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iPad may see big decline in 2015, even with the iPad Pro

iPad may see big decline in 2015, even with the iPad Pro

The iPad is a robust mobile productivity tool, but has also been seeing a sales decline. Over time, the fervor surrounding the tablet market has waned, and the iPad is often pointed to as a litmus test for the health of the tablet sector. A new report from KGI suggests good news is not on the horizon, and that Apple’s tablet will continue its sales tumble by roughly 30%. If you’re thinking Apple’s rumored iPad Pro (or whatever they call it) will save them, KGI says ‘think again’.

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One Billion Androids: Google OS breaks record in 2014

One Billion Androids: Google OS breaks record in 2014

It's not quite the android uprising Bill Gates and Elon Musk are afraid of, but it's domination of another sort, with shipments of smartphones running Google's OS topping one billion in 2014. The global milestone came as smartphone sales overall grew year-on-year, according to Strategy Analytics, with Android propelling its overall market share to more than 81-percent. For Google, it's the first year that Android shipments have reached one billion in just a twelve month period, though as we've seen in recent days, not every Android device manufacturer is celebrating.

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Sorry Samsung, Apple’s probably the smartphone king

Sorry Samsung, Apple’s probably the smartphone king

Apple's Q4 2014 may not only have been its best quarter ever for iPhone sales, but the point at which it overtook arch-rival Samsung in the smartphone business. The Cupertino firm announced a massive 74.5m iPhone sales in the final three months of last year, setting itself a new record and - according to at least one research firm - putting it on at least level-pegging with Samsung. The South Korean company has played coy with its Galaxy numbers, but it's clear that Apple's rapid ascent has dramatically closed (if not destroyed) the gap between the two.

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iPhone 6 for Christmas? You and 56.7m others says analyst

iPhone 6 for Christmas? You and 56.7m others says analyst

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales will spike dramatically to more than 56.7m units, one analyst has predicted, though there may be a post-New-Year hangover in early 2015 when demand drops considerably. Apple's smaller of the two flagship smartphones will lead the charge, KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo suggests in a recently issued report to investors, expected to amount to almost 60-percent of all iPhone sales in Q4 2014 and help drive a quarter-on-quarter increase of 82-percent. The iPhone 6 Plus will also play a not-insignificant part, but there are a couple of factors which may hold it back.

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US outdoes Japan and China for mobile data demand

US outdoes Japan and China for mobile data demand

We are a data hungry country and we have the numbers to prove that. The US is on track to cross the $100 billion mark for revenue stemming from mobile data, according to analyst Chetan Sharma. You can say that it’s finally getting set in stone, that people are moving from the desktop to more mobile options like the smartphone and tablets.

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iPhone 6 display “locked down” at 4.8-inches says analyst

iPhone 6 display “locked down” at 4.8-inches says analyst

Word this afternoon comes from Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company that Apple's next iPhone - tentatively called the "iPhone 6" - will certainly be working with a 4.8-inch display. While it's possible this next-generation device could have a larger display - users have been waiting for such a change for quite some time, of course - the only real guarantee the public has is Apple's own word at reveal time. Regardless, Arcuri is suggesting that investors should take heed - a 4.8-inch display is on the way.

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iPhone 5s outselling 5c 2-to-1 tip analysts as orders slashed

iPhone 5s outselling 5c 2-to-1 tip analysts as orders slashed

Apple's iPhone 5s is outselling the cheaper iPhone 5c by more than two to one, market watchers estimate, amid reports that the Cupertino firm has slashed production of the plastic-bodied model. Demand for the iPhone 5c, which replaced the iPhone 4S at the $99-on-contract price point, has fallen significantly short of Apple's expectations, it's claimed, and while the two new handsets set sales records in the opening weekend of availability, the bulk of that interest is believed to be around the iPhone 5s.

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Piper study: US teen iPhone popularity rises, iPad remains dominant

Piper study: US teen iPhone popularity rises, iPad remains dominant

This this Fall 2013 season the Piper Jaffray analyst known as Gene Munster has released a report that spans several seasons into the past, covering the USA-based teen device wants and ownership in tablets and smartphones. What you'll find here is a collection of results very much centered on the Apple universe - with just the iPhone appearing in the "owns" category for phones - but also depicting an interesting set of trends in competing hardware. This study clearly shows Apple to be dominant in each category, while Android phones rise, Kindle Fire tablets fall, and Blackberry fades away.

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Samsung’s Apple obsession must change as Sony grabs apathetic upgraders

Samsung’s Apple obsession must change as Sony grabs apathetic upgraders

Samsung will need to shift from relentlessly chasing Apple to simultaneously defending its smartphone userbase, analysts have warned, with the Korean company facing an unexpected challenge from Sony in what has so far been a European stronghold. Samsung devices now make up almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech figures, the Telegraph reports, but Sony's Xperia Z mounted a surprise attack of sorts, with a significant percentage of Samsung Galaxy S II owners opting to upgrade to Sony's flagship in the UK, rather than the Galaxy S 4.

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