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New MacBook Pro gives Apple a Q1 sales bump

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The new MacBook Pro has been great for Apple's bottom line.
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Despite a slow global market, Apple’s notebook sales experienced year-over-year growth last quarter, according to a new report that reveals the new MacBook Pro provided the company with a considerable bump in sales.

Notebook shipments were up 6.1% worldwide for the first quarter of 2017 with total shipments hitting 37.81 million units. That’s great news for manufacturers, but TrendForces’ latest findings show that a cool down period could be on the way.

2017 iMacs will bring spec bumps to woo power users

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New iMacs will be aimed at high-end users.
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Apple is reportedly set to launch new iMacs geared toward the pro market later this year.

The revelation came during a very rare Apple press briefing concerning its future plans. While the big news coming out of this meeting with a small group of reporters is that a radical rethink of the Mac Pro is on the way, there was also talk of an imminent iMac refresh.

Today in Apple history: iPhone sales hit first speed bump

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One year ago today, we officially hit "peak iPhone."
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Jan26January 26, 2016: After nine years of spectacular growth, iPhone sales flatline for the first time.

In numbers posted by Apple for the last three months of 2015, iPhone sales were shown to grow by only 0.4 percent over the holiday season, compared with 46 percent during the same period one year earlier.

Apple’s secret electric car hits a speed bump

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Apple's car project has stalled.
Apple's car project has stalled.
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Drivers won’t be hitting the highways in Apple’s self-driving vehicle at all this decade.

Apple has reportedly pushed back the goal launch date of its secretive electric car project that has been in the works since 2014. Previous rumors claimed Project Titan is aiming for an unveiling in 2019, but it may have hit a speed bump.

Brace yourself for ‘bumper ads’ before every YouTube video

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YouTube wants to takeover your TV.
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When you’re excited to watch the latest videos from your favorite YouTube channels, the last thing you want to see before them is ads you can’t skip. Normally, they don’t appear on every video you watch, but Google is planning to change that.

The company today announced that is introducing 6-second “bumper ads” that will play before all videos watched on mobile devices, and you have no choice but to sit through them.

Apple’s not predicting a big sales bump for Apple Watch 2

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Apple Watch 2 may not be the big seller some are predicting.
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The Apple Watch 2 is expected to be a notable improvement on the original, but according to a new report Apple’s not expecting to see a big sales bump for the next-gen device.

In fact, Apple’s weaker-than-expected predicted numbers are a major reason why it opted to stick with Quanta Computer for production, rather than shifting manufacturing over to Foxconn, which builds the (much) higher volume iPhone.

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