Should Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) be thanking Samsung (KRX:005930) for latest success?
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Let’s face it, we all know who introduced the first big screen phablet, and it surely wasn’t Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL). It was Samsung (KRX:005930) with its Galaxy Note. And Samsung (KRX:005930) is certainly enjoying this moment, where it is the market leader. Often labelled as the copier, this time around they were the first to introduce the giant-screened smartphones. And it took Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) years to catch up to and approve of its demand in the market. It has taken Samsung (KRX:005930) to such heights that they even mocked Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)in their new commercial.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s design chief gave thanks to Samsung (KRX:005930) in his recent statement, saying that if it wasn’t for Samsung (KRX:005930)’s fantastic success of the Note series, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might not have the same success for the gorgeous iPhone 6. But looking back at the Samsung (KRX:005930) Note series, each had their share of struggles and criticism to handle initially. Like the Apple iPhone, iPad, Macbook Air and iPod, these are namely Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) big four mega hits that have faced similar struggles.
The Note 1, took as long as 9 months to sell off 10 million units, it took around four months to sell 10 million units for note 2 however. This time was further halved when Note 3 came out and its expected that the Note 4 will reach its 4 million point in just 30 days. The Note series is undoubtedly the biggest achievement of Samsung (KRX:005930). iPhone, LG, Sony, HTC and Nokia, have also produced their versions of the phablet.
According to past statistics, Note has become a very important and popular device since its launch 3 years ago and since then it just keeps getting bigger . It has been predicted to sell off 175 million units in 2014, which is far more than the iPhones. Looking at the bigger picture, its expected that phablets are going to leave behind both iPhones and PCs by 2015 and also that expected sales are of 318 million phablets, compared to 300 million PCs and 233 million tablets. If that doesn’t already steal the show, analysts believe the sales to reach 593 million by 2018. That’s a 60% increase in the next four years. As Phablets seems to be taking the crown in terms of Market share.
Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) made sure its iPhone Plus launch something that could beat all sorts of competition. It made sure the device comes with the finest screen, smooth curves and gentle front glass. But is it still worth it? Looking back at Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL)’s history, Apple(NASDAQ:AAPL) never seemed keen on size. Even when competitors kept pushing the size to its limit, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) stayed with its one-handed use size criteria. If it wasn’t for Samsung (KRX:005930)’s success, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) might have never entered this market. But now that it has made it on the floor, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) brought with it a better battery life, better quality camera and display, elements that the smaller versions lacked.