Big increase in Apple spending suggests major new products incoming

By Cody Lee on Jul 25, 2014

For those of you still skeptical that Apple is gearing up for a blockbuster fall, check out this report from Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty. The analyst dug through its just-released 10-Q filing, and she says it reveals a lot about its upcoming plans.

Huberty explains that the company’s significant increase in spending all-but-confirms that we’ll see some major new products this year. In fact, its quarter-over-quarter increase is the largest we’ve seen since it introduced the first iPhone in 2007… Read More

 

iTunes software and services fastest growing part of Apple’s business this year

By Cody Lee on Jul 22, 2014

During Apple’s Q3 earnings call this afternoon, Tim Cook praised the success of its iTunes software and services arm. The CEO said the division was the fastest-growing of the company’s business in the first 9 months of its fiscal year 2014.

The segment generated $4.5 billion in revenue during the 3-month period, an increase of 12% YoY (or year over year). And Cook attributed the growth to a number of factors, including growing interest in China and strong App Store numbers… Read More

 

Apple says iOS 7 is now installed on 90% of compatible devices

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Apple has updated its App Store support page for developers this week to reflect new information regarding iOS 7 adoption. According to the company’s usage data, the latest versions of its OS are running on 90% of iOS devices accessing the App Store.

That’s just a small jump from Apple’s report a few months ago, where it claimed iOS 7 adoption had reached 87% of compatible devices. But it’s still impressive given what the adoption rate looks like for competitors, and how hard it is to move the needle… Read More

 

Samsung blames sluggish tablet sales, increased competition for Q2 earnings miss

By Cody Lee on Jul 8, 2014

Samsung today issued its earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2014, and in somewhat of an odd move, it attached a note to the document explaining why it will fall short of estimates. The company expects to see its profits drop for the third consecutive quarter.

The note details a number of factors, including the improving strength of the Korean won making exports more expensive, and exceedingly sluggish tablet sales. It also explains that it is running into greater competition in China from low-end device makers like Xiaomi… Read More

 

iPhone captures 42% market share in the United States for May

By Joe Rossignol on Jul 3, 2014

The latest numbers reveal that the iPhone remains the most popular smartphone in the United States, with 41.9% market share for a three-month period ending May 2014. Samsung was the second most popular smartphone maker with a 27.8% share, attributed to its Galaxy-branded devices. LG (6.5%), Motorola (6.3%) and HTC (5.1%) round off the top five.

While the iPhone was the most popular smartphone, Android held a commanding 52.1% share among mobile platforms. iOS followed not too far behind at 41.9%, while Windows Phone (3.4%), BlackBerry (2.3%) and Symbian (0.1%) all trailed by quite a distance. Android also had 52.1% market share for the three-month period ending February, while iOS gained 0.6 percentage points…  Read More

 

Apple updates iWork for iCloud with new features

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2014

In keeping true to its promise of bringing back most of the missing features pulled from its iWork for iCloud web apps following a major rethinking of the productivity suite, Apple on Tuesday rolled out another refresh to web-based Pages, Keynote and Numbers apps.

Features enabled across all three web productivity apps include tips on how to cut, copy and paste using keyboard shortcuts, the ability to right-click to mask images and suggestions for your most recent screen name when opening a shared document.

Jump past the fold for per-app specifics… Read More

 

Amazon talks about importance of trust and more at Fire Phone event

By Joe Rossignol on Jun 18, 2014

Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos was on stage in Seattle at its Fire Phone media event this afternoon, revealing some interesting facts worth sharing. First and foremost, over 60,000 people applied to come to the event, and only 300 were granted the luxury of attending. He dropped a few more anecdotes, which we’ve covered ahead…  Read More

 

Hit game ‘Temple Run’ crosses one billion downloads

By Cody Lee on Jun 6, 2014

Raleigh, North Carolina-based gaming company Imangi Studios announced this week that its hit game Temple Run has crossed one billion downloads. The total is the combination of both the first and second releases of the endless runner.

Imangi notes in the press release that players have collectively spent over 216,018 years playing its Temple Run titles, which are available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. They’ve also played 32 billion games, and run 50 trillion meters… Read More

 

Tim Cook kicks off WWDC keynote with usual run of Apple stats

By Cody Lee on Jun 2, 2014

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. After months of rumors, reports and speculation, Apple’s WWDC keynote has finally begun and we are now moments away from finding out what the future looks like for the company’s OS X and iOS platforms.

As usual, CEO Tim Cook has taken the stage to kick things off with a barrage of figures and other updates regarding Apple’s performance over the past year. And as usual we’ve collected some of the more interesting stats and listed them for you right after the break… Read More

 

iOS 7 adoption approaches 90% ahead of WWDC

By Joe Rossignol on May 31, 2014

With just a few days until the highly-anticipated WWDC keynote, where iOS 8 is expected to be unveiled, adoption of iOS 7 continues to rise. According to the latest statistics from Chitika Insights, relayed from PC Magazine, 89.7% of iPhones and 84.8% of iPads are running the latest software version. Those numbers are based on the millions of devices that accessed the Chitika ad network between May 22 and May 28 in the United States and Canada.

iOS 6 usage continues to decline, now accounting for 8.8% of iPhone web traffic and 7.9% of iPad web traffic. Less than two percent of iPhones are running iOS 5 or older software versions, at least those being used to access the Chitika ad network. Meanwhile, 5.6% of iPads are still running iOS 5 and 1.7% have iOS 4 or earlier…  Read More

 

iTunes surpasses 35 billion songs sold, iTunes Radio hits 40 million listeners

By Cody Lee on May 29, 2014

Speaking at last night’s inaugural Code Conference, Apple SVP of Internet services Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine shared some numbers on their respective music services following yesterday’s major acquisition.

Iovine talked Beats Music, and Cue of course talked iTunes, which have each hit major milestones within the last week. Beats has surpassed the quarter million subscriber mark, and iTunes hit 35 billion digital downloads sold… Read More

 

Spotify announces it now has 10 million paying subscribers, 40 million active users

By Cody Lee on May 22, 2014

Spotify has announced that it’s surpassed two new major milestones in recent weeks. The streaming service says that it now has more than 10 million paying subscribers and over 40 million active users, in 56 markets around the globe.

For context, Pandora said last month that its active user count for March was 75.3 million. It didn’t say how many of those were paid accounts, but looking at its numbers from last year (2.5 million) Spotify may be close to passing it… Read More

 

Canalys: 34% of smartphones sold last quarter had displays larger than 5-inches

By Cody Lee on May 15, 2014

This fall, Apple is rumored to unveil not one, but two new iPhones: one with a 4.7-inch display, and a larger 5.5-inch model. The move doesn’t really echo the company’s previous handset strategy, but it’s not hard to see why it would make sense.

When it comes to smartphone displays, big is in. According to a new report from Canalys, sales of smartphones with displays 5-inches or larger grew 369% last quarter, and they accounted for more than 1/3 of all smartphones sold worldwide… Read More

 

iPhone now accounts for 36.6 percent of Japanese mobile phone market

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2014

According to a new report from Bloomberg, the iPhone now accounts for more than one-third of Japan’s mobile phone market. Citing data from MM Research Institute Ltd, the outlet says shipments for Apple’s smartphone jumped to 36.6% in the year-ended March.

That’s a sizable jump from the previous year, where the iPhone held some 25% of the market, and it’s all thanks to NTT Docomo. Last September, Apple inked a deal with the company—which is the largest carrier in Japan—to finally start officially offering its handset… Read More

 

Microsoft announces Office for iPad has surpassed 27 million downloads

By Cody Lee on May 12, 2014

Microsoft announced today that downloads for its newly-released Office for iPad suite have surpassed another major milestone. The company’s Julia White told a crowd at its TechEd conference in Houston this morning that the software has been download over 27 million times, more than double the figure shared a month ago… Read More

 

Samsung profits fall in Q1 on slowing high-end smartphone sales

By Cody Lee on Apr 29, 2014

Samsung said profit fell for a second straight quarter as sales in its smartphone division continued to dip. The South Korean electronics giant announced its earnings for Q1 2014 this morning, and its operating profits for the period fell 3.3% from the year-ago-quarter.

Investors are particularly concerned with the growing trend of slumping handset sales—Samsung’s mobile division is also down 1.2% year-over-year. The just-released Galaxy S5 is expected to give its Q2 numbers a boost, but the future beyond that is less than certain… Read More

 

Apple announces 20 million Apple TVs sold to date

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

During Apple’s earnings call earlier this afternoon, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company crossed the 20 million sold mark for the Apple TV during the last quarter. The mention is noteworthy as Apple doesn’t typically breakout numbers for the set-top box (though it has on occasion).

The move falls in line with Cook’s previous sentiments regarding the Apple TV—at a shareholders meeting in February Cook said ‘it’s a little more difficult to call the Apple TV a hobby these days,’ and comes amid rumors that the company is preparing to launch a new version of the device… Read More

 

15 interesting points from today’s earnings call

By Cody Lee on Apr 23, 2014

Apple announced its financial results for Q2 2014 this afternoon, and for the most part it beat the Street’s expectations. The company sold 43.7 million iPhones and pulled in $45.6 billion in revenue during the three month period, although it did miss slightly on iPad sales at just 16.3 million.

We’re just finishing up the conference call, where Tim Cook, CFO Peter Oppenheimer and other members of the executive team have discussed Apple’s performance, touted some user stats, and offered insight into the future. And as usual, we’ve rounded up the 15 most interesting points for you… Read More

 

iOS 7 adoption at 87 percent ahead of WWDC 2014

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2014

After last summer’s WWDC, Apple started charting iOS adoption numbers on Dev Center, its portal for registered Mac and iOS developers.

According to data from March 24, 2014, a whopping 85 percent of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices in the wild ran iOS 7 at the time. The figure has now grown to 87 percent device, as per latest App Store numbers.

Although iOS adoption rates are now plateauing following the software’s public release more than six months ago, the two percentage-point difference in two weeks time is nonetheless a notable accomplishment.

I bet Apple’s executives will highlight iOS vs. Android adoption to paint Google’s platform as highly fragmented, but there’s more to data than meets the eye. Read on for more context… Read More

 

Internal Apple slides explain why it thinks iPhone growth is slowing

By Cody Lee on Apr 6, 2014

Despite posting 50+ million iPhone sales last quarter, Apple’s stock slid some 6%. As impressive as the numbers were, they still fell short of Wall Street expectations and reaffirmed fears of slowing growth. Apple’s YoY (year-over-year) iPhone growth is now down to just single digits.

The question is why? And Apple has a pretty good idea of what the answer is. According to some internal documents brought to light by the ongoing Samsung trial, the company attributes the slowing in iPhone growth to consumer want for larger, cheaper handsets and other factors… Read More

 
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