Three Improvements Apple Made for Cameras of its iPhone 12 Pros

On October 13, Apple released its iPhone 12 series, including the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Much of the news talked about the overall specifications, but we would like to focus on three improvements that Apple made for its iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max cameras. LiDAR Added to Camera Layout Similar to last year’s iPhone 11 Pros, the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max…

Germany Smartphone Sales Plunge 27% in Q2 2020; Apple, Xiaomi Gain

The Germany smartphone market had the worst quarter at the height of COVID-19, with sales plunging 27% from a year earlier. However, the market now is in a gradual recovery, bouncing back from the low of April. Apple gained share as its iPhone SE 2020 hit the spot among mid-tier devices. Huawei suffered losses in contrast. Xiaomi, emerging as the next Huawei in Germany, gained share and its…

Is Apple One a bargain? It’s complicated

The hard numbers confirm this. According to Counterpoint Research, Apple Music had an estimated 68 million users by the end of 2019. Barclays Analysts estimated that the company had 170 million paid iCloud customers in 2018. Comparatively, Apple had just 10 million subscribers as of February 2020 for Apple TV Plus — many of whom were riding along on the free one-year trial that Apple offers for…

Three Things the Latest Apple Event Told Us by Omission

Much of the news on Apple on Tuesday focused on its latest products and services. The Apple Watch and iPad line-up both got upgrades while Apple One and Apple Fitness+ helped Apple round out its service offers. Instead of going into further detail on these, I want to talk about three things that Apple is saying between the lines. 1. No news about iPhones (almost) While there was not a high…

Podcast: App Economy and Apple’s Epic Battle

Apple introduced the App Store on iOS as a digital distribution platform for games and apps and revolutionized the way software is distributed on mobile devices. Roughly, 15-20 years ago, one would have to visit a store to buy a game or software, and the store would charge around 50% as a mark-up fee. The App Store, on the other hand, takes a 30% cut from developers. Google followed the same…

Apple Losing Wireless Earbuds Market Share Even as AirPods Sales Grow

Apple Inc. will likely boost sales of its AirPods range by a third this year, but that won’t stop it from losing its dominant grip on the fast-growing wireless earbuds market. The AirPods have come to define the true wireless (TWS) earphones category, with Apple accounting for nearly half of all sales in 2019 and expected to grow to 82 million units this year, according to Counterpoint…

Global Smartwatch Market Revenue up 20% in H1 2020, Led by Apple, Garmin & Huawei

The top three brands contributed more than 69% of the total market revenue in H1 2020. Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego — August 20, 2020 Exhibit 1: Global Smartwatch Shipment Revenue Share % in H1 2020 vs H1 2019 The global smartwatch market posted a healthy 20% revenue growth in H1 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic and shipments remaining flat…

Apple iPhone Market Share: By Quarter

Apple iPhone Shipments: By Quarter  Quarter 2018 Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2019 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2020 Q1 2020 Q2 Shipments (in Mn) 52.2 41.3 46.9 65.9 42.0 36.5 44.8 72.3 40.0 37.5 DOWNLOAD: (Use the buttons below to download the complete chart)      Apple iPhone Market Share: By Quarter Quarter 2018 Q1 2018…

One in Two Smartphones Sold in Canada During Q2 2020 Was an Apple iPhone

Los Angeles, Boston, Toronto, Buenos Aires, London, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul – August 10, 2020 Smartphone sales in Canada declined 36% YoY in Q2 2020, according to Counterpoint’s North America Monthly Channel Share Tracker service. The COVID-19 outbreak impacted Canadian smartphone sales while the majority of carrier stores remained shut during most of the first half of the quarter.……

Apple opens another megastore in China amid William Barr criticism

Apple has long relied on China not just for manufacturing partners but also generating revenues from App Store (especially games) and iPhone sales. Nonetheless, local smartphone makers such as Huawei — which opened its largest store to date in June — have been chipping away at Apple’s Chinese market share in recent quarters, leaving the American giant in the fifth place with about 10% of total…

Apple ‘Arms’ Macs with Apple Silicon

At its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year, Apple announced that its entire Mac product line will switch from Intel chips to Apple Silicon within two years. Based on ARM cores, Apple Silicon is a series of Apple-designed SoCs meant to fulfill the requirements of new Macs that allow iOS apps to run directly on the new Mac OS - macOS Big Sur. Apple plans to ship the first Mac with…

iOS 14 to macOS Big Sur and Apple Silicon, Top Announcements from WWDC 2020

Last week, Apple held its annual developer conference, WWDC, which was different than the past few years. Instead of having developers and journalists from across the globe in the auditorium, Apple went ahead with a virtual keynote, as this is becoming a new normal in this COVID-19 pandemic situation. The WWDC 2020 conference saw Apple executives announce software updates and new features…

Four Out of Five Best Selling Models in the Premium Segment Were From Apple

The premium smartphone segment (wholesale price >US$ 400) sell-through declined 13% YoY globally during the first quarter of 2020, according to Counterpoint’s Market Pulse service. The contraction was part of the general smartphone market slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The segment remains key as it contributed close to 57% of total global smartphone revenue during the quarter. Apple…

Apple iPhone Sales Suffer Due to COVID-19; Services and Wearables Come to the Rescue

Apple showed it is resilient and has revenue diversification during these extraordinary COVID-19 times. The company saw iPhone volumes decline 7% but was able to more than make up the difference with service revenues which grew 17% and wearables revenues which grew 23%. The company saw iPhone installed bases hit all-time highs in all regions—showing its base remains faithful to the brand. CEO…