FORTUNE -- Amid almost daily signs that a distribution deal between Apple (AAPL) and China Mobile (CHL) is imminent comes the attached chart from Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research. It shows that even without the formal endorsement of the world's largest carrier, Apple's share of Chinese smartphone sales in October had surged to 12%.
From Counterpoint's report:
Apple's smartphone marketshare climbed to 12% mark in China in October, instantly making it the 3rd largest smartphone player in the market up from a modest 3% share in September. Although the iPhone 5s didn't attract long queues outside Apple retails stores as the iPhone 4S did couple of years ago but it definitely was more successful compared to what iPhone 5 registered in terms of overall sales in a month. Also, with China Mobile deal on the horizon, Apple iPhone 5s at all three carriers will for sure ignite a 'price war' boosting the overall iPhone 5s sales in China. This might allow Apple to even reach the No. 1 smartphone player in December or January in China.
The report notes that Samsung's Galaxy S4 saw a temporary uptick in October due to a price discount in some markets, but that the S4 had been "pushed ... towards the end of its 'flagship lifecycle'" by the Galaxy Note III.
Out of the 13% of ChangeWave members who plan to buy a tablet, 72% plan to buy an iPad.
FORTUNE -- 'Tis the season to buy a tablet -- preferably an iPad -- according to a 451 Research ChangeWave report obtained by Fortune. Among the findings of a November survey of 2,480 ChangeWave members:13% planed to buy a tablet within the next 90 days, more than double the level three months ago and comparable MORE Philip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2013 8:20 AM ET
In six hours Thursday, the visitor counter on this website grew by more than 14,500.
FORTUNE -- Some time before midnight in New York (1 p.m. Beijing), China Mobile's (CHL) Beijing reservation website switched to attached image, strongly suggesting that the world's largest mobile carrier -- with more than 750 million subscribers -- was getting ready to offer Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5S for sale.
"Something worth waiting for," reads the banner, according MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 12, 2013 6:28 AM ET
A sampling of the "cons" in 717 Apple employee reviews.
FORTUNE -- "All happy families are alike. Each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." -- Leo Tolstoy.
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Asymco's Horace Dediu now expects U.S. smartphone penetration to hit 90% by Dec. 2016.
FORTUNE -- I don't pretend to understand -- even after reading the Wikipedia entry on logistic regression -- the statistics Asymco's Horace Dediu used to draw the chart at right.
But even I can see that the curves representing various smartphone platforms have different shapes:
Orange: Research in Motion (BBRY), headed south
Blue: Microsoft (MSFT), recovering
Yellow: Android (GOOG), leveling off
In Piper Jaffray's test of 800 voice queries, Google Now gets the award for most improved.
FORTUNE -- Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster issued a matched pair of report cards Tuesday on the performance of the two leading smartphone intelligent assistants, Google's (GOOG) Google Now and Apple's (AAPL) Siri.
Google Now has overcome its initial deficit and is now roughly the equivalent of Siri in its ability to interpret spoken queries and answer MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2013 11:39 AM ET
Will replace a Galaxy S4 that caught fire, but only in return for the owner's silence.
FORTUNE -- One difference between Apple (AAPL) and Samsung is how they handle customer complaints.
When a Chinese flight attendant died last summer, apparently by electrocution from an iPhone plugged into a third-party charger, Apple did three things:
It offered its condolences,
It promised to investigate,
It launched a worldwide USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, offering to replace any non-Apple MORE
By Dec. 4, the iPhone 5S was available in all 60 U.S. stores surveyed by Piper Jaffray.
FORTUNE -- In early October, two weeks after Apple (AAPL) released the iPhone 5S, the device was out of stock at 92% of the 60 U.S. stores surveyed by Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster.
Piper Jaffray has been checking the stores twice a week ever since, and on Monday Munster announced in a note to clients MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2013 9:35 AM ET
If so, why has the carrier's website since dropped any mention of Apple's smartphones?
FORTUNE -- Remember Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray as a self-centered TV weatherman who gets stuck in a time loop and must repeat the same hated assignment again and again until he finally gets it right -- and wins Andie MacDowell's heart?
Investors who have been watching Apple's (AAPL) courtship of the world's largest mobile MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 9, 2013 7:52 AM ET
Why, a newspaper asks, was Apple's lawyer paying the doctor's taxes and utilities?
FORTUNE -- Dr. James Eason, the Memphis surgeon who performed Steve Jobs' liver transplant in 2009 -- and later bought the Memphis house where Jobs convalesced -- allowed Apple (AAPL) outside counsel to pay his taxes and utilities for nearly two years.
That revelation came at the end of Southern Transplant, Marc Perrusquia's front page story Thursday in the Memphis Commercial MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 8, 2013 12:46 PM ET
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