Apple and Meta headsets could face a big challenge: Sticker shock

Most important is the high-resolution screen that needs to be much denser than a smartphone display because it’s so close to the user’s eyes. Smartphone screens average about 550 pixels per inch, but mixed reality devices require displays with about 3,500 PPI, according to CounterPoint Research...Read More

Apple Posts Revenue Growth Despite ‘Cocktail of Headwinds’

Apple reported a record June quarter with “better than expected” revenue, up 2% YoY at $83 billion. Supply chain constraints, foreign exchange (FX) headwinds and Russia-Ukraine conflict spillover effect remained the key growth challenges with Apple describing them as a “cocktail of headwinds”. The company posted record revenues in the Americas, Europe and Rest of Asia-Pacific driven by strong…

Sony WF-1000XM4 vs Apple AirPods Pro: Battle of the Best True Wireless Earbuds

There is no shortage of truly wireless earbuds in the market, and you can easily get a good-sounding pair for under $100. However, it is the sound quality, battery life, and features like active noise cancellation (ANC), wireless charging, and more, that differentiate premium true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds from their affordable counterparts. The Sony WF-100XM4 (review) and Apple AirPods Pro…

Thriving Apple Watch & Apple Health Ecosystem Advancing Digital Intelligent Healthcare

The smartwatch market is enjoying its fastest growth phase at the moment and with only one in ten smartphone users globally sporting a smartwatch , the category is up for grabs. The current landscape is dominated by Apple with Apple Watch and Apple Health, which has pioneered the category.  The focus on design, style and capabilities has made Watch an ultimate device on your body to advance…

Apple Is Tech’s Best Value Stock

According to data from Counterpoint Technology Market Research, the overall average selling price of the iPhone increased 14% YoY to $825 in 2021....Read More

Apple Takes 62% of Premium Market in Q1 2022

Apple reached its highest first quarter share in the premium segment since Q1 2017. Galaxy S22 Ultra was the best-selling Android smartphone in the premium market. Premium smartphone market revenues remains resilient even as sales decline. Ultra-premium (US$1000 and above) was the fastest growing price segment globally. Beijing, London, San Diego, Buenos Aires, New Delhi, Seoul, Hong…

Apple Leads Top 10 Smartphone List for April 2022, Samsung Follows

London, San Diego, New Delhi, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hong Kong – June 22, 2022 Apple led the global best-selling smartphone list with five models, followed by Samsung and Xiaomi with four and one smartphone respectively, according to Counterpoint’s Global Monthly Handset Sales Tracker for April 2022. The top 10 models captured 21% of the total smartphone market. The Apple models in the…

Apple’s Pay Later Option May Impact US Consumption Patterns

In the latest Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), some key updates were announced for Apple Wallet. Besides the Tap to Pay feature, which allows users to skip the use of a POS terminal, Apple has introduced the Pay Later option, under which the cost of a purchase can be split across four payments over six weeks for US users. Given the US’ big iOS user base, the Pay Later option is expected to…

Apple’s WWDC Showcases New M2 Apple Silicon, Plethora of Collaborative Software Updates

Apple kicked off its 33rd Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6. Like the 2020 and 2021 WWDCs, the 2022 event was also a virtual one with limited in-person attendance. The company claims to have 34 million Apple Developers globally now. Besides opening a Developer Center in Apple Park, it has also introduced online Tech Talks for developers to connect with Apple engineers for live…

Smartwatch Market Grows 13% YoY in Q1 2022; Apple Stays First, Samsung Solidifies Second Place

The market grew 13% YoY and continued double-digit growth for the fifth consecutive quarter. Apple maintained its lead, while Samsung solidified its second place. Xiaomi recorded first Top 4 position with 69% YoY growth, and is breaking its shipment record every quarter. Seoul, Beijing, Boston, London, Toronto, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Taipei – May 31, 2022 The global smartwatch market…

500-mn Installed Base: Xiaomi Joins Samsung, Apple; What next?

Xiaomi passed a significant milestone in Q1 2022. According to Counterpoint Research’s Installed Base Tracker Service, the Chinese brand crossed the 500-million smartphone installed base mark early in the quarter to join Samsung and Apple in the elite club. Theoretically, Xiaomi’s large user base can (1) help the company branding develop further if products match or exceed expectations, (2)…

Apple’s Record Quarter Shadowed by Continued Shortages, Other Risks

With a March quarter with many headwinds – inflation, component shortages, war and COVID-19 lockdowns – Apple recorded impressive results. Overall revenues grew 9% YoY while iPhone revenues were up 5%. Apple was able to grow its installed base to an all-time high even as all services hit new highs and all regions grew with the exceptions of Japan and Rest of Asia Pacific, which had tough exchange…

Apple Assembler Foxconn Pushes Further Into EVs With M&A

Foxconn as a “latecomer” to EV technologies is using mergers, acquisitions and cooperation with third parties to get ahead, says Brady Wang, Taipei-based associate director with market research firm Counterpoint Research. “Its way of doing things is positive and has potential,” Wang adds....Read More

Apple’s Hardware Subscription Plan a Game Changer

Apple is reportedly working on a subscription model for iPhone and other hardware products. The news made headlines across the tech world. Apple’s influence and strength position it to effect a dramatic shift in the way smartphones are sold. A hardware subscription model comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges. While Apple is most equipped to implement such a plan and become immune…

Business Today Featuring Tarun Pathak: Tech Today: Apple vs FB!

Facebook says Apple iOS privacy change will result in $10 billion revenue hit this year. How could one feature change from Apple cost Facebook or meta billions of dollars? Our Research Director, Tarun Pathak, who has been tracking this space, understands how Apple and Facebook operate and what Apple does inside these devices.