North Dakota registered a bill number 2333 a few days ago. Congressman Kyle Davison, describing the bill, said he was proposing to allow developers to use third-party app stores other than the Apple App Store. It also talks about the possibility of using other payment systems, not just Apple Pay.
Since this is a state bill, it only affects business operations in North Dakota. However, if this law is passed and enters into force, then the example of North Dakota could be followed by other American states.
The company’s senior engineer Erik Neuenschwander said that “this law will destroy the iPhone and undermine privacy, security and productivity.” He added that the reason for this will be applications that will not be controlled by Apple.
Apple finally defeated Samsung in the global smartphone market
Apple overtook Samsung to become the world’s leading smartphone brand amid record sales of iPhone smartphones. The company showed a huge jump in the last quarter of last year, while Huawei‘s position weakened greatly.
According to Counterpoint Research, shipments of iPhone smartphones increased 22% in the previous quarter. The surge is due to the release of the iPhone 12 lineup, which supports fifth-generation networks. Also, sales of previous models did not fall, the demand for which is stable after the price decline.
The company has shipped 90 million smartphones and has more than 23% market share. Analysts note that Apple has strengthened its position in the premium segment of smartphones in China. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, two of the top three selling premium smartphones in China are from Apple.
The second place in the quarter belongs to Samsung, which received about 19% of the market. The third place went to Xiaomi, followed by Oppo and Vivo, which took the fourth and fifth places, respectively. Huawei dropped to 6th place.
If we consider the results for the year, then Samsung is in the lead, Apple is second, Huawei is third, followed by Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Realme. The latter was the fastest growing brand in the past year.
Counterpoint Research’s data is broadly consistent with estimates by another analyst firm, IDC, which we have already published.