Apple had another busy week after it announced its Q3 results, and even thought it didn't include sales figures for its Apple Watch wearables, there was still plenty of other interesting numbers to concider.
Apple has announced its third-quarter financial results, claiming an "amazing" performance and the successful launch of the Apple Watch, but not revealing any sales numbers for the firm's first wearable.
Apple's third-quarter results statement reported positive sales across hardware areas including the Mac computer and the iPhone.
These helped to bring in quarterly revenue of $49.6bn and a net profit of $10.7bn. However, Apple was mute on sales of the Apple Watch, which analysts have predicted may be around 4.2 million.
Apple Watch takes lion's share of smartwatch market in just three months
Despite Apple's reticence on its smartwatch sales figures, the firm already has a 75 percent share of the smartwatch market, according to data from Strategy Analytics.
The research house said that Apple shipped four million devices during the second quarter of 2015, giving the firm a huge market lead. No other company came close: Samsung shipped just 0.4 million units and all others combined shipped 0.9 million.
A US senator has called for an investigation into the competitive nature of Apple Music, asking that the relevant authorities consider its impact on the wider market.
Senator Al Franken is concerned about the potential for market abuse and dominance, and has asked the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission to investigate.
Apple and Samsung dominate smartphone sales, but new entrants snap at their heels
Apple and Samsung continue to dominate a well populated smartphone market, according to analyst firm IDC, and account for the bulk of sales. However, it is new entrants that are making their presence most felt.
The latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker said that 337.2 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in the second quarter of 2015, an increase of around 11 percent on the same period last year when shipments were 302.1 million.
Apple shipped 47.5 million iPhones, giving it a 14 percent share of the market. Samsung shipped over 70 million, representing a 22 percent share and the leadership position.
Facebook, Google, HP and Dell back Samsung in Apple patent case
Facebook, Google, HP, Dell and SAS have come out in support of Samsung in its ongoing design patent case against Apple in the US.
The tech giants, along with eBay, networking firm Limelight Networks and retailer NewEgg, filed a ‘friend of the court' amici curiae with the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on 1 July, but it has come to light only now.
The briefing argues that a fine handed down to Samsung in the case against Apple could have serious implications for the rest of the technology market as it has applied the damages costs to the entire device, rather than just the areas infringed.
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