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iPhone 5s and iOS 7: Apple's Vertical Integration Strategy Threatens Mobile Technology Providers

Published: 16 October 2013

ID: G00258351

Analyst(s): Mark Hung, Jon Erensen , Roger Sheng


Apple's iPhone 5s brings significant advances in application processors, communication systems and sensor technologies. Semiconductor vendors must immediately review road maps and plan to avoid a competitive shortfall in 2014.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Apple's A7 processor leapfrogs the competition and puts the merchant AP vendors in catch-up mode through mid-2014
  • iPhone 5s's new sensor technologies create opportunities for app developers and service providers to develop a new generation of context-aware and secure applications
  • Apple's communication system leverages hardware/software integration, but failure to improve underlying technologies leaves an opening for competitors

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