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 Nope.  China.
51 million iPhones.    And that doesn't even include the low-end of the retail pyramid. Apple doesn't cater to a big chunk of the market, and they still end up selling 51 million, with barely more than a few models.    Not only does Apple own the money-making end of the market at large, they also sell a boatload of those few, clearly-differentiated (vis-a-vis the competition) models to that market.    Given all that, Apple seems to be the only one playing the game...
http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18697809&postcount=24   "This is the fourth-highest quarterly earnings by any company (any country). Of the six highest earnings ever, Apple now owns positions 4, 5, and 6. The top three are all oil companies."   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_corporate_profits_and_losses#Largest_Corporate_Quarterly_Earnings_of_All_Time
That's a whole lotta iPhones. 
The numbers are in.    HUGE results.
Apple doesn't cater to the lower ends of the market where Android saturates the channel with cheapo options. Apple is focused on making money. And additionally, Apple owns the US, the market with the most star power in terms of tech.   A substantial chunk of the market doesn't go in for the incremental "s" bump either, but waits for the next full revision. 
"Fingerprint is necessary for a star model," Kuo writes. "Because Apple's iPhone 5S and HTC's One Max have fingerprint, S5 the star model can't lack the function even [if] the solution (area type same as iPhone 5S's provided by Validity) is not as mature as iPhone 5S's."   This is the area where the competition has always been outclassed by Apple.    You don't bolt on an inferior implementation just to say that you've got it as well. 
You still need a wall adapter, Mac, or car adapter in which to plug it in. It's just smaller and more convenient than a cable, but the same requirements remain. Not really blown away by this.
No shit, Tony. And what a ridiculous statement to make. Your company was bought out by a competitor, thus doing away with any reason for them to keep any meaningful ties with your company *by default*. Looks like the Google brain cell decimator (aka Schmidt Syndrome) is already well at work on Tony, however.
Innovative company bought by one of Apple's competitors automatically means Apple should have bought them? What? Lol There are *other* possible acquisitions, people.
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