Kuo: MacBook Shipments Will Grow at a Higher Rate This Year Than iPhone and iPad

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Samsung acknowledges SIM goof-up in Galaxy S9 shipments

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While some Galaxy S9/S9+ users are facing Samsung Pay issues, there are others who are complaining about wrong SIM in the package shipped to them. Specifically, many of those who ordered Sprint Galaxy S9/S9+ models received package with Verizon SIM inside. Nailed it 🙄 @SamsungMobileUS pic.twitter.com/nG0PwfYdne— Brandon | This Is Tech Today – YouTube (@thisistechtoday) March 14, 2018 Well, Samsung has officially acknowledged the goof-up. Not only that, the company is now sending correct SIM to affected users free of cost. Looks like @SamsungMobileUS did mess up on a…

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Honor View 10 now on pre-order in the US, shipments are later this month

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It took a bit longer than expected – the Huawei Honor View 10 was supposed to launch in the US in early January. Better late than never, we suppose, the phone is now available on pre-order through HiHonor.com. It costs $ 500 and will ship out on March 23. Only the Navy Blue and Midnight Color options are available. Keep in mind that the Honor View 10 has a Kirin 970 chipset (Huawei’s top of the line) and while it lacks the Leica branding of the Mate 10 phones, it has a capable 16MP + 20MP dual camera on the back. And it launches with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box (with EMUI 8.0),…

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New rumor again claims Samsung cutting OLED shipments because of unexpected drop in iPhone X orders

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Samsung is once again said to ship only half the number of OLED panels to Apple because of iPhone X order cuts as a result of poor demand, a questionable report again claimed on Thursday.
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IDC: Smartphone shipments decline 0.5% in 2017

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IDC published its yearly analysis of the smartphone shipments market. According to the company, manufacturers pushed 0.5% fewer devices in 2017, compared with 2016, or a total of 1.46 billion smartphones, almost all of them running either Android or iOS. The analysts predict a compound 2.8% growth in the next five years, forecasting a volume of 1.68 billion units shipped in 2022. Ryan Reith, Program VP at IDC, said a considerable factor for global volumes was the China decline of 5% in 2017. EMEA also dropped 3.5%, while the US remained flat. Room for growth is present though,…

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Worldwide smartphone shipments decline 0.5% first-time in 2017, expected to return to growth in 2018: IDC

According to the International Data Corporation’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, smartphone shipments worldwide have declined 0.5% in 2017 making it the first year-over-year decline in the market since the evolution of smartphones. A total of 1.46 billion devices were shipped in 2017 including both Android and iOS. Furthermore, IDC says that it is expecting shipments to fall to a lower single-digit growth in 2018 and the overall market to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.8% over the 2017-2022 forecast period with volumes forecast to reach 1.68 billion units in 2022. Design changes and innovations are expected to be the impactful requirement of the industry. IDC says that technology advances are becoming less about tangible hardware aesthetics and more about components and software. This shift is making a huge difference as smartphones these days are marching towards bigger screens and smaller bezels. There is a chance in 2018 that phablets out-ship regular smartphones, essentially ending the race for bigger screens. With 5G becoming the next big thing, OEMs, component suppliers, telcos, and services companies are looking to capitalize. IDC expects commercial 5G smartphones to hit the market in 2019, ramping up to account for roughly 18% of worldwide shipments by 2022. In terms of OS …
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Indian tablet Shipments decline by 11% in 2017, Lenovo leads with 26.1% share: IDC

Indian tablet market has yet again seen a dip by 11% in 2017, according to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Quarterly Personal Computing Device Tracker. A total of 717 thousand tablets were shipped in India with a 32% sequential decline in 2017, which is more or less similar YoY.  After a huge spike in Q3 2017 and completion of the Gujarat State government tablets deal, the commercial segment declined by 35% in Q4 2017. However, it is 75% growth compared to the same quarter last year. When we account for the entire year 2017, the Indian tablet market witnessed a total shipment of 3.2 million units which is a decline of 11% from 3.6 million units shipped in 2016. The strong demand from commercial segment has marginalized the overall decline to an early double-digit number. However, the consumer segment witnessed a consecutive decline for the second straight year. However, the slate market continues to dominate the Indian market with 96% of the tablet shipments, while the detachable market share remains limited to 4% in 2017. The 7-inch segment saw a 22% annual decline, though it has remained a dominating segment in 2017. Lenovo continues to lead the Indian tablet market with 26.1% market share as its shipment …
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iPhone X shipments this quarter could be a big disappointment

Apple has reportedly reduced its number of iPhone X orders for the January-March quarter from a maximum 50 million to “20 million or fewer,” a new report claims. Further reductions are possible for the April-June quarter. The figures are having a knock-on effect on Apple’s suppliers. Samsung, which makes OLED displays for the iPhone, saw […]

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Indian smartphone market saw 14% growth in 2017, total shipments cross 124 million units: IDC

Indian smartphone market has seen major improvements in shipments in the year 2017 when compared to 2016. The smartphone market witnessed a 14%  annual growth with a total shipment of 124 million units in 2017, making it the fastest growing market amongst the top 20 smartphone markets globally. The smartphone market resumed its double digits … Continue reading “Indian smartphone market saw 14% growth in 2017, total shipments cross 124 million units: IDC”
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Apple Watch Had Record Year With Estimated 18M Shipments in 2017, Topped Entire Swiss Watch Industry Last Quarter

Not only did the Apple Watch just have its best quarter ever in terms of sales, but it also had a record-breaking year overall, capped off by topping shipments from the entire Swiss watch industry combined last quarter.

Apple Watch shipments topped an all-time high of 18 million units in 2017, according to estimated data from research firm Canalys, an over 50 percent increase compared to the roughly 12 million units Apple shipped in 2016.

Canalys claims that 48 percent of the shipments were the latest Apple Watch Series 3 models, while 52 percent were Series 2 or older models. Among the Series 3 models, around 13 percent of customers opted for an LTE-enabled model, while 35 percent of people were satisfied with the Wi-Fi and GPS version.

The keyword is estimated, since Apple doesn’t actually reveal Apple Watch sales on a standalone basis. Instead, the device is grouped under Apple’s expanding “Other Products” category, alongside the Apple TV, Apple Watch, accessories like AirPods and Beats, and as of next quarter, the HomePod.

Apple analysts, who closely examine the “Other Products” revenue and other clues to estimate Apple Watch sales, each have similar totals. Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies estimates Apple Watch shipments totaled 17.4 million last year, while Horace Dediu of Asymco comes in at 17.7 million.

On an earnings call last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the Apple Watch had its best quarter ever during the final three months of 2017, with over 50 percent growth in revenue and units sold for the fourth quarter in a row, and strong double-digit growth in every geographic segment that Apple tracks.

Cook added that sales of Apple Watch Series 3 models were also more than twice as high as Series 2 models in the year-ago quarter.

Interestingly, it appears that this growth has resulted in Apple Watch shipments coming in higher than all Swiss watch brands combined for the first time last quarter, according to IDC research director Francisco Jeronimo.‏ In other words, Apple is now the biggest watchmaker in the world.

The key takeaway here is that the Apple Watch continues to grow at an impressive rate as the device approaches its third anniversary in April. Apple Watch also remains the world’s most popular smartwatch by a significant margin, and is now even running the iconic Swiss watch industry a run at its money.

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