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Rumors that Apple is at least contemplating an entry into the automotive industry with a self driving car has been rampant for weeks. But now we have two reputable news outlets in the Financial Times and Reuters reporting that this might be the case. Reporting for the Financial Times, Tim Bradshaw and Andy Sharman reveal that Apple is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design to work at a new top-secret car project that is expecting to go beyond the dashboard. FT: Reuters is also reporting that the Cupertino-based Technology giantRead More
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Shipments of iPhone Devices To Top 50 Million Units In 2Q15 Apple is expected to set another record for iPhone sales in its fiscal 2015 second quarter. According to a new report from Digitimes, Apple is expected to ship over 50 million units in its fiscal 2015 second quarter, an increase of 14.4% from 43.7 million units shipped in the same period last. The company has recently sold 74.5 million iPhone units in 1Q15, which is a new record. These numbers are fueled by the huge demand for the iPhone in China.Read More
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Writing for The Motley Fool, Leo Sun asked the question many pundits are complempating as the launch of the Apple Watch draws closer – will the Apple Watch flop like Google Glass? Leo Sun: . Agreed. The Apple Watch looks like a long term bet by Apple to move into the wearable computing spaces, even if the first generation sales fall short of analysts expectations. SourceRead More
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With the Apple Watch set to go on sale early this year, many people will be contemplating whether it’s worth shelling out hundreds of dollars for a device that is not as “timeless” as a Swiss Luxury watch. However, Neil Cybart believes that this shouldn’t be a problem for Apple since the company is positioning the Apple Watch as a “mobile computing facilitator worn on the wrist.” Neil Cybart: SourceRead More
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Just over a year, I linked to this piece by Ben Bajarin is which he posits that “Apple has customers not competition.” Some may find this absurd given Apple many battles with the likes of Mircosoft, IBM and more recently Samsung. However, Horace Dediu latest article, The Monopolist,  supports Ben Bajarin’s theory on Apple and competition. Horace Dedu: SourceRead More
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Here’s How Apple Could Sell 200 Million iPhones In 2015 Writing for The Motley Fool, Adam Levy posits that Apple is in a great position to sell over 200 million iPhones in 2015. The Cupterino-based company sold 169 million iPhones in 2014, which represents a 13 percent increase in sales from 2013. A similar increase would take the company close to the  200 million mark. Here are some of the key trends Levy believes would push the iPhone sales to the 200 million in 2015: Most consumers upgrading to theRead More
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Quartz (via China Daily) is reporting that Alibaba’s Alipay payments affiliate announced on Tuesday that users will be able to authenticate their accounts using Touch ID  instead of using passwords. This latest move indicates that the company is looking to strengthen their ties with Apple which could ultimately lead to Alipay, the biggest digital payment platform in the world, using Apple Pay. As highlighted by the report, the CEOs of both companies have already expressed an interest in working together in the future. Apple recently signed a deal with UnionPay, a state-own rivalRead More
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According to the latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to October 2014, sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is on a tear and on course to break sales in the first quarter. The data shows that the launch of the iPhone 6 has sent Apple’s share of British smartphone sales up 10.4 percentage points. Apple now accounts for 39.5% of British sales, its highest ever level.” “Apple has experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanksRead More
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According to a new report from Stabley Times (via Daily Mail), Apple is set to release two new iPhones in 2015, a departure from their once year upgrade cycle. The report pointed to new mobile plans such as the Verizon NEXT and AT&T EDGE, which allow customers to upgrade their smartphone early as one of the reasons Apple might move to this new strategy. Another reason proposed is that Apple wants to launch the iWatch with a brand new hardware: Personally, I can’t see this happening for reasons too numerous toRead More
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According to a new report from CNN Money (via data from IBM Digita Analytics Benchmark), Apple iOS mobile users have once again outspend Android users by about 25 percent on Thanksgiving Day. Apple users spent, on average, $118.57 per order compared to $95.25for Andriod. “Apple  users are three times more likely to make a purchase on their mobile or tablet device, and made up 25% of total online sales on Thursday. This is despite the fact that Google’s operating system is the top smartphone platform in the U.S. market,” theRead More