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According to the latest report from a research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in 2015, Apple became the top smartphone vendor in the United States of America and China. New devices, namely, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus, allowed to beat the rivals and become the leader of such important markets. Strong demand for both handsets generated record-breaking revenue as well.
An image showing what appears to be Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS has been recently shared by The Verge reporters. The image lets us take a look at the iOS device with the new keyboard running in the one-handed typing mode.
Earlier this week, a rumor appeared on the Internet suggesting that Apple was developing a special tool for Android switchers. The tool was supposed to be used to transfer contacts, messages, music, videos etc. from a compatible iPhone to an Android phone. The rumor was shared by The Telegraph and became quite popular among the reporters writing tech news.
In reality, Apple doesn’t plan to develop any tools for people switching from iPhones to Android devices. Apple spokesperson denied the rumor and claimed the company is focused only on those who switch from Google’s Android to iOS. This is the usual practice for large smartphone manufacturers.
According to the latest report from Financial Times, Apple Music now has more than 10 million active subscribers. This number includes users of all popular platforms, including iOS, Mac, PC, Android and Apple TV. Such result allowed Apple’s streaming music service to become the second largest in the world. The leader of the market is Spotify with 75 million active users and more than 20 million paying subscribers.
According to the latest report from a research firm called Flurry Analytics, Apple continued to dominate the holiday sales in 2015. 49.1% of new handsets purchased and activated during the holiday period turned out to be iPhones.
Following the release of the first testing version for a small number of iOS users last month, Microsoft has just released Cortana to users in the United States of America and China. As of Wednesday, Microsoft’s virtual assistant is available on the App Store and can be downloaded for free by all those who have an US or Chinese account.
According to the latest data from Apple shared by Boston Globe, iPhone and iPad owners are now using the built-in Apple Maps app three times more often than its closest competitor, which is Google Maps. Each week the mapping service gets 5 billion map-related requests from all over the world.
According to a research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), 37% of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus buyers have purchased the 5.5-inch model. If to compare the results of this year with those of 2014, we may see that the number of users choosing the iPhone with a larger display has grown substantially over the past 12 months. Last year, 25% of customers decided to purchase the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, so the increase is equal to 12%.
If to speak about the number of users who switched from rival platforms, Google’s Android in particular, it has changed as well. The share of former Android users accounted for 26% and this is a new record. Last year, it was equal to 12% and in 2013 it made 23% of iPhone 5s purchasers.
According to the latest report from a market research firm IDC, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro may stop the decline in the iPad sales. Even though the researchers admit that the global tablet market will continue to decline, Apple may actually improve the position of the iPad on this market and even sell more tablets than in 2014. The reason for this is quite simple: the iPad Pro is a large tablet that can be used with a detachable keyboard. It is a good replacement of the laptop for photographers, designers, artists and all those who need an effective tool for work. iPad market share growth, however, will not be long-term, analysts add. In 2017, Apple will once again see a decline.
It is Sunday today, which means it is time to tell you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Most of the articles are connected with the rumors about the next-generation iPhone and tell us about possible specs for the device. There are also several posts about Apple’s rival platforms as well as apps and tweaks worth your attention.
Microsoft has just made its virtual assistant Cortana available for a number of iOS beta testers. The personal assistant developed specifically for Windows Phone platform is expected to debut on iOS sometime soon and become a serious rival for Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
According to the latest report from a marketing research firm Custora, 78.3% of all e-commerce orders over Thanksgiving Day in the United States were made from iPhones and iPads making Apple’s iOS the main platform among the buyers. If to speak about Android users, they accounted for 21.5% of all online orders. The information about online shopping activity is based on data from more than 200 retailers, 500 million customers and $100 billion in revenue, the analysts claim.
We all know Apple is expected to release new iPhone or iPhones next year, however, we don’t know how these handset may look like. This was probably the main reason for CURVED/labs to create a beautiful and a bit surprising iPhone concept. The creators call this device the iPhone 6k and one special thing about it is that the smartphone can boast of a slide out physical keyboard similar to the one that BlackBerry Priv has. A short clip demonstrating the concept is available below, take a look and let me know what you think about the gadget.
According to the latest document shared by New York lawyers, Apple’s iOS is much more secure than Google’s Android. In particular, they have found out that Google can remotely bypass the passcode, reset it and obtain access to the data stored on the device running Android 4.4 or earlier on demand of law enforcement agency. Currently, 74.1% of all devices are running an older Android version. Those who use handsets and tablets with Android 5.0 or higher on board, are safe as these devices use full disk encryption and thus are not vulnerable.
According to the latest figures from Gartner analysts, Apple’s market share on global smartphone market grew 0.6% year-over-year to as many as 13.1% in the third quarter of 2015 ending in September. Still, even such results didn’t help Apple to beat Google’s Android, which is now the most popular smartphone platform.