2017 was a great year for Mac sales


Isn't it time you swapped that dusty old Mac for a new one?
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Mac shipments rose in a competitive computer market last year to give Apple a greater market share. The company, alongside HP, enjoyed impressive growth year-over-year, while big players like Asus and Acer saw their shares fall.

OnePlus is dominating Apple in key emerging markets


iPhone in India
iPhone's high price tag puts it out of reach.
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Smartphone sales are exploding in emerging markets like China and India. Apple has been trying to take advantage of that for years, and it insists it is succeeding. But in reality, other manufacturers are dominating the premium smartphone segment.

According to the latest data, OnePlus handsets accounted for 57 percent of all premium handsets sold in India during the second quarter of 2017.

iPad is on top of the tablet world once more


The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro puts monstrous power at your fingertips.
Apple had a great June quarter for the iPad.
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Having stumbled in recent years, the iPad has had a great few months. Not only were iPad sales up 15 percent year-over-year in Apple’s most recent quarter, but a new IDC report (mentioned by Tim Cook during the most recent earnings call) highlights just how significantly the company is leading its rivals in the tablet market right now.

iPad rules the steadily shrinking tablet market


Rapha designer Alex Valdman uses iPad Pro for everything.
Rapha designer Alex Valdman uses iPad Pro for everything.
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The iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, but the tablet market continues to decline.

For a 10th-straight quarter, year-over-year sales of tablet computers fell to a five-year low, according to the market research firm IDC. Even with enviable sales figures, iPad revenues have had a year-over-year slide for the last 13 quarters, according to the IDC report.

iPhone growth stalls as Chinese smartphones surge


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The RED iPhone 7 hasn't given sales a boost.
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Growth in the smartphone industry isn’t dead yet, according to the latest report from the International Data Corporation which found smartphone shipments grew more than expected last quarter.

IDC predicted shipments would rise 3.6%, but the industry actually saw 4.3% growth in Q1 2017. Unfortunately for Apple, most of the increase in shipments were triggered by a couple of Chinese companies.

Apple Watch Series 2 is sold out ahead of Christmas


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Giving "the gift of go" might not be possible.
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Getting your hands on an Apple Watch Series 2 in time for Christmas has become nearly impossible for holiday shoppers.

Demand for the new watch has ticked up to a new level in the last month, according to Apple employees, who told Cult of Mac that stores are selling out of the Apple Watch Series 2 so fast that production can’t keep up.

Wearable shipments fall as Apple Watch gets long in the tooth


Ugreen's magnetic charging station for the Apple Watch.
When Apple Watch shipments fall, the industry feels it.
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Wearable shipments fell for the first time ever last quarter, and it’s all thanks to declining interest in an aging Apple Watch. Smartwatch vendors shipped just 3.5 million units during Q2 2016, down from 5.1 million units over the same quarter last year.

iPhone shipments will get worse before they get better


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Apple will have to wait until next year for iPhone growth to return.
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Apple is confident the iPhone will bounce back from its current slump in demand, but new forecasts suggest shipments will get worse before they get better. Researchers don’t expect growth to return until 2017 when Apple introduces bigger upgrades.

Apple Watch will stay ahead in smartwatch race, but look out for Android Wear!


Apple Watch will continue to lead, but don't expect its current lead to stay the same.
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Apple Watch will continue to lead, but don't expect its current lead to stay the same. Photo: Apple
Apple Watch will continue to lead, but don’t expect its current lead to stay the same. Photo: Apple

In terms of marketshare, the Apple Watch’s watchOS compared to Google’s Android Wear is likely to follow a similar trajectory to iOS and Android.

In other words, while Apple is dominating right now in smartwatch shipments, that balance promises to shift somewhat over the coming years as new low-cost competitors enter the market.

Don’t expect the iPhone sales slump to last long


Didn't we like the sharpe edges of the iPhone 5 more anyway?
The end of the iPhone sales boom? Hardly.
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iPhone sales may be set to level off this year, according to Tim Cook, but don’t think that Apple handsets are entering an irreversible decline.

According to the latest forecast from analysts at IDC, in their Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, iPhone growth should return as soon as 2017 — thanks to Apple’s trade-in programs and expansion into new markets outside the United States.