Estimates of Apple iPhone shipment volumes in the first weekend they were available have ranged from 140 thousand units to 500 thousand iPhone units depending upon who was asked. Meanwhile, ABI Research forecasts that the smartphone market segment will grow from 218 million units in 2007 to 426 million units in 2012. Now that we have a little distance from the launch, it’s time to ask: “Will the Apple iPhone change the smartphone market?” According to Stuart Carlaw, wireless research director at ABI Research, the answer is a qualified - Yes. “The Apple iPhone will not revolutionize the smartphone market,” he says, “but it is a significant evolutionary step forward.
Five months ahead of the second annual IFA the world’s leading CE trade show is more popular than ever. IFA’s hosts, the industry association gfu and Messe Berlin, are convinced that the 2007 show will even exceed its high level of international exhibitor participation. Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Operating Officer, points out: “Preparations for IFA 2007 have been so successful that we are looking forward to one of the strongest IFAs ever .” Due to the early bookings and the presence of all leading CE companies, the show again underlines IFA´s significance for the entire CE industry. Popstar P!NK will rock the Summer Garden on 30 August 2007 to open the world’s largest CE tradeshow.
IFA will open with a stunning line-up of stars from the international music scene. The band JULI will be the support act for the 27 year-old P!NK from the USA at her appearance in the Summer Garden at the foot of Berlin’s radio tower, the Funkturm. The organisers of the IFA have been able to sign up one of the most successful German acts, JULI alias Eva Briegel, Andreas Herde, Jonas Pfetzing, Simon Triebel and Marcel Römer, for their programme. Together with P!NK, JULI will be rocking the Summer Garden and providing an unforgettable show. JULI created a sensation with their debut album “Es ist Juli”, which remained in the charts for 74 weeks and went triple platinum, with sales exceeding 700,000.