The smartphone revolution has greatly expanded the size of the handset market with global revenues doubling in the last six years, as consumers substitute more expensive smartphones for their feature phones and basic phones. Yet changes have devastated most of the leading incumbent handset vendors.
The extra 0.8 inches of screen size offered by the iPhone 6 Plus compared to the iPhone 6 comes at a rather high price to consumers compared to the cost to Apple, according to a preliminary teardown of the new devices by analysts at IHS Technology.
Apple said this week that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models just three days after the launch on Sept. 19, marking a new record for the U.S.-based company. Such sales figures indicate that the iPhone continues to appeal, after last year's iPhone 5s generated similar levels of frenzy particularly in markets where the devices had previously not been available.
Apple may change the Beats Music streaming music service it acquired along with Beats Electronics in May for $3 billion, and may drop the Beats brand for the fledgling music service, according to a Re/code report.
Another iPhone launch has generated another record. Apple said it has sold more than 10 million units of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus after the gadgets' debut sales weekend, surpassing the 9 million units Apple sold last year during the opening weekend of the iP hone 5s and 5c.
Mobile phone subscribers in the UK have spent around £4.6 billion on repairs to their mobile phones over the past two years, in what will come as a timely cautionary tale to those who have just spent several hundreds of pounds, euros or dollars on a sparkling new iPhone 6.
The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus went on sale today to long lines in the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. The new phones are not officially on sale in China yet, but that is not stopping gray-market electronics dealers from hawking the new phones for hefty premiums.
EE has launched a "refreshed" range of SIM-only LTE plans as a latest salvo in the LTE subscriber acquisition wars between UK operators.
Apple put a major new focus on how it safeguards its users' private information and launched a website to keep its customers better informed of how their data is stored and protected. Meanwhile, amid concerns that its new iPhones and forthcoming Apple Watch wearable device will be collecting reams of health data, the company reportedly sent emissaries to quell concerns in Congress.
Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.