Morgan Stanley: Apple Estimated to Sell Up to 40M iPhones on China Mobile and China Telecom in 2013

Last week, it was reported that Apple had once again become the world’s largest smartphone maker. Turns out this was due to the fact that Apple sold 37 million iPhones last quarter alone! Now, Morgan Stanley believes that Apple will partner up with both China Telecom and China Mobile “over the next year” to make its iPhone available on all three Chinese carriers. That may not sound amazing, but what does is the fact that Morgan Stanley believes that the company will be able to sell up to 40M iPhones in China alone in the next calendar year. This means that Apple could soon sell as many iPhones in China as it sells in the rest of the world combined!

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Credit: Morgan Stanley

Remember, Apple sold 37 million iPhones last quarter worldwide, but this estimate is for one country alone. Analyst Katy Huberty suggested the huge untapped potential for the iPhone in China. According to her, Apple can only possibly reach 10 percent of the 150 million “high-end Chinese subscribers” in the country through its current partnership with China Unicom. Last year, Tim Cook said that Apple was only “scratching the surface” in China. She says that she sees a base case of 26 million incremental iPhone sales in China during the 2013 calendar year with the addition of China Mobile and China Telecom. Her bull case suggests 40 million units for an increase of $10 in earnings per share.

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Credit: Morgan Stanley

The analyst also suggests that if Apple sees a 20 percent penetration of China Mobile’s subscribers as the company has reached with China Unicom, the iPhone maker would be able to sell 24 million handsets on China Mobile alone next year. Due to the fact that 3G and smartphone penetration in China is “increasing at a fast clip” she believes that the company could sell as many as 36 million units on China Mobile in 2013.

In China, China Mobile is the world’s largest carrier, and offers service to an estimated 120 million high-end subscribers who pay more than 100RMB ($16) a month. The final 10 percent of high-end subscribers are on China Telecom, the third-largest carrier in China.

I’m trying to think of another company that is expected to sell as many phones in China as it sells in the rest of the world combined. Anyone?

T-Mobile to Offer Official Support for Unlocked iPhones

A year ago, T-Mobile revealed that it had over a million iPhones running on its network (probably more now). Not only was it surprising, but also revealed the amount of desperation T-Mobile has to support the iPhone. Currently, the iPhone does not support T-Mobile in the US. In addition, it was also reported that the carrier would officially start selling the micro-SIMs that are compatible with the iPhone.

Today, a reportedly leaked employee memo revealed that T-Mobile will begin to offer official support for subscribers using unlocked versions of Apple’s iPhone on its network. Pretty mind boggling for a phone that nobody wants, isn’t it? The memo was published by T-Mobile blog T-Mobile employees will start offering support for the iPhone beginning January 30th.

Leaked T-Mobile iPhone support memo

Earlier this month, T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm said that the company’s wireless operating frequency was the main reason as to why it doesn’t yet sell the iPhone. Apple’s iPhone is known to help a carrier grow significantly, and carriers have even reported poor customer-sign up rates due to not being able to offer the device. In fact, just a few days ago, Verizon reported that over 55% of the smartphones it activated were iPhones. Then yesterday, AT&T reported that over 80% of the smartphones it activated were iPhones too! Going by just these numbers alone, I can only imagine the amount of hit T-Mobile is taking, but dang, they sure are desperate to offer a phone that’s “losing.”

Apple is Once Again the World’s Largest Smartphone Maker

Earlier this week, Apple reported a massive blowout holiday quarter. With over 37 million iPhones sold, it was the company’s best quarter yet. Turns out, last quarter’s results also helped Apple dethrone Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone maker. Strategy Analytics, a market research firm, revealed that the company pass Apple just by a little bit. However, Samsung shipped an estimated 36.5 million units worldwide in the fourth quarter.

Samsung declined to comment on how many smartphones it shipped last quarter, but it did note a 30 percent growth. Oh Samsung, if numbers were higher than Apple’s, I’m sure they would have revealed that too. In 2011, Samsung was first able to claim the first spot for annual smartphone shipments with an estimated 97.4 million units, compared to Apple’s 93 million iPhones in 2011.

Q4 2011 smartphone shipped chart

Nokia took third place with an estimated quarterly shipments of 19.6 millions, which was apparently enough for a 12.6 percent market share. That company has seen its market share significantly reduce since its decision to transition from Symbian to Windows Phone. In the year ago quarter, Nokia shipped 28.3 million smartphones.

The report also reveals that total smartphone shipments for the quarter increased by 55 percent year over year to reach a record 155 million, while annual shipments were an estimated 488.5 million units. Now, these numbers may sound insanely large, but it should be noted that there is a huge difference between number of devices “shipped” and number of devices “sold.” The latter is the one which generates the money for a company, and that’s all that matters in the end.

iPad Takes 96% of Tablets Activated in Enterprise, iPhone Takes 53%

Good, a company that provides secure mobility solutions, reports that according to new figures Apple’s iPad makes up 96% of the tablets activated at the 2,000 companies that use its services. They reported that of the top ten devices it saw activated in the last quarter, Apple’s five iOS models accounted for the top five slots.

Good graph

The phone that nobody wanted (iPhone 4S) took the lead, quickly jumped to 31% of all activations in the quarter. iPhone 4 was next, followed by iPad 2, the original iPad, and iPhone 3GS. Good also said that Android activations had initially gained some ground in October but “trailed off as activations of the iPhone 4S rapidly ramped up.” It seems to me that Android is “winning” in all areas indeed.

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The company also pointed out that businesses related to Life Sciences  “witnessed the highest rate of growth” and an increase in iPad deployments.” In addition, while Android fell back in the fourth quarter during the launch of the iPhone 4S. It seems to me that Android’s growth stalling due to the iPhone’s growth is becoming a trend now. Pretty amazing how only three iPhone models are beating Android in every area possible.

Over 80% of the Smartphones AT&T Activated Last Quarter Were Apple’s iPhone

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Just a couple of days ago, it was reported that the iPhone represented 55% of Verizon’s last quarter smartphone sales. Today, AT&T announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011, and revealed that the carrier reached a new record sale numbers for smartphones. AT&T reported that it saw sales of 9.4 million smartphones, which is double the previous quarter’s sales and 50% higher than the company’s previous record.

Turns out, the iPhone was the driver behind these smartphone sales for AT&T. The carrier reported that it saw 7.6 million iPhones activated during last quarter. Majority of these activations were iPhone 4Ses. That’s pretty surprising for a phone nobody wanted. AT&T also promoted its lead over Verizon in iPhone activations, noting that it has continued to outspace Verizon every quarter since AT&T lost exclusivity on the iPhone last year.

AT&T also noted that it has continued to improve its voice and data network. The carrier reports that more than 80% of data traffic is now coming over the carrier’s enhanced network that allows for “4G” speeds on devices supporting at least HSPA+, such as the iPhone 4S. In addition, the carrier also reported that “call retainability” has continued to increase.

Apple Passes by Android in Fourth Quarter U.S. Smartphone Sales

Android is “winning” is something you hear everyday in the press, but in reality that is just not the case. Usually, people make this judgement due to Android having the larger marketshare, but now that’s quickly changing. Just yesterday, it was reported that Apple reported its best quarter ever. During yesterday’s quarterly earnings call, it was revealed that Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones. You know the phone that was considered a flop by pundits. In fact, even Verizon revealed that more than 50% of the smartphones it sold last quarter were iPhones.

Now, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, with just three different iPhone models available for sale, Apple has reached a 44.9 percent share of the U.S. smartphones sales last quarter. Apparently, that was enough to just sneak past the Android platform. Remember, the Android platform has hundreds of devices while Apple only sells three. It should also be noted that these three iPhones lack 4G. Apple’s 44.9 percent share was twice that of a year prior, according to Reuters.

“Apple has continued its strong sales run in the U.S., UK and Australia over the Christmas period,” Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at the research firm said.

“Overall, Apple sales are now growing at a faster rate than Android across the nine countries we cover,” Sunnebo added.

Turns out, Apple’s gains were Android’s losses. Android slipped from 50 percent of sales to 44.8 percent.

iPhone Represented 55% of Verizon’s 4Q 2011 Smartphone Sales

Android owners, is this headline surprising to you? How can one smartphone be dominating in smartphone sales? Shocker indeed. Today, Verizon revealed its quarterly earnings for the fourth quarter of 2011, and during the call, they revealed that they sold 7.7 million smartphones. Shockingly, 4.2 million of which were iPhones. Remember, this is a phone that lacks 4G and only comes in one model, while Android phones come in all sizes and specifications. These numbers go to show that the iPhone on all carriers is clearly making a dent in Android sales and marketshare.

Verizon also reported that smartphones now account for 44% of the company’s postpaid customer phone base, which is up from 39% in the previous quarter. However, this strong growth in smartphones significantly reduced the carrier’s margins last quarter as the carrier is absorbing the costly upfront subsidies paid to manufacturers for the devices. . The carrier plans to recover these costs over the length of customers’ contracts, making it willing to take short term hits to profitability to lock in smartphone customers on profitable service contracts.

Apple will report its total number of iPhone sales for the holiday quarter at 2 PM PST this afternoon.

iPhone 4S & iPad 2 Untethered iOS 5.0.1 Jailbreak Available

Jailbreakers rejoice, the long awaited and highly anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 on the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is finally available.

It was only a few days ago that the first untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak was shown off on video. It was functional, but declared to still be in testing. Fast forward just 4 days later, and a public release is available for all to download. The Chronic Dev team have announced they have packaged the exploits that allow execution of unsigned code (code named Absinthe A5) into a working untethered jailbreak. Both the iPhone 4S (GSM and CDMA variants), as well as the iPad 2 (GSM, CDMA and Wi-Fi only variants) are targeted and supported in this release.

It took a mass of crash reports, over 10 million, and almost 10 months of work for the team to find an entry point and exploit the new A5 chip. The exploit consists of a series of both userland and kernel level exploits that were dubbed ‘corona’.  The name comes from a vulnerability that was in Apple’s IPSec IKE daemon, named ‘racoon’. Although the app released today, for jailbreaking current iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices, is only available for Mac OS X users, there is a placeholder for Windows and Linux users. Their respective applications will likely be available soon and will be as simple as a point and click.

In addition to the tools being released, the “iOS Hacking Dream Team” has spawned. It consists of members from the Chronic Dev team (posixninja, pod2g and nikias) and the iPhone-dev team (planetbeing). Both teams have donation pages to thank them for their work and provide funds for hardware upgrades to ensure future devices can be jailbroken.

Apple May Waterproof Future Devices With HzO Technology

Last week, CES 2012 occurred in Las Vegas and during the show some pretty interesting concept technologies were demoed. Turns out, Apple may actually maybe interested in one of them. Today, Pocket-lint reports that HzO, a Utah based company, was showing off its “WaterBlock” technology for providing water resistance to mobile devices at last week’s CES. Rumor has it that Apple might be talking to them about the possibility of including the technology in future iPhones and other devices. In addition, copy-cat Samsung is also reportedly “excited” by the technology (no surprise here).

“We showed the Samsung Chairman the technology with a Samsung Galaxy S that we had coated with HZO and he couldn’t believe his eyes,” a representative of the company told us. “Samsung is really excited by the tech.”

The company has told us that they are also talking to Apple as well, hoping to be able to let Apple make the iPhone 5 waterproof.

“We expect HZO to be in next season’s phones,” HZO told Pocket-lint rather confidently.

The WaterBlock technology consists of a coating applied to the interior device components to help them resist water damage. The coating is applied during the manufacturing process and is not visible to the user. I’m assuming people don’t drop their devices in water often, but regardless, this technology will be a money saver if integrated. Also, about time don’t you think! HzO also says that WaterBlock is a non-toxic, organic material that is safe for people to use. It also doesn’t change the aesthetics of a device or add any weight. Sounds magical to me!

However, it should be noted that it is difficult to tell how serious Apple’s discussions with the company might be, and any relevant conversations probably would be extremely confidential.

iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak Shown Off

If you’ve been waiting for your precious iPhone 4S to receive a jailbreak, you’ll need to keep waiting just a bit longer.

Affiliate and member of the Chronic Dev Team, pod2g and DHowitt, have posted a video showing the successful jailbreak of iOS 5.0.1 on the newest iPhone 4S hardware. While owners of previous generation devices such as the iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone 4 and 3GS have had a jailbreak for 5.0.1 for a few weeks now, the newer A5 chip proved to be a bit more difficult.

The video shows off an iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1, complete with Siri, powered on and off after having been jailbroken. With full access to Cydia and an untethered restart, it’s a fully functional and end-user ready jailbreak. Hopefully the exploit can be packaged into the currently available tools and released once it’s been fully tested.

Be sure to watch the official page for a release by the Chronic Dev Team. It’s also highly likely that the iPhone-dev team will also have their tools updated with the new exploit for eager jailbreakers soon.