Global smartphone production could see a record fall of up to 16.5 percent in the second quarter of this year thanks in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new research report.
Coronavirus could cause smartphone sales to hit 5-year low
Smartphone production — and, therefore, sales — could hit their lowest point in five years as a result of the coronavirus, a new report claims.
According to analysis by TrendForce, detailing the impact of coronavirus on the tech industry, smartphone production will shrink by 12% this quarter due to the outbreak. The shortage of component manufacturing elsewhere in the supply chain could mean that shortages persist through the April to June quarter as well.
MacBook shipments took a battering in Q3
Apple’s MacBook lines performed surprisingly badly in the third quarter of 2018 — with double figure declines in growth worse than any of the other five leading notebook manufacturers.
While Dell managed 8 percent year-on-year growth, market leader HP saw its shipments decline 1.8 percent. That’s nothing compared to Apple’s decline, however, which saw the company plummet a whopping 24.3 percent. That’s not good!
New MacBook Air reportedly slated for Q3 launch
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.
MacBook upgrades give Apple a second quarter sales boost
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.
New MacBook Pro gives Apple a Q1 sales bump
Despite a slow global market, Apple’s notebook sales experienced year-over-year growth last quarter, according to a new report that reveals the new MacBook Pro provided the company with a considerable bump in sales.
Notebook shipments were up 6.1% worldwide for the first quarter of 2017 with total shipments hitting 37.81 million units. That’s great news for manufacturers, but TrendForces’ latest findings show that a cool down period could be on the way.
Budget handsets help Samsung overtake Apple in phone sales
According to Trendforce data, Samsung beat Apple in smartphone sales in the first quarter of 2017.
But before high-end Galaxy owners start celebrating, the numbers aren’t quite as simple as that: Samsung was only able to beat Apple due to its low end budget devices such as the J-series handsets making up the numbers. Apple, on the other hand, stuck to its premium pricing model — while iPhone 7 excitement was tapered by the long-awaited iPhone 8.
5.8-inch iPhone 8 may get baseline storage bump
Apple plans to increase the amount of storage offered on its premium iPhone model in 2017, according to the latest rumor out of Asia.
Last year Apple finally killed off its measly 16GB baseline storage option with the iPhone 7. Now the company may be ready to give customers even more storage space with 64GB and 256GB.