This is another fantastic week for Apple. The Apple Watch is selling well since being launched last Friday, while the company announced record first quarter revenues and profits on Tuesday. Now Cupertino has announced current adoption rates for its latest mobile operating system and the numbers are impressive.
As is usually the case at the start of a year, there was plenty of uncertainty surrounding Apple heading into the company's first quarter results. Of course, there wasn't really but after a record crushing fourth period of 2014 we have been treated to analyst predictions such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 eating into iPhone sales, profits possibly falling, and even that the Apple Watch would not strike a chord with consumers.
The Apple Watch has finally landed and is available in nine countries (good luck getting one though) and with the wearable the company has also opened the App Store for smart watches. Apple stores around the world are dealing with lines of customers waiting to get Apple's first ever wearable, but the devices are extremely scarce at this early stage.
While the smartphone world operates in an upgrade culture, there are still plenty of people rocking older handsets. This is even true with Apple's iPhone. Sure, the company has huge adoption rates to new builds of its software, but there are still some 100 million iPads and iPhones on less than iOS 7, which means the iPad 1, and everything before the iPhone 4s.
The Apple Watch has been available for pre-order since last Friday and we are now starting to see some raw data about Cupertino's first ever wearable. The device is expected to become comfortably the best-selling smartwatch so far, and according to Slice Intelligence, the Apple Watch is off to a good start.
Apple has huge success, stands atop the tech world, and then analysts get all worried and start spelling doom for the company. It is a cycle that has been playing out for years and now we are getting our first spot of doom mongering regarding the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Andy Perkins, an analyst from Societe Generale says an increase in sales of the older iPhone 5s could be worrying for the iPhone 6 range.
Good news for iPhone users on Sprint today as the Now Network has revealed that those rocking Apple's smartphones will now get free Wi-Fi calling. The third largest carrier in the United States says that an update will be rolling out to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c during the next week.
The Apple Watch is getting ready to roll out to consumers, which means the reviews are coming in for Apple's first wearable. It is widely expected that the device will become the first smartwatch breakout sales success and will sell in millions of units. However, according to early reviews, the Apple Watch falls into the same problems of other smartwatches, you simply do not need this product like you do a smartphone or a tablet.
Apple had a blistering fourth quarter where records simply tumbled consistently. Of course, not that the iPhone 6 has been out in the wild for some time and other companies have launched smartphone flagships, it is expected that iPhone sales will decline. However, as has been the Apple way of late, the company is now predicted to best analyst predictions once again.
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.