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Apple became top smartphone vendor in China for the first time in Q4

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Following reports that Apple is now selling more iPhones in China than in the US, today Canalys is out with research showing Apple for the first time lead smartphone sales in China by units shipped during the last quarter of 2014.

The incredible popularity of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China in Q4 2014 has led Apple to take first place in the Chinese smart phone market for the first time by units shipped. This is an amazing result, given that the average selling price of Apple’s handsets is nearly double those of its nearest competitors… While Chinese smart phone vendors are quickly gaining ground internationally, Apple has turned the tables on them in their home market. The company is finally riding the large screen and LTE trends in China, which have been vital to its success, along with a well-timed launch and a clampdown on grey exports of its products out of Hong Kong.

Apple was followed by Xiaomi, Samsung and Huawei rounding out the top four spots, according to Canalys. The news comes just as analysts predict China accounted for as much as 36 percent of Apple’s iPhone shipments last quarter. The U.S. made up 24 percent. That’s compared with around 22 percent for China in the year ago quarter, which is all to say Apple’s has experienced significant growth in China since the launch of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

Earlier this week we reported that Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts is recruiting U.S. employees for the company’s retail stores in China as Apple plans to open more than 15 new locations in the region.

Apple will report its fiscal Q1 2015 earnings results for the three months ending in December of last year later today and we expect Tim Cook and other execs will take time to talk growth in China.


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MasterCard brings Apple Pay to the PGA Tour w/ perks for attendees paying from iPhone

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MasterCard announced today that it’s bringing Apple Pay to the PGA Tour starting with its first stop at the Waste Management Phoenix Open kicking off this week.

MasterCard will also offer attendees using Apple Pay the chance to earn rewards through its Priceless Surprise program.

Food and beverage concessions at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open near the16th hole at TPC Scottsdale will be contactless enabled through a partnership with Prom Management Group, which provides catering to 38 professional golf tour events, allowing golf fans to make payments using Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay. This will be the first PGA TOUR stop to accept Apple Pay, when it debuts for fans attending the tournament later this week.

We’d imagine MasterCard will be accepting other payment options as it teams up with the PGA Tour to offer contactless payments for stops throughout 2015, but it’s clear the company is using the opportunity to heavily promote Apple Pay. The potential rewards being offered to customers during the PGA Tour will be available to MasterCard holders paying with Apple Pay available on iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. 

The first stop on the tour accepting Apple Pay, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, officially kicks off on January 29th.


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Review: OtterBox’s Resurgence Power Case ruggedizes and doubles the iPhone 6’s battery

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The OtterBox name is synonymous with ruggedized iPhone cases, but not with battery cases — something the company worked to change with the iPhone 4/4S Defender iON Series, and the iPhone 5/5s Resurgence Power Case. iON aimed to thoroughly protect an iPhone while automating the recharge process, while Resurgence reduced the automation and protection to make daily use easier. At CES this month, OtterBox launched a new version called the Resurgence Power Case for iPhone 6 ($100), and it’s been redesigned with a collection of small but welcome tweaks.

Whether you’ll prefer Resurgence to Incipio’s excellent offGRID Express (review) depends on what you’re looking for — ruggedization or raw power for the dollar. Like many companies, OtterBox is promising to double the iPhone 6’s battery, but it also has some currently unique benefits to offer. Read on for what makes OtterBox’s latest battery case special.

Understanding OtterBox’s trajectory is the key to understanding why Resurgence is what it is. The Colorado-based company built its brand on ultra-rugged cases, but more recently expanded its product family to include designs with reduced ruggedization, successfully expanding its base of fans. So unlike Defender iON, which covered the entire iPhone 4/4s but turned it into a brick, Resurgence isn’t supposed to protect your iPhone against everything. The screen and Home Button are completely exposed — under a hard plastic lip — as are the rear camera, microphone, and headphone port. Consequently, you shouldn’t splash your iPhone with water or dirt inside Resurgence, nor even consider submerging it.

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The rest of the iPhone is covered in a combination of hard and semi-hard plastics, including the side buttons, the ringer switch, and the bottom speaker. Most iPhone battery cases feel flimsy or easily damaged, but Resurgence for iPhone 6 does not. You can choose from jet black, gray/white, red/black, and mint green/white colors, which are the only ways Resurgence can keep from looking completely brawny. Thanks to a fiberglass and foam filling, it feels substantial, and worthy of the military-grade drop protection rating it has received.

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When a company’s been making iPhone battery cases for a while, reducing the footprint and thickness is a fairly easy task: the developer just needs to choose a battery size and get the charging circuitry down to a manageably small size. As OtterBox is now on its third generation of battery cases, it has achieved size reductions that were elusive in its prior iON Defender and Resurgence cases, most notably cutting the height of the new case’s “chin” down to 0.55″ from the prior Resurgence’s roughly 1″. This means that Resurgence for iPhone 6 is only a little taller than the iPhone 5/5s model, but also thinner, despite holding a 2,600mAh battery inside versus its 2,000mAh predecessor. It’s even a little shorter than Incipio’s offGRID Express, though it feels more solid in the hand.

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To accomplish the chin reduction, OtterBox shifted the prior Resurgence model’s small front-facing circular power indicator button to become a larger, recessed version on the back, and moved the prior bottom micro-USB port into a rubber-capped compartment on the lower right. Both changes are welcome, though the USB port’s location means that you’ll only be able to use Resurgence with its included micro-USB cable, rather than a battery case-friendly dock such as Twelve South’s HiRise Deluxe. The four-segment light ring on the rear button lights up all four bars to show that it’s full, and will repeatedly flash only its left bar to indicate that it’s empty.

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Resurgence’s raw recharging performance is solid. The 2,600mAh cell it packs is smaller than the ones we’ve seen in Incipio’s offGRID Express and Tylt’s Energi Sliding Case (review), which means that you won’t get the same 120% recharge as with those options. In our first test, we were able to achieve exactly one full recharge with a completely discharged iPhone 6; in a second test, we went from dead to 98% before Resurgence stopped surging. So though OtterBox has designed Resurgence to automatically turn itself off after your iPhone reaches the 100% mark, this will happen naturally with a dead iPhone once the battery runs out; you’ll find the feature more handy if you start with a partially-charged iPhone.

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Choosing between iPhone 6 battery cases today is a matter of picking priorities. With the $100 Resurgence, you get a heavier-duty case and lose a little battery life versus the $80 offGRID Express, which offers middle-of-road protection with more battery life, while Tylt’s $100 Energi offers lightweight protection and a big battery. As is frequently the case, OtterBox’s option is the top pick if you’re concerned about accidental drops, delivering greater peace-of-mind. Pick the one that’s best-suited to your needs.


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Apple’s purchase of AuthenTec cost the Nexus 6 its fingerprint reader, reveals former Motorola CEO

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The recessed Motorola logo was originally slated to be a fingerprint sensor

When Apple bought AuthenTec back in 2012, it did more than grab the best fingerprint technology available for itself – it also stopped Google including a fingerprint sensor in the Nexus 6, revealed former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside. Speaking to the Telegraph, Woodside said that the dimple on the back of the handset was originally intended to be a fingerprint reader.

Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. “The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.

A fingerprint scanner had been widely rumored prior to the launch of the Android smartphone originally code-named Shamu, and it’s believed one was included in internal prototypes, before it was abandoned. Woodside’s comments provide the explanation, Motorola originally intending to buy or license the sensor from AuthenTec.


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Apple now selling more iPhones in China than in US, say analysts

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Tim Cook said in October that it was “just a matter of time” before China overtook the USA as its biggest market, and it seems that time may be arriving sooner than expected. The Financial Times reports that analysts expect tomorrow’s Q1 earnings call to confirm that Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the US.

Analysts at UBS estimate that China accounted for 36 per cent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared with 24 per cent for the US. During the same period last year, 29 per cent of units were sold in the US and 22 per cent were in China, UBS said.

The view was supported by Creative Strategies, which forecast that Apple has sold around 2M more iPhones in China than in the US in the final calendar quarter of 2014 (Apple’s financial Q1) … 

While the predictions relate only to iPhone sales, rather than to Apple’s total earnings, it would certainly be a huge step towards the future Cook predicted. The iPhone accounts for more than half of Apple’s revenue, and a greater share of profits. Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin believes this represents a tipping point for Apple.

“They will likely do more in China than US from here on out,” he said. “It certainly shows how important the China market is to Apple’s upside.”

Apple is opening retail stores in China at a rapid pace, the most recent one on Friday, with three more due to open before the Chinese New Year. The company also has plans to launch Apple Pay in China, possibly through a partnership with the country’s market-leading ecommerce company Alibaba.

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Apple now selling more iPhones in China than in US, say analysts

apple-china

Tim Cook said in October that it was “just a matter of time” before China overtook the USA as its biggest market, and it seems that time may be arriving sooner than expected. The Financial Times reports that analysts expect tomorrow’s Q1 earnings call to confirm that Apple sold more iPhones in China than in the US.

Analysts at UBS estimate that China accounted for 36 per cent of iPhone shipments in the most recent quarter, compared with 24 per cent for the US. During the same period last year, 29 per cent of units were sold in the US and 22 per cent were in China, UBS said.

The view was supported by Creative Strategies, which forecast that Apple has sold around 2M more iPhones in China than in the US in the final calendar quarter of 2014 (Apple’s financial Q1) … 

While the predictions relate only to iPhone sales, rather than to Apple’s total earnings, it would certainly be a huge step towards the future Cook predicted. The iPhone accounts for more than half of Apple’s revenue, and a greater share of profits. Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin believes this represents a tipping point for Apple.

“They will likely do more in China than US from here on out,” he said. “It certainly shows how important the China market is to Apple’s upside.”

Apple is opening retail stores in China at a rapid pace, the most recent one on Friday, with three more due to open before the Chinese New Year. The company also has plans to launch Apple Pay in China, possibly through a partnership with the country’s market-leading ecommerce company Alibaba.

Photo: thenextweb.com


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Korean report supports KGI prediction that Samsung will make 75% of A9 chips for next iPhone

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Korean news site MK Business News (via Reuters) is reporting that Samsung will make 75% of the A9 chip for the next iPhone. This matches an earlier detailed prediction by KGI Research, which stated that the balance of the chips would be made by Global Foundry, and is in line with a statement by Samsung which last year confirmed it as a major supplier of the new chip.

The Samsung-fabbed chips will, says the report, be made in the USA … 

MK Business News says that Samsung will make the chips in its plant in Austin, Texas. It does, however, refer to the next iPhone as the iPhone 7, when it will almost certainly be the iPhone 6s.

The earlier KGI note suggested that Apple will be diversifying its chip production, with Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundry, Qualcomm and Intel all included in the mix. Samsung is reportedly making all the S1 chips for the first-generation Apple Watch, while TSMC is slated to pick up the S2 chips for the next-generation of Apple’s first wearable.


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