“Research firm TrendForce revised up Apple’s 2016 smartphone shipment forecasts by 3 million to 208 million, while slashing Samsung’s shipments estimates by 6 million. It also raised forecasts for China’s Huawei Technologies, No.3 globally, by 4 million,” Julia Love and Deborah M. Todd report for Reuters. “‘A substantial portion of consumers’ demand will now go to the three major Chinese brands – Huawei, Vivo and OPPO,’ it said in a note.”

“In San Francisco, prime Apple territory, some consumers were switching to the home team, and Apple stock has risen on expectations of a broader move,” Love and Todd report. “‘Some people might have already been thinking about making the switch and now here’s their chance,’ said Robin Williams, a sales associate at a Sprint store on Van Ness St in San Francisco, describing some customers moving to Apple. Bob O’Donnell of TECHnalysis Research said Apple would benefit, ‘but I don’t think they are going to get all of it because Apple has a single product.'”

“Samsung on Tuesday scrapped the $882 [Galaxy Note 7] flagship smartphone, in what could be one of the costliest product safety failures in tech history,” Love and Todd report. “A permanent end to Note 7 sales could cost it up to $17 billion, according to calculations based on analysts’ projected shipments of the device.”

“At a T-Mobile store in San Francisco, salesperson Omar Arreola said some Samsung customers were so upset with the company that they switched to the iPhone 7. ‘They trust the brand,’ he said,” Love and Todd report. “Brian Green, whose Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest Airlines flight last week, also said he replaced his device with an iPhone.”

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MacDailyNews Take: It’s amazing that it took fires, property loss, and threat of injury and death for some people to consider that buying from immoral thieves is a bad idea, but, hey… just another sign of the times.

Well, regardless of how we got here, karma does what karma does, thankfully! Welcome to the light, those who formerly settled for knockoff crap from a South Korean dishwasher maker.

Burned by Samsung? Get a real iPhone.

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