By Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2013
Apple may be losing smartphone and tablet marketshare, but it’s still the top brand in those categories. This, according to data from a recent US-based study on consumer brand perception by Marketing research firm Harris Interactive.
The firm polled some 38,000 Americans regarding their perceptions of their favorite brands, and Apple came out on top in 3 categories. As a result, Harris named the company the ‘brand of the year’ for smartphones, tablets and computers… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 16, 2013
According to the latest Frost & Sullivan Consumer Video Devices Market report, the Apple TV currently accounts for more than half of all streaming set-top boxes sold worldwide. That makes it the leader in the space by a long shot, with Roku coming in second at 26%.
The market research outlet posted the report this morning, which details a number of data points including market drivers, restraints to growth, product and pricing trends, and competitive landscape. And Apple’s $99 hockey puck-shaped device came out on top… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 7, 2013
Phil Schiller, although probably the most active Twitter user of the Apple executive team, doesn’t tweet much. And when he does, it’s usually generic things like “new Flipboard app for iPhone is very nice,” or “way to go Giants!!!”
But the Worldwide Marketing SVP switched things up a bit this morning, tweeting out a very deliberate link to a new mobile malware report by F-Labs that slams Android for its malware issues, telling folks to “be safe out there…” Read More
By Cody Lee on Feb 1, 2013
According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, strong iPhone 5 sales and a record-breaking holiday quarter have pushed Apple ahead of Samsung in US mobile phone marketshare with a brawny 34%.
For the first time ever, the Cupertino company has become the largest mobile phone vendor in the United States. And for the first time since 2008, Samsung is not. We’ve got more on the report after the fold… Read More
By Cody Lee on Dec 21, 2012
Earlier this week, a report surfaced from MoPub, a mobile ad serving platform, suggesting that the recent release of Google Maps caused a 30% spike in iOS 6 user adoption. And of course, it made sense that some folks were holding out on updating until they were sure they’d have a proper Maps app.
But what didn’t make sense was how far off MoPub’s findings were from Chitika’s. You see Chitika, another large ad network, also looked at iOS 6 user adoption after the Google Maps release, and it only saw a 0.2% bump. So why the huge discrepancy? It likely has to do with the firms’ coverage areas… Read More
By Cody Lee on Oct 20, 2012
If you were to ask someone what they thought of Foxconn today, chances are their response would be negative. And for good reason. Over the past few years, we’ve heard horror stories about the manufacturing giant regarding terrible working conditions and child labor, and we’ve seen the pictures of the windows with prison bars and the suicide nets.
And that’s exactly the kind of scene James Fallows, a journalist for The Atlantic, prepared himself for, as he set out on a tour of Foxconn’s famous Shenzhen campus. He was ready to see the dark, depressing work environment and the somber, joyless employees that he had read so much about in other reports. But it didn’t go at all how he expected… Read More
By Cody Lee on Sep 21, 2012
As you’ve probably noticed, Apple has been taking a lot of criticism over the new Maps application in iOS 6. Google Maps has been replaced in the software, in favor of Apple’s own in-house mapping solution. And for most people it’s just not up to snuff.
The company commented on the criticism yesterday, telling AllThingsD that because it’s a cloud-based solution, Maps will get better as more people use it. But if you aren’t buying that, or just want to speed the process along, here’s what to do… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2012
A report came out last week from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (or MIT), claiming that the iPhone had crossed a “significant threshold” in mobile security. In fact, it deemed Apple’s platform one of the safest in the category.
But according to a new study, hackers aren’t having any problems cracking through the security of iOS applications. The data comes from Arxan Technologies, in the form of an infographic, regarding iOS and Android app security… Read More
By Cody Lee on Aug 1, 2012
Last week, news broke that Apple had, at one point, been in talks with Twitter over a massive investment in the social network. The report described the move as a “strategic investment” believed to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Initially, it was believed that these negotiations had taken place in recent months. But a rebuttal by The Wall Street Journal claimed that it’s been more than a year since this happened. And today, The WSJ is back with more information… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 26, 2012
If you’re looking to start up new cell phone service in the US, there are dozens of choices. If you want a big-named, nationwide carrier though, that cuts the field down to four options: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
You can narrow it down even further if you want an iPhone. Currently, only the top three carriers properly support Apple’s handset. And if you’re looking for the company with the best customer service, there’s only one… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2012
Apple has been taking a lot of heat regarding its environmental policies over the past week. This due to the news that the company has recently pulled its products from the EPEAT registry.
But despite the fact that its products will no longer be EPEAT-certified, environmental groups say that Apple’s ‘green’ polices are improving. Greenpeace, in fact, just upped the company’s CEI score… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jul 9, 2012
FixYa, an online tech support community, released a new report over the weekend regarding the top 5 most commonly reported issues in some of today’s most popular smartphones.
The data comes from more than 25 million users, and 650,000 experts. And the report covers top handsets like the iPhone 4S, the Nokia Lumia 900, and the Samsung Galaxy S III… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jun 28, 2012
There’s a new report out today that claims that back in 2010, AT&T went to BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion, and asked them to create a touch-screen iPhone competitor.
This is interesting for a couple of reasons. But perhaps the most important one is the fact that back in 2010, AT&T was still Apple’s exclusive iPhone partner here in the U.S… Read More
By Cody Lee on May 22, 2012
TheNextWeb points to Millard Brown’s 2012 Brandz Top 100 report — an annual study that calculates the brand value of the most popular companies in the world by combining their financial valuations with consumer loyalty and appeal.
As you’ve probably already guessed by now, Apple came in first place with a brand value of $183 billion. This was enough to finish ahead of IBM, Google, McDonalds and Microsoft, who finished in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place respectively… Read More
By Cody Lee on Apr 19, 2012
We’ve always known that Apple’s retail stores see crazy amounts of foot traffic. In fact, all it takes is a quick glance in your local Apple Store to see that. It seems like they are always busy.
Well today, research firm Asymco published an interesting report regarding the performance of the Mac-maker’s worldwide retail chain. And the results are staggering… Read More
By Jake Smith on Feb 24, 2012
The iPhone has seen an enormous amount of success worldwide. Apple announced during its fiscal Q1 2012 earnings report that the iPhone sold a total of 37 million units in one quarter. Ranked the third phone manufacturer in the world, Apple is continuing to sell an abundance of iPhones.
When it comes to iPhone sales in the US, Apple sold the top three smartphones in 2011, according to a new report released by ComScore. The iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4S found their way into the most hands of consumers… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Feb 10, 2012
With Apple shifting more and more iPhones and iPads by the day, and the iPod touch merrily trundling along in the shadows, it doesn’t take a genius to realize that iOS is becoming a real player in just about every market. With so many people browsing the web on their tablets and smartphones, all running iOS, how long will it be before they overtake the Mac in web traffic share?
Well, according to ad company Chitika, that time has already arrived… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 7, 2012
Despite what is sure to be a record-breaking month for Apple’s iPhone sales, it appears that the handset’s usage share may have actually fallen by almost 5%, if new figures are to be believed.
Advertising network Chikita has released data based on the number of ad impressions across its network while highlighting the top smartphone makers in the arena, with the iPhone seeing a reduction in its share during December.
The big gains came from Android-loving HTC and Samsung during the same period… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jan 4, 2012
Apple has updated its investor page with a notification that it will hold its Q1 2012 financial results on Tuesday, January 24th. The Cupertino company will announce its earnings for the first fiscal quarter of 2012, meaning that the results from the fourth calendar quarter in 2011 will be provided, including holiday sales.
Investors and enthusiasts alike can tune into Apple’s live audio stream on the 24th to hear CEO Tim Cook and other execs reveal financial results and answer questions about the company. This upcoming earnings call is expected to hold record-breaking results for Apple. Read More