Apple World Today News Update: May 3, 2018

Apple World Today News Update: May 3, 2018

We missed yesterday's podcast due to a conflict, but we're back today with all sorts of great news for you:

  • Yet another person can thank the Apple Watch for saving his life, after a New York man followed his Watch's advice to seek medical attention immediately after suffering from a ruptured ulcer

  • Just a reminder: your Mom wants flowers for Mother's Day on May 13th, and you can get some nice deals by using Apple Pay to pay for them

  • The big beneficiary of all of the negative news about Apple from Wall Street analysts during the past few months was Apple, which was able to buy up a record amount of its shares at a discount price

  • Apple's iPads are bucking the trend of shrinking tablet market share

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IDC: personal computing device market predicted to continue its decline

IDC: personal computing device market predicted to continue its decline

According to a new IDC forecast, Worldwide Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker, global shipments of personal computing devices (PCDs), comprised of traditional PCs (a combination of desktop, notebook, and workstations) and tablets (slates and detachables), are expected to continue a slight decline through 2021. 

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IDC: global personal computer market forecast improves just a bit

IDC: global personal computer market forecast improves just a bit

Worldwide personal computer (PC) shipments are forecast to decline by 6.4% year over year in 2016, according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. That doesn’t sound good, but it’s an improvement over August's projection for a decline of 7.2% in 2016. 

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IDC and Gartner: the Mac lost personal computer market share in the second quarter of 2016

IDC and Gartner: the Mac lost personal computer market share in the second quarter of 2016

The overall PC (personal computer) market has been declining for seven consecutive quarters, but the Mac has avoided the trend. No more. Both the IDC and Gartner research groups have issued new reports that show Apple’s computers have lost market share in the second quarter of 2016. (Of course, it might help if there were some substantial upgrades to the Mac line-up.)

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IDC: personal computer shipments will decline 7.3% this year

IDC: personal computer shipments will decline 7.3% this year

Worldwide PC (as in personal computers, not just Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.3% year -over-year in 2016 according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The outlook continues to call for progressively smaller declines through 2017 followed by stable volume in 2018. 

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Apple price cut on iPhone 5s in India marks a new strategy for developing markets

Apple price cut on iPhone 5s in India marks a new strategy for developing markets

Apple is well on the way to capturing a larger percentage of smartphone sales in China, but has yet to do well in its next market for huge growth -- India. CNET reported that Apple has slashed the price of the iPhone 5s in India from 44,500 Rupees (about $665) to 25,000 ($370) in an attempt to make inroads into the smartphone market in that country.

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AWT News Update: August 25, 2015

AWT News Update: August 25, 2015

A bit of a slow news day for Apple today... which is why we're poking fun at competing products:

  • Neil Young's Pono Player and high-quality audio seem to have a lack of resources for expansion
  • LOLZ - Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users can insert the "S pen" the wrong way and break their devices
  • Wristly finds some interesting -- and odd -- things about Apple Watch owners
  • IDC thinks a low cost iPhone 6C is a bad idea in a slowing smartphone market
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iPad appears to be a leaky lifeboat from the sinking ship SS Tablet

iPad appears to be a leaky lifeboat from the sinking ship SS Tablet

IDC provided data today showing that although Apple's iPad continues to be the market share leader in the tablet market, its share has dropped markedly over the past year and the overall market for tablets is declining. 

This year, Apple shipped 10.9 million iPads in the second quarter (ending June 30), while the number for 2014 was 13.3 million units. That's a decline of 18 percent in one year. Apple's share of the overall tablet space dropped from 27.7 percent in 2014 to 24.5 percent this year. 

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