IDC is one of the most prominent market researchers and the organization has turned its attention to the Canadian market and is looking forward to 2015. While Canada is not necessarily a hot bed for tech activity, the data for the country seems to point to a similar worldwide trend that will happen in the coming 12 months. IDC says that wearable sales will increase sharply on the back of the Apple Watch, something that is widely predicted on a global scale.
Apple has enjoyed enormous success with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, two devices that have been so popular that they even rode the "bendgate" saga. They have sold in tens of millions, dominated the Thanksgiving Holiday and will be the big selling devices of Christmas too. The demand is so high that there is still a waiting list for orders of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus over at Apple's official website.
Apple was once dead against large screen phones, but with the iPhone 6 Plus the company climbed down from its pretty high horse. Cupertino's 5.5-inch device entered the phablet market very late, an area of the smartphone world dominated by Android devices, especially those made by Samsung, the Galaxy Note series. However, Apple can feel pretty jolly about the result as the iPhone 6 Plus has swept all before it, including Samsung's fantastic Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4.
Black Friday was a massive success for retailers once again as consumers flocked to stores (both online and not) to get their hands on one of the fabulous deals on offer. After bumper weekend in the United States the weekend has salvaged smaller retailer's year, while for the big boys it has added more money to the coffers.
According to numerous reports today, Apple is set to discontinue the iPhone 5s in 2015, bringing its "affordable" iPhone to an end. Cupertino has already instructed its suppliers Foxconn and Wistron to tone down production and will stop selling the device in the middle of 2015.
App marketing firm Fiksu has revealed its latest data regarding app downloads through October and found that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with iOS 8 accounted for a huge jump in downloads to an all-time high. The new reports shows that there has been a 42% increase from September for the top 200 free iOS apps that the company tracked through October. Those applications accounted for 7.8 million downloads, a 39% increase from this time last year.
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrived in September to much fanfare and instantly began selling like proverbial hotcakes. The new devices crushed sales records through their launch window as Cupertino's year of growth continued with stellar third quarter results. Sales for the iPhone have grown year on year through each period and now one analyst is predication that this quarter will yield unbelievable numbers.
Wall Street is surely banking on the Apple Watch becoming the breakout smartwatch hit that will bring the niche firmly into the tech mainstream. At the moment smartwatch sales figures are counted in the hundreds of thousands, with the entire industry only accounting for 7 million sales through the first half of 2014. Yes, that has improved with the launch of Android Wear, but still the wearable trend has yet to take off.
Most reviews for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus claimed the handsets have among the best smartphone cameras ever made, and yours truly believes alongside some Nokia PureView efforts that is true. What is not up for debate is that Apple is one of the leading companies in smartphone camera technology with its iSight shooter.
A monster seller and worldwide record crusher the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus may be, but the devices have not been without their fair share of problems, and it seems that have another. Some owners of the handsets with storage capacity of 64GB or 128GB are complaining that random crashes and reboots are occurring when the device is housing a large amount of apps. The issue is also being reported by iPad users with the same internal storage configuration.