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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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Nokia has just six months to claw its way from collapse

Nokia has just six months to claw its way from collapse

Nokia has six months to redeem itself with Windows Phone, analysts warn, before it needs to find a "Plan B" other than Microsoft's platform. After dire financial warnings earlier this week, in which Nokia not only confirmed that Symbian device sales were ditching, but that Lumia Windows Phone sales were only a fifth of those Symbian volumes, the outlook for the company is grim. However, while many suggest Nokia isn't, in fact, to blame for the most significant shortcomings in its device strategy, that won't save it from failure if it doesn't turn things around.

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iPad will continue to lead in 2016, says Gartner

iPad will continue to lead in 2016, says Gartner

Market research firm Gartner has released its latest forecasts for worldwide media tablet sales to end-users, revealing that the iPad will continue to take the lead through at least 2016. Its forecast estimates tablet sales for 2012 to be 118.9 million units, which is up 98 percent from the 60 million units sold in 2011.

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Analyst Rob Enderle’s HP Apple CEO article deconstructed

Analyst Rob Enderle’s HP Apple CEO article deconstructed

While it's not our job to fight stupid on the internet, in this case, SlashGear felt the need to step in. Rob Enderle is presently a columnist for TechNewsWorld and owns Enderle Group, a tech consultancy for personal gadgets and trends. This week he wrote an article entitled "Meg Whitman vs. Tim Cook by the Numbers" which we'll be dissecting here piece by piece.

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Apple on track for 12m new iPad sales in March alone says analyst

Apple on track for 12m new iPad sales in March alone says analyst

Apple could be on course to sell 12 million new iPads by the end of the quarter, analysts have predicted, with the strong early sales in the opening weekend leading to ambitious estimates for the coming weeks. "Apple has sold ~750,000 new iPads per day since launch on Friday" UBS analyst Maynard Um wrote in an investor note today, AllThingsD reports, going on to suggest that at such a rate 12m sales aren't out of the question. However, Um also warns that there could still be a fly in Apple's ointment.

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