Samsung overtakes Apple in phone profits but others grow sales even more

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Samsung topped Apple(s aapl) last quarter in terms of smartphone profits, but both companies didn’t see sales growth realized by most other handset makers: LG, Lenovo, ZTE and others picked up more market share around the world over the past year.

The operating profit figures come from estimates at Strategy Analytics. On Friday, the research company shared its data for the second quarter of 2013:

“We estimate Samsung’s operating profit for its handset division stood at US$5.2 billion in the second quarter of 2013. Samsung overtook Apple for the first time, which recorded an estimated iPhone operating profit of US$4.6 billion. With strong volumes, high wholesale prices and tight cost controls, Samsung has finally succeeded in becoming the handset industry’s largest and most profitable vendor.”

It is a win of sorts for Samsung, although it could be short-lived. The company introduced its Galaxy S 4 during this quarter, while…

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Apple’s Q3 profits, iPad sales dip, while iPhone sales reach over 31M

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Apple on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter revenues of $35.3 billion and profits of $6.9 billion, or $7.47 per share. The revenue number is basically even with Apple’s results from a year ago, but its profits were off by almost $2 billion. Revenues were mostly in line with Wall Street’s expectations of $35.09 billion and slightly above its earnings per share expectation of around $7.31. Apple(s AAPL) itself had predicted revenues between $33.5 billion and $35.5 billion.

While Mac and iPad shipments dropped from the same quarter a year ago, iPhone shipments actually grew 20 percent:

  • 31.2 million iPhones shipped, versus 26 million a year ago
  • 14.6 million iPads shipped, versus 17 million last year this time
  • 3.8 million Macs shipped, compared to 4 million a year ago

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The iPad sales dip was mostly expected since the April-June quarter a year ago was the first quarter of sales for the third-generation iPad. Apple skipped a…

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After being hacked Apple’s developer site still offline

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Apple’s developer website has been offline for over three days, and it took some public hue-and-cry from the Apple(s AAPL) blogging community and top developers before the Cupertino, Calif.-based company shared the reasons why the website continues to remain offline: it was hacked.

Apple says that despite the fact that developers’ personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, it cannot for sure say that the breach didn’t impact some developers.

In an email sent to developers on Sunday, Apple wrote:

Apple Developer Website Update

Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the…

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Apple is suddenly really interested in health tech

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We know Apple CEO Tim Cook loves his Nike (s nke) FuelBand. And the fitness-tracking wristband seems to be inspiring how the company is thinking about its own wearable device: it’s begun hiring several experts in health tech.

As first reported by 9to5Mac, Apple(s AAPL) has been bringing on board experts in sensors that monitor the human body. They’re from companies like AccuVein, C8 MediSensors and Senseonics.

The report doesn’t name specific hires from AccuVein — which makes medical devices that can help detect a person’s veins from outside the body — but said Apple has recruited scientists from there.

Two specific names that were reported:

  • Ueyn Block, who left C8 MediSensors in January, was hired by Apple in March as technical lead for optical sensing, according to his LinkedIn profile.
  • Todd Whitehurst, in charge of team that developed an “implantable continuous glucose monitor” at Senseonics, was hired by Apple in…

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