Apple’s Record-Setting Q4 Will Spill Over Into a Great 2021

Apple registered a record-setting growth in the final quarter of 2020. All business units saw 17%-41% growth and total revenue was a whopping $111 billion. This phase of strong growth is expected to continue in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few insights which support this projection: Source: Apple The delayed and staggered launch of the iPhone 12 series saw a record number of sales (and…

35% of Smartphones Sold in H1 2020 Had Embedded Hardware Security, Apple Leads With 39% Market Share

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego – January 29, 2021 Apple and Huawei implement embedded hardware security through a secure element (eSE/inSE). Samsung uses a physically unclonable function (PUF). Hardware security was embedded in 35% of the smartphones sold globally in H1 2020, according to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Component Practice. This…

US Smartphone Market Down 6% YoY in Q4 2020, but Apple, Samsung Grow

Boston, Denver, Toronto, London, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, Taipei, Seoul – February 1, 2021 The US smartphone market saw a 6% YoY decline in sales in Q4 2020 as COVID-19 continued to impact the economy, according to Counterpoint’s latest data from the US Channel Share Tracker. Apple and Samsung were the only OEMs to see positive growth in the quarter, thanks to new launches and a strong…

Apple Shipped Record iPhones in Q4 2020, Global Smartphone Market Continues to Recover

• The global smartphone market continued to recover in Q4 2020, rebounding 8% QoQ to 395.9 million units. • Apple’s 8% YoY and 96% QoQ growth helped it lead the market in Q4 2020. • Samsung slipped to the second spot with 62.5 million units in Q4 2020, However, it led the overall market in CY 2020. • For the first time, OPPO and vivo surpassed Huawei to capture the fourth and fifth spots…

Apple’s October – November iPhone Sales Signal Record Quarter and 2021

Seoul, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Beijing, London, Buenos Aires, San Diego December 23, 2020 Apple is likely to break previous iPhone sales records during its FY first quarter, according to Counterpoint Research’s Global Monthly Sell-Through Tracker, setting up the company for what could be the biggest year ever for the iPhone. Although Oct-Nov 2020 global sell-through was down YoY, it declined…

Apple, Huawei, Samsung Lead Global Smartwatch Shipments in Q3 2020

Shipments increased 6% in Q3 2020 compared to the same period last year. The top five brands contributed more than 66% of the total shipments in Q3 2020. China surpassed North America to become the market leader after seven quarters. Continuing their growth trajectory amid the COVID-19 pandemic, global smartwatch shipments increased 6% in Q3 2020 compared to the same period last year,…

Apple Silicon Set to Energize PC Market as Possibilities Beckon

On November 10, Apple introduced three new Mac devices — MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini — powered by the Apple M1 system on a chip (SoC). While the inability of Intel chips to meet emerging requirements was the apparent trigger for Apple to have own chips, there were many other benefits and possibilities pushing the move. Just like iOS and Android, Apple’s macOS has a different…

Apple iPhone Market Share: By Quarter

Apple iPhone Shipments: By Quarter  Apple iPhone Shipments (in Millions) Quarter 2018 Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2019 Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2020 Q1 2020 Q2 2020 Q3 Shipments (in Mn) 52.2 41.3 46.9 65.9 42.0 36.5 44.8 72.3 40.0 37.5 41.7 Apple iPhone Market Share: By Quarter DOWNLOAD: (Use the buttons below to download the…

Apple Maintains Top OEM Position in Q3 2020 Despite Delayed iPhone 12 Launch in USA

Apple leads in US sell-in market share with 39%, Samsung follows with 30%, while LG trails at 13% Apple has been the US smartphone market leader since Q3 2017 New York, Boston, New Delhi, Hong Kong, Seoul, London, Beijing, San Diego, Buenos Aires – November 12, 2020 iPhone sales remained strong in Q3 2020 despite the delayed launch of the iPhone 12. While Apple sell-in dropped to 39%…

Apple India net profit zooms 253% in FY20 to Rs 926 crore

Counterpoint Research has projected that Apple will sell over a million iPhones in the country during the current festive quarter. Counterpoint's latest report shows that Apple pipped OnePlus in the premium smartphone segment (above Rs 30,000) in India in the September quarter. Read more

Apple: Thinking Inside the Box

Apple removes chargers and earphones from the boxes In a unique and courageous move, Apple has disrupted the legacy packaging of smartphones by removing chargers and earphones from the boxes for its new iPhone 12 series along with the iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone SE. Most of the other OEMs provide fast chargers as a standard offering inside the box. Apple’s Reason for Removing In-Box…

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…