T-Mobile US is partnering with Apple for its latest "Un-Carrier Amped" move and is letting customers who upgraded to a new iPhone 6 at a cost of $15 per month in device fees keep that price and swap the old phone out for the next iPhone for free.
There is clearly still a market for flagship smartphones. They excite fans of the brands that make them and often serve as the reference point for the company's design language that filters down to mid-range and lower-end phones. But the days of the flagship smartphone as the be-all, end-all product for smartphone companies are over.
Apple said it shipped 47.4 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, a figure slightly below what some analysts had expected. However, the company's quarterly profit jumped 38 percent, slightly more than analysts had expected. Apple's stock was down around 8 percent immediately after the news, likely due to investor hopes for higher iPhone sales.
Apple's continued strength in smartphones will likely produce stronger year-over-year iPhone sales in the second quarter, according to analysts. However, as China's economy slows amid a slide in the stock market there, Apple's sales could take a hit.
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Apple may have captured around just 18 percent of the global smartphone market in the first quarter, according to research firm IDC. Yet according to investment bank Canaccord Genuity Apple grabbed nearly all of the smartphone profits that quarter.
What's behind Apple's reported decision to press its suppliers to manufacture between 85 million and 90 million units combined of two new iPhone models by the end of the year? China could be a major factor.
Mobile's total share of online payments increased from 27.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 to 28.7 per cent in the second quarter.
Apple apparently didn't get the memo that this year will be a yawn in terms of a new iPhone model, since it is expected to come without a major redesign. The company is preparing for another blowout iPhone release this fall, according to a new Wall Street Journal report, and it expects demand for this year's models to outpace those of last year.
The Force (touch) appears to be with Apple. The company has started early production of new iPhone models with its "Force Touch" feature, which can sense how hard users are pressing down on a screen, according to a Bloomberg report.