According to ABI Research, Apple’s smartphone market share will hit a 22% ceiling in 2013, remaining stable for a lengthy period of time. Recent statistics show that the iPhone currently represents 18.5% of the U.S. mobile market. And, although Samsung’s share reached 26.9% in the September quarter, Apple’s smartphone sales are growing at a faster pace than Android shipments.
Analyst Peter Misek has reportedly learned from his insider sources that Apple is currently testing two iPhone prototypes. While one of them is believed to be the seventh-gen model referred to as the “iPhone 5S”, the other could be the widely discussed low-cost iPhone geared for emerging markets. According to the report, the company will allegedly start preliminary iPhone 5S builds in March, meaning the device is slated for an earlier-than-anticipated summer launch.
Citing sources with inside knowledge of Apple plans, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is cutting component orders for the latest iPhone model because of weaker-than-anticipated demand. Orders for the device’s 4-inch display, in particular, have allegedly been reduced by 50% for the current quarter. The exact reasons behind the drawdown remains unclear, but it is generally believed that Apple is readying a low-end handset for sale in emerging markets at a cheaper price for a late 2013 release.
According to DigiTimes, Apple is readying a new, lower-cost iPhone model that is allegedly bound to hit the market in the second half of the year. The publication’s sources reportedly saw a sample of the purported device, which is said to feature a larger screen, meeting the general tendency for switching to 5-inch displays for high-profile smartphones. The cheaper iPhone is also claimed to sport a drastically overhauled appearance and will supposedly incorporate Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon chips, in particular the dual-core MSM8960 or the quad-core APQ8064.
According to new patent filings, Apple has been working on new technologies. The company won’t change its main direction, which is situated in the consumer products industry. However, the firm has been experimenting in other sectors a lot too. It can be suggested that Apple’s developers intent to make an absolutely new turbine, which will create energy. In addition, this energy could be stored and used when necessary in windless days.