Steve Wozniak is the man who literally built Apple while Steve Jobs built the empire. However, he has not worked for the Cupertino based company for nearly thirty years, so he is not connected to success or failure of the brand aside from being a shareholder. Wozniak of course loves the company he helped create, but he is also one of the most honest people to tap up to discuss Apple and its products.
While iPad sales have been declining recently, the dip seems to follow a market wide trend and Apple?s position at the top of the tablet pile seems to be secure. That's according to mobile ad network Chitika after the company sorted the data to find which companies and which tablets dominate the North American tablet market.
The China Brand Power Index (C-BPI) has offered a fairly accurate look at the smartphone industry in a country of over 1.2 billion people, despite being a poll conducted across 13,500 of that population. The research aims to find the most popular brands in the country and takes its results from 13,500 people, across 30 cities, aged 15 to 60, from August 2013 to January 2014.
Forbes has released its annual list of the world's most valuable companies and (un)surprisingly the table is topped by Apple. The magazine/website values the iPhone maker at a whopping $124.2 billion, a number that is more than double any other company on the list and much more than Cupertino?s rivals.
When Apple launched the Apple Watch back at the start of September, the company announced that the device would not be available until 2015. That is a lot of waiting for a product that was dangled so enticingly in our faces, but Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts has now put a more concrete time on when the smartwatch will land. She said in a video message to employees that the device will be arriving in spring next year.
Apple operates in a unique way inside the smartphone market and that has been proven as the company's market share fell in the United States during September, but iPhone sales broke records. Over 39 million iPhone units sold through the last quarter helped Apple to bumper financial results while the company's shares have been trading at all-time highs.
Tim Cook has been speaking extensively to the Wall Street Journal's editor-in-chief Gerard Baker at the publications WSJD Live, and the Apple CEO was in talkative mood. During the interview, taking place at the inaugural WSJD event, Cook discussed the company's new products such as Apple Pay and the Apple Watch, while he also talked about the iPhone and even why the company decided to cut the iPod Classic.
At the end of last week Samsung revealed that it had shifted 4.5 million units of the Galaxy Note 4 in its first month on release in South Korea and China. That is a fantastic number that makes the Note 4 a bon-a-fide success, however it is a number that pales against Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. Yes, here's another Samsung vs. Apple comparison, but these two are competing so how one does against the other is always relevant.
Tim Cook's four day visit to China where he has tried to smooth relationships with authorities and pave the way for further Apple growth in the country has come to an end. On the final day of his trip he spoke to Chinese news outlet Xinhuanet and revealed Cupertino's plans to bring Apple Pay to the Chinese market while also iterating that China is at the forefront of the company's plans, a line that has become the theme of this visit.
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.