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Apple's iPhone 7 sold very well. It sold very, very well. It sold very, very, very well, you get what i mean.

In fact it's sold so well that they've broken multiple records already. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook,“We’re thrilled to report that our holiday quarter results generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way. We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, Services, Mac, and Apple Watch,” 

In a letter to investors, the company said, “Revenue from Services grew strongly over last year, led by record customer activity on the App Store, and we are very excited about the products in our pipeline,”.


A breakdown of the numbers show that the company took in $78.4 billion in revenue and sold 78 million iPhones.

This is welcome news as Apple had been in a bit of a losing streak in terms of profits and revenue but it seems like the iPhone 7 has changed all that bringing Apple back into contention in terms of revenue generated.

Apple reported a profit of $17.8 billion and said its earnings per share were boosted by the high demand for the larger models of its iPhones, which have higher margins. On the earnings call, Chief financial officer Luca Maestri said that customer satisfaction with iPads, and the new iPad pro, was very high. He predicted strong growth in that category.

With this, it will be interesting to see what happens when the iPhone 8, slated for release later this year, is launched. Good times ahead for Apple fans.

There was palpable excitement at the imminent return of one of the great phones of yesteryears-- the Nokia. 

There were doubts as to its comeback especially when it was announced that the Nokia 6 was going to be a mid-range phone as opposed to a flagship, but that seems to have been dispelled as a great number of people in China (where it is being launched) who signed up on the pre-sale register. 

The very first day of registration saw a quarter of a million people sign up and now the number is almost a million (945k) for the January 19 sale.


So why are people so stoked for the Nokia 6?

While it is admittedly not a flagship phone, the device's simplistic design language and premium build quality has caught the fancy of not just Nokia enthusiasts, but also the new generation of consumers.

What is meant is that the Nokia 6 series comes with a premium metal-clad frame around the edge and nothing was spared for the power button and the volume which are on the right side as they were made from the same high-grade material.

There are two-grille speakers at the bottom to the right, a type C USB port at the center and a mic to the left and on top, there's a lone 3.5mm audio jack.

On the face of it, the new Nokia features the brand name on the top right corner and camera to its left. In the center, it house single-grille call speaker. The dual amplifiers is said to deliver a 6dB louder sound than a regular amp, giving higher voice, deeper bass and with Dolby Atmos audio system, listening to music on Nokia 6 will be enriching for sure.

While the phone is officially being only released in China, there have been rumours that HMD, who are the official licence holder of the Nokia brand, might announce the international variant of Nokia 6 along with flagship phone (that is Nokia 8) on February 26, one day ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, Barcelona (February 27-March 2).

So fingers crossed that the rest of the world gets to experience the durability and magic of a Nokia phone once more.

When the Apple AirPods were first announced and it was revealed that it would have no wires, there was skepticism from many about how well they would do.

Things such as the price and the perceived ease with which it could be lost were pointed out.

But it seems that was all for naught as the sale of the AirPods have been going just fine. According to an infographic released by online shopping analyst Slice Intelligence, the AirPods are currently winning in the market.

Photo by Slice Intelligence

The AirPods which went on sale on December 13, 2016, took out Beats headphones in sales. For context, Beats were the leaders the year before.

As if that's not enough, you have to keep in mind that Apple owns Beats so from the chart above, that means Apple has just over 40 percent of the current market for wireless headphones among online buyers. Bose is the next-largest independent brand, at 16 percent share.

According to the stats by Slice Intelligence, most of the buyers of the AirPods online are male and most are millennials (1990s/2000s kids basically).

These stats are only for online sales though, meaning that the success of the AirPods might even be more remarkable when you consider physical sales and so on.

So Apple is certainly winning so far, can anyone keep up?

Tim Cook Apple's CEO has taken a bit of a hit after a less than stellar 2016 where they failed to meet their annual sales goals.
According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing from Apple on Friday, 
Cook earned $8.75 million in 2016. This is almost $2 million less than the $10.28 million he earned in 2015, and the $9.22 million earned in 2014.

Apple had set a target to surpass the $223.6 billion made in sales in 2015. Unfortunately, it was not to be as they only sold units worth $215.6 billion.

This in turn, affected the earnings of the top Apple executives which includes Cook and they received only 89.5 percent of their annual cash incentives.

For 2016, Cook's total compensation included $5.37 million in cash incentive pay, compared with $8 million in 2015 and $6.7 million in 2014.

His base salary increased, though, from $2 million in 2015 to $3 million last year.

Sales of the iPhone dipped in 2016 and with the company making more than two-thirds of its revenue from the iPhone, a dip in sales is quite detrimental to them.

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