Apple Watch shipments could grow 40 percent next year

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The Apple Watch Series 4 could help push this wearable to more than 80 percent growth over two years.
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The original Apple Watch got off to a slow start and was even labeled a flop. But years later, this wearable has really turned things around.

A market analysis firm says shipments are up significantly this year, and will be even stronger in 2019, with 83 percent growth over a two-year period.

Apple may be primed for disappointment in China

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How has Apple done in China this quarter? Analysts don't think too well.
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In a disastrous turn of events, Apple may have lost up to half its market share in Greater China, analysts report.

A combination of poor adoption of Apple’s latest generation of iPhone handsets and increased competition from domestic handset makers like Huawei and Oppo might have slashed Apple’s business in a market Tim Cook is convinced is Apple’s biggest hope.

iPhone 8 may not be as expensive as predicted

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Apple is already driving an OLED boom.
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The next iPhone Apple unveils may not prove as expensive as some have speculated, according to a new research note from investment firm UBS.

Early rumors for the iPhone 8 claimed it will cost upward of $1,000. However, UBS analyst Steve Milunovich says the real price tag will most likely be a lot less than that. And fans might have Samsung to thank.

CBS CEO hints a DirecTV Now deal will probably happen

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Add CBS to the list of broadcasters ready to sign a deal for Apple TV
You won't find CBS on DirecTV Now.
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The biggest hole in DirecTV Now’s lineup may finally get filled by CBS, but it’s going to take awhile.

CBS CEO Les Moonves said today he’s confident his company will be able to make a deal with AT&T’s DirecTV Now service. However, CBS may delay and wait for a better deal.

Apple stops swinging for the fences

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Apple's new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar should be hitting store shelves by the end of the week.
Apple's 'new hit product' mindset is demoralizing for employees.
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The days of Apple busting out hit new products every few years may be over. According to one of the best Apple analysts, Apple has been trying to de-emphasize the “home-run” mindset that made it the most enviable company in tech.

Speaking at the recent UBS Tech Conference, Horrace Dediu claimed Apple’s cultural identity is undergoing a dramatic shift.

AirPods point to Apple’s domination of ‘ambient paradigm’

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AirPods may miss Christmas while Apple works out audio problems.
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The Apple Watch and new AirPods may seam like silly side projects to fans, but some analysts on Wall Street believe the company is using the two new products to lay the groundwork for the next era of personal technology.

While Silicon Valley is obssessed with virtual reality headsets, Apple is obsessed with making gadgetry less visible. UBS analysts Steven Milunovich and Benjamin Wilson told clients that while many firms see a lot of downside for Apple, the company’s “ambient paradigm” could be a huge money maker.

UBS thinks iPhone sales will shatter expectations this quarter

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The iPhone 6 is big. And not just in terms of size, either.
The iPhone 6 is big. And not just in terms of size, either.
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According to a new research note issued by UBS’s Evidence Lab, the latest quarterly sales for the iPhone are set to be even more impressive than most people are anticipating.

And given that nobody is sleeping on the iPhone’s success as it is, that means some astonishingly big numbers.