Mac sales are slowing down, but don’t blame Apple


21.5-inch iMacs might be coming soon.
PC sales are on the downturn, and Apple's not exempt.
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Apple just announced record-breaking iPhone 6s sales, but according to a new report, the Mac may not be showing quite the same upward trajectory.

Research firms Gartner and IDC both claim Mac sales have slowed to their lowest rate since late 2013, although they disagree about the extent.

iPad still has biggest slice of the (crumbling) tablet pie


The tablet pie's not what it used to be.
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The tablet market continues to plummet worldwide, but Apple’s still leading the pack, thanks to the iPad.

According to new figures released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, tablet shipments fell 7 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2015 to a total of 44.7 million units.

Samsung cruises past Apple in white-hot smartphone market


Looks like Samsung and Apple pretty much own the smartphone market, though there are some scrappy contenders starting to make headway.

According to International Data Corporation (IDC), handset makers shipped a total of 337.2 million smartphones worldwide in the last quarter of 2015 (Q2). This is up 11.6 percent from last year, an amazing bit of growth considering how many smartphones are already on the loose.

iPad still king in a slowing tablet market


Apple's still leading, but the market for tablets is declining. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
Apple's still leading, but the market for new tablets is declining. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Worldwide tablet sales may be falling, but according to figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, the iPad is still leading the product category when it comes to sales — despite five consecutive quarters of negative annual shipment growth.

Yay! We guess…

Apple shipped a massive 4.9 million Macs in Q3


New 27-inch Retina iMacs will usher in a new age of Ultra HD displays.
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To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports about the death of PCs have been greatly exaggerated. Or they have for Apple, at least.

According to new numbers from market analysts IDC, Apple sold an impressive 4.9 million Macs in the third quarter of 2014, representing an overall increase of 8.9% year-over-year. What does that mean? In short, that Apple is now in the top five PC vendors worldwide based on number of units shipped.