Right from the start you can color us sceptical about the following news, but it seems someone on Chinese social network Weibo has leaked the specs and even an image of the upcoming iPad Air Pro. Apple's oft rumored large version of its all-conquering iPad is thought to be nearing the end of development for a launch sometime this year and these are apparently the specs.
Trade-in monitoring company CompareMyMobile from the UK revealed its new 2014 report that shows trade in results from the country through last year. The survey shows which devices and companies get the most trade-ins, taking into account such factors as depreciation, and the most valuable smartphones.
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.
In terms of the amount of app downloads, Google Play is well out in front, dominating Apple's App Store by a significant amount. That's hardly a major surprise considering Android is way and ahead as the most used mobile platform in the world. However, when it comes to making money, Apple's store is still the one to beat, and by a lot too.
Things really could not be going any better for Apple. The company has announced record profits and record sales of the iPhone, while the device has enjoyed considerable growth in key markets since the company switched to a larger screen. The previously cool Chinese market has gone red hot for Cupertino with fantastic sales, and now research company Canalys says Apple is now the premier smartphone maker in China.
Simply put, no other smartphone company has ever put together the kind of earnings call that Apple offered last night. Cupertino sold 74 million iPhones and raked in $18 billion in profit, selling more devices, at a higher cost, and for more money. However, it was not just a record breaking quarter for the tech industry, it was the best quarter in business... ever.
Apple is celebrating its historic earnings call today, with the company breaking records for quarterly revenue and income. However, looking to the future, there are plenty out there who want to know when the Apple Watch will be released. After-all, it has been a long time is it was announced way back in September.
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.