Android Users Flood to iOS in Europe


Reputed research company Kantar has revealed that Android users are jumping ship in Europe in huge numbers and are siding with iOS and the iPhone. The interesting thing is this exodus from Google’s operating system is happening during the summer, a time of year where Apple’s sales usually drop because consumers are awaiting a new iPhone to launch in September.

In the biggest economies in Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom) saw a combined 27% of all people who purchased a smartphone during the last quarter came from Android to iOS. Even in the United States the number was 9% showing Apple’s strategies are paying off.

This is especially the case in Europe though where Apple and the iPhone are enjoy even more success. Even Samsung is running scared on the Old Continent as the company decided not to launch the Galaxy Note 5 in Europe, allowing the iPhone 6 Plus to thrive.

The figures were supplied by Kantar:

As per Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar: “The U.S. market continued to be dominated by two players, Apple and Samsung, who together accounted for 64% of all smartphones sold. If share alone was not enough to demonstrate market dominance, our data also shows that these two vendors sold nine of the top ten best-selling smartphones in the three months ending July 2015 – with LG making a cameo appearance in the ranking.”

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Apple to Launch new iPhones September 11th

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Apple first announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in September 2014, matching its fall launch cycle adopted several years back. Cupertino is expected to use the same month to unveil the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this year. September is the month set aside for the launch and a French carrier has today let slip that the launch will be on September 11th and the new smartphones will begin shipping on September 18th.

Thursday is the 11th and that makes plenty of sense as it is usually the day Apple uses to unveil new iPhones. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are going to be made available for pre-order in select nations that same day and will then begin shipping to consumers on the 18th. The rumored iPhone 6c is also expected to arrive during the event.

Last year Apple had its biggest launch cycle ever and the larger screened iPhone 6 range propelled the company to industry smashing records and sales of over 70 million.

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iPad Pro could Arrive in November

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The iPad Pro has been rumoured so much that we sometimes forget that it actually doesn’t’ exist and Apple has never made mention of it. However, the apparent leaks will not go away, and in a potential enterprise environment post Apple’s deal with IBM, 2015 could be the best year to launch the Pro. According to supply chain sources, November will be the month in which the tablet will make its debut.

The leaked information is coming out of Apple’s supply chain, namely the screen suppliers who say Japanese electronics company Sharp is building 12.9-inch screens for the iPad Pro. Apple is expected to reveal its new iPads in October, with the slates (including the iPad Pro maybe) will be available to buy in November.

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New iPhone to have 5-inch Screen?

A new report suggests that the guys at Apple are planning to up the screen size of at least one iPhone model again, following a similar strategy last year. An insider within Foxconn has tipped a 5-inch iPhone that will launch this year, and considering that is from Apple’s chief manufacturer then it is plenty interesting. However, a pinch of salt should be taken until something more concrete is released.

Last year Apple released the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, finally caving in on an old Steve Jobs ethos that smartphones with large screens were, well stupid. It was a wise move in the end as although Jobs was proved wrong the company won big with massive record sales, revenue, and profit.

So, which iPhone launching next month will the 5-inch display be on? The most likely is of course the flagship iPhone 6s, although there is the chance that the rumored iPhone 6c could get the panel. We will find out in September when Cupertino reveals its new smartphones.

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iPhone 6c will arrive next month


A report from Taiwan last week suggested that Apple would hold off releasing the iPhone 6c until the summer of 2016. It was a scenario I said was next to impossible as the company is committed to fall launch cycles for its core products. Either the iPhone 6c is being released in the coming months or it will be announced in Sepetember and launched next year I argued. It seems my former theory was right, at least according to @evleaks.

Evan Blass, the man behind Evleaks who made a name for himself as the most accurate mobile leak source in history now says that the iPhone 6c will be rolled out alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in September.

Here’s what I previously wrote:

Now Digitimes (a sketchy source on Apple with a hit and miss track record) now says that the iPhone 6c will be launching through the second quarter of next year. That is possible, but only under one scenario, so let me explain.

My own source in Cupertino’s marketing team has repeatedly been correct in shooting down any non-fall launches. Apple is 100% behind launching its major categories during the closing months of the year to make it big during the Holiday Season. If the iPhone 6c does arrive midway through 2016 is will be the company’s attempt to give it a spot in the limelight. However, if that launch date is true (I am sceptical) then it is all but guaranteed that Apple will announce the handset next month and the iPhone 6s event, similar to how the company handled the Apple Watch last year.

If the iPhone 6c is not announced before the end of this year, forget about it launching Q2 in 2016!

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Will the iPhone 6c Land Summer 2016?


It is a common rumor this year that Apple is working on a new “affordable” iPhone that will land alongside the iPhone 6s next month. Of course we use the term affordable loosely as any replacement for the iPhone 5c is likely to be anything but, however we have already heard that at least time Apple with sort us out with a metal body device.

Now Digitimes (a sketchy source on Apple with a hit and miss track record) now says that the iPhone 6c will be launching through the second quarter of next year. That is possible, but only under one scenario, so let me explain.

My own source in Cupertino’s marketing team has repeatedly been correct in shooting down any non-fall launches. Apple is 100% behind launching its major categories during the closing months of the year to make it big during the Holiday Season. If the iPhone 6c does arrive midway through 2016 is will be the company’s attempt to give it a spot in the limelight. However, if that launch date is true (I am sceptical) then it is all but guaranteed that Apple will announce the handset next month and the iPhone 6s event, similar to how the company handled the Apple Watch last year.

If the iPhone 6c is not announced before the end of this year, forget about it launching Q2 in 2016!

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Apple iPad Decline Equals General Market Trend


The most worrying aspect of Apple’s thriving business at the moment is the iPad, which has suffered sales declines for the last six quarters. However, the device is merely following an overall market trend that has saw sales of tablets decline on the whole for the same amount of time. Yes, Cupertino’s slate is declining rapidly, but then it has further to fall and is still comfortably the best-selling tablet on the market.

Respected market research, the IDC, has revealed that 44.7 million tablets were sold throughout the industry during the second quarter, which run April through June. That is a sharp 7% decline from the 48 million units that we shipped during the same period last year.

The iPad was responsible for nearly 25% of those sales, amassing 10.9 million in unit sales throughout the period, which was still a 17.9% fall year-on-year. Apple CEO Tim Cook has often said the iPad will rebound when the enterprise initiative with IBM really takes hold, but it is hard to see how the iPad can find success in an overall market that is declining. The truth is consumers do not want to upgrade tablets with the same regularity that they do smartphones, perhaps if Cook and co. can get them to do so, the iPad may flourish once again.

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Apple: 16GB Storage Frees Up Resources


While we pretty much love everything that Apple does here at Daily iPhone Blog, there are some aspects of the company that still mystify us. Chief among those and a regular debating point in our office is why the company persists in offering 16GB as a base storage (for the iPhone and iPad) in a world where people consume media in huge amounts online and via downloading?

Apple’s Phil Schiller has explained (sort of) why the company does still offer 16GB, speaking to “The Talk Show” podcast the marketing man said:

“The belief is more and more as we use iCloud services for documents and our photos and videos and music that perhaps the most price-conscious customers are able to live in an environment where they don’t need gobs of local storage because these services are lightening the load.”

He also attempted to say that not focusing on higher storage left resources for other areas, but considering Apple is the richest company in the world, we simply are not buying that excuse.

Schiller also took the time to give his thoughts on the future balance between slim design and high battery life:

“If you want a product that’s thicker with a bigger battery it’s also heavier, more costly, takes longer to charge. We model every thickness, every size, every weight and try to figure out what the tradeoffs are. I think we’ve made great choices there,” Schiller claimed.

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Apple to have Record Second Quarter, Over 51 Million iPhones to Sell


Apple enjoys profit making quarters constantly, the company is a success every period, but the last two have been especially amazing with the company smashing records during Q4 to end last year and then broke its own best for a first quarter. It comes as little surprise then that analysts are saying Cupertino will continue its record breaking run by having a bumper second quarter.

Of course, Apple always bests those pesky analysts, so we expect the company to do even better than what Wall Street predicts. The US financial center says in general says that around 45 million iPhones will be sold during the period, although UBS Evidence Labs says the figure will actually be more like 51.1 million units.

That would be a record third quarter for Apple, and USB Evidence Labs has a solid track record in getting iPhone sales figures right. The company says increased exposure in China, where Apple is now the number 1 phone manufacturer, is likely to lead to this sales boost.

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Today’s iPad / iPad mini Retina wallpapers 15/05/2015

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