We've been getting a lot of conflicting data on iPhone 5C sales and it's really hard to nail down exactly how well or poorly they are doing, but one thing is clear. If Apple created the 5C to expand their Chinese market, that part of the strategy doesn't appear to be working. My latest on TechCrunch. http://tcrn.ch/1dIwcfZ
Trust me when I tell you that the Microsoft hype machine is going to be in full gear the next couple of weeks, but when you look closely, if Microsoft is truly finally announcing Office for the iPad, they are years late to the party, and frankly most iPad users probably don't care. http://bit.ly/1eSpDI2
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IDC reported that smartphone shipments to the Asia/Pacific region dropped last quarter for the first time in over two years, proving that no market has unlimited growth, even China. But as the Asian markets evolve it could complicate matters for manufacturers looking for growth opportunities, and this could be especially difficult for Apple. http://bit.ly/1fdf2e3
In spite of a record shattering quarter in which Apple sold more iphones and iPads than ever before, their year over year profits remained flat, proving it's going to be hard to continue to grow profits over time relying on hardware. The way out could be content, which it turns out, really is king. http://bit.ly/NCMYXO
Apple, Google and Microsoft have been struggling for dominance for years, but they have reached the point where everyone wants a piece of their action. While they aren't imminent danger of losing their position, they have a lot of upstarts nipping at their heels. As Cold Play, once sang, "Revolutionaries wait for their heads on a silver plate." http://bit.ly/1b1wtii
Apple tried to expand its market with the low-ish end 5C, but the market appears to have rejected the "unapologetically plastic" phone in favor of the high end 5S and all its spit and polish. Apple clearly doesn't play well in the shallow end of the market. http://bit.ly/1iORpeK
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Apple released its quarterly numbers this week, and by any measure they were impressive, setting quarterly sales records for iPad and iPhones and overall revenue, yet when all was said and done it wasn't enough for Wall Street. Seems no number is good enough when it comes to Apple. http://bit.ly/1nkjiM1
Recent data from IBM proved once again that iOS users were much more active during the holiday shopping season than their Android counterparts. It's unclear why this is the case, but I wondered if this kind of activity also translated to business use. Here's what I found. http://bit.ly/1dNifMO
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Apple announced a huge deal with China Mobile this week that will give it access to a network with 763 million people. Even if Apple captures only a fraction of that market, it will translate into huge sales figures. http://bit.ly/1gS42ov