Don’t expect new Macs, iPads, or Apple Watch at WWDC

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You can expect lots of new hardware later this year, however.
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Apple still has a bunch of new devices up its sleeve for 2018 — not including the new iPhone lineup — but we won’t see any of it at WWDC.

A new report claims we can expect refreshed MacBook and MacBook Pro models, a more affordable machine to replace the MacBook Air, a new iPad Pro with Face ID, and a new Apple Watch. However, we’ll have to wait until later in the year to get our hands on them.

Apple delays production of cheaper $799 MacBook Air

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Apple hasn't revealed why production has been pushed back.
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Volume production of Apple’s budget MacBook Air has reportedly been delayed until the second half of 2018, according to sources in the supply chain.

Usually reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously said he expected the next-gen MacBook Air to launch during the second quarter of this year, between April and June.

Mac shipments grew in Q1 as PCs declined

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The new iMac Pro almost certainly helped give Apple a larger share of the PC market in Q1.
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Apple was a bright spot in the global PC market last quarter. Market analysis firm Gartner says Mac shipments grew 1.5 percent, even as the total market for laptops and desktops dropped 1.4 percent.

The U.S. helped drag down the global totals, with a 2.9 percent decline. Still, that helped push up Apple’s share of the American market to 12.6%.

Apple store goes down ahead of today’s big education event

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"We'll be back."
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The Apple online store is down ahead of today’s big education event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. central time.

Downtime is an indication that Apple is preparing to add new products to its lineup, which could be available to purchase or pre-order later today. Recent rumors have hinted at the arrival of a new MacBook Air and an even more affordable iPad.

What to expect from Apple’s big ‘field trip’ event

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What to expect from Apple education event 2018.
Get ready to get schooled!
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Apple will take a field trip out of Silicon Valley to host its first major event of 2018 tomorrow. Instead of focusing on iPhones and Apple Watches, this Apple keynote will be all about education and creativity.

Rumors have been swirling for months that new MacBook Airs and an updated, inexpensive iPad could arrive this spring. We might see those, but Apple probably has a couple other surprises in store that you haven’t heard of.

Apple will not provide a livestream of the event, but Cult of Mac will be in attendance. Joins us Tuesday morning for our liveblog of everything that’s going down at the event. In the meantime, here’s our handy guide to what to expect.

MacBook sales might blow up in 2018

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An analyst predicts increasing demand for the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
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The number of MacBooks shipping in 2018 will grow by double digits, if a reliable analyst’s prediction proves correct. That would give Apple’s laptops stronger annual growth than iPhone or iPad.

The saga of Siri (and why it still sucks), this week on The CultCast

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Apple's not sure what to do about Siri.
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This week on The CultCast: Siri sucks, Apple knows it, and Cupertino isn’t sure how to fix it … but there’s still hope. Plus: Our 2018 WWDC hardware expectations!

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