“We expect revenue to be between $84 billion and $87 billion.” This simple sentence mentioned on the fly by CEO Tim Cook during a conference call with investors discussing Apple’s current quarter forecast, have sent the stock on an upward trajectory since Friday, the day the iPhone X was released. If this revenue number pans out, and Apple is usually conservative with estimates, this will mark the most bountiful quarter for any company… in history.
According to a tech executive who is “in the know” when it comes to the production of the Apple iPhone X, the complex 3D sensors used on Face ID are still causing a major problem in the manufacturing of the device. Not terribly long ago, a financial newswire said that Apple’s yield for the iPhone X was 10%. To put that in perspective, it means that 90% of the units rolling off of the assembly line are failing to meet Apple’s standards.
The anonymous tech executive says that the dot projector, part of the TrueDepth Camera system, is responsible for the production delays. This is seconded …
Apple this afternoon, reported sales of 41.03 million units of the Apple iPhone for the company’s fiscal third quarter. That narrowly beat Wall Street expectations of 40.7 million handsets forecast to be sold during the period. Year-over-year, the sale of iPhone units rose 2% for the fiscal third quarter, 3% if comparing revenue. On a sequential basis, 19% fewer iPhone units were sold during the fiscal third quarter compared to the fiscal second quarter. On a revenue basis, sequential sales declined 25%.
Adjusted earnings per share for the entire company rose to $1.67, which topped the Wall …
It all started back in January, when Apple filed three law suits against one of the biggest mobile chip makers, Qualcomm. One was for unpaid royalties, the second was for abuse of power over the market, and the third said that the chip maker didn’t follow through on promises to license its standard essential patents at a reasonable price. Of course, Qualcomm didn’t just sit idly, and filed counterclaims against Apple for a variety of reasons.
Now, new information has been released by Qualcomm, which hurts not only the chip-making company and Apple, but everyone …
MEMS combo (combination) sensors combine multiple sensing capabilities in a single device. These sensors are manufactured with micromanufacturing technology and have gained significant traction with device makers in recent years. These sensors combine two or more sensors, such as gyroscopes, accelerometers, magnetometer, pressure sensor and compasses, in a single device. Combo sensors can be 6-axis or 9-axis depending on the integration of sensors in the package. Combo sensor market is driven by its increased adoption in high-end smartphones and tablets in recent years. These sensors offer convenience owing to small form factor and this is leading to its increased adoption in various end-use applications. These are easy to implement and are often sold as plug-and-play solution to OEM/ODMs. Automotive sector is another emerging application for combo sensors, however; the growth faces significant challenge from discrete sensors. Opportunities for MEMS combo sensors lie in wearable electronics, location-based services and gaming. Other applications for combo MEMS sensors include PCs and laptops, cameras, MP3 players, media players and wearable fitness gears.
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More and more companies are developing mobile Apps to improve the functions and activities that users can access from their phones. Mobile application development is focused on areas such as accessing information with ease, using multiple features to use information and also transfer it along with data.
Drivers for Growth:
The forecast for the mobile application market is really good till 2016 – one of the many drivers is the rising number of tablet computers and smart phones. With the increase in these numbers, it is only natural for the number of applications and downloads to rise exponentially. The demand for free mobile application development is also rising.
As far as companies and the mobile application market is concerned, organizations look forward to using applications like WebEx meeting developed for the iPhone. It makes video conferencing easy especially with the built in camera and available mobile broadband connection. With such innovations and many others in the pipeline, companies are finding it easier to hold meetings and conferences from different locations with ease. The number of applications being developed for Businesses are now in the range of 12 -15%. The demand for business mobile applications will only rise further to keep pace with the demand in enterprise application.
Challenges in Mobile Application Development:
Currently, one of the biggest challenges in the market is the inability of software development companies to come up with mobile applications which will work across different OS platforms. Most applications are being developed for a specific OS platform. There are quite a few studies which offer insights into different aspects of the mobile application market, along with an analysis of what vendors should invest in. Some of the key vendors who dominate the current market are Microsoft, Google, Apple, Nokia and Blackberry. Other vendors who play an important role are Archos AppsLib, Amazon Appstore, Crackberry Store, Dell Mobile Apps Store, Handster, Pocket Gear and the Samsung Apps Store.
Important Questions to consider:What is the market outlook over the next 2 years? What growth rate can be expected?Key Market trends and market driversKey vendors and their roleWhat opportunities and disadvantages are being faced by key vendors and what should be expected?What are the visible strengths and weaknesses of key vendors?
According to one analyst, most of the mobile application development is done with emphasis on improving available functions on a mobile device. Many companies are using these apps for improved access to customers and improved business outcomes.
Article Source – Forecast 2014-2016 for the Global Mobile Apps Market.
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