Apple led Taiwan’s smartphone market in sales volume and sales value and had the best-selling single model for the fifth consecutive month in February, according to statistics released Wednesday by industry sources. A total of 771,000 smartphones were sold in Taiwan in February, down 3.4% from a month earlier, the figures showed. Apple was once again the top smartphone vendor with a 23.4% share of all smartphones sold, followed by Taiwan-based HTC with a 19% share, Samsung Electronics with a 14% share, Asustek Computer of Taiwan with a 12% share and Sony Mobile with a 9.1% share.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will remain the major processor supplier for Apple in the second half of 2015 as the foundry will supply 20nm chips for an upcoming 6C model and 16nm FinFET chips for 6S models, according to industry sources. TSMC is reportedly the sole supplier of processors for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which industry observers believe are the best selling iPhone models of all time. Strong demand for the 6 and 6 Plus has boosted TSMC’s sales generated from 20nm process technology.
NEW DELHI: Apple Inc plans to introduce a trade-in program for iPhones in China in association with the Foxconn Technology Group, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the effort. Under the program, consumers will be able to exchange older iPhones at Apple stores in China for credit against the company’s products starting March 31, Bloomberg reported. Chinese demand for larger-screen iPhones helped fuel Apple’s record profit of $18 billion in the final quarter last year.
Apple is reportedly planning to unveil a new range of iPhones in the second half, and among the new smartphones, the 4-inch entry-level iPhone 6C is expected to be manufactured by Wistron, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. However, the ODM declined to comment on clients or orders. Wistron and Compal Electronics recently joined as manufacturing partners of Apple. Wistron is mainly handling the vendor’s previous-generation iPhones while Compal assembles iPads.
New Taipei District prosecutors on Thursday summoned a Hon Hai Precision Industry executive for questioning on allegations that he had stolen 4,000 iPhone 6 handsets. Initial findings of an investigation revealed that the suspect surnamed Tsai is a veteran executive at Hon Hai, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer which manufactures many Apple products.
Apple has joined the Facebook-established Open Compute Project in line with its plans to set up new cloud data centers and replace servers used in existing data centers. Some Taiwan-based white-box server makers have obtained orders from Apple and will begin shipments soon, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.
Apple is expected to ship 53 million units of iPhone 6 devices in the first quarter of 2015, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, citing data from Morgan Stanley. The US-based investment institution forecast previously iPhone 6-series shipments for the quarter to reach 51 million units. Meanwhile, shipments of all iPhone devices will reach 54.5 million units during the quarter, down 21% on quarter but up 43% on year.
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi surpassed global smartphone giants Samsung and Apple in terms of market share to become India’s top 4G handset seller in January this year, CyberMedia Research said on March 17. Earlier this month, the market research firm had said that the iPhone maker emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country in October-December 2014. As per the latest CyberMedia Research (CMR) data, Xiaomi leads the 4G LTE device market with 30.8% market share in January followed by Apple (23.8%), Samsung (12.1%), HTC (10%) and Micromax (8.3%).
TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC, 台積電) is expected to win the majority of orders from Apple Inc. for next-generation A9 chips that will be used in new iPhones, as its production processes are faster than rival Samsung Electronics Co., according to an Asia-based brokerage firm. “Market disputes over how many A9 (chip) orders TSMC would gain from Apple against Samsung are coming to an end, in our opinion,” the brokerage firm said, adding that TSMC’s manufacturing processes were superior.
Samsung Electronics struck another major chip deal with Apple with an estimated monetary value of “billions of dollars,” helping Samsung further strengthen its chip business. The latest agreement is calling for Samsung Electronics to sell its latest solid state drive (SSD) storage devices using its V-NAND technology to Apple’s new range of ultra-slim and high-end notebook models, two people directly involved with the deal told The Korea Times, Friday.
Apple will open its new Watch wearable for online pre-orders on April 10 and start shipping the watch on April 25 to nine countries including Australia. The device will come in three “collections” dubbed Watch Sport, Watch and the 18-carat yellow or rose gold Watch Edition. Watch Sport will retail for A$499 and $579, will the midrange Watch will sell for $799 to $1629 depending on model.
At Apple’s press event today in San Francisco, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that the company’s newest gadget, the Apple Watch, will be hitting some parts of Asia on day one. China, Hong Kong, and Japan are among the nine countries that will get the watches on their global debut: April 24. Other countries will follow, of course, but no specific launch dates were given.
In a wide-ranging discussion on stage at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday, Google senior vice president Sundar Pichai offered his views on lots of issues at the heart of the mobile telecommunications industry. He used the time to confirm Google’s plans to launch a mobile carrier in the U.S. and gave an update on progress of its ambitious Project Loon and Project Titan airborne Internet experiments.
BENGALURU: Apple Inc is evaluating options to set up a company-owned technology development centre in India, which, if it happens, will rank as a significant endorsement of the country’s software engineering prowess. A person familiar with the Cupertino, California-based personal technology behemoth’s thinking said Apple was in “early stages” of evaluating the move. It will be the company’s second attempt at building a technology captive in India.
The Apple Watch will ship over 15 million units worldwide in 2015, according to Strategy Analytics. Apple will quickly become the world’s number one smartwatch vendor and capture 55% global market share in the year, said the research firm. Global smartwatch shipments are forecast to reach 28.1 million units in 2015, up 511% from the 4.6 million units shipped in 2014, Strategy Analytics director Cliff Raskind indicated. Most of the smartwatch growth will come from the new Apple Watch, which the firm forecasts to ship 15.4 million units worldwide in 2015, Raskind said.
THE popularity of the iPhone 6 has driven Apple’s market share in China to its highest ever while Samsung has continued to lose ground, a consumer survey showed. Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said yesterday that its latest survey of 15,000 people living in Chinese cities showed Apple’s market share hit 25.4 percent in the November-January period, up from 20.9 percent a year earlier. That was a record for Apple in the world’s largest smartphone market, but not enough to catch up Chinese maker Xiaomi, which claimed 27.6 percent.
NEW DELHI: iPhone maker Apple has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in the country with a market share of 45% in October-December period, CyberMedia Research (CMR) today said. According to the research firm, over one million LTE devices, including smartphones, tablets and data cards were shipped to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the ‘coming of age’ of the 4G devices.
Authorised resellers are required to receive extensive approval from the American tech firm in everything from store location and design to stock they carry before receiving approval. The high standards can push a shop to become better, but require significant investments of time and money. Apple has four authorised resellers in Myanmar: Futureworld, mDrive, The Analytics Company (TAC) and Wai Yan Electronics. All have the go-ahead to start selling iPhones, but their launches have so far been different.
TAIPEI — Taiwanese contract electronics makers Wistron Corp. (緯創) and Compal Electronics Inc. (仁寶) have been named as suppliers to Apple Inc., according to a report on the website of the U.S. electronics giant. Wistron has been building iPhones, while Compal has been assembling iPads, Apple’s 2014 supplier report said Thursday.
Apple’s PC shipment performance will beat the industry’s average in 2015 as it did in 2014, and total shipments of its Mac-series notebooks and desktops are likely to grow 10-15% on year to 20-23 million units in 2015, from 19.59 million units shipped a year earlier, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers.