Apple beat Samsung to world’s top smartphone vendor last quarter

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
Samsung was screwed by the Galaxy Note 7 recall.
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Apple’s stellar quarter for iPhone sales didn’t just put more money in the bank; it also helped the Cupertino company overtake Samsung to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 78.3 million handsets in Q4 2016 — around 800,000 more than Samsung. However, the iPhone wouldn’t have stood a chance if it wasn’t for the Galaxy Note 7 recall.

iOS revenue to surpass $1 trillion this year

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iOS sales are about to hit a major milestone.
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App Store made $240M on New Year’s Day to shatter sales records

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The App Store continues to impress.
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Apple was the only smartphone maker that made real profit last quarter

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Apple is making hella bank, as the kids say.
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The iPhone’s market share is down around the world, but you know what’s up? Its profitability related to other smartphones.

In fact, according to a new report from BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long, Apple accounted for 103.6 percent of all smartphone industry operating profits in the third quarter of 2016.

Apple Watch shipments suffer sharp summer decline

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Apple has seen its share of the smartwatch market crumble.
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Apple Watch shipments declined a staggering 71.6 percent this summer, according to IDC, with Apple shifting just 1.1 million units during the third quarter. During the same period last year, the company sold an estimated 3.9 million units.

Apple could confirm major iPhone milestone this week

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Apple may announce billionth iPhone sold during tomorrow's earnings call.
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Nobody’s expecting big things from Apple’s quarterly earnings call this Tuesday, but it is possible that we’ll hear one incredibly significant metric announced at the event: Apple’s sale of its billionth iPhone.

While it is likely that iPhone sales will continue to decline this quarter — with 40 million likely to be reported as the number for the past three months — the billionth sales mark would serve to underline once again just what an enormous success the iPhone has been for Apple.