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.

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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.

Survey finds battery life is most important for iPhone owners


A new survey, reportedly taken from a sample of 50,000 smartphone users around the world, reveals the reasons consumers made the phone purchasing decisions they did.

According to IDC’s findings, battery life is the number one most important factor when it comes to choosing a smartphone — coming above ease of use, screen size, camera resolution, and touch screen. When asked, almost half of all iPhone owners quizzed named battery life as the main reason for their selecting the device.