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...Assuming Apple doesn't rollout an iPhone mini

Research firm Strategy Analytics has stated that it expects Samsung to widen the lead in the smartphone market over Apple during 2013. The research firm predicts Samsung will see 35% growth this year helped in part by a wider product line. The research firm also believes that to help counter the increased competition by Samsung that Apple might launch a smaller and cheaper “iPhone mini” next year.

A smaller-screened iPhone has been rumored for a number of years, but has never come to fruition. Apple addresses the “cheaper” bullet point by discounting previous generation iPhone models to selling alongside the current generation model. For example, the previous generation iPhone 4S is priced at $99 with a two-year contract, while the iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract. The current generation iPhone 5 starts at $199.
However, with Apple finally rolling out a smaller iPad mini that has seen significant sales success, the market may be right for Apple to bring a pint-sized iPhone to the market.

The analytics firm believes that globally smartphone shipments will increase 27% during 2013 to 875,000,000 units. While 27% growth is a brisk pace, it is a significant decline from the 41% growth the smartphone market saw in 2012. Strategy Analytics blames slowing growth in North America, China, Asia, and Western Europe.

The research firm predicts that Samsung will sell 290 million smartphones in 2013, which is a significant increase from the estimated 215 million smartphones Samsung sold in 2012. It should be noted, however, that Samsung’s own internal numbers suggest that it will sell a more substantial 390 million smartphones for the year.
Apple is predicted to sell 180 million smartphones in 2013 for 33% increase from its 2012 sales numbers. If the research firm's predictions come true Samsung will hold 33% of the smartphone market with Apple a bit behind at 21%.

Source: Reuters

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RE: Um..
By StevoLincolnite on 1/4/2013 2:11:07 PM , Rating: 2
What is a user going to need a USB port on a phone for besides charging?

* Flash Drives, External Hard Drives.
* Charge from any USB port that exists on the planet and they ARE common.
* Connecting to a PC to be used as a modem.
* Interface directly to non-wireless devices like Printers, scanners.
* Access the phone as a media storage device on consoles for video and audio playback.
* Connect a controller to play games, touch screens are horrible for FPS gaming you know.
* Connect to USB display devices like monitors, projectors, televisions to play back content directly.

Just because you don't have any use for it, doesn't mean millions of other people don't as evident by the massive Android ecosystem now dwarfing your precious iOS.
And not everything has Blue Tooth or Wireless capability, but almost everything has a USB port these days.

RE: Um..
By Cheesew1z69 on 1/4/2013 2:49:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think it's time to quit feeding the Nortroll...

RE: Um..
By TakinYourPoints on 1/4/2013 8:03:03 PM , Rating: 2
* Charge from any USB port that exists on the planet and they ARE common.
* Connecting to a PC to be used as a modem.

You can do both of those with an iPhone. What, you think that the dock and Lightning connectors don't end with a USB port on the other side?

Everything else you mentioned are fixed by Wifi or Bluetooth (printers, game controllers). Other things like plugging in external hard drives or using the iPhone as external storage to a PC are addressed by free apps. Things like SD card compatibility is native via adapter.

massive Android ecosystem now dwarfing your precious iOS.

The iOS accessory market is second to none, absolutely massive. Don't believe me, book a flight to Vegas and check out the CES floor, almost everything there is based around the iPhone chassis, its connectors, and AirPlay. If I go to something as simple as a hotel I'm guaranteed to see iPhone compatible sound systems in the rooms. Other stuff, not so much.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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