Research claims that while the entire market's smartphone profits declined by around a tenth in 2019, Apple continued to dominate with 66% of all profits and the nearest competitor being Samsung on just 17%.
After delivering just the first three generations of its custom ARM Application Processors between 2010 and 2012, Apple had already reached parity with market-leading mobile chip designers, even while breaking from the Cortex-A15 road map established by ARM to launch its own new Swift core. Apple's next moves embarrassed the industry even further while setting the stage for initiatives that are playing out today.
The three models of 'iPhone 12' expected for 2020 will all have OLED-based screens instead of splitting between LCD and OLED, a report claims, but the two higher-tier models are tipped to continue using a better display than the lower-cost variant.
Before he passed away, Steve Jobs uncharacteristically shared some strategic insights in public on what would make tablets successful. Rather than the rest of the industry benefiting from his observations, critics and competitors insisted he was wrong and set out to prove it.
Apple's A4 project helped deliver the custom silicon for the very first iPad, positioning the company in a race against time with the world's leading mobile chip designers. Although it ran into stiff competition along the way, Apple succeeded with an implementation that was markedly different from its peers. Here's how they did it.
The Apple Watch continues to be the biggest name in smartwatches, analysis from Strategy Analytics claims, with Apple close to owning half of the global smartwatch market following its performance in the last quarter.
Apple has continued to maintain its dominance in the global tablet market in the last quarter, according to Strategy Analytics, but major online retailer Amazon has overtaken Samsung to become its nearest rival, in part due to its promotion of Prime Day.
The history of personal computing is often told in terms of operating systems: the dramatic battle between IBM's DOS PC vs Apple's Macintosh; the emergence of fiefdoms of promising independents such as Amiga OS, NeXTSTEP and BeOS; and ultimately the crushing destruction of any PC OS competition under the homogenous, global and permanent rule of Microsoft's Windows platform. But these stories often resulted in inaccurate conclusions, because the OS platform wasn't the only important factor in picking winners and losers.
At its annual Samsung Developer Conference, Google's leading Android licensee is working hard to be taken seriously as a software platform vendor on its own, highlighting Bixby, SmartThings, a closer copying of Apple's iOS appearance, and new plans to license Tizen OS to other TV makers. Yet most of its attention is centered on a few seconds of a video depicting the concept of a flip-phone.
Apple hasn't been outpacing Samsung in mobile Application Processor design over the past decade simply due to a first-mover advantage or by just having smarter people designing its silicon. Here's a look at how Apple first snuck past a larger and more entrenched silicon rival to gain its lead in advanced mobile chips, and why it matters to the future of tech.
Samsung just introduced its latest Exynos 990, destined to power certain versions of its most premium Galaxy S11 flagship next spring. What's most interesting about the new chip how little attention Samsung paid to its CPU performance, a race where it's losing so badly that it appears to be throwing in the towel on its custom M core efforts entirely.
A decade after Apple and Samsung partnered to create a new class of ARM chips, the two have followed separate paths: one leading to a family of world-class mobile silicon designs, the other limping along with work that it has now canceled. Here's why Samsung's preoccupation with unit sales and market share failed to compete with Apple's focus on premium products.
It's not true that Samsung copies absolutely everything Apple ever does. Apart from Apple TV+, though, we're struggling to find another exception — and there are reasons to think TV won't be safe for long, either.