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Monday, December 21, 2009

"I'm Huge in Japan" Says iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"It's big in Korea, it's probably big in China's grey market, and the iPhone continues to be big in Japan. According to a report [JP] released by Tokyo-based research company Impress R&D, the iPhone has captured a whopping 46.1% of the domestic smartphone market."

Launched in Japan in the summer of 2008, the 3G has just under 25% of the market, while the 3GS hit 21.5%. They now have a user base of 3 million which is 10% of the global userbase according to the article. SoftBank Mobile has been pretty aggressive with their advertising, something that isn't happening for the Blackberry or Android. Pretty impressive though, almost hitting 1/2 of a market that you didn't exist in a little over a year ago, especially in a place like Japan that is known for being ahead of the curve when it comes to wireless technology.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

iPhone a Hit in South Korea

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:00 AM

"iPhone sales in South Korea appear to be off the charts, with local carrier KT claiming "some 90,000 new iPhone subscribers," so far. These figures include the 53,000 iPhones pre-ordered prior to launch, and is prompting the carrier to ensure it ties a deal for the next-gen iPhone. The device went on sale in the country on November 28."

Apple has secured about 5% of the market since debut, and the company expects to sell about 700,000 iPhones by the end of 2010. In comparison, Samsung has 50% of the market and LG has just over 22%. In a related story, the company wants to expand the line and has asked Apple for even more iPhones.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Master Chief Has Nothing to do With This Halo

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 10:00 AM

"The iPhone has joined the iPod in their ‘halo effect' promoting Apple's Mac. Mac global sales in September rose 16.4 percent, far ahead of a 2.3 percent year-over-year sales increase for PCs, one analyst told investors Tuesday."

This has been talked about before, how one item that is perceived as high quality can generate sales in associated items from the same company, and according to Needham and Co. analyst Charlie Wolf “We believe that the halo effect emanating from the iPhone should be even stronger than that surrounding the iPod.” Wolf also stated Apple made the right move in not lowering prices, because they sell a "differentiated product in a sea of commodities" and it would have hurt rather than helped the bottom line. The sales growth figures of 9.8% in the US, 38.7% in Europe and 27.1% in Asia seem to lend support to this. You can see how this is happening in the PC market. Gartner's latest forecast, says that while PC sales are going to be up about 2.8%, the market value of the sales is down 10.7% from last year. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Apple is a Global Champion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"It is no secret that the worldwide economy isn't in the best of shape. While I'm sure we could argue for days on end what got us all into this mess (I, for one, blame someone other than myself) there are some bright spots."

According to a list by A.T. Kearney, Apple is a global champion. The company compiled a list based on the largest 2,500 companies worldwide from 2004 to 2008, measuring their sales and value growth, to come up with the rankings. Based on their criteria, the top five companies in order are Nintendo, Google, Apple, Doosan Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries.  

Apple's Q4 2009 Results

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple's fiscal results are out and they are, as expected, quite good. The company reported profits of $9.87 billion compared to $7.9 billion in the year ago quarter."

Apple also sold 3.05 million Macs which was a 17% increase from last year. On the iPod front, down 8% at 10.2 million sold while the iPhone sales hit 7.4 million, which was a 7% increase from the same time last year. Pretty hefty profit especially in these economic times, and Steve Jobs said they had a "great lineup" for the holidays and some "new products in the pipeline for 2010." Hmmm, let the rumors begin! More info can be found on the Apple investor site, or from their press release.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Apple, The King of Fifth Avenue

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"As vacancies increase and retail sales throughout the U.S. remain a shadow of the decade's boom, Apple Inc.'s stores are defying the recession."

In a year when many retailers are doing good to just break even, Apple increases their traffic 22% over the same period from last year, noting that during the quarter ending June 27th they had 38.6 million visitors. This translated into an increase in sales of 2.5%, or in US dollars that meant $3 billion coming through the doors. The Fifth Avenue store alone generated $35,000.00 USD per square foot, which bested all the other stores along Fifth Avenue. One thing seems to be certain, Apple knows how to do retail.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Apple Hits 10% of Canadian PC Market

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 02:00 PM

"Canada may have the highest proportional number of Mac users in the world after recent gains by Apple, according to an IDC study of computer sales in the country during the spring."

The study says Apple broke the double digit barrier for the first time by hitting 10% of all non-server computer shipments between March and June of this year. The leaders in this category are HP with 22.1% and Dell with 20.7%. In the portables category, Apple also increased sales by roughly 24% from the same time last year. Acer is the big leader in this area with 21.4% of the market share, mainly due to the sales of their Mini Notebooks. Even with these highpoints, the overall market in Canada for PC sales is down 14.06% from a year ago.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

iTunes Accounts for 1 Out of Every 4 Music Sales in US

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"Faced with heat from iTunes and other digital downloads, the nearly-three-decade-old music CD is slowly melting away."

The report from NPD Group details just how much iTunes has turned on the heat. iTunes has captured 25% of the total market for music sales in the US (Wal-Mart has 14%), but in the digital arena has almost 70% of the market. The next closest in digital sales? Amazon with 8%. Digital sales are only 35% of the overall market so far, up from 20% in 2007, but they expect by 2010 that digital sales will nearly equal the amount of physical sales, ie CDs.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

MacBook Pro Sales Impress Analyst

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple's decision to cut prices across its MacBook lineup is about to be validated, according to an analyst's estimate.After several months of declining Mac sales compared against 2008 numbers, Apple looks to be back on track with its June Mac shipments, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. His firm initially estimated that Apple would sell 2.2 million Macs during its third quarter of 2009, which ended in June. Munster now says he's "increasingly confident" in that report because Apple is having trouble keeping its new 13-inch MacBook Pro in stock."

Looks like this is only on the faster 2.53 GHz 13 inch, which according to the Apple site shows a 7 to 10 day ship date, while the slower 2.26 GHz MacBook Pro 13 inch still shows as shipping within 24 hours. According to Munster some of the brick and mortar stores are also showing shortages in the same models. If you were planning on getting one of these online, sounds like you need to do some pre-planning. Or if you planned on just dropping by your local Apple store, best to call ahead!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sales of iPhone 3G S Predicted to Top 500K This Weekend

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple, which will launch its new iPhone 3G S handset in eight countries on Friday, is expected to sell half a million of the devices before the weekend is over and sales of the $99 iPhone 3G model are tallied into the mix."

The prediction is by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, which would be about twice what the original iPhone did during it's launch weekend but only about 1/2 of what the 3G handset sold in it's opening weekend. Since the change is less "dramatic" than the change from 2G to 3G, and it is only going to be sold in 8 countries versus 21 countries for the 3G, Munster doesn't believe it will surpass the original 3G. But he does note in the chart above that in a full quarter the 3G S will hit a couple million more units than the 3G sold.

Who knows what will happen, but I'd be surprised if it didn't surpass the 500K weekend sales figure. The addition of video has to draw people out don't you think? Or do you think he is right in his estimate?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Apple Sales Figures Not Stellar, But Good Enough

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:00 AM

"NPD has released initial sales figures for the month of April, and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster sees the year-over-year sales declines as generally good. According to his analysis, the declines should meet or beat Wall Street's expectations for Apple's third fiscal quarter."

In keeping with the financial news this morning, even though there were declines, it isn't anything that took anyone by surprise. The overall Mac sales numbers, US only, were pretty much flat for the "year-over-year" for April coming in at about a 1.8% decrease. The laptops were down 3.5%, but the desktop sales were up about 11%, based on the "line refresh", and the analysts say Apple will still sell about two million or so Macs. Sounds like a nice number during these times, but it will still mean a decline of anywhere from 8 to 16 % from last years numbers. Piper Jaffray doesn't seem too concerned though, they say it all falls within the Wall Street estimates. They must be confident, they predict a target share price of $180.00 USD for Apple.

iPhone Market Share Doubles from 2008 Figures

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple saw its share of global smartphone market more than double on a year-over-year basis during the first quarter of the year but still has much work to do before catching BlackBerry maker Research in Motion and market leader Nokia."

Doubling their sales and market share in years time isn't too bad, but 10.8% isn't the highest market share Apple has seen in the smartphone category. Back in 3rd quarter 2008 they had 13% market share on sales of 4.7 million. Still, this is nothing to sneeze at, although it is expected that the next quarter of this year won't be quite as stellar. Why is that? The expected announcement of a new iPhone of course!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Apple Beats Q2 Projections

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple said Wednesday that second-quarter profits rose more than 15 percent to $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share, on record non-holiday quarter sales of $8.16 billion for the three-month period ended March 28, 2009. These results compare to revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.4 percent, up from 32.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter's revenue."

Apple didn't disappoint, beating the projections we posted yesterday, although they did have a 3% decline in the sales of computers with sales of 2.22 million units when compared to last years numbers. Both the iPod and iPhone categories increased by 3% and 123% respectively, with sales of the iPods just over 11 million units and iPhones at just under 3.8 million units. Pretty good quarter overall. They also had some interesting things to say during the conference call. We'll see how the next one is, think there will be a drop based on the anticipation of what may be announced at WWDC?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Solid Sales at Apple Stores

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"Observations made at more than two dozen Apple retail stores over the last few weeks show Apple to be maintaining healthy sales of Macs and iPhones that aren't far off from rates seen during the lead-in to last year's holiday shopping season. The findings are the latest to suggest the Cupertino-based Mac and electronics maker remains better positioned than most to weather the brunt of an ongoing economic crunch that has seen consumers rein in their budgets and put novelty and non-critical purchases on hold for a brighter day."

According to the study done by Piper Jaffry analyst Gene Munster and his team, they spent an average of 25 hours in retail stores at various locations around the U.S. They did some averaging and figured out that the stores are selling an average of 22 iPhone 3Gs, 28 Macs and about 50 iPods (various models I assume since they didn't specify) per day. The stores are 8 off the mark of 36 Macs per day and 6 off the 28 iPhones per day figure from the last study in November 2008.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Shuffle Sales Surged 50%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Sales of Apple's most affordable iPod shot up more than 50 percent a week after the company unveiled new, more compact models that shift the push controls from the player itself to the included pair of earphones. Barclay's analyst Ben Reitzes relayed via a report earlier this week data from market research firm NPD showing that sales of iPod shuffles grew 51 percent the week of March 21st, the first full week the third-generation players were on the market. Sales continued to gain momentum the following week, rising another 10 percent."

Sounds like they have a winner on their hands, and from what our very own Vincent has to say, I'd think he would agree. Combined sales for all ipod models were a different story, showing a 38% decline from the same time last year, which is right along with the industry average for all digital media players. So while some of the decline could be due to the new shuffle, it is more likely due to the economic factors. One caveat, however, is that these figures don't include sales from Apple's online store or distribution centers outside the U.S.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Did Stringent Requirements cut into iPhone Holiday Sales?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"As she ticked off her holiday-shopping list, public-relations executive Rebecca Sullivan prepared to buy her husband an iPhone. But like many other potential gift-givers, she was thwarted in trying to put the hottest handset around under the Christmas tree."

When I bought my first iPhone, it was a lot easier since I could take it home and activate it right from my computer. For some consumers wanting the element of surprise, the current requirement to activate in-store may have put a damper on it, and I suppose could have actually affected sales. One alternative that is offered is a gift card from Apple, but that certainly doesn't have the same effect as being able to watch someone open up a package and see the iPhone box. For me, though, I just worked around it. I was told by AT&T when I purchased my wife's iPhone 3G, that her current iPhone would be in service for about 3 hours and then would no longer be active, which gave me a small window, but a window nonetheless. And for my daughter's iPhone, we surprised her with a visit to the Apple Store, which is a treat in and of itself when you live where we live. If you want the iPhone bad enough I don't think this roadblock will stop you.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Amazon's Holiday Best Sellers Are Not Surprising

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 02:00 PM

"The Seattle, Washington-based online store did not provide a breakdown of sales figures but said online orders reached record levels during the holiday shopping season for the 14th year in a row. It said in a statement that more than 6.3 million items were ordered worldwide and 5.6 million units shipped on its peak day, December 15. Amazon said it shipped items to more than 210 countries between November 14 and December 24 and more than 99 percent of its orders arrived in time for the holidays. Amazon said best-selling holiday items this year included the Samsung 52-inch HDTV, the Apple iPod, the Acer netbook computer and Nintendo Wii."

I'm not surprised by this list at all; the only thing I found surprising about it was that the Kindle wasn't on it. While they don't say what specific iPod was the top seller, it stands to reason that it was, as it has been for the last few years, the Nano, with the Touch probably right behind. I don't know about you, but any of those gifts would've been just fine with me!

On a slightly different note, does anyone else find it interesting that Amazon did so well this holiday season while other retailers are acting like they got killed? It can't be a coincidence; I think people are realizing that holiday shopping stinks and getting your stuff from Amazon is a great way to avoid having to do it. I learned it two years ago (took me long enough, huh?) and ever since then I've been much happier around Christmas time.

Tags: ipod, sales, christmas

Monday, December 29, 2008

Apple Bailing on MacWorld is Smart

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 02:00 PM

"The problem for Apple is that almost everyone in the Mac community knows that there's a chance of new products coming at Expo. Starting in the fall, there are almost daily sightings of potential new models or software revisions, the latest being the Mac mini rumor. So, what happens? It becomes common wisdom for Mac customers to avoid a CPU purchase in the month before the show, just in case a new, better model is released. Or to skip a software upgrade. This effect will happen even if someone doesn't want a new model - they might be able to get a deal on the older generation of machine out in distribution. The Mac market stops and waits for Expo."

Whether or not Apple is to blame for the vacuum that's created in the months after their fall event (which is usually all about iPods) is immaterial to the fact that there is indeed a vacuum. Apple does do well as far as selling Macs go over the holidays, but no one in their right mind would be an Apple product that hadn't been revised or updated in the months leading up to the holiday season. Even this year, while notebook sales were great, desktop sales were on the floor and hiding under the table mostly because the iMac and Mac Mini haven't been updated in (what feels like) an eternity. Knowing you would be buying a machine that's obsolete as soon as you walk it out the door, why would you do it? I know I wouldn't, and most people who are "in the know" wouldn't either.

There's been a lot of talk about Apple hurting the little guys by backing out of the expo. What the talkers fail to realize is that Apple is hurting itself, in some ways, by staying in, and Apple has a bigger obligation to its shareholders than it does to some accessory maker that makes another iPod speaker dock or pair of headphones. They have to maximize holiday sales, particularly in rough economic times, and that just isn't going to happen when a good majority of your user base is aware that you're updating your products a few weeks later.

Tags: apple, sales, macworld

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Business Week Columnist Not Concerned About 1%

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 02:00 PM

"Today's Wall Street Journal focuses on how according to the latest NPD figures, Mac sales in November as compared to November of last year are down by 1%, and thus rushes to ring the alarm bells: Apple is being dragged down by the recession."

The article presents an interesting perspective. We'll have to see how it plays out, but one thing's for sure... Entering the low-profit netbook market isn't going to make that big a dent in their sales. The answer? I don't know it and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I think the upcoming Macworld San Francisco ought to set the tone for the next few months and give us a better idea of Apple's direction because right now, everyone's guessing and the theories range from plausible to ridiculous.

Tags: apple, sales, earnings

Friday, December 5, 2008

iPhone Outsells Windows Mobile in Q3 2008

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple News" @ 02:00 PM

"The success of iPhone 3G sales in the third quarter of 2008 propelled the Mac OS X to the No. 3 position in the global OS provider rankings. For the first time, iPhone sales exceeded sales of Microsoft Windows Mobile devices worldwide and in North America. In the shorter term, open-source initiatives like Android and Symbian Foundation will challenge Windows Mobile's licensing model. In addition, the lack of a competitive user interface will continue to limit Microsoft's mobile device usability when facing competitive consumer smartphones."

The interesting part here isn't that Apple has started to take prominence in the market. I don't even find that one bit interesting or surprising. What I do find surprising, however, is that given the sheer volume of manufacturers and models of Windows Mobile handsets, Apple is still outselling them with, essentially, two phones (the original and the 3G).

A few months back, Don Reisinger had one of the Windows Mobile folks on his podcast, and in the podcast he laughed off the iPhone. He said it was a meaningless phone and a flash in the pan and then proceeded to say that it was unfair to compare Windows Mobile to the iPhone because Windows Mobile is an OS and is installed on many more phones than Apple's offering. In essence, the OS mattered, not the hardware. Now here we are a few months later, and Apple is now moving toward the top, and their phone is outselling Windows Mobile handsets (for now).

What a difference a few months makes, right?

Understand, I have no animice toward the Windows Mobile handset market. My first gig with Thoughts Media was writing for PocketPC Thoughts. I do think, however, that Microsoft really needs to get off their collective tushes and get Windows Mobile going again because as of right now, the competition they're dismissive of is starting to gain ground and quickly.

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