Despite weakness in China, aspirational Apple brand remains strong around the world

“A new analyst report sees Apple outperforming an expanding premiums smartphone market, with the company garnering its highest market share in four years in the US, Japan, and Europe,” Mike Wuerthele reports for AppleInsider.

“Steven Milunovich of UBS writes that the US premium smartphone market returned to growth in the December quarter at up 8 percent with Apple outgrowing the market with a 19% growth,” Wuerthele reports. “Correspondingly, in Europe, the premium market swelled 4 percent, with Apple climbing 16 percent.”

“Apple continues its dominance of the Japanese premium iPhone market. Apple’s market share is up to 70 percent in the country, with Sony second at 16 percent, and Samsung vastly behind at 3%,” Wuerthele reports. “China’s numbers remain impacted by Vivo, Oppo, and Huawei claiming a combined 45 percent of the market. While the market grew 9%, the iPhone declined 19 percent. Apple remains the largest vendor in the country, with 47%. Samsung held 4% of the China market.”

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  1. The Japanese knowwhats up when it comes to tech. Meanwhile i just read an article in USA Today, agenda driven as usual, that compared the upcoming iPhone to the upcoming Samsung. After talking about all the Samsung upgrades, the only things it mentioned about the iPhone was theOLED and that it would costs upwards if $1,000. This is the fake news if our the USA. Agenda drives the reporting, just like the reporting on our election. The news drives it’s selfish angle, and we are supposed to lap it up like nice puppies.

    1. I wish people would stop using the term “fake news”.

      I get it, nobody believes anything. Narratives, opinions, and rumors are taken as fact when you agree with them, and they are all lies when they don’t.

      Fact is, Apple is super secretive and all we ever hear is that there is a very exciting pipeline that someday might deliver something that Cook can’t be more excited about.

      Meanwhile, every website has an agenda: to sell clicks. That means they will parrot the tons of stuff that is floating out there for future Samsung products, and repeat the same 2 or 3 rumors floating around for Apple products. And outfits like MDN will shove it inbetween their political clickbait articles to incite maximum outrage.

      If you want news, you would subscribe to a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Those publications, assuming they are funded by public means rather than for-profit corporations with a sales agenda, will use the good old scientific method to declare a hypothesis, describe the means of testing and assumptions used to evaluate that hypothesis, present the complete raw data of those tests, and then summarize into two final points: Does the hypothesis hold up, and what additional data or tests could be done. THAT is great journalism. What people call “news” today is 99% narratives driven to them by paid personalities funded by the political parties established by profit-seeking multinationals who are only out to make a buck. If dubming down, distracting, and scaring the population into the state of paranoia is the way to sell more products, then that is exactly what you will receive on your local “news” outlet.

      Man I really miss John Chancellor.

  2. The reason people are using the whole “fake news” tag is because the culture of our news has changed dramatically in the past 30 years, and has become so partisan, sneaky, and entitled to the point where they no longer feel bound by any ethical standard to be even handed. The change in culture that people have been witnessing now has two words to describe it: “fake news”, courtesy Donald Trump. 10 years ago, when you would hear those on the right talk about “the liberal media” you might have thought to yourself, “I think they are conspiratorial”, because if their was a slant it was at least slight. Not anymore. Now we have the “resistance” and the newspapers are part of it. Now we have an election that was supposed to be driven by the press, and we have a press that is so upset that they didn’t get to select our president, they have decided to attack the current administration with everything they got. We have a press that thinks they are smarter than the dumb people of the country, and feels fully entitled to tell them what to think. The fact that the press was so WRONG about, well, almost everything in this past election says a lot about the current state of the reporting the “news”.

    1. I think you may be giving Trump too much credit. All things you attribute to the press apply to the current condescending administration. The press can often be described as lazy and shallow, but investigative reporting is not dead. For example: the Boston Globe bringing to light the irredeemable sins of many priests in the Catholic church.

      The real problem I believe is a lazy undereducated population isolated by their electronics. With only a few seconds attention span, do you expect them to invest the effort required to look at the complex long term consequences of anything? Compound this problem with the reality that most media is driven by ad revenue, and you have an information overload designed to make consumers dependent. For example, even the most libertarian people have been convinced that the US military is falling apart and the nation is at enormous risk of some terrorist attack. So they backed a president who refuses to listen to his intelligence officials? Wow.

      1. No, it’s the press. Their motivations are multiplex and powerful, as opposed to those of politicians, which are primitive and craven. The press have far more degrees of freedom in which to operate than do the captives of hidebound political systems. When the press fail to exhibit their high-flying independence, it is a sign of corruption, of capitulation to a ruling class in exchange for exclusive access and consequent ratings. Raw human nature explains all of these unfortunate moral compromises.

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