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According to the latest numbers from a research firm called IDC, Samsung and Apple continue to dominate on the global smartphone market. Surprisingly enough, Chinese vendor Huawei comes closer and closer to the leaders demonstrating a 60.9% year-over-year market share growth as well as a substantial increase in the number of handsets shipped to customers worldwide.
As can be seen in the chart below, Samsung is a leader of the global smartphone market with 23.8% market share and 84.5 million handsets sold in the third quarter of this year. Apple occupies the second place with 13.5% share and 48 million iPhones sold over the last months. Huawei’s market share is equal to 7.5% thanks to strong demand and 26.5 million handsets shipped to customers in the third quarter.
Just as it was expected, Apple has announced its financial results in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 that ended September 26th. The tech giant reported the quarterly revenue of $51.5 billion and net profit of $11.1 billion. If to compare these results with the results of the fourth quarter of 2014, we’ll see a substantial increase in revenue and net profit. In case you missed it, last year Apple managed to get the revenue of $42.1 billion and net profit of $8.5 billion. As to the gross margin, it rose from 38% last year to 39.9% in 2015.
As it was already mentioned earlier this month, Apple will officially announce its financial results in the fourth quarter of this year at a special event scheduled for Tuesday, October, 27th. Apple has recently confirmed time and date of the event, so looks like we will soon find out how much money Apple has earned in the last couple of months.
With the release of iOS 9, a wide number of users have begun complaining about the battery drain issue while using the Facebook app. Finally, Facebook representatives have started explaining the reason for the problem and improving the functionality of the application to make it less energy-consuming.
Earlier this week, Apple has released iOS 9.1 with over 150 new emojis, improvements to Live Photos and bug fixes to users worldwide. The update has also patched the vulnerabilities used in the untethered jailbreak of iPhones, iPads and iPod touch units running iOS 9 or higher. All these things allow Apple to finally focus its attention on the development of the next version of iOS, which is iOS 9.2.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently predicted that Apple will sell as many as 70-75 million iPhone units during the next holiday quarter. Apart from that, the expert believes that Apple will sell 3.5-4 million Apple Watch units to users worldwide in the foreseeable future. Thanks to customers from China and strong demand for Apple’s iPhones in other countries of availability, the year-over-year growth may account for 23.6%. After the holiday quarter, however, the shipments may fall substantially and demonstrate the year-over-year decline.
Aside from releasing iOS 9.1 to users worldwide, Apple has also released OS X 10.11.1 El Capitan. The release comes less than a month after the release of the very first El Capitan build, which contained a number of performance, stability and security enhancements as well as some new features for Safari, Mail and Spotlight.
According to what Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed during the recent WSJDLive conference, the long-awaited fourth-generation Apple TV will start shipping as soon as next week. The company will start taking the pre-orders for the new set-top box next Monday, October 26th. First devices are expected to be shipped to customers in the countries of initial launch by the end of the next week.
Apple has recently removed more than 250 iOS applications from the App Store. The reason for such a radical step is a third-party advertising SDK called Youmi, which is prohibited by the App Store guidelines. When used in iOS applications, it allows to collect sensitive information, for example, Apple ID email addresses and device serial numbers and in such a way to violate user privacy. The issue has been discovered by a research firm called SourceDNA and immediately reported to Apple. The company has also provided Apple with a full list of apps using malicious ad SDK.
According to the latest report from Reuters, Apple has ruined a promising startup aimed at creating an electric motorcycle called Mission Motors. Over the last months, six engineers have decided they want to contribute to the development of Apple’s widely-rumored electric car codenamed Project Titan rather than to create one of the kind electric motorcycle. Because of the loss of key specialists, Mission Motors is now initiating the process of filing for bankruptcy.
It is Sunday today, so it is high time we discussed the most popular posts of the past seven days. For sure, the most interesting and a bit surprising post is the one telling us about the release of iOS 9 jailbreak. There are also some articles dealing with Apple’s new iMacs with Retina 4K and 5K displays as well as with the internal components of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Apple has recently launched a new Quality Program aimed at addressing issues with MacBook and Retina MacBook Pro anti-reflective coating. Back in March, a number of users began reporting about the coating on their MacBooks coming off because of different factors, for example, the pressure of keyboard on the display when the laptop is closed or due to the usage of unauthorized cleaning solutions. Currently, there are more than 6,000 customers facing the aforementioned problem.
According to the latest report from VentureBeat, Intel has as many as 1,000 employees currently working on a new LTE modem for the iPhone 7. Some sources claim that Apple is planning to equip a number of iPhone 7 units with a new chip manufactured by Intel instead of modems created by Qualcomm.
The iFixit team has recently performed a teardown of the recently-launched 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac. As it was mentioned earlier this week, this model can boast of soldered RAM, which means that the amount of memory can be upgraded only by Apple on customer’s demand before the purchase of the computer. The CPU is also soldered to the logic board, so no upgrades and replacements are possible. The most interesting component of the 4K Retina iMac is obviously its 4096 x 2304 pixels display. The iFixit team has found out that it is manufactured by LG. Below you may take a look at the images showing the disassembled 21.5 inch iMac.
Several days after the release of the first version of their tool for untethered jailbreak compatible with iOS 9-iOS 9.0.2, the Pangu team has seeded the update containing a number of stability improvements and bug fixes. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 9 and a Windows-based computer or virtual machine with this operating system on board, you can download Pangu9 1.0.1 at