There have been growing rumors over the last week that Apple will launch three iPhone mobiles this year, an iPhone 7 (possibly iPhone 6s), iPhone 7 Plus, and a new small 4-inch handset. Unlike most iPhone rumors, this one seems a little more credible considering the iPhone 4c is now a couple of years old and is need of a refresh.
The iPhone has been popular from day one, we all know that, and we all know that it is the most popular smartphone on the market, the launch of the iPhone 6 proved that. However, since the launch of the first iPhone way back when the smartphone idea was in its infancy, how well as the device performed? Well, we have some news of solid figures straight from Apple.
If you own a 16GB iOS device you should be prepared for many frustrating times ahead, times where you will be juggling apps to find space. That's because Apple has just increased the allotted size for developers to work with. Since the App Store made its debut in 2008, apps have been limited to 2GB in size, but Cupertino has now doubled that, giving developers 4GB to play with.
Apple is riding the crest of another huge wave with the announcements that the iPhone sold 73.4 million iPhones and recorded the best ever quarterly profit in business history. According to Cupertino CEO Tim Cook, the huge success of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus did not come from Apple fans, but instead came from Android users.
The frankly unheard of demand for the iPhone through the last quarter propelled Apple to a rare thing in business. The company managed to achieve a triple whammy of selling more products, selling them at higher prices, and increasing profit margins.
Yesterday we wrote how one KGI analyst said that Apple would announce sales of 73 million units of the iPhone through Q4, topping general predictions. As it turned out, Apple announced its earnings call last night and the company surpassed even Ming-Chi Kuo's top end prediction with a massive 74.5 million iPhones selling through the Holiday Season quarter.
It has been well documented that Apple has sold phenomenal amounts of iPhones since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launched back in September. However, the extent of sales through the Holiday Season seem to be on another level entirely according to noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been hugely successful even for a company used to smashing records through each new version. They have pushed Cupertino to new heights, especially in Asian markets where Apple has enjoyed massive growth thanks to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Apple is used to mammoth sales all around the world, but there are still some markets where Cupertino is only making fledgling steps. For example, India is still a growing market and Apple has yet to make a massive impact, but there are signs that the iPhones popularity in the country is growing. Through the fourth calendar quarter Apple sold 500,000 iPhone units in India.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a war over which company dominates the smartphone market for years, with Samsung's slew of Galaxy devices topping market share while Apple's iPhone steal the thunder for an individual handset. Neither the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S5 are cheap devices, they occupy the flagship area and offer premium appeal and high end specs. However, how much does it cost to actually source the components for these smartphones?