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Apple’s premium power – Graphic of the day

The main reason behind the gap in prices between Apple and Samsung devices is that Apple’s iOS operating system and robust software and services ecosystem command a much larger premium among consumers. Analysts say that the economy of scale Apple enjoys by sticking with just one or two new models each year also plays an important role. Today’s graphic compares the retail prices of Apple and Samsung flagship devices in the US.

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Smartphone market share – Graphic of the day

Apple sold 74.8 million iPhones globally in Q4, topping Samsung in the smartphone market for the first time. And while Apple dominates where it matters most (see: profits), it still has a long way to go before surpassing the greater collection of Android smartphones in market share. Today’s graphic looks at smartphone market share by vendor in Q3 and Q4 of 2014.

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Smartphone comparison – Graphic of the day

This weekend, Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones. Today’s graphic compares a selection of flagship smartphones from major manufacturers.

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Samsung earnings – Graphic of the day

Yesterday, Samsung reported its first annual earnings decline in three years, as strong chip earnings failed to make up for weaknesses. Earnings from smartphones and other mobile gadgets dropped to 1.96 trillion won, but its semiconductor division reached its highest profit in more than four years. Today features a double dose of graphics summarizing Samsung earnings, showing operating profit/loss by segment, and share price performance.

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Mini tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.

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Tablets compared – Graphic of the day

Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.

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Smart watches compared – Graphic of the day

The new Apple Watch can receive phone calls and messages, play music, serve as a digital wallet and monitor heart rates. The watches will come in three collections, including a sport edition and an upscale line coated in 18-karat gold. Today’s graphic compares the Apple Watch to seven competitors already on the market.

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Smartphone comparison – Graphic of the day

Yesterday, Apple unveiled two new iPhones, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Today’s graphic compares the new iPhones to seven major smartphone competitors.

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Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

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This week’s $3.8 billion stock swap transaction between South Korea’s Samsung Heavy industries and Samsung Engineering pushed Asia Pacific target M&A activity to $424.0 billion for year-to-date 2014, a 64% increase compared to a year ago and the strongest year-to-date period for deal making in the region since records began in 1980. China, Australia and South Korea account for 76% of announced M&A activity so far this year, led by financials (22%), real estate (14%) and industrials (12%).

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Smartphone market share – graphic of the day

Worldwide smartphone market share for Samsung and Apple dipped in the second quarter, according to IDC. Today’s graphic shows the total smartphone shipments and market share breakdown.

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