They said it couldn’t be done, Apple defies the odds and wins a lawsuit against the mighty Richard Ditzik! But the question remains…will they be as successful against other mighty foes such as Russian Railways, Voice Domain Technologies, Long Corner Consumer Electronics, and eDekka. Good thing they’ve got that $888 million coming from Samsung, eh?
Apple’s iPad Air is no doubt one of the best products the company offers to its customers, and CEO Tim Cook seemed very enthusiastic about how the device would hold up during the holiday season. Cook called this year an “iPad Christmas,” and he seems to be right. According to analytics firm Localytics, Apple’s iPad Air activations increased by 51% during this past Black Friday weekend.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has acquired a Twitter analytics firm called Topsy for $200 million. Topsy is a a social search and analytics company that works with Twitter to keep an index of Tweets from as far back as 2006. With the acquisition of Topsy, Apple will now be in control of one of the only full collections of Tweets (called a “firehose”) Twitter allows companies to access.
Recently, market research firm Kantar WorldPanel released a report highlighting smartphone sales from August to October 2013, tracking smartphone sales from various markets. According to the report, the launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c did boost Apple’s market share, but not as much as last year’s iPhone 5 release. According to the data, iOS market share is down to 40.8% in the U.S. in October 2013, compared to 47.2% in the same month last year, a fall of almost 6.4%.
Not too long ago, Piper Jaffray’s analyst Gene Munster mentioned that iPhone 5s availability has reached 90% based on a number of stores surveyed by the analyst. Now, a report from The Wall Street Journal suggests Apple’s supplier, Foxconn, added more workers to the iPhone 5s assembly lines, resulting in an increase in supply of the handset.
On Wednesday, research firm Kantar Worldpanel reported that the new iPhone lineup accounted for 76% of October smartphone sales in Japan. The iPhone also accounted for a total of 61% of phones sold on NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest carrier. The carrier received the iPhone for the first time this year and has since seen great success with the iPhone 5s and 5c.
The title of this piece alone will raise a lot of arguments about how making employees work on a holiday is just wrong. I understand that, and I do agree employees deserve to be home with their families, stuffing their face with turkey and sitting in front the television with a football game to which they’re not really paying attention. However, I also believe Thanksgiving Day presents a huge sales opportunity for Apple.
In our Apple lawsuit wrap-up for October 2013, Apple goes up against an angry fellow from Idaho, withdraws a lawsuit against a German lady, and apparently has some things going on with Samsung. We also learn that Acer is still in business (who knew?!), Scott Forstall is still around, and that if you’re afraid you can’t beat Apple with a crazy lawsuit, you should target the CEO instead.
An October 1st presentation by Apple’s Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities, Dan Whisenhunt, featured several renderings of the new Apple campus, and Wired has now released a full set that show the campus in detail. The renderings show the facility from many different angles, with clear illustrations of what both the interior and the exterior will look like once construction is complete.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Japan is now Apple’s fastest growing market. It isn’t all that surprising, considering we’ve heard Apple CEO Tim Cook state that Asia is a huge growth opportunity for the company and its products. Apple’s sales in Japan have increased nearly 30% in the last fiscal year, which is an impressive feat. Analysts note that this is because of a cultural rift between Japan and Korea, which means Japanese customers are not buying from Apple competitors such as Samsung.
The Tim Cook era at Apple has quickly become one of the more responsible eras the company has ever seen. That’s not meant to disrespect the late Steve Jobs, but he did bring his famous “reality distortion” when calling the shots. Under Cook, we have seen an impressive amount of responsibility in all areas of the company, including managing new hires, releasing products, and releasing timely software updates.
Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned at the earnings call that the company is expecting strong sales of the new iPad Air, and it seems that has come to pass. Carriers are reporting that the weekend iPad sales were pretty impressive, and even better than the iPad launch last fall. AT&T activated 200% more iPads in the opening weekend compared to last year’s activated tablets. T-Mobile reported that they managed to sell more tablets last friday than they sold the entire last quarter.