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BlackBerry growth stagnant warn experts (and BlackBerry 10 might not fix it)

BlackBerry growth stagnant warn experts (and BlackBerry 10 might not fix it)

RIM is facing its first ever quarter with zero subscriber growth, industry experts predict, as it feels the pain of the delays around BlackBerry 10 and the increasing appeal of iOS and Android. Having managed to eke out more users despite aging software until now, RIM's customer base is expected to plateau, The Globe and Mail reports, with enterprise customers defecting from BlackBerry devices. However, some aren't even confident that BlackBerry 10 is sufficient to stem the user defections.

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Analyst: Our 8m iPhone 5 prediction would’ve been right if Apple had sold more

Analyst: Our 8m iPhone 5 prediction would’ve been right if Apple had sold more

Apple's 5m iPhone 5 sales in the first three days of availability are impressive, but analysts are still scrabbling to explain why their own predictions had been so much more enthusiastic. Notorious Apple-obsessive and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster went further than most, suggesting as many as 6-10m iPhone 5 handsets would be snapped up; now, Fortune reports, he's blaming math and shortages for being so wrong.

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BlackBerry sales dwindle to nil in “meaningful number” of US stores

BlackBerry sales dwindle to nil in “meaningful number” of US stores

BlackBerry sales in the US have ditched and some stores have failed to sell a single handset from RIM's range in the past month, according to analyst checks, painting a dreary picture of the Canadian company's future. "We believe that current run rates are roughly one-fifth of those we saw in the US just eight months ago," Pacific Crest's James Faucette told AllThingsD, adding ominously that "we found a meaningful number of carrier retail locations which had not sold a single BlackBerry in over a month."

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10m new iPhone 5 sales in September alone predicts analyst

10m new iPhone 5 sales in September alone predicts analyst

Apple is expected to sell a whopping 10m new iPhone 5 smartphones by the end of September, analysts predict, arguing that nothing short of a disastrously unconvincing launch tomorrow could scupper the handset. Notoriously Apple-enthused Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster pegged the 10m figure, SFGate reports, though he's not the only industry-watcher to be positive about what's already tipped to be the "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history."

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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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