iPhone retailers in India can slash prices to boost sales

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Even older models are too expensive for most.
Even older models are too expensive for most.
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Apple is giving iPhone retailers in India permission to slash prices in a bid to boost sales.

Even the company’s older handsets are still too expensive for the vast majority of local consumers, and sales are suffering as a result. Apple has no choice but to cut prices if it wants to be successful in one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets.

iPhone shipments are growing in all the right places

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Only two markets saw shipment declines.
Only two markets saw shipment declines.
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iPhone sales might have fallen year-on-year during the first quarter of 2017, but shipments continue to grow in a number of key markets.

In fact, new data shows that shipments declined only in China and Japan during the first few months of the year.

Apple to ramp up production of 10.5-inch iPad Pro

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The new iPad Pro may feature smaller bezels.
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Apple is reportedly planning to increase production of the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro ahead of its official debut.

The device is said to have entered mass production back in March or April, with monthly shipments currently at around 500,000 units. However, in July, that figure will rise to 600,000.

92% of iPhone users will stick with Apple when upgrading

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iPhone 8 is expected to be more popular than cheaper models.
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Even the biggest of iPhone fans would admit that the device has become somewhat boring in recent years, but that hasn’t had any impact on loyalty to the Apple brand.

According to a new study, a whopping 92 percent of iPhone owners who plan to upgrade within the next 12 months will choose another Apple smartphone. That’s the highest retention rate among any smartphone maker, and it suggests iPhone 8 will be huge.

iOS grows as iPhone 7 remains a top seller

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
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iOS saw continued growth in almost every market around the world last quarter, according to the latest data, while iPhone 7 remains a top seller in key countries.

Android also achieved market share increases in every region but the U.S., while BlackBerry, Windows, and other mobile operating systems continue to die out.

iPhone’s user base to surpass 1 billion units by 2019

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iPhone growth is slowing, but still healthy.
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The iPhone user base is expected to surpass 1 billion units by 2019, according to new estimates.

Growth is so healthy right now that analysts expect the number of active users to be around 80 percent bigger when iPhone 8 goes on sale this fall than it was when the iPhone 6 arrived in September 2014.

Who said the iPhone had already reached its peak?

Apple beat Samsung to world’s top smartphone vendor last quarter

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iOS and Android are killing off the competition.
Samsung was screwed by the Galaxy Note 7 recall.
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Apple’s stellar quarter for iPhone sales didn’t just put more money in the bank; it also helped the Cupertino company overtake Samsung to become the world’s top smartphone vendor.

According to the latest data from Strategy Analytics, Apple shipped 78.3 million handsets in Q4 2016 — around 800,000 more than Samsung. However, the iPhone wouldn’t have stood a chance if it wasn’t for the Galaxy Note 7 recall.