With this whole hype of the iphone, Mac OS X Leopard, new ipods and the new imacs, much of the attention is focused on Apple. Bad luck Microsoft! But has Microsoft released anything in past 6 months? The answer is ‘Yes’ and they are:
- Windows Home Server 2008
- New Microsoft Zune models
- Halo 3
- Windows Live services
Since the attention is focused on Apple, here are it’s earnings, market share and sales:
- On the Apple earnings call, CFO Peter Oppenheimer cited some research from Strategy Analytics placing the iPhone as the â€œfourth highest selling handset in the U.S. market in the September quarter.â€ (The Motorola V3 was No. 1).
- Apple has sold 1.4 million iPhones in a little over a quarter. It took the iPod more than two years to reach the same number of sales. The price cut helped it reach that number, by nearly doubling the daily sales of the iPhone. And Apple says it is on track to sell 10 million iPhones by next year.
- Of those 1.4 million iPhones, Oppenheimer estimates 250,000 (or 18 percent) were unlocked to work on networks other than AT&T. (That explains why Apple was so aggressive in bricking those iPhones. Apple only gets paid by AT&T for iPhones connected to its network).
- The iPhone starts selling in the UK (with O2) and Germany (with T-Mobile) on November 9th, and in France on November 29th (with Orange).
- iTunes has now sold 3 billion songs, and 100 million TV shows.
- Appleâ€™s retail strategy continues to power an increasing portion of its sales. In the September quarter, 57 percent of Appleâ€™s sales were direct through its stores or Website, compared to 53 percent a year ago.
[Credit/data: Tech Crunch]
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