Apple has turned a corner in China and in many ways has managed to replicate its global model in the country. The result of that, according to CEO Tim Cook, is that Apple is now "investing like crazy" in China and through his latest visit to Beijing he said just what that meant. Cook confirmed that Cupertino plans to open 25 new retail spaces within Greater China (Hong Kong and Taiwan included) over the next two years.
In the wake of another bumper quarterly earnings report, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an open letter to all of the company's employees. In the letter he thanks the workers for Cupertino's success and told of a bright future while discussing new products.
Apple has announced its Q4 (calendar Q3) results and the numbers are typically outstanding, as good as they have ever been during the September quarter actually. It was the biggest fourth quarter the company has ever recorded while overall earnings and income were up considerably over (the also bumper) third quarter period.
Apple had a bumper third quarter as the company saw iPhone sales best analyst predictions, while Mac sales increased too. The result was a massive period, one that is traditionally Cupertino's slowest as customers await new products launching in the fall. The company?s fiscal Q4 (third quarter on the calendar) is typically a big period as new products start to take hold, and analysts are predicting good things for Apple's upcoming earnings call.
Google has confirmed its position as one of the world's biggest companies with a solid third quarter performance that was up from this time last year. Mountain View boosted revenue by 20% year on year to rake in $16.52 billion over the last three months. Of course, much of Google's revenue comes from other sources away from mobile (advertising chief among those), but mobile and Android are key to the company continuing to drive its business model.
Apple has unsurprisingly taken a hard stance against companies who copy their devices and Cupertino's chief designer Jony Ive has been particularly vocal on the matter. When we think of knock off devices we think of cheap Chinese offerings from nondescript brands; sure, Apple has accused Samsung of copying, but we do not associate this kind of thing with a major tech brand.
Before there was Android, Maps, Play Store, Gmail, and all the rest there was Google Search. The search engine defined the company and in many ways still does, it is still comfortably the most widely used search product on mobile, no matter what platform you use. Google Search is a cultural icon, something that love it or loathe it changed the way human beings live their lives.
Last year Apple snatched first place in Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" survey from Coca-Cola and has held onto the accolade for a second consecutive year. The New York consulting firm says Apple's brand value of $118.9 billion, which means the company has solidified its position at the top with a 21% rise from 2013.
Samsung being in hot water with other companies is nothing new, with the Korean company currently fighting battles with both Apple and Microsoft. However, Sammy has a new problem to deal with after chip manufacturer NVIDIA announced that U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted in the company's favor over a recent investigation request.
Microsoft may not be raking in the cash from its own mobile output, but the company is doing pretty well from everyone else. Ironically, the software giant started to focus on hardware to keep pace with rivals, but the company's hardware has not sold well, while its mobile software continues to be a money spinner. The latest news is that Samsung paid Microsoft $1 billion last year in patent royalties, but the Korean company is looking to end the payments.