Apple Inc. (AAPL): Another Patently Good Year in Cupertino

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), when the dust settles, had a pretty good year in 2013. Sure, the company had its headlines – which, of course, is code for “trouble” – but at the end of the day, though Apple Inc. stock did not keep pace with the phenomenal growth of the broader market, the year had its ways of being successful for the company.

And the beauty of the success that did occur is that it happened  the final quarter of 2013, so that tends to have some positive momentum carrying into 2014. And with a couple of news items that crossed our desk this Thursday morning, the table could be set for Apple Inc. to perhaps have that bullish year that some analysts have recently been projecting.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) sees a share surge

With all of the talk around Android and its wide distribution across a number of price points in the smartphone arena, the iOS by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is holding together just fine, thank you very much. In the most recent market report by NPD – which measures the installed user market rather than the sales figures – suggests that though Android is still winning the overall market, Apple Inc. as a handset maker is actually growing its lead in the market over top Android OEM Samsung Electronics.

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple Inc. saw its overall market share grow by about 20 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, from 35 percent the previous year to 42 percent now. Meanwhile, Samsung also saw growth but at a slower pace, from 22 percent at the end of 2012 to 25 percent in 2013.  No other handset maker has more than 8 percent of the market, according to the survey – HTC and Motorola were both above 10 percent a year earlier.

Time to save that Face!

Those who have had iDevices in the last couple of years and use FaceTime often, you have all been here.  You are in the middle of a FaceTime call with a friend or family member, when suddenly you lose the quality reception and you end up losing the face on the call, or it remains in a very pixelated fashion that makes your friend or family member look unrecognizable. Is that Aunt Harriet, or Great Grandpa Joe?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is apparently working on that, thanks to being awarded a patent for technology that would Allow Apple Inc. to eventually copy a prior image and set it in the frame during a time where there is low reception. The patent would take advantage of facial recognition and could recreate an image that was previously recorded and place it in the frame when there is a change in the quality fo the call.

So then you would know for sure it’s Aunt Harriet .. when you meant to call Great Grandpa Joe.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months Click to see monthly returns in table format!

Lists

4 BuzzWorthy Cannabis Stocks And Some Smoking Derivative Plays

The 10 Healthiest Fast Food Chains in America to Dine At

The 5 Most Expensive Cat Food Brands You Can Spoil Your Kitty With

The 6 Best eCommerce Platforms for Small Businesses

The 10 Worst Mistakes an Entrepreneur Can Make

The 5 Most OP Characters in League of Legends to Carry Games and Crush Foes With

The 5 Best Foods to Eat Before Running that Will Help You Pound the Pavement

10 Glaring Plot Holes in The Walking Dead that a Zombie-Filled Bus Could Drive Through

The 5 Biggest Celebrity Stoners Who Love Their Reefer

The 10 Most Overrated Movies Of All Time by Out-of-Touch Critics

Top 6 Least Expensive Cruise Destinations For 2015 that Will Take You to Paradise

10 States with Lowest Substance Abuse Rates in America

The 14 Most Watched TV Finales Ever

The 10 Best Selling Role Playing Games of All Time for PC

10 Most Influential Papers In Economics

Top 8 Biggest Charities in the US

10 Worst Celebrity Career Moves Ever

Top 10 Best Paid Tennis Stars in the World

10 Cities with High Demand for Nurses

6 of the Worst Greeting Card Messages Ever Crafted

How to Make Money in ArcheAge and Build Your Empire

10 Foods To Eat To Lower Cholesterol Levels

The 10 Most Hated Television Characters of All Time

The 30 Worst Halloween Costume Ideas Ever Brought to Horrible Life

10 Vocational Skills in Demand Today with Jobs Waiting to be Filled

10 Best Places to Visit in Central and South America

The 10 Greatest Empires in History Which Nearly Conquered the World

The 6 Cheapest Boarding Schools In America 2015

5 Clear Reasons LoL is Better than DotA, Continues to Rule MOBAs

The Only 9 Teams with a Chance to Win the Super Bowl

The 15 Most Common Phobias in America that Induce Fits of Panic

Top 6 Least Expensive Tourist Destinations in 2014

Jim Goetz, Peter Fenton, Jim Breyer: Top 6 Venture Investors for 2014

Top 15 Billionaires in 2014

5 Pitfalls To Avoid When Buying a Franchise

Top 20 Medical Schools in the US – 2014 Rankings

4 Business Strategies that Turned Jamie Oliver into the World’s Richest Chef

6 Qualities That Make You A Good Team Player

10 High Paying Seasonal Jobs in America this Holiday Season

The 10 Busiest Shipping Lanes in the World

5 Most Valuable Brands in China

The 10 States with Highest Substance Abuse Rates Crippling Their Populace

The Top 10 Things to Do Before You Die That Will Echo for Eternity

The 10 Best Selling Items on Etsy

Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo, the Greatest City in the World

10 Mistakes on Social Media that Can Harm You and Will Probably Get You Canned

The 10 Best Cities to Find Jobs in 2014

The 10 Most Controversial Songs Of All Time to Hit (and get Banned from) the Airwaves

The 20 Biggest IPOs in US History

The 10 Best Places to Visit in Mexico that Are Beautiful and Safe

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!