News tagged ‘smartphone’
According to what reliable insiders write, the average selling price of the iPhone grew to enormous $687 last quarter. Well, that is not strange, especially if to keep in mind that Apple has always been making the most luxurious and the most expensive handsets in the world. What is interesting and a bit shocking is the fact that the average price of the Android smartphone is $254. As it turns out, Apple’s smartphones are 2.7 times more expensive than those with Android OS on board.
While Apple’s profits continue to grow, its main market rival keeps losing its share, customers and money. According to the most recent earnings report published by Samsung earlier this week, the company saw a 36% decrease in profits in Q4 of 2014 in comparison with the year-ago result. Moreover, Samsung’s mobile division saw even greater decline - 64%. The net profit in the latest quarter accounted for 5.29 trillion won (about $4.84 billion).
Despite the fact that this year Foxconn may assemble a record-breaking number of iPhones, it looks like the main Apple supplier is currently planning to reduce the number of employees working at its factories. However, as noted by the Reuters reporters, this will be people working on the production of non-Apple gadgets.
It is Sunday today, that's why I've made up a list of the most interesting posts of the last seven days. This week was full of events worth your attention, so make sure you check out all of them.
According to the latest report released by a research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Apple managed to get 50% of the smartphone sales in the USA in the calendar quarter ending in December. In other words, half of the handsets sold on the territory of the United States over the last few months are Apple's iPhones.
Microsoft on Tuesday officially announced the widely rumored Windows 10. Probably the most interesting thing about the yet-to-be-released operating system is the fact that it will be running on computers, tablets and smartphones. Yes, that right, one operating system for all kinds of devices.
While first builds of Windows 10 will become available for the registered users of the Insider Program only in February, we can still take a look at how the OS looks like.
According to the latest data that can be found on Apple's support page for developers, iOS 8 adoption rate has once again improved. Although this improvement is not as substantial as the previous one, it shows that more and more people switch to the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. Some of them purchase smartphones and tablets with iOS 8 pre-installed, but most of the users simply upgrade to a newer version of iOS.
According to the latest report published by a research firm called Counterpoint Research, Apple's iPhone market share in such countries as South Korea, China and Japan grew noticeably over the last months.
Earlier today, Apple was granted a patent for an eye-tracking technology, which can help users control the whole interface of a computer, laptop or smartphone. This technology will reportedly be used in the next generations of Apple's iPhones, iPads, Macs and even Apple TVs. The technology described in the document is unique as it allows users not to lose control of a cursor while working with a device. That is the key point of Apple's most recent patent.
Earlier this week I told you that the next-generation iPhone will feature a dual-lens camera system and the support of pressure-sensitive display technology called "Force Touch". Yesterday, a new report from Asian insiders appeared online, which once again suggests that the guys from Cupertino will add "Force Touch" to their new handset called presumably the iPhone 6s. Apart from that, the same sources believe the smartphone will also feature 2GB of RAM. And that is a noticeable improvement since the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus both have only 1GB of RAM on board.
According to the recent rumors shared by Taiwanese insiders, the next-generation iPhone may feature a new dual-lens camera and the support of the so-called "Force Touch" technology used in the upcoming Apple Watch. The technology makes it possible to recognize different pressure-based gestures. It should be noted, however, that these rumors haven't yet been officially confirmed, so I suggest that you should take them with a few pinches of salt.
According to the latest report published by a research firm called Counterpoint Research and first shared by Economic Times, in the last quarter of 2014, the guys from Cupertino managed to sold half a million iPhone units in India. I must admit, it is an impressive result, especially if to take into account the fact that in 2013, Apple marketed about a million smartphones in this country. Latest result indicates that the larger form factor was really something users around the world had been expecting for a long period of time. Apart from that, strong sales proved that in 2014, there were more people in India ready to purchase such device as the iPhone.
Flickr, one of the most popular photo sharing websites, has recently released a report on the most popular camera brands of the last year. According to this report, the most popular brands of 2014 included Canon with 13.4% of photos taken by cameras of this manufacturer, Apple with 9.6%, Nikon with 9.3%, Samsung with 5.6% and Sony with 4.2%. This is how the Top-5 rating looks like.
According to what the guys from Cupertino have recently posted on their Support page for developers, iOS 8 is now installed on 68% of active devices. Such a figure shows that over the last month, the number of iOS 8 users has grown 5%. As to the reasons for such growth, they include immense popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as strong smartphone and tablet sales during the holiday period of 2014.
The guys from Cupertino have recently begun selling unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the USA. Such smartphones are currently available on Apple’s American online store. Still, there’s one drawback: those who plan to purchase one of such carrier-free handsets will have to wait several days. The shipping estimates for the aforementioned models are 3-5 business days.