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Apple Inc. (AAPL): Can This Smartphone Giant Surprise?

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has redefined the smartphone experience with its iOS and iPhone. Only Google and Samsung have shown the ability to adapt and adopt this revolution with their Android devices. Due to this rise of iOS and Android, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has seen falling sales of its BB devices and declining service revenues. The company is trying once again to become relevant with its exciting new BB10 OS and a range of new devices. However, the market is highly competitive and a comeback needs more than just an exciting flagship device. BlackBerry has made some interesting moves and going forward investors can reap the reward of these smart decisions.

Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Comeback Efforts

Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is not the only company struggling to make an impact in the smartphone industry. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been trying for years now to enter the smartphone OS industry. The company’s initial efforts utter failures but its recent WP8, launched in partnership with Lumia, has made an impact.

In terms of numbers, the Windows 8 platform has received limited success from WP8 but performed comparatively better on the tablet/ultrabook front. As compared to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), the efforts of BlackBerry to redefine its smartphone vision have been much more successful. While Microsoft is trying to build a new consumer base for WP8, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has the luxury of an existing 80 million users of BB service.

These loyal users not only provide a constant stream of service revenue but are also potential candidates for an upgrade to newer models. This is the primary reason BB comeback efforts seem more realistic than Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) becoming a major player in the smartphone arena.

Mid-tier Battle

The growth slowdown in Europe and North America is forcing a number of companies to look towards the growing Asia and South American markets. While there is considerable growth in these regions, the consumer spending is much less than developed regions of the world. The players looking to drive growth from these regions are focusing on medium to low tier devices.

Google and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) already are already targeting this huge market through their various smartphone partners. According to recent news, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) has also announced that, in July, it will launch the medium range Q5 devices. The Q5 will be available in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and Middle East. The device will be an attraction for BB fans not willing to spend on high end device like Z10. There is market speculation that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has also decided to enter this lucrative market with a mid-tier iPhone. According to reports, the company will launch this along with iPhone 6/iPhone5s later this year.

iPhone Launch

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will launch the new iPhone devices by the end of this year. This launch will have a widespread effect on the entire smartphone industry. The iPhone 5 was not up to market expectations but still managed to out sell every competitor. There is still no confirmation if the new device will be name iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s. It is speculated that these upgrades could become part of the device:

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