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Galaxy S III knocks iPhone 4S from US top spot (but iPhone 5 looms)

Galaxy S III knocks iPhone 4S from US top spot (but iPhone 5 looms)

Apple's iPhone 4S has been knocked from the US smartphone sales top spot by Samsung's Galaxy S III, retailer checks suggest, though the fast-approaching iPhone 5 may well flip things back in Cupertino's favor. August was the first month that the iPhone 4S wasn't the best-selling smartphone in the US, Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley told CNET, having crunched the figures from retailers across the country.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina panels in 2m production tips analyst

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina panels in 2m production tips analyst

Screens for Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the much-rumored high resolution upgrade to the company's entry-level mainstream notebook, are already in production according to analyst whispers. "The supply chain indications are that it's for a MacBook Pro 13.3" NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shin told CNET, rather than for the similarly-sized MacBook Air ultraportable. According to the estimates, meanwhile, Apple looks to be going big for the smaller Retina laptop.

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Samsung trounced iPhone twice over in Q2 smartphones claim analysts

Samsung trounced iPhone twice over in Q2 smartphones claim analysts

Samsung had an iPhone-squashing Q2 2012, analysts predict, shipping twice as many smartphones in the three month period, though the specter of the iPhone 5 is expected to put a dampener on Korean celebrations. The Galaxy S III helped lead Samsung to a total of 52m smartphones in Q2, Juniper Research estimates, more than double Apple's market-disappointing 26m iPhone sales.

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iPad Mini to borrow iPod touch style tip prototype insiders

iPad Mini to borrow iPod touch style tip prototype insiders

Apple's iPad Mini takes styling cues from the 4th-gen iPod touch rather than the new iPad, sources supposedly familiar with the latest tablet prototypes have claimed, with production expected to kick off in September. Sales of the slate will begin in time to monopolize the holiday shopping season, Macotakara's insiders say, complete with WiFi-only and 3G/4G models. Even at the rumored price premium over the Nexus 7, meanwhile, analysts reckon Apple would have a multi-million seller on their hands by the end of the year.

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Microsoft Surface price puzzle polarizes pundits

Microsoft Surface price puzzle polarizes pundits

Microsoft's pricing mystery around the new Surface has become the slates' biggest point of contention, with analysts and rumor-mongers weighing in on how many dollars stand in the way of success. Having announced the pair of tablets on Monday with relatively sparse hardware details, Microsoft played it coy with both price and availability for the Windows RT-based Surface and Windows 8-based Surface Pro. However, there are already suggestions that the pair could be priced out of contention.

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Apple to axe 17″ MacBook Pro then “Pro” brand altogether tips analyst

Apple to axe 17″ MacBook Pro then “Pro” brand altogether tips analyst

Apple could not only retire the 17-inch MacBook Pro in 2012 but axe the entire "Pro" range, analysts have suggested, replacing it with a "new MacBook" brand in 2013. The cull, predicted by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, follows long-standing speculation that the largest MacBook Pro - which accounted for just 1.7-percent of Apple notebook sales in Q1 2012, Apple Insider reports - will not be included in the widely anticipated WWDC 2012 refresh next week.

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iPhone 5 launch safe despite Qualcomm 28nm delays claims analyst

iPhone 5 launch safe despite Qualcomm 28nm delays claims analyst

Apple's next-gen iPhone launch plans won't be waylaid by Qualcomm's 28nm chip shortages, analysts believe, with the iPhone 5 still on track for a predicted October debut. "The bottom line is that we remain comfortable with an October iPhone 5 launch despite the reported 28nm chip shortage at Qualcomm" Apple-obsessed Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster wrote in an investor note today, Apple Insider reports, with suggestions that the Cupertino company could rely on its "favored inventory status" to ensure sufficient supply.

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Facebook facing advertiser exodus warns analyst

Facebook facing advertiser exodus warns analyst

GM abandoning Facebook's paid advertising is likely only the start of high profile brands ditching the social network, analysts predict, with one global firm claiming the site was getting worse, not better, for marketing. "Facebook often stands directly in the way of marketers’ efforts to measure the performance of their programs" Forrester analyst Nate Elliott claims, pointing to the social site's inconsistent jumping between different advertising strategies as it desperately hunts for something that will actually make it money.

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7.9mm thick iPhone 5 in Q3 tips analyst

7.9mm thick iPhone 5 in Q3 tips analyst

Apple could shave 0.44mm from the thickness of the iPhone if it switches to in-cell touch panel technology, analysts suggest, part of the company's relentless quest to trim down and simply its products. Rumored last week, with talk of several display manufacturers convincing Apple to switch to panels that integrate the touch sensor along with the TFT LCD itself, rather than stacking them, now KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts the Cupertino firm has a sub-8mm target for the iPhone 5.

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