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Chip shortage drags iPad shipments down 5%


New budget iPad 9 gets better video chat, doubles storage
Apple still can't keep up with demand for iPad 9.
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Apple shipped 4.6% fewer tablets in the first three months of 2022 than it did during the same period of 2021, according to a market research firm. The iPad-maker blames the shortfall on the global chip shortage preventing it from making enough devices to meet demand.

This is the second quarter in a row that iPad shipments have been hurt by component shortages.

iPhone shipments grow while Android tanks


iPhone shipments grow while Android tanks
iPhone shipments increased in Q1 2022. Android did not.
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The global market for Android phones shrank considerably in the first quarter of 2022, even as iPhone shipments rose.

Shipments from every major Android maker declined, from Samsung on down. Their combined drops were enough to reduce world smartphone shipments in Q1 by around 10%.

iPhone leads the way as global smartphone market begins to turn around


A fix is coming for the iPhone 12 green screen glitch.
Coronavirus affected the world's smartphone demand. Now things are picking up again.q
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Smartphone sales cratered during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they’re now starting to climb out of the hole, suggest new research from analysts at IDC. And the iPhone 12 is leading the way.

According to data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone vendors shipped 385.9 million devices in the holiday quarter of 2020. Although the year as a whole represents a dip of 5.9% compared to 2019, the last calendar quarter saw 4.3% growth.

AirPods helped Apple stay king of the wearables in Q1 2020


AirPods made up for some of the Apple Watch shortfall in Q1.
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Apple remains the king of the wearables, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, published Thursday. In total, the analytics firm claims that total device shipments for all wearables hit 72.6 million in the first three months of 2020. Of these, Apple shipped 21.2 million units.

Apple Watch remains the world’s no. 1 smart watch by a wide margin. However, shipments declined as a result of coronavirus-related challenges in the supply chain. Nonetheless, the continuing might of Apple’s AirPods — helped by Apple’s Beats “hearables” — was more than enough to offset the decline.

Smartphones are getting slaughtered, but iPhone fares better than most


iPhone 11 Pro
Things were bad. For Apple, they could have been worse.
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Smartphone shipments took a major tumble in the first quarter of 2020 as coronavirus wreaked havoc on the supply chain and demand. That’s the conclusion drawn by three of the top mobile-tracking research firms, Strategy Analytics, Canalys, and IDC.

While their numbers don’t all tally perfectly they tell the same overall picture. While Apple wasn’t immune to the decline, however, it fared better than some of its rivals.

Apple dominates surging wearables market


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More consumers are making the leap to wearable technology.
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Apple doesn’t just hold a lead over its competitors in the wearables market. It captured a 36.5 percent share of the market in the final quarter of 2019.

Second-place Xiaomi’s slice of the pie was under 11 percent.

Mac shipments fall in 2019 despite impressive growth for PCs


Bag yours before it's too late!
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A big MacBook Pro refresh and a long-awaited Mac Pro overhaul couldn’t prevent Apple computer shipments from suffering another decline in 2019, according to new data.

Both IDC and Gartner say Mac shipments fell during the final quarter of 2019, and for 2019 as a whole. That’s despite decent growth for PCs, which enjoyed the highest single-quarter shipment volume in four years during Q4.

Apple had the hottest third quarter in a sizzling wearables market


Apple's size of the wearables market keeps growing.
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Apple continues to expand its dominance of a wearable device market that only gets hotter with each quarter.

Thanks to a price reduction on the Apple Watch Series 3 and the launch of AirPods Pro, Apple snagged 35% of the market share in the third quarter, a year-over-year growth increase of more than 195%.

iPhone shipments will slide in 2019 without 5G support


The iPhone XS Max screen delivers more of that OLED awesomeness.
iPhone 11 will do little to reverse falling shipments.
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iPhone shipments are expected to slide by a whopping 15% in 2019, thanks in part to a lack of 5G connectivity, researchers say. But it won’t be long before sales are on the up again.

A more significant upgrade to the iPhone lineup in 2020 could allow Apple to enjoy rare growth in an increasingly saturated market.

iPad and Amazon are the big winners in tablet sales


The new iPad Air adds support for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.
The new 10.5-inch iPad Air is selling well.
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Just two companies saw increased tablet sales in the second quarter of this year. Both Apple and Amazon enjoyed strong improvement, while all their rivals dropped.

Apple further increased its dominance of this market, as iPad now makes up 38.1% of all tablets sold worldwide, gaining 4 percentage points year over year.