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Chicago — Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s outsold the lower-priced 5c by more than 2-to-1 in the two weeks following their late-September launch in the U.S., Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) found in polling recent iPhone buyers.
CIRP found that 65 percent of iPhone sales were 5s models, and 27 percent were 5c models. Nine percent were legacy 4S models.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
AdWeek magazine and APCO Worldwide have released the results of their Most Loved Brands In The World survey, and a number of CE suppliers and CE retailers made the list, based on responses from 70,000 consumers in 15 major international markets.
The survey measured eight emotional feelings consumers have toward brands: understanding, approachability, relevance, admiration, curiosity, identification, empowerment and pride. Nancy Bachrach, an APCO senior advisor, said the survey is designed for marketers, who "need to know which emotions affect sales."
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El Segundo, Calif. – Apple’s lower cost iPhone 5c won’t spur a major increase in iPhone sales in the second half of 2013, but if Apple begins selling iPhones to China’s largest carrier, China Mobile, iPhone sales growth will accelerate, an IHS analysis found.
Although the iPhone 5c did not address the low end of the market, the phone nonetheless “represents a major departure from its [Apple’s] previous product strategy, which could improve the company’s competitiveness,” IHS said.
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple introduced two iPhones for the first time since the original iPhone’s 2007 launch, unveiling a flagship 5S and a lower-priced 5C to segment the market.
The strategy is to accelerate the iPhone’s slowing global growth rate and post a stronger performance in developing countries where smartphones aren’t subsidized by carriers.
In the past, Apple debuted one iPhone at a time but continued to ship its previous model at a reduced price of $99 while offering an older model for free.
Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has 90 days to decide whether to uphold Friday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) vote to ban the import of select Samsung mobile products that Apple contended violated some of its patents.
Samsung is allowed to continue importing the affected products while the review is underway.
San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet shipments were up almost 60 percent to 45.1 million units during the second quarter, but could have been even higher, according to an IDC report.
The research firm noted that shipments were down 10 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and it blamed the lack of a new iPad by Apple this spring as the culprit for the fall off.
Apple shipped 14.6 million units during the second quarter, down from 19.5 million during the previous quarter. Apple also saw a shortfall compared to 2012 second quarter when it shipped 17 million units.
Washington — The Obama administration vetoed an import ban imposed by the International Trade Commission (ITC) on older cellular-equipped iPads and iPhones that operate on the AT&T network.
The ban, sought by Samsung, would have gone into effect today had not the U.S. Trade Representative issued the veto.
U.S. trade representative Michael Froman said he issued the veto because the ban would harm consumers and the U.S. economy. He said Samsung could pursue enforcement of its cellular-related patent by seeking monetary damages in courts.
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Samsung beat Apple in a “Smartphone Customer Satisfaction Study” released Wednesday by the America Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).
According to the study, Samsung hit a homerun in the brand study with its Galaxy S III and Note II products.
The ACSI study provides 2013 customer-satisfaction benchmarks for 10 of the past year’s top-selling smartphone models in the United States.
Motorola. Nokia. BlackBerry. The Novatel of the ‘90s. H.H. Scott. Fisher. Zenith. Admiral. These were high-flying consumer electronics and cellphone companies whose market shares fell precipitously and, in some cases, disappeared as the companies went out of business.
Will Apple join them?
That’s what I began to think when I looked through the details of Apple’s third-quarter 2013 financial report and found that for the nine months to date, unit and dollar growth in iPad and iPhone sales slowed a great deal.