LTE capable for faster connectivity
* New A6 Processor, 2X faster than the A5 chip; 2X faster graphics
* Battery offers 8 hours of 3G talk time/browsing and LTE browsing; 10 hours of WiFi browsing, 10 hours of video, 40 hours of music, 225 hours of standby
* 8-megapixel camera, 3264×2448, backside illuminated, hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, fast f/2.4 aperture, Panorama feature
* 720p front camera
* 1080p HD video, improved video stabilization, take photos while recording
* Updated audio, 3 microphones
* Improved speakers, noise-canceling earpiece
* New all-digital, ‘Lightning’ connector
* 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11n (2.4GHz and dual channel 5GHz up to 150 Mbps WiFi
* Free Turn-by-turn directions (GPS)
* iOS 6 software
* Safari full screen mode
* VIP mail feature for important mail
* Passbook to store tickets, airline boarding pass, coupons etc in one place
* Improved Siri with movie recommendations and sports scores

iPhone 5 in Landscape Mode

Pricing remains unchanged from the 4S.

It’s $199 for the 16GB model, $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB), all with a 2-year contract.

Pre-orders start Sep.14 in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Shipping starts September 21.

Who’s going to buy the iPhone 5 first?