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Apple's Mac sales solid ahead of "possible MacBook Air refresh" as early as March

02/21/2012, 05:02 pm

NPD Group is reporting essentially flat domestic sales of Macs, but Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reports that "Apple may launch new MacBook Airs as early as March," helping to boost global Mac sales and reach quarterly street expectations of 4.5 million units.

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JP Morgan: Ultrabooks unlikely to drive PC growth in 2012

02/14/2012, 03:02 am

A new analysis from investment bank J.P. Morgan says Windows-based ultrabooks are unlikely to achieve similar success as Apple's MacBook Air in their first generation and will not become "meaningful enough" to drive growth in the notebook PC market until at least 2013.

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Apple reportedly squeezing supplier to stop building MacBook Air clones from Asus

02/13/2012, 11:02 am

Apple has reportedly asked Pegatron, one of its overseas device assemblers, to "choose sides" and stop producing the MacBook Air-like Zenbook from Asus, or else lose Apple's business.

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Apple now offers basic 13-in. $999 MacBook Air to education buyers

02/10/2012, 03:02 pm

Apple has begun selling a less powerful version of its 13.3-inch MacBook Air to educational institutions buying in bulk for $999, filling the void left by the recently discontinued white MacBook.

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Mac sales surge as PC sales drop 20% in UK, 12% in France

02/07/2012, 02:02 pm

PC sales in Europe plummeted in the fourth quarter of 2011, but Apple bucked that trend over the holidays, particularly in France and the U.K., with continued strong growth.

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Apple now largest computer maker, sold more iPads alone than HP sold PCs

01/24/2012, 07:01 pm

Apple has surpassed HP in both computer unit sales and revenues for the first time, taking the top spot sooner than expected on record sales of iPads. Rather than losing sales to low priced tablets, Apple said it would "continue to innovate like crazy" in the tablet arena.

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Mac sales growing faster for Apple in China than US

01/18/2012, 04:01 pm

Apple's growth story in China now extends beyond the iPhone and iPad, with Mac sales there also continuing to outpace the U.S. in terms of year over year growth, according to a new report.

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RBC ups Apple stock price target to $525 due to 'iPhone frenzy'

01/18/2012, 03:01 am

Investment bank RBC upped its price target for shares of Apple from $500 to $525 on Wednesday on expectations that the company will solidly beat Wall Street estimates for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 and offer healthy guidance going into the second quarter.

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GE gives employees choice of Macs as Apple makes inroads in enterprise

01/18/2012, 02:01 am

General Electric's Chief Technology Officer recently said that the company's support of Apple's iPhones and Macs for employees is a recruiting positive that communicates to candidates that it is a "contemporary company," yet another sign that Apple is continuing to grow in the enterprise market.

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iPad may make Apple world's largest PC maker in holiday Q4 2011

01/16/2012, 05:01 pm

Apple's fiscal Q4 iPad shipments in the September quarter were enough to propel the Mac maker into a near tie in unit sales with global PC maker HP. When Apple releases figures for the final quarter of 2011 later this month, it may become the world's largest PC maker.

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Video: Weekend Tech Review: CES Week 2 2012

01/15/2012, 06:01 pm

Here's a video recap of the top tech stories involving Apple for the second week of 2012, including a tour of CES 2012, Steve Ballmer's keynote, big product news, the week's business stories, and upcoming events.

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Reacting to Apple at CES 2012, part three: Sony, Motorola, RIM, Nokia

01/15/2012, 12:01 am

As noted in the previous two segments, Apple's success with the MacBook Air and iPad have changed the course of Intel and its Ultrabook PC makers and Samsung and its mobility products. Here's a look at how the rest of the industry has chased (or flirted with) Apple at this year's CES.

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Reacting to Apple at CES 2012 part one: Intel's Ultrabooks

01/14/2012, 01:01 am

Without even making an official appearance at CES as an exhibitor, Apple has become an invisible hand directing the show and what the company's competitors choose to promote as their future strategies. Here's a look at how the industry is chasing Apple at this year's CES.

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Samsung to take on Apple's MacBooks in bid for notebook dominance

01/12/2012, 10:01 pm

Consumer electronics maker Samsung has voiced its goal of becoming the No. 1 notebook maker, but it will run up against rival Apple and its hot-selling MacBook lineup on its way to the top.

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Apple becomes No. 3 PC maker in US with industry-leading 21% growth

01/11/2012, 08:01 pm

Apple climbed to third place among U.S. PC vendors in the fourth quarter of 2011 as the rest of the top five vendors saw shipments decline year over year as part of a worldwide contraction in the PC market, according to a new analysis.

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CES: MSI unveils external Thunderbolt GPU, Henge Docks gain MacBook Air support

01/10/2012, 03:01 pm

New Mac-centric products are aplenty at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, including a Thunderbolt-connected external graphics processor from MSI, and a vertical docking station for the MacBook Air from Henge Docks.

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CES: Belkin unveils Thunderbolt Express Dock, coming in Sept. for $299

01/09/2012, 12:01 pm

Belkin on Monday introduced its new Thunderbolt Express Dock, which will allow users to connect multiple devices to their Mac with one Thunderbolt cable when it arrives in September for $299.

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Apple sold 1.2M MacBook Airs over holidays, new models with Ivy Bridge loom

01/09/2012, 10:01 am

Apple is said to have sold 1.2 million of its thin-and-light MacBook Air over the holiday buying season, as competing PC makers hope to steal some of Apple's thunder by unveiling their own "Ultrabooks" at this week's Consumer Electronics Show.

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Survey suggests 50% growth in enterprise spending on Apple products in 2012

01/07/2012, 01:01 am

Apple could see as much as 50 percent growth in global corporate IT spending on its devices this year, according to a recent survey from a market research firm.

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Apple's iMac accounts for 33% of all-in-one PC sales

01/04/2012, 08:01 am

While portable computers get the most attention and sales, all-in-one PCs have quietly become a booming market, and Apple's iMac accounts for nearly a third of all sales.

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