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Apple’s continued growth in the personal computer market continued in Q4 of last year according to research group Canalys. Apple sales lead the market over Lenovo, Samsung, HP and Dell by accounting for 19.5% of all PC sales during Q4 2013. If you really dive into this report there a lot of interesting facts about Apple and their competition to be found.
On the whole, PC sales grew by 17.9% year over year which is great but a little misleading. Table sales, which are lumped into PC sales, were up 65.2% year over year and represented 48.3% of the total PC market. Why is that important? If you take out the tablet sales, the PC market actually shrank by 6.9% year over year.
From an Apple sales perspective, things look pretty rosy. Overall the company shipped just over 30 million units in Q4 of which 84.3% were iPads. The company increased their tablet marketshare from 27.3% to 34.1% in Q4.
Tomorrow is going to be a big day for those of us who use and love Apple products. The Apple event scheduled for tomorrow promises to bring a lot of new products to us including new iPads, OS X Mavericks and perhaps even a new MacPro. In fact you could argue that the event on Tuesday could be one of the most important ones that Apple has held in some time – even more important than the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c launch just 6 weeks ago. This event should give us the full breath of products that the Cupertino company is going with into the holiday season. Here then is what we at AlliOSNews expect to see on Tuesday. As we have done in the past, we will bring up the topic and our prediction of if that will really happen in the event. For the iPhone 5s event we were 90% spot-on, not bad if we say so ourselves. Let’s see how we fair this time!
iPad (5th Generation) – Chance of Happening: 100%
The star of the show will be the next generation iPad. In fact I would contend based on conversations with friends and colleagues that there is more anticipation for the new iPad than there was for the iPhone 5s. I for one have every intention of updating my 3rd Generation iPad as soon as possible.
We can expect that the new iPad will have a iPad Mini inspired design with a smaller bezel around the display, a slimmer design and of course a Lightning connector. If that does happen it will be the 2nd major design change of the iPad line up after the change from the original iPad to the iPad 2 (which was virtually unchanged for the 3rd and 4th Generation).
We can also expect to see Touch ID come to the iPad along with the news A7 processor and 64-bit architecture. We would not be surprised if the iPad also gets the new M7 motion co-processor if for nothing more than the battery saving potential it brings. Colour wise we expect to see the Space Grey, Gold and Silver that were introduced with the iPhone 5s to come to the iPad and a wave goodbye to black or white with a brushed stainless steel backing.
We expect that the normal improvements will be made to the iPad that you would expect including improved front and rear cameras.
Our affiliate sponsor MacMall has done it again today. They have made available a handful of new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display for an amazing $1699.99. That is $600 off the regular price of $2299.99. As you would expect, these aren’t the lightweight-on-feature versions of the newest MacBook Pro. These come fully loaded:
- Dual-Core Intel Core i5 Processor 2.5GHz
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB Flash Storage
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Apple has released the Thunderbolt Firmware Update 1.1 pack for 2012 Macs today. The update addresses a problem with some Thunderbolt cables that would not allow some bus-powered devices to work properly on the mid-2012 Macs equipped with Thunderbolt ports.
The update does require a reboot of your Mac so be aware before you start the process.
If you have a mid-2012 Mac you should get this update and install it even if you are not using Thunderbolt at this point.
The update is available in the Updates section of the Mac App Store app on your Mac or you may have received a notification for it in the Notification Centre if you have that functionality enabled.
Today is Cyber Monday and our affiliate MacMall has some great deals going today, much like they did on Black Friday. The list is exhaustive but I will link some of the highlights in this post while all the deals can be found by clicking the banner at the top of the AlliOSNews front page.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display
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iPod Touch (5th Generation)
That’s right, you can get your all new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display right here on AlliOSNews thanks to our affiliate MacMall. The base model is a few dollars less than Apple direct at $1694.00 and includes free shipping.
The more roomy model with the 256GB of flash storage is $1994.00. Again, a few bucks less than Apple and free shipping.
And here is a high resolution image of the new MacBook Pro 13″ with Retina Display for everyone.
This is great to see finally.
Apple’s big event today where the iPad Mini is expected to be announced will be streamed live for Apple TV owners.
This morning, if you check on your Apple TV you will see a new “Apple Events” icon on the menu. Click it and you will be taking to the waiting room area for today’s event. Once 10:00 AM PST rolls around, you can watch it live as it happens.
For those of you who don’t have an Apple TV (uh, why?!) or cannot view the event live, AlliOSNews will still be Live Streaming from the event starting at 10:00 AM PST today.
For the second time in as many months we have a big Apple event today, this time with the focus being on not only updates but on new hardware. The event is expected, much like the even in September, to reveal one big piece of hardware: The iPad Mini. But there could be more – a lot more.
Here then are what I think we will see today in San Jose as well as some things I don’t think we will see. Ready? Let’s go!
iPad Mini – 100% Chance
This is the item of this event. Rumors have been floating around for months around the launch of this 7″ sized iPad with a range of memory options (8GB, 16GB and 32GB seem to be what everyone is thinking here) and even a Retina Display using the same technology they are using in the iPhone 5. Price points are predicted to start around $259 with a November 2nd release date. Lightening connector is going to be on the iPad Mini, continuing to push forward the new charging/syncing solution from Apple.
Some things that are unclear: It seems to be of great debate on if it will include LTE support but given that Apple has made this reasonably affordable already with the iPad, and the fact that other 7″ tablet devices have cellular support, it seems likely that Apple will include it or make it an option. Apple has to make it as easy as the Kindle’s Whispersync and perhaps they do the same thing that Amazon has done which is do cellular download silently but offer faster service and web surfing with a LTE enabled device.
Retina display on the iPad Mini is all but required now. With the iPad and iPhone 4/4S/5 all having Retina display – nevermind the Macbook Pro with Retina Display – and the fact that this device will be pointed at ebook readers and education, Retina seems like a must have, not a nice to have.
Will it be called an iPad Mini? Only Apple knows that right now. I think iPad Mini or iPad Air are likely names but we will know for sure in a few hours.