The secret to populating an unpopular smartphone platform: cash incentives
A nice piece of reporting by Jenna Wortham and Nick Wingfield landed on the front page of the New York Times Business section Friday morning, two days before the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900.
When free phones and promises of prime real estate on the Windows Phone app store wasn't enough to get reluctant developers to write software for the new MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 6, 2012 7:41 AM ET
Its market cap today is $577 billion. Where do the next $400-plus billion come from?
In a note to clients issued early Tuesday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster raised his Q2 iPhone estimate (to 33 million), set a new 12-month price target ($910 per share) and -- most provocatively -- laid out a roadmap for Apple's (AAPL) market capitalization to go from $576.79 billion as of Monday's close to $1 trillion by MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 3, 2012 7:06 AM ET
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* Apple's (AAPL) Tim Cook visited Foxconn's new iPhone factory in the Zhengzhou Technology Park during his trip to China. (Fortune)
* New Research in Motion (RIMM) CEO Thorsten Heins will give a progress report on the company's turnaround later today when RIM reports its latest earnings. (The Wall Street Journal)
* Mark Zuckerberg MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Mar 29, 2012 10:14 AM ET
Overtook Samsung and HP in 2011 on sales of iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs
The pie chart at right, created from data that showed up in Gartner Inc's RSS feed on Thursday, tells only part of the story. It shows Apple (AAPL) consuming 5.7% of the world's semiconductor capacity, overtaking Samsung and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) in 2011.
But to get a sense of how dramatically conditions changed in the worldwide chip market last year, check out MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 23, 2012 7:48 AM ET
Just in time for this week's Mobile World Congress, a snapshot of where the money goes
To get a sense of what Apple's (AAPL) competitors are up against in Barcelona this week as they unveil their new mobile phone models for the 2012 season, consider the relative size of the solid color profit (and loss) bars in the chart above.
It's the money shot in a series of eye-opening graphs that the inimitable Horace MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 27, 2012 7:24 AM ET
Regained the spot that it took from Nokia in June and gave up to Samsung in September
It will come as no surprise to Apple (AAPL) watchers that the company sold 37 million iPhones last quarter. Tim Cook reported that number two weeks ago.
Getting comparable figures from Apple's competitors is a different matter, and that's where companies like IDC come in. Samsung, for example, used to report only the number of mobile MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 7, 2012 4:53 AM ET
Total annual global shipments exceeded PCs (including tablets) for the first time in 2011
Canalys singled out Apple (AAPL) for special mention Friday when it announced that by its count, shipments of smartphones in 2011 overtook those of client computers, even when tablets are included.
"Apple's impressive end to the year resulted in it becoming the leading smart phone and client PC vendor in Q4 2011, with shipments of 37.0 million iPhones, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 3, 2012 11:49 AM ET
Between them, Samsung and Apple are sucking up 91% of the winnings
Asymco's Horace Dediu on Friday updated his quarterly review of mobile phone profits, and the news for everybody but Apple (AAPL) just gets worse.
As the iPhone's share of the market in terms of units shipped has grown from 3% in second quarter of 2010 to 8.7% last quarter, Apple's share of the profits has swelled from 39% to 75%.
Dediu's chart of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 3, 2012 8:20 AM ET
Apple's mobile phone shipments nearly doubled in 2011, overtaking LG and ZTE
On the strength of sales of the iPhone 4S last quarter, Apple (AAPL) jumped two spots in IDC's ranking of the world's five largest manufacturers of mobile phones -- smart or otherwise.
In a press release issued Wednesday, IDC reported that weakness in the demand for so-called feature phones dragged down market growth in the Christmas quarter -- usually the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 2, 2012 8:18 AM ET
A pair of reports agree -- more or less -- on the current state of the battle
Two reports published Thursday -- one by IHS iSuppli, the other by Strategy Analytics -- describe the global race for smartphone supremacy as high-stakes see-saw.
Basically what happened is that Apple (AAPL) took the lead from Nokia (NOK) in June, lost it to Samsung in September and won it back in December.
"Apple's introduction of the 4S in the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jan 27, 2012 2:26 AM ET
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