iPad growth enjoys a boost as Amazon skyrockets in Q3 2019

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Apple's market share climbed 4% last quarter.
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iPad enjoyed steady growth during the third quarter of this year, giving Apple an even greater share of the worldwide tablet market.

But it is Amazon that will be most delighted with the latest figures. Shipments of its Fire slates more than doubled year-over-year as a result of generous Prime Day discounts.

New MacBook Air reportedly slated for Q3 launch

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The MacBook Air hasn't been updated in over a year!
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New MacBook Airs could launch as soon as the end of Q3 2018, according to a new report out of Taiwan that signals the wait for an affordable new MacBook is nearly over.

Apple hasn’t updated the MacBook or MacBook Air since June of 2017, but with a new update on the horizon, it could bring a big boost to Apple’s market share.

Motorola’s next flagship is the most shameful iPhone X clone

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There's taking inspiration from the iPhone, then there's this.
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Android vendors have been taking inspiration from the iPhone X’s design since Apple unveiled it last fall. That’s why almost every flagship handset hitting the market has an edge-to-edge screen and a notch. But Motorola is about to show us what a real ripoff looks like.

Its upcoming P30 handset, which just leaked out early, is the most shameful iPhone X clone we’ve seen so far.

PC shipments are finally back on the rise

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A new petition accuses the MacBook 'butterfly' keyboard of failing when a single speck gets in the wrong place.
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Worldwide personal computer shipments are finally making a comeback after a six-year slump in sales.

The latest report from Gartner estimates that during the second quarter of 2018 PC shipments finally grew year-over-year for the first time since the first quarter of 2012. With 1.4% overall growth for the market, PC makers have a lot to be happy about, and Apple’s shipment numbers were some of the best in the bunch.

Google smart displays will takeover homes in July

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Google Assistant can bring show and tell with smart displays, like this one from Lenovo.
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Smart speakers are about to get upstaged at home by an arguably smarter device – smart displays.

During its I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google announced smart displays with Google Assistant would hit store shelves in July, adding yet another screen to vie for our already fractured attention.

Apple overtakes Asus to become fourth largest notebook maker

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Notebook sales increased more than expected last year.
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Global notebook shipments increased more than expected last year, and part of it came down to Apple’s strong MacBook growth.

According to a new report from market research firm TrendForce, Apple recorded a 9.6 percent market share in global notebook shipments, up from 8.3 percent the previous year. As a result, Apple overtook Asus to become the fourth largest notebook maker by shipments, compared to the fifth largest in 2016.

Apple sold more tablets in 2017 than Amazon and Samsung combined

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It might be worth more than you think.
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Tablet sales are still on the rise worldwide and based on a new report from the International Data Corporation, Apple’s iPad is one of the biggest reasons why.

The IDC published its latest analysis of the tablet market today and according to the firm’s analysts, the detachable tablet market grew 10.3% this past holiday season compared to the year before and Apple was one of the only companies to see much growth.

MacBook upgrades give Apple a second quarter sales boost

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MacBook sales are up again around the world.
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Recent upgrades to the 12-inch MacBook helped provide Apple with a 17.1 percent notebook sales boost during the second quarter of 2017. The company remains fifth in overall market share, but it has been able to widen the gap between itself and sixth-placed Acer.