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The iPhone and iPad reportedly captured 93% of mobile device profits in holiday quarter, 79% across 2014

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Apple reported the largest profit ever recorded by a public company in the holiday quarter, mostly driven by sales of 74 million iPhones with an average selling price of $687. According to Cannacord, this meant Apple captured 93% of handset smartphone profits. Perhaps more staggering is that it claims Apple dominated on similar levels across the entire of 2014 — with 79% of mobile device profits.

The analyst expects continued growth for the iPhone for the next few users, with an estimated 650 million iPhone users by the end of 2018.

On financials, Apple is way out in front of its competition. Unsurprisingly, Samsung is Apple’s closest rival although it is still far off in terms profitability. The same report says Samsung shipments account for 9% of total profits in the fourth quarter, meaning Apple and Samsung combined makeup 102% of the total.

Like some previous quarters, Apple and Samsung were the only companies to make non-negative profits in the period. Cannacord says HTC, LG, Sony, Lenovo and BlackBerry broke even and Microsoft phone sales (Nokia) actually made a relative loss of 2%.

Despite unparalleled operating margins, the iPhone continues to become ever more mainstream, as this chart by Charles Arthur highlights.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: 2014, average selling price, BlackBerry, Cannacord, Charles Arthur, holiday quarter, HTC, iPad, iPhone, Lenovo, lg, Microsoft, mobile device profits, mobile industry, money, Nokia, profits, quarter, sales, Samsung, Sony

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Apple ties for title of world’s largest smartphone vendor in Q4 2014

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Following on the heels of a record-breaking quarter for Apple, Strategy Analytics has crunched the numbers and crowned Apple the king of the smartphone vendors for Q4 2014—or rather, one of the kings. It seems the Cupertino company managed to tie rival Samsung for the title.

Both companies shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter, though Samsung still outsold Apple in terms of the annual total by a hefty margin. Those quarterly sales gave both companies an equal marketshare of 19.6%.

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Strategy Analytics notes that this is the first time since Q4 2011 that Apple has topped the charts. Samsung’s marketshare dropped 8% year-over-year, leading the analytics firm to suggest that the Korean company may need to buy out rivals like BlackBerry to fend off competition from Xiaomi and Apple. Samsung recently denied that it had any intention of doing so.

The next two names on the list for Q4, Motorola-owned Lenovo and Huawei, didn’t even come close to Apple and Samsung, with each capturing just over 6% of the market at around 24 million handsets sold.

Forty-eight percent of the market was claimed the remaining companies under the broad heading of “Other.”

Update: IDC’s numbers, arriving just a day later, are near-identical, though IDC gives a slight edge to Samsung, with its data showing that Samsung sold 600,000 more phones, putting its market share 0.16% higher than Apple’s. Given that estimating sales data is never an exact science, we think this one can be safely called a draw.

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Apple ties for title of world’s largest smartphone vendor in Q4 2014

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Following on the heels of a record-breaking quarter for Apple, Strategy Analytics has crunched the numbers and crowned Apple the king of the smartphone vendors for Q4 2014—or rather, one of the kings. It seems the Cupertino company managed to tie rival Samsung for the title.

Both companies shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter, though Samsung still outsold Apple in terms of the annual total by a hefty margin. Those quarterly sales gave both companies an equal marketshare of 19.6%.

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Strategy Analytics notes that this is the first time since Q4 2011 that Apple has topped the charts. Samsung’s marketshare dropped 8% year-over-year, leading the analytics firm to suggest that the Korean company may need to buy out rivals like BlackBerry to fend off competition from Xiaomi and Apple. Samsung recently denied that it had any intention of doing so.

The next two names on the list for Q4, Motorola-owned Lenovo and Huawei, didn’t even come close to Apple and Samsung, with each capturing just over 6% of the market at around 24 million handsets sold.

Forty-eight percent of the market was claimed the remaining companies under the broad heading of “Other.”


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Final IDC numbers for U.S. PC shipments confirm Mac hit highest ever market share

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IDC has finalized the preliminary PC shipment numbers released last month, confirming that the Mac hit its highest ever share of the U.S. market at 13%. Apple regained the place in lost to Lenovo back in April, moving back into third place behind HP at 28% and Dell with 24%.

Apple reported year-on-year growth of more than 20% in its Q4 earnings report, with Mac sales of 5.52M. In a subsequent interview with the WSJ, Tim Cook asked:

Would you rather own the Mac business or any of the Windows OEMs?

We learned recently that Apple’s share of the worldwide tablet market fell markedly from 29.2% last year to 22.8% this year, thanks to both falling sales and an increase in the number of competitor tablets, especially at the low end. The news was not all bad, however, with U.S. data showing that the iPad continues to dominate web usage, accounting for almost 80% of North American tablet traffic on the web, leaving its three largest competitors all down in single digits.


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Move over, Samsung: Lenovo takes the prize for most shameless Apple ripoff

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If imitation truly is the sincerest form of flattery, then the designers at Lenovo must adore the iPhone 6.

Samsung has caught a lot of flak for—and been taken to court over—some of its iPhone-like smartphone design choices, but nothing the Korean company has ever produced comes close to the shamelessly derivative Lenovo S90. Not only does the S90 seem to take more than a few design cues from Apple’s latest smartphone, but its entire advertising campaign seems to be a carbon copy of Apple’s own.

Take, for example, the image above (found on Weibo, via PhoneArena). If it looks a little familiar to you, that might be because it’s the exact same thing you’ll find on Apple’s iPhone webpage. There are about ten of these images total, and nearly all of them look like they were ripped right from Apple’s website.

Among the images you’ll find a breakdown of the layers that make up the phone’s display, side-by-side shots of two different size phones (even though there’s only one model of the S90), a straight view of the side of the phone with the device’s measurements above it, two images with expanded views of the camera’s lenses (one for the front camera, and one for the rear), and many more.

As was mentioned above, these images are greatly aided by the fact that the S90 looks almost exactly like the iPhone 6 sans the branding. There are some more noticeable differences on the front, like the design of the earpiece and camera, as well as the distinct lack of a home button in favor of the typical Android controls, but the back of the phone erases any possibility of a coincidentally similar design.

And yes, this is the same Lenovo that hired Ashton Kutcher as a “product engineer” after he portrayed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on the big screen.

You can see the entire gallery of photos below. You’ve probably already seen them on Apple.com, though.

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Lenovo touts inferior battery life of Yoga tablet in fantastic comparison tweet that we couldn’t make up if we tried

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You tried, Lenovo. You tried really hard. That’s what matters.

Oh and to make this even worse, after the US-specific Lenovo account tweeted this sad little comparison, the global Lenovo account retweeted it. But don’t worry, it gets even better. They added a little something. One little word…

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Apple & Samsung lose share to smaller Chinese OEMs in Q2 smartphone shipment numbers

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Following releasing its second quarter data for tablet shipments worldwide, IDC today released its Q2 2014 report for smartphone shipments during the three month period that ended in June. The numbers line up with Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings call that took place earlier this month where the company reported iPhone sales of 35.1 million units for the quarter. With 295.3 million units shipped total during Q2, and consumers anticipating a new iPhone this fall, IDC notes that both Samsung and Apple lost share to the smaller Chinese manufacturers:

Emerging markets supported by local vendors are continuing to act as the main catalyst for smartphone growth. Among the top vendors in the market, a wide range of Chinese OEMs more than outpaced the market in 2Q14. By far the most impressive was Huawei, nearly doubling its shipments from a year ago, followed by another strong performance from Lenovo.

While Apple shipped 35.1 million units up from 31.2 million units in the year ago quarter, it sits at 11.9% market share in Q2 compared to 13% last year. Samsung too drops in both market share in shipments with 74.3 million units and 25.2% market share for the quarter down from 77.3 million units and 32.3% share a year ago. The report does note that Apple “enjoyed continued success in the BRIC markets, a good sign that it is building its footprint in emerging markets.”

As pictured in the chart above, Samsung and Apple remain the number one and two positions for top OEM vendors worldwide followed by Huawei, Lenovo, LG and the Others category with the remaining 45.8%. Earlier this month IDC released its tablet shipment numbers with Apple grabbing 26.9% of the market (down from 33% last year) and both Samsung and Apple losing share to smaller companies much like in today’s smartphone report.


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