According to Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, all of the top 10 most wished-for Christmas gifts this year are computers of one sort or another.
That may have something do with Munster's methodology: Counting 25,000 tweets that included the tags #Wishlist and @Santa.
Counting letters stamped, addressed and mailed via U.S. Post Office to Santa, North Pole, might have generated a very different list.
Or maybe not.
In any event, Apple (AAPL) led the pack with two of the top three items (No. 1 iPhone, No. 3 iPad) and four or five of the top ten, depending on whether you count the generic "tablet" as an Apple product. Samsung had two or three ("tablet" again). Sony (SNE), Microsoft (MSFT) and Google (GOOG) each had one.
Get out your handkerchiefs for Apple's annual holiday "home movie."
FORTUNE -- What would the holidays be without a sentimental Christmas ad from Apple (AAPL)?
This one, titled Misunderstood, is a movie about a movie that was shot on an iPhone 5S and presented via Apple TV and AirPlay by the fictional Harris family's teenage son. The title is not explained. Perhaps it's a given that all teenage sons feel misunderstood, especially MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 17, 2013 7:37 AM ET
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% planned 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
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
What better way to celebrate failures than to serenade loved ones, iPad to iPad mini?
FORTUNE -- More than one TV viewer tuning in to CNN Friday morning for House Speaker John Boehner's grim press conference was surprised to see it punctuated with a new, cheery, Christmas-themed Apple (AAPL) ad.
The spot, which has since gone into prime-time rotation, features a young girl with large hands and surprisingly accomplished ukulele skills serenading MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 23, 2012 6:01 AM ET
This year 48% want an iPad, up from 31% in 2010 and 44% in 2011
FORTUNE -- Nielsen released the results of its annual "iHoliday" survey of U.S. children's Christmas wish lists Tuesday, and once again Apple (AAPL) dominated four of the five top spots (see Nielsen graphic below).
What interested us was that despite increased competition in both the tablet and smartphone markets, the kids' attraction to the Apple brand has MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2012 9:14 AM ET
If you count the iPad and iPod touch, it looks like iOS by about 1.6 million units
Without a press release from Apple (AAPL) crowing about their Christmas sales, we're forced to rely on data from a mobile analytics firm and tweets from a Google (GOOG) senior vice president to make some rough guesses.
Here's what we know:
According to Flurry Analytics -- which claims it can detect "roughly 100%" of all new smartphone and tablet MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 28, 2011 7:24 AM ET
An analytical gap big enough to drive a sleigh through
Here are a pair of headline shockers:
AppleInsider: iOS dominates mobile shopping with 92% of market
Forbes: iOS Took 13.4% of Online Sales on Christmas Day
Both stories got pretty big play over the Christmas break. But they can't both be right, can they? Let's look at the facts.
The 92% figure comes from a Dec. 21 report by a San Francisco-base company called RichRelevance MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 27, 2011 6:41 AM ET
Would that Apple's intelligent assistant were as reliable as its Christmas TV ad suggests
Apple (AAPL) has been pushing Siri hard as the key selling point for the iPhone 4S, especially on TV with ads like the Santa spot it began airing this week. (It's also available on YouTube.)
But our experience is that between system outages, misunderstandings and the basic limitations of its knowledge base, Siri is considerably less reliable than MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 20, 2011 7:21 AM ET
A spot check of retail sales a week before Christmas raises an interesting question
In a note to clients issued Monday, Hudson Square Research's Daniel Ernst reported on the results of a pre-holiday scouting trip he took to retail stores in New York and Connecticut over the weekend -- only a handful of shopping days before Christmas -- where he found "floor traffic up materially, but lines at checkout short."
Demand for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 19, 2011 10:25 AM ET
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