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Tim Cook’s Apple Watch sales coyness does Apple no favors

Tim Cook’s Apple Watch sales coyness does Apple no favors

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended Apple Watch sales, after a damning report on the state of the wearables market criticized the recently-updated smartwatch. According to IDC, Apple was the fourth largest wearable device vendor worldwide in the third quarter of 2016, with just under 5-percent market share. That's despite what IDC says is a whopping 71-percent decline in growth compared to the same period twelve months ago.

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IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

IDC: Smartwatch shipments halved in Q3 2016

If shipment figures are any indicator, it would seem that the market, both consumers as well as manufacturers, are still uncertain about smartwatches and their purpose, let alone their appeal. According to market analyst IDC, the smartwatch market slipped by as much as 51.6% in the past quarter alone. And while that may be due partly to perplexing business decisions from the powers that be, it also reflects how smartwatches, more than two years after they became mainstream, still serve a very niche consumer market.

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IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments continued to decline in Q2 2016

The International Data Corporation (IDC) has released a new report with preliminary data that shows tablet shipments around the world continuing to fall. This continues a trend we've seen in quite a few previous quarters, with tablet shipments dropping year-over-year as prospective buyers continue to either opt for detachable form factors over the more traditional slate form or wait on their tablet purchase altogether.

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Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

Huawei seeks to overtake Apple in smartphone shipments

IDC's most recent smartphone shipment report suggests that as Apple's smartphone unit shipments decline, Huawei rises, and Samsung pulls further away from the pack. In the second quarter of the year 2016, Samsung is well ahead of the smartphone-selling group with an estimated 77-million units shipped over the past three months. Next is Apple with an estimated 40.4-million units shipped, then Huawei with 32.1-million units shipped. Huawei was in third place this past quarter as well according to IDC.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

IDC expects ‘substantial slowdown’ in phone shipment growth this year

In 2014, smartphone shipments grew a massive 27.8-percent, and the next year, 2015, smartphone shipments grew by 10.5-percent. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that we’ll see a substantial slowdown in shipments this year, with 2016 (possibly) ending up at around only 3.1-percent. According to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, this year will probably see about 1.48 billion smartphone shipments, a number that is estimated to climb to 1.84 billion by 2020.

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IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

IDC: tablets continue to fall, detachables continue to rise

It's a good news, bad news thing for tablet makers, depending on which kind of tablets they're banking on. As long predicted by market analyst IDC, tablet shipment shares continue to tank in year on year numbers. That said, that is mostly for the traditional slate tablets. Behind the scenes, however, a new breed of detachable, 2-in-1 hybrids are actually experiencing triple digit growth year on year, which could make them the salvation and new trend of the tablet market.

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Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

Gartner, IDC: PC shipments off to a bad start in 2016

The PC market just can't seem to catch a break. After 2015 was practically declared the worst year for PC sales, it seems that 2016 might be even worse. At least if figures for the first quarter are omens of things to come. While differing slightly on specific numbers, both Gartner and IDC agree on one depressing thing: PC shipments have substantially declined last quarter compared to 2015's opening quarter. While both do see some hope near the end of the year, that salvation might come a bit too late for the ailing market.

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IDC: iPad Pro overtakes rivals, detachable tablets on the rise

IDC: iPad Pro overtakes rivals, detachable tablets on the rise

Naysayers and doubter, take note. Despite the rather mixed reviews and reception, Apple's biggest tablet yet actually ended up as the Q4 2015's top selling tablet. And as much as Microsoft may want to deny it and even ridicule it, Apple's iPad Pro managed to outrank Microsoft's Surface tablets, once considered to be the top of the class. That said, the worldwide tablet market is still on a decline, but salvation might come from the new breed of detachables that are taking the market by storm.

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PCs still in decline but may stabilize in 2016, says IDC

PCs still in decline but may stabilize in 2016, says IDC

It may only be lately that analysts are saying that smartphones and especially tablets will soon be on a decline, but that doom and gloom story has been the PCs tale for a couple of years now. At first glance, IDC's evaluation of the PCs performance in the last quarter of 2015 might look the same. It might look even worse from some perspectives. But, somewhat surprisingly, IDC is also offering a pinch of hope for the market, with a stronger forecast for this new year, but sadly more towards the end of 2016.

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IDC: Tablet decline will hurt Android, benefit Windows

IDC: Tablet decline will hurt Android, benefit Windows

Despite the popularity of new large tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and most especially the Apple iPad Pro, market analysts International Data Corporation, more popularly known as IDC, observes and predicts a continuing decline in tablet shipments this quarter, continuing three previous consecutive quarters of decline. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on your platform of choice, that's not the complete picture in years to come. The IDC also predicts a change in trends, with the market transitioning from standalone tablets over to detachable hybrids.

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IDC paints a dreary quarter for tablets

IDC paints a dreary quarter for tablets

With all the focus on high-end smartphones for the past few months, some might have forgotten that larger screens still do exist. If market analyst IDC's figures are correct, then there is a basis for that. Global shipments of tablets have sunk at a new low, as much as 7 percent compared to the same second quarter last 2014. Even compared to the first quarter of this year, there was a 3.9 percent decline in numbers, revealing a worrying trend for tablet makers, especially for Apple and Samsung.

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