China Mobile received 1.2 million pre-orders for iPhone devices since December 25, indicating the level of demand for the smartphones ahead of its official launch with the company on Friday. According to CEO Tim Cook, iPhone sales hit a record high in Greater China during Apple’s first quarter in 2013, even without an official deal with the courier.
According to data from Kantar Worldpanel, Apple’s smartphone sales continue to increase month-on-month and accounted for 18.1 per cent of smartphones sold in Europe’s five biggest markets during the three months to November. The strong sales have been attributed to customer satisfaction with Apple’s new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C models, although weaker demand for the cheaper 5C model still remains a concern.
Research by IBM has found that Christmas Day m-commerce sales were driven primarily by devices running Apple iOS software. Devices using the iOS software – including iPhones and iPads – accounted for more than five times the online sales of devices running Google Inc.’s Android, according to finds by the IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark.
It seems that Apple is about to make a foray into social media after announcing the USD 200 million acquisition of Topsy, a social media analytics firm who specialise in analysing Twitter data. Topsy’s services include turning Twitter data, such as mentions, tweets and hashtags, into ‘sentiment analysis’; reports that can gauge audience interaction with a given company’s new ad campaign or product.
British retailers are adopting the American tradition of “Black Friday” discounting today in an attempt to kick-start the Christmas spending spree. The Black Friday tradition occurs the day after Thanksgiving and involves retailers slashing their prices in order to entice customers to their stores.
It seems yet another US retail craze is set to hit British stores as retailers begin to embrace the Black Friday trend taking the states by storm.
Apple Inc has agreed a USD 350 million fee for the acquisition of Israel-based chip developer PrimeSense Ltd, a source cited in Bloomberg said. Apple’s interest in PrimseSense first came to light in July after local news source, Calacist, reported that Apple engineering executives had met with the company.
Dixons Retail is waging war with Tesco and Argos by launching its own seven-inch tablet in the run up to Christmas. The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 will retail at around £180, making it a middle-of-the-road alternative to the pricier £250 Apple iPad mini, and the cheaper-priced Tesco and Argos models.
South Korean smartphone behemoths Samsung saw profits jump 26 per cent in the last three months thanks to strong demand for its chips, but warned that sales for its smartphones in the final quarter could slow amid competition from its Californian adversary, Apple. Thanks to the high-profile launch of Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, Samsung has lost its grasp at the top of the US smartphone market, with the iPhone 5S outselling Samsung’s Galaxy S4.
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