“Apple has repeatedly proven that it can dominate the high-end of almost any market it enters. It did this with PCs (and still does), MP3 players, smartphones, and tablets,” Daniel Sparks reports for The Motley Fool. “But the fast-growing user base of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy smartphone line seemed to challenge the notion that this top spot could belong to the Cupertino-based tech giant for the long haul. Lately, however, Samsung is showing signs that it could slip from grace.”
“Notably — and contrary to some reports — Samsung hasn’t ever caught up with Apple in the smartphone battle,” Sparks reports. “This is clear by looking at the key metric every business is ultimately vying to boost: profits. Samsung’s mobile operating profits are weak in comparison to Apple.”
“In the fourth calendar quarter of 2013, the first full quarter of availability of the iPhone 5s, the iPhone accounted for an estimated 87% of global mobile operating profits according to Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt,” Sparks reports. “Further, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty’s surprisingly accurate AlphaWise survey suggests that demand for the premium-priced Galaxy line of smartphones is actually slumping, with sales declining 1% in the second calendar quarter of 2014 from the year-ago quarter. The same survey projects Apple to report sales of 39 million iPhones, up 25% from the year-ago quarter… Meanwhile, analysts have big expectations for Apple’s iPhone 6 line, rumored to launch in two larger sizes later this fall.”
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MacDailyNews Take: What do we predict for Samsung?
In the immortal words of James “Clubber” Lang: “Pain.“