For Android fanatics there is an easy stick to beat their Apple enemies with, the fact that Google's platform trumps iOS in terms of market share, comfortably so. However, iPhone lovers probably thought that the arrival of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would address that balance. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) that is not actually the case as the new iPhones are not taking market share or indeed customers from Android.
Since Apple launched its first iPad we have been waiting for a slate that can truly match Cupertino's effort, but the truth is we have been left waiting. The so called iPad Killer has never really emerged despite an admittedly deep line up of quality Android and Windows alternatives. At least from a sales perspective the iPad reigns supreme, although there are some chinks in the armor.
We are used to hearing about Android growing market share in just about every aspect, but there are a few areas where Google's mobile platform is not so dominant. For example, in the business and enterprise companies prefer to use Apple's iOS or to a lesser extent Blackberry, the traditional name in this niche.
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.