‘Digitimes’: tablet sales will surge in the third quarter

‘Digitimes’: tablet sales will surge in the third quarter

After falling 8.7% on quarter and 11.9% on year to 32.66 million units in the second quarter of 2019, global tablet shipments are expected to surge 19.3% sequentially in the third quarter, thanks to the peak-season effect, the launch of new iPads, and Huawei gradually resuming normal tablet shipments, according to Digitimes Research.

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No tariff exemption for Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro

No tariff exemption for Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro

On July 23, Bloomberg claimed Apple had asked the Trump administration to exclude components that make up the forthcoming Mac Pro high-end desktop computer from import tariffs, weeks after planning to re-locate production of the line to China from Texas. However, the tech giant won’t get such a break, according to U.S. President Donald Trump.

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How about an Apple TV with a dedicated physical game controller?

How about an Apple TV with a dedicated physical game controller?

New iPhones, new iPad Pros, and new Apple Watches are definitely coming (probably in September). A 16-inch MacBook Pro is rumored. The modular Mac Pro and the Apple Pro XDR display will arrive before the holiday season — and an upgraded iMac Pro could, as well. But what of the Apple TV set-top box?

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Look for 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR, iMac Pro, new Apple displays in October

Look for 16-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR, iMac Pro, new Apple displays in October

Previously, I predicted that Apple will unveil its new iPhones, iPad Pros, and Apple Watches in a special September event (which I still think will happen), but forecast that new laptops would be unveiled in October. Now I think October will be the month that Apple will make available its high-end, pro Mac line-up.

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Prediction: new Mac laptops with traditional scissor-based keyboards will debut in October

Prediction: new Mac laptops with traditional scissor-based keyboards will debut in October

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will release a refreshed version of the MacBook Air later this year, switching out the controversial butterfly keyboard design for a more traditional scissor-based version.

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More news tidbits from the 2019 Apple WorldwideDeveloper Conference

More news tidbits from the 2019 Apple WorldwideDeveloper Conference

On the new Mac Power Users podcast, Doug, Brooks, the product manager for the 2019 Mac Pro (arriving this fall), says the high-end desktop will have a trickle down effect for all Apple’s pro products. “You're going to see the benefits and the implications of that team across all of our Mac products and our pro products,” he said.

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The 'cheese grater' Mac Pro is back (kinda) and accompanied by a 32-inch display

The 'cheese grater' Mac Pro is back (kinda) and accompanied by a 32-inch display

The “cheese grater” Mac Pro is back. Or at least its descendant is. To the delight of pro users, Apple introduced the all-new Mac Pro, a completely redesigned workstation for pros at today’s Worldwide Developer Conference. It also unveiled the Apple Pro Display XDR, which I have to admit is pricier than I anticipated.

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Will the 2019 Macs be exciting enough to reduce the downward sales trend of PCs?

Will the 2019 Macs be exciting enough to reduce the downward sales trend of PCs?

Worldwide shipments of devices — personal computers (PCs), tablets and mobile phones — are on pace to reach 2.21 billion units in 2019, exhibiting flat growth year over year, according to Gartner, Inc. The PC market is expected to continue its downward trend, while the mobile phone market is set to return to growth in 2020.

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