Lufthansa and Volkswagen go iOS, Samsung back on top, iPhones and iPads, Watch sales double, wearables increase


Apple wearable revenues have almost doubled (image from Worldstar HipHop)

Lufthansa Group rolls out new solution based on MobileFirst for iOS — IBM has announced that Lufthansa Group, the largest German airline, is introducing a new mobile offering for employees, powered by MobileFirst for iOS to transform the airline’s ground operations and boost customer service.
Traditionally, Lufthansa flight managers had to login to multiple systems numerous times a day to access information about flight assignments. Using Manage Gates, Lufthansa supervisors will now have access to relevant, real-time information at their fingertips, making them independent from a stationary workplace to interact and connect with passengers.

Volkswagen makes iPhone internal standard, Capital One adopts Mac & Apple Watch — Two more large corporations, German automaker Volkswagen, and US bank Capital One, are deploying Apple products as internal standards, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s quarterly results call. The iPhone is now the “corporate standard smartphone” for Volkswagen’s approximately 620,000 global workers

Samsung recaptures top smartphone spot from Apple — According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 6% annuallyto reach 353 million units in quarter one (Q1) of 2017. Samsung recaptured first position with 23% global smartphone marketshare, while Apple dipped to 14% share, adds the research group.

But the active installed base of iPhones grew by double digits year-over-year — The active installed base of iPhones grew by double digits year-over-year for its fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. During a press conference with Apple Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said that iPhone sales in line with expectations.

Despite shrinking sales, the iPad has 81% of U.S. markets for tablets above $200 — iPad sales continued to shrink in Apple’s fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017, but sales came in ahead of Apple’s expectations, according to Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri in a press conference with analysts.

Apple Watch sales nearly double year-over-year — Apple Watch sales nearly doubled year-over-year in Apple’s fiscal 2017 second quarter that ended April 1, 2017. CEO Tim Cook says it’s “the best-selling and most-loved smart watch around the world,” though the company won’t report unit sales.

With AirPods, Beats & surging Apple Watch sales, Apple’s wearables business the size of a Fortune 500 company — Apple Watch sales “nearly doubled year-over-year” in the March quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook said during the company’s quarterly results call, helping to push combined wearables revenues into Fortune 500 levels.

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