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Monday, December 26, 2011

Apple Has Pretty Good Ranking per ComScore

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:00 AM

"ComScore has released its monthly analysis of U.S. web activity at the top online properties for November 2011 based on data from the comScore Media Metrix service."

And Apple was right up there when it comes to online retailers, as well as those brick and mortar stores with an online presence. Apple beat out Wal-Mart, Sears, Target and Best Buy to name but a few.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 is Now the Number Two Online Site in UK

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 03:00 AM

" has become the second most trafficked online retail site in the UK, according to a report by website tracking firm Experian Hitwise and IMRG."

July rankings showed Apple as number 8, so a bump of 6 slots in such a short time is pretty impressive! They are now just behind and

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Apple's iPad Hits 68% MarketShare

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:24 AM

"Research firm IDC today released the results of its study of worldwide tablet and eReader shipments for the second quarter of 2011, and while the tablet market has changed dramatically in the nearly three months since the quarter ended, the data still offers an interesting look at Apple's performance in the market."

It is still Apple's market to lose, with 68% now per this info. 68% marketshare versus 65% in the previous quarter. RIM is certainly feeling it as Apple shipped 19 iPads to every one of Rim's PlayBooks.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Apple Moves Up 13 Spots on Largest Retail Chain List

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:27 PM

"Among an industry list of the 100 largest U.S. retail chains, there were few changes at the top-except for Apple."

Last year 57th place. This year? 34th with $9.82 billion in revenues, and Walmart still reigns supreme at number one with $418 billion. Yes, $418 billion in revenues. The top 20 companies don't change much according to Chain Store Age Magazine, the keeper of the list. You can download the full survey here, and it lists the 100 companies as well as details about each one.

Monday, August 1, 2011

iPad is the Brand Satisfaction Winner for Tablets

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 03:00 AM

"iPad leads in brand satisfaction among U.S. consumers, though a relatively obscure tablet maker came in a close second, according to IHS iSuppli."

The scores are all pretty close, at least in the top few. Zenithink? Yea, I had the same reaction, but apparently it is a Chinese company and they clarified the high rating by saying the sample was very low. Seems like sloppy data collection to me. Regardless, Apple did get the top numbers when compared to all the others and the prediction is that this will hold at least through 2012. I don't think I can disagree there, what are your thoughts?

Friday, July 8, 2011

Apple Ranks 21st on Largest Retailers List

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 02:30 PM

"In its annual ranking of the largest retailers by U.S. sales, the National Retail Federation has pegged Apple in 21st place in 2010 with over $18 billion in sales between its retail and iTunes stores (via The Next Web)."

Retail sales that showed 32.3% growth from 2010 (Amazon was 46.2%) pushed Apple into the 21st spot on the list, which is a bump of 32 spots from last year's list.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Apple Set to Take Number Two Smartphone Spot Worldwide

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:30 AM

"An inevitable shakeup in worldwide smartphone rankings is set to take place in the coming months, when Apple is expected to surpass Nokia in smartphone sales, and Samsung will become the world's largest smartphone maker."

Already number two in the US behind Samsung [link], now Apple is about to surpass Nokia worldwide into the number two spot with Samsung again taking number one. So world stats are about to match what has already happened in the US. Nokia still has the total mobile phone market lead but this is quite the achievement since Nokia has held the top spot across the boards since 1996. Apple is a relative newcomer since their iPhone series started in 2007.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Apple Hits Number 2 in US for Smartphone Makers

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

"According to comScore (, a "group that measures the digital world," 74.6 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in April 2011, up 13% from the three-month period ending in January 2011."

This puts Apple in the number two spot for smartphone makers in the US behind Samsung, who had 24.5% of the subscribers. Google Android is still the top operating system, however, with 36.4% of US smartphone subscribers. This is up 5.2% from the previous comScore that ended in January of 2011. Apple is also number two in the operating system rankings with 26% of the market. RIM comes in third with 25.7%, not far behind Apple. The top three are followed up by Microsoft at 6.7% and Palm with 2.6%.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Consumer Reports to Apple: We Like You....We Really Like You!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Laptops" @ 10:30 PM

"If you were wondering how good Apple's MacBook line of portable computers are, the answer is simple - they are the top computer in every category on Consumer Reports."

So perhaps they don't have it in for Apple after all? The rankings would lead one to believe that it is quite the opposite, as Consumer Reports gave the MacBook line tops across all categories, 11-inch through 17-inch.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Apple and Jobs Recognized

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 09:30 AM

"The strength of the iPad has pushed Apple ahead of Google for the first time as the most valuable brand in the world, according to Millward Brown's 2011 BrandZ study of the most-valuable global brands."

Google has been atop this ranking for the last four years, but this year it was Apple at the top of the heap. China also making a splash as 12 of the top 100 are companies based there. Even Toyota, with all of their PR problems over the last year or two made for a strong showing, with their value rising 11% and putting them back on top of the automotive section. You can read through the list yourself right here. †

And in Jobs news, he was recognized as number three in a list of engineering heros [link]. This is a list of "heroes" chosen by 900 engineering undergraduates in the UK that were surveyed by General Electric.†

Monday, March 7, 2011

Fortune Names Apple Most Admired Company

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 03:00 AM

"For the fourth straight year, Apple tops Fortune's Most Admired list. The company's blistering pace of new product releases has continued to set the bar high for tech companies across the board."

Apple was followed by Google, Berkshire Hathaway, Southwest Airlines and Proctor & Gamble to round out the top five.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Customers Love Their iPad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"Speaking of the change-everything iPad as I seem to from time-to-time AT&T has some interesting wit and repartee for us - alleging there's already over half a million iPads on its US 3G network - meanwhile the survey results are in and the iPad is (I can feel blushes in Cupertino) the highest-scoring product a leading consumer satisfaction index has ever tracked."

According to the ACSI (American Customer Service Index), the recent ranking of 86 out of 100 recently given to Apple, was in no small part to the introduction of the iPad to the masses. This also made the iPad the highest scoring product they have ever scored. I'm not surprised.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Apple has Most Security Vulnerabilities per Secunia

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Bad news, Oracle. You've slipped to second place for the first time in years. The good news is that it's in Secunia's ranking of the top ten companies with the most software vulnerabilities, which is now topped by Apple -- Microsoft remains in third place, followed by HP and Adobe."

The vulnerabilities include everything so it doesn't break down into which vendors have the most serious, it just lists which company has the most. I'm not being flippant, any vulnerability is a bad thing, but you have to admit some are more serious than others so a general listing like this is a bit deceptive if you want to know how serious the situation is from a normal users standpoint. This news does bring to to mind the auto-fill problem that we reported about yesterday, and news from Apple via AllThingsD is that they are aware and are working to fix the problem.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

#4 Isn't Bad When You Look at the Rest of the List

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"This a bit of good news for Apple -- despite the numerous complaints seen day to day against the company, Apple's online store came in fourth in overall customer satisfaction in a recent survey."

This survey happened during a two-week period in February 2010, and the results show Apple ranked behind Netflix, Amazon and Avon to snag the number 4 spot. I can't say much about shopping at Avon (no, the Internet rumors are false), but the other three are stellar for customer service in my experience.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Apple Number One in Tech Support

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

"I have the greatest respect for the men and women behind Apple's tech support. Despite having one of the toughest jobs in the industry, they've always been extremely efficient and courteous in solving my own problems."

And the subscribers to Consumer Reports apparently agree with your sentiments, ranking Apple number one in their survey that rated problems solved, phone waits, phone staff and online support. Approximately 3,700 subscribers surveyed in laptop and also desktop support ranked Apple tops in each. The laptop score was 86 out of 100, and for desktop they scored 87 out of 100. These are up from last years numbers of 84 and 81 respectively.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Apple Earns #3 in Customer Service

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple has nailed down the number three spot on BusinessWeek's fourth annual customer service awards, falling in right behind LL Bean and insurance company USAA, and way above companies like Amazon and Dell. The awards were based on survey results from a few different places, and Apple scored an A+ in both Quality of Staff and Efficiency of Service thanks to its Genius Bars and helpful Specialists inside Apple Stores."

You can see the list here, and it shows that Apple has improved almost 10% from the 2009 ranking. For LL Bean they improved almost 11% from 2009 and USAA improved about 1.5%. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Apple Jumps up in World Rankings Per Fortune

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

"Once a year, Fortune releases its ranking of the top 500 global companies, and in recent years Apple has usually managed to nab a spot. This year, it rose to almost exactly the middle of the field at 253, up from 337 last year."

This is a global list, thus the name, and ranks companies based on revenue. Over the last two years Apple has moved up from 492 in 2006, when they first appeared on the list, to number 253 for 2008. Apple had a 38% increase in profits during the same time frame, and was one of three computer manufacturers that actually posted gains from the list (Quanta and HP were the other two). They would rank higher if they based the list on profits but they only take into account total revenue. Apple was ranked 71 on the top 100 list Fortune posted in April, which is comprised of only American companies.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Apple Tops The "Most Innovative" List Again

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

"Businessweek has posted a list of what they call the top 50 most innovative companies in 2009, and guess who is sitting right at the top of the list. Sure enough, it's our favorite computer maker -- according to the survey, taken by "senior executives around the world," Apple is number one, and the reason listed by 47% of respondents is the products. Not that surprising, no? From the iPhone to the unibody MacBooks right up to the new Shuffles, Apple's products ooze new concepts and features and ideas."

It's not too surprising that they are in the top five, but it is 2nd year in a row so that is impressive. Business Week has the top 50 list posted, and they came to their conclusions after going over survey results. The surveys, sent out by Boston Consulting Group. were given to 2,700 executives and asked 20 questions regarding products, customer experience and business models, among others. I'm sure that next years list may see Microsoft moving up dramatically, what with the introduction of the Zune HD this year <ducking>.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Apple Breaks the Fortune 100

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

"Apple's long been highly-ranked in a number of business-related lists, but on Monday, Fortune announced that the company had jumped into the Fortune 100 list for the first time since 1994, coming in 71st place. That's a 32 spot improvement on last year, when it ranked just outside of the crème de la crème at 103."

The last time Apple made the top 100 was during the OS 7 days in the early 1990s. Seems so long ago doesn't it? These rankings are for the largest companies based on their gross revenue and adjusted for certain taxes. Also in this years list Exxon-Mobile edged out Wal-Mart for the top spot. You can see the entire Top 500 at the Fortune site.

And before we get too excited, keep in mind this was before the Windows ads came out. Just sayin'.....

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