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So-called phablets just about quadrupled their marketshare during Q1 of this year thanks largely due to Appleâs first productÂ in the category, the iPhone 6 Plus.
The data comes from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and shows the phablet market grew to 21% in the first quarter this year, up from just 6% last year. The growth is mostly due to the iPhone 6 Plus, which grabbed 44% of the market during Q1.
Apple iPhone 6 Plus took 44% of this segment. Screen size was cited as the main reason for buying a particular phone by both iOS and Android buyers at 43% and 47%, respectively.
Kantar adds that during the quarter, its data shows that around 11.4% of users switched from Android (vs 14.6% last year). That compares to only 5.9% switching from iOS to Android, down from 9.8% in the year ago quarter.Â As for smartphone sales in general: “Appleâs overall sales dominated AT&T, Verizon and Sprint where iPhone represented 59%, 43% and 50% of smartphone sales, while Samsung dominated smartphone sales at T-Mobile with a share of 42%.”
Kantar also provided stats today on the growth of iOS during Q1, noting Android switchers drove iPhone growth across EU in Q1 as Apple grew to 26% share in urban China.
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Apple will start selling fully unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in the United States beginning tomorrow, January 6th, according to several sources. The unlocked iPhones will be available both via Apple’s physical retail stores and online store…
Currently, Apple sells the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S. either via a carrier contract or unlocked on T-Mobile. Tomorrow’s change means that Apple will sell the latest iPhone models with no SIM-card so that customers can use the phone anywhere in the world on any supported carrier by bringing along their own SIM-card.
The pricing will be the same as an unlocked T-Mobile iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, starting at $649 and going all the way up to $949 depending on screen size and choice of storage space. Apple started selling unlocked iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s models approximately two months following the initial launches in 2012 and 2013, so Apple is running a little behind the pattern this year.
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Last time we asked you, back in April, we’d seen only reports and alleged molds for theÂ two different sizes of iPhone 6. At that stage, 60 percent ofÂ you planned to buy the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, with just under a third eyeing-up the 5.5-inch model. A further 8 percent were planning to stick with existing models, and two percent expecting to get a Droid.
Since then we’ve of course seen a huge number of leaked parts, and even what appear to be working versions of the 4.7-inch model. Both models are now expected to go on sale on 19th September, so we thought it would be interesting to see if and how your plans have changed
Choose your storage options and colour below:
Flurry data suggests phablets (defined by the company as having screens in the 5-6.9″ range) currently make up 6 percent of active users of smartphones and tablets.
PhabletsÂ are most popularÂ for heavy users of social networking, TV & movie viewing and ebook reading – with business use also a significant factor.
Take part in our updated poll to show us your intentions, and let us know the reasons behind your choice in the comments.
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Photos of physical mockups and various parts for the upcoming iPhone 6 have been leaking out an almost weekly basis over the course of the past several weeks. However, actual parts for the display cover for the larger phone have yet to leak out. Today,Â Sonny DicksonÂ sent us several photos of purported display glass covers in both black and white variations for the 4.7-inch iPhone. Apple is also working on an even larger 5.5-inch “phablet” model, but we do not have photos of the screen covers for that model…
The above photo shows a comparison of the size between the 4.7-inch display and the 4-inch screen on the iPhone 5s/5c/5. We previously posted images of 5.5-inch iPhone screen backlighting components. The images do not indicate any breakthrough new features for the next-generation iPhone, but the availabilityÂ of these parts indicates that the new iPhone is nearing mass-production ahead of a launch this fall. A new hole appears to the left of the ear speaker, but it is unclear if this is a re-located FaceTime front camera or a proximity sensor. The variation in port location from part-to-part could be due to production of parts still being in early stages. It is possible some pieces were produced earlier or later than others. The edges also appear to be slightly curved.
In addition to a bigger screen, the new iPhones will include aÂ thiner and rounder metal case, new sensors, improved cameras, and a more efficient A8 processor. A sapphire crystal displayÂ cover has also been rumored for the larger-screened version.
Below is a massive gallery of more black vs. white iPhone 6 4.7-inch display coverÂ photos (Click images for larger):
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This fall, Apple is expected to unwrap two next-generation iPhones with larger displays: a 4.7-inch model and a 5.5-inch higher-end “phablet” variant. While the 4.7-inch model has had physical mockups floating around the web for the past few months, parts or shells forÂ a 5.5-inch model have not been seen until now. Sonny Dickson has sent us photos of a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 physical “dummy” mockup in the Space Gray color (above and below), and he has posted photos of a white and gold model on Twitter:
The design of this larger model essentially appears to be a larger version of the 4.7-inch design. Coming from an iPhone 5s, the design appears notably thinner and includes a new antenna cut design and no glass on the rear. The camera LED flash appears to lose the pill shape from the 5s’s True-Tone sensor and the power button has been re-located to the right hand side of the phone. The only difference on the 5.5-inch model that we can spot is the addition of a new hole (microphone?) on the top of the front glass near the FaceTime camera, but this could just be an error in the production of these dummy units.
You can see two more shots of the black/Space Gray model directly above. Again, these are dummy models likely manufactured by resellers or case makers and are not photos of an actual, fully produced next-generation iPhone.
Besides larger displays, we’re hearing that the new iPhones will include a more efficient A8 processor for improved battery life. Apple is currently testing larger displays with a sharper resolution of 1704 x 960, and you can betÂ that they’ll both come pre-loaded with Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile operating system. Apple will likely take to the stage to unveil the new phones at some point in September, and you can expect new iPads and the “iWatch” to be unveiled at another eventÂ within the same fall timeframe.
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