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.

Pressure mounts on Apple Watch Series 3 as shipments fall

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Apple Watch Series 3 needs to be special.
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Apple Watch Series 3 is under pressure to recapture a larger share of the wearables market after Apple was overtaken by Xiaomi and Fitbit last quarter.

Despite wearables shipments increasing 8 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2017, Apple fell to third place, shifting just 2.7 million units.

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.

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

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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.

Apple may be cutting iPhone 7 orders as demand falls

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Interest in the iPhone 7 is already falling.
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Apple is reportedly cutting iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus orders less than three months after their debut due to falling demand.

Momentum has fallen “significantly” in China and other markets, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain, and component makers are already shifting their focus to iPhone 8.

Apple Watch shipments suffer sharp summer decline

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Apple has seen its share of the smartwatch market crumble.
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Apple Watch shipments declined a staggering 71.6 percent this summer, according to IDC, with Apple shifting just 1.1 million units during the third quarter. During the same period last year, the company sold an estimated 3.9 million units.

Wearable shipments fall as Apple Watch gets long in the tooth

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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.