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Mac sales soar on Asia appeal: June up 67% in China

Mac sales soar on Asia appeal: June up 67% in China

Strong demand for Mac computers in China has seen Apple's sales growth soar in Asia, it's reported, with Mac shipments growing at over 67-percent in June, far outpacing their PC counterparts. In a new investor note, Needham analyst Charlie Wolf, quoted by AllThingsD, claims that the incredible uptick in Chinese sales "represents a perfect storm between an iconic brand and a rapidly growing middle class that’s more brand conscious than consumers in virtually every other region of the globe."

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Apple planning $1bn Sharp display investment tips analyst

Apple planning $1bn Sharp display investment tips analyst

Apple may counter Google's surprise acquisition of Motorola Mobility with further investment in the supply chain, analysts have predicted, leveraging its significant cash reserves to secure tablet and smartphone screen suppliers. MF Global FXA Securities analyst David Rubenstein suggests Apple will dump $1bn into Sharp, Reuters reports, so as to further soak up the limited supplies of top-spec display panels for future iPhones and iPads.

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Apple and Samsung take top smartphone sales spots; Nokia falls to 3rd

Apple and Samsung take top smartphone sales spots; Nokia falls to 3rd

Apple and Samsung have pushed Nokia into the number three position for worldwide smartphone sales, analysts have claimed, with strong Q2 2011 performance leaving Symbian devices significantly overshadowed. Apple is now the number one smartphone manufacturer, Strategy Analytics' figures suggest, with 18.5-percent of the market, while Samsung comes in at second place, with 17.5-percent. In contrast, Nokia has 15.2-percent in the last quarter, less than half the 38.1-percent in the same period twelve months ago.

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Samsung Q2 smartphone sales could beat iPhone

Samsung Q2 smartphone sales could beat iPhone

Samsung is likely to have beaten Nokia for smartphone sales in Q2 2011, analysts have predicted, with the Korean company standing a good chance of also surpassing Apple's iPhone sales in the same period. High-demand handsets like the Galaxy S II have pushed Samsung's global sales to between 18m and 21m units, researchers at Strategy Analytics told Bloomberg, clearing the 16.7m smartphone sales Nokia reported last week and potentially neck & neck with Apple's 20.3m iPhone sales.

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iPad stays top tablet: Faces growing Android challenge as Amazon circles

iPad stays top tablet: Faces growing Android challenge as Amazon circles

Apple's iPad continues to dominate the tablet market, with global shipments up to 9.3m units according to the latest figures, though its percentage marketshare has declined by over 33-percent thanks to increasing competition from consumer-centric rivals. 61.3-percent of tablets sold worldwide run iOS, analysts Strategy Analytics calculate, with Android taking the lion's share of what remains, at 30.1-percent.

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Android legal losses reportedly prompt exodus to Windows Phone and MeeGo

Android legal losses reportedly prompt exodus to Windows Phone and MeeGo

HTC's recent legal loss in the ITC Apple patent case, along with Microsoft's aggressive patent push amid Android OEMs, has reportedly left manufacturers increasingly wary of Google's open-source OS. According to the 21st Century Business Herald, growing Chinese brands like ZTE and Huawei are looking to adopt Windows Phone Mango either as a placatory measure toward Microsoft or the first step in a transition from over-reliance on Android. However, the platform spat could also have an unlikely beneficiary: MeeGo.

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iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 could both drop in late Q3 tip analysts

iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 could both drop in late Q3 tip analysts

The next-gen iPhone rumors continue to come thick & fast, and building on the talk of there being two devices in the wild right now - an iPhone 4S to give developers a taste of the Apple A5 dual-core processor, and the advanced iPhone 5 with more groundbreaking specs - there's now word from analysts to expect both to go on sale. According to Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore, Fortune reports, investors should count on seeing both devices hit the market in September, as part of Apple's attempt to capture the mid-range smartphone segment.

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Apple could buy lion’s share of mobile rivals in cash estimate analysts

Apple could buy lion’s share of mobile rivals in cash estimate analysts

Apple could feasibly buy the bulk of its competitors using its cash reserves alone, it's been suggested, with only Samsung proving beyond its reach should Steve Jobs decide to go on a bizarre cellular spending spree. Asymco crunched the stats and figured that, with Apple likely to announce $70bn in cash and other immediate assets in its Q2 2011 financial results, it could readily snap up Nokia, RIM, LG, Motorola Mobility, Sony Ericsson and LG.

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Amazon 10-inch Hollywood tablet to offer Prime movie streaming tip analysts

Amazon 10-inch Hollywood tablet to offer Prime movie streaming tip analysts

Amazon's rumored Android tablet will support the retailer's video streaming system, currently offered free to Amazon Prime customers, according to analysts Detwiler Fenton. In a new research note, they claim that the 10-inch "Hollywood" tablet rumored earlier this year will be sold with a "promotional video service offering"; they also concur on the LCD display and "more robust applications process" than the smaller color Kindle - which we've heard codenamed as "Coyote" and as using a 7-inch panel - also believed to be in the works.

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