Over the previous few years, most Android smartphones have switched to USB-C, whereas iPhones have lengthy used the proprietary Lightning connector. It has lengthy been rumored that the iPhone may even swap to USB-C, however Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t assume so.
The analyst claims that the USB-C interface doesn't contribute to the profitability of the Apple MFi-accessories venture, and the water-resistance of a smartphone with such a connector will probably be decrease than that of Lightning. Subsequently, if Apple ditches the Lightning connector in its smartphones sooner or later, it's undoubtedly not in favor of USB-C. Ming-Chi Kuo believes the corporate might swap to MagSafe magnetic charging completely.
Nonetheless, he added that within the coming years, the iPhone will nonetheless persist with the Lightning interface, as MagSafe know-how is way from good. The analyst additionally believes that this 12 months the iPhone 13 is not going to obtain a fingerprint sensor.
The identical particular person said that the third era iPhone SE is not going to obtain a brand new design and/or a bigger display screen. The smartphone will goal followers of this line and can obtain the identical 4.7-inch show. The most important adjustments would be the up to date SoC and help for fifth-generation networks.
Apple lastly defeated Samsung within the international smartphone market
Apple overtook Samsung to develop into the world’s main smartphone model amid report gross sales of iPhone smartphones. The corporate confirmed an enormous bounce within the final quarter of final 12 months, whereas Huawei‘s place weakened drastically.
In accordance with Counterpoint Analysis, shipments of iPhone smartphones elevated 22% within the earlier quarter. The surge is pushed by the discharge of the iPhone 12 lineup, which helps fifth-generation networks. Additionally, gross sales of earlier fashions didn't fall, the demand for which is steady after the worth decline.
The corporate has shipped 90 million smartphones and has greater than 23% market share. Analysts observe that Apple has strengthened its place within the premium section of smartphones in China. In accordance with Apple CEO Tim Cook dinner, two of the highest three promoting premium smartphones in China are from Apple.
The second place within the quarter belongs to Samsung, which acquired about 19% of the market. The third place went to Xiaomi, adopted by Oppo and Vivo, which took the fourth and fifth locations, respectively. Huawei dropped to sixth place.
If we contemplate the outcomes for the 12 months, then Samsung is within the lead, Apple is second, Huawei is third, adopted by Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme. The latter was the quickest rising model previously 12 months.
Counterpoint Analysis’s knowledge is broadly in line with estimates by one other analyst agency, IDC, which we've already printed.