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It is Sunday today and that means it is high time we talked about the most interesting posts of the last seven days. Although due to all kinds of holidays last week was rather boring, there’re still some articles worth your attention. Let’s take a look at them.
Yesterday I told you about the new campaign called “Start Something New” and its launch on Apple’s websites in the USA and in a number of countries of Europe and Asia. According to the latest reports from reliable insiders, the guys from Cupertino have begun expanding the campaign to their retail stores across the globe. Below you may see some photos taken at one store presumably in the USA.
Although in December it was reported that Samsung had already began the production of the next-generation A9 processors for Apple, a couple of days a new rumor appeared on the Internet suggesting that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) may actually become tech giant’s main chip supplier. According to what people familiar with the matter write, TSMC demonstrates higher production yield and that is the key factor that can possibly make Apple give most of the orders to produce A9 chips to Taiwanese manufacturer.
According to the latest report from a research firm Flurry, more than a half of new mobile devices activated during the Christmas week were Apple’s iPhones. This means that the sales results of the holiday quarter will surely please the guys from Cupertino.
To be precise, I should say that Apple accounted for 51.3% of new smartphone activations in the period of time between December 19th and December 25th. As to the closest rivals, they include Samsung with 17.7%, Nokia with 5.8%, Sony with 1.6% and LG with 1.4% of activated devices. As you may see in the chart below, the gap between Apple and its rival from South Korea is massive.
As you probably know, every year since 2008, Apple has been offering a promotion called “12 Days of Gifts”. The guys from Cupertino used to give away songs, various apps, movies and other useful stuff for the customers in the USA, Europe and Canada during the 12 days after Christmas. This year, however, it looks like Apple won’t arrange its traditional promotion.
According to the latest reports from people familiar with the matter, Apple has become top smartphone vendor in Taiwan in November. The guys from Cupertino managed to beat other vendors, which included HTC, Samsung, Sony and ZenFone in terms of not only sales volume, but also in terms of sales value. In the first case, the market share of Apple’s devices was 26.4% and in the second case it was even higher and accounted for 48.9%.
It is no secret that this year has become incredibly successful for Apple. The company released two larger-screened iPhones that are currently immensely popular among the customers all over the world, moreover, the tech giant updated its tablet lineup with two models, namely, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Apart from that, in October, the guys from Cupertino launched their NFC-based payments service called Apple Pay in the USA. Finally, early next year, the long-anticipated Apple’s smartwatch will hit the store shelves. Unsurprisingly, Apple's stock value set a new record and made Tim Cook one of the most successful and influential people of this planet. That is why CNN has named him as “CEO of the Year”.
According to the official figures on the App Store usage published by the guys from Cupertino earlier this week, iOS 8 adoption rate has risen 1% over the period of time between December 8th and December 22nd and now is equal to 64%. Although the adoption rate rises not as fast as the adoption rate of iOS 7 last year, it grows steadily and that is the point.
According to what the analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company writes, next year, Apple may return to the 4-inch form factor and release the low-end smartphone called probably the iPhone 6s mini. The design of the handset will reportedly be similar to the design of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, however, the tech specs will be akin to the specifications of the iPhone 5s released in 2013.
Apple on Monday released an important security update for Mac owners. According to what the guys from Cupertino say, this update contains a fix for the critical issue with Network Time Protocol service on OS X and is highly recommended for Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite users. Apple asks Mac and MacBook owners to “install this update as soon as possible”.
According to the latest reports from reliable sources, Apple suppliers are currently gearing up to start the mass production of the long-awaited 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display. First laptops will be assembled as soon as in the first quarter of the next year, DigiTimes reporters claim.
It is Sunday today, so I believe you want to take a look at the most popular posts of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time and discuss all the interesting topics.
Two months after the launch in the United States of America, Apple Pay currently occupies about 1% of mobile payments market. This is the information, which can be found in the latest ITG Investment Research Report on Mobile Payments (via MarketWatch). It should be noted that Apple's system still falls behind Google Wallet and its share of 4%. However, the adoption of Apple Pay rises incredibly quickly, so the time when it will beat all the rivals' systems is quite near, I suppose.
According to the latest information that can be found on Apple's online store, shipping estimates for the 16GB and 64GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on all carriers have recently improved to one day. This means that the customers in the USA currently have an opportunity to get their new smartphone shipped to them within one day after the purchase. Looks like the suppliers have finally caught up with the demand for the handset.
As you probably know, this year, Apple took part in the World AIDS Day campaign aimed at raising money to fight one of the most dangerous and quickly spreading diseases of the 21st century. The guys from Cupertino arranged several (Product) RED promotions, created a special (RED) App Store section and sent a part of money from all retail and online sales from Friday, November 28th and Monday, December 1st to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. In general, Apple managed to raise about $20 million. Well, this is what Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in a letter to employees.