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.
The battle between Apple's iOS and Google's Android shows no signs of stopping, and it is actually a war that I have said no side needs to win. The platforms and the company's go about things differently enough that both can be winners, as indeed both have been so far. Android is the platform with the market behind it, the weight of numbers giving it the most coverage in the consumer space. Apple on the other hand plays the percentages of having the most desirable products and services and monetizing them beyond even Google's levels.
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.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a constant war over the last two years as the companies fight each other in the courtrooms. Apple has already won several cases over Samsung in regards to patent infringements, but Cupertino was not happy with the punishment meted out to its Korean rival. It seems that Apple may have its way as Samsung could stand to be punished further.
Apple has been working itself away from Google for some time now, with the removal of apps such as YouTube and Google Maps as defaults on iOS devices, while Siri avoids Google searches as much as possible. The voice assistant now used Bing as a default and utilizes services such as Yelp before giving Google and precedence. Cupertino is now continuing its move away from Google integration if reports are true saying the Safari web browser will stop offering Google Search as default.
When Tim Cook became Apple CEO there were many who thought he lacked the passionate vision of Steve Jobs to keep the company hitting home runs. That may well be true, but those on Cook's side always said he was a formidable businessman who knew how to build on Apple's success and to build on it. Many scoffed, but Cook has indeed made Apple a bigger company now than it was before his tenure.
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.