Analysts and pundits are still realizing the larger implications of Apple's insanely profitable quarter, and new reports reveal how the Cupertino company has caught up with Samsung in a key race. In other news, there's a cool new wireless iPhone charging case in the works on Kickstarter.
Report: Apple Shipped As Many Phones As Samsung Last Quarter
More news about the wider significance of Apple's record-breaking quarter continues to roll in, this time from Security Analytics, who claims that Apple tied with rival Samsung to dominate smartphone shipments for the quarter.
According to the report, both Apple and Samsung shipped 74.5 million handsets during the quarter (although Samsung's still well in the lead as regards the annual total). As a result, at least for the quarter, both companies could claim a market share of 19.6 percent.
It's worth noting that Strategy Analytics's conclusions are partly based on informed guesses, as Samsung stopped reporting the numbers of its shipments a few years ago. (IDC, for instance, reported a couple of hours ago that Samsung shipped a slightly more impressive 75.1 million units.
The last time Samsung and Apple had a more or less equal share of the market was in Q4 2011. Samsung and Apple might be tied as regards shipments, but the news is much different on the profit scale. The Korean company's sales for the period ranging from October to December 2014 were down 27 percent from last year according to its own earnings report released today, and the company's mobile sales were down a whopping 64 percent year over year. (Its semiconductor business is positively booming, though, in part due to widespread demand for them from companies like, yes, Apple.)
'Ampere' Wireless Charging Case Turns Heads on Kickstarter
If you're the type of person who likes to charge your iPhone on the go but doesn't like to bother with cumbersome extra accessories, you should check out Novelsys' new Ampere sleeve on Kickstarter. It looks like most other leather sleeves for the iPhone, but the quirk here is that it comes with a 2,700-mAh battery tucked inside that charges your phone wirelessly.
There's a (literally) small catch for us iPhone users in that we'll have to stick a tiny Lightning receiver on the bottom of our phones to get it to work as intended. But that seems like a small price to pay considering the convenience involved.
Right now, the real price you'll have to pay is a $75 pledge to Novelsys's Kickstarter for the project, and that's just for the early bird pricing. (And you'll want to hurry, as there's only 30 of those left as of this writing.) After that, the price jumps up slightly to $79.
Plenty of people are taking notice. The team asked for $60,000, but the project's already earned $75,259 on the strength of just 373 backers and there are still 15 days to go.