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Apple's premium-priced Macs 'defy the laws of economics,' but iPhone does not, Needham says

04/01/2014, 09:04 am

Mac sales have continued to grow in the face of a recession and declining overall PC market, but Apple's iPhone could not escape shifting trends in the smartphone space, analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham said on Tuesday.

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Mac education sales have grown in US since iPad debut, weakening Apple cannibalization worries

03/17/2014, 03:03 pm

The Mac's long history of success in the education market hasn't been slowed by the introduction of Apple's more affordable iPad, as Mac sales to schools and students have instead grown since the iPad first launched in 2010.

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Apple's holiday Mac shipments outpaced PC growth by largest margin in 5 years

02/21/2014, 09:02 am

While some pundits speculate that Mac lineup could be on the way out in favor of the iPad, Apple's traditional notebooks and desktops outpaced the overall PC market by nearly 25 percent last quarter, representing the largest margin separating the two in five years.

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Apple's average Mac selling price steady at $1300 as iPad eats away at PC sales

02/10/2014, 03:02 pm

As PC sales continue to decline at the hands of tablets like Apple's iPad, the Mac platform is quietly growing its install base while maintaining an average selling price well above the rest of the market.

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Building a cheap iPhone would be an 'insane idea' for Apple, Needham says

01/08/2014, 08:01 am

It would be "impossible" for Apple to successfully build a cheap iPhone without doing lasting damage to the company's highly profitable and successful smartphone brand, analyst Charlie Wolf of Needham & Company believes.

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iPhone dominance in user engagement, developer payouts trumps unimportant market share stats - analyst

12/12/2013, 02:12 pm

Apple's share of the mobile phone market is growing, but it still remains below 10 percent, even as Apple and its development community rake in profits from an actively engaged user base. That led analyst Charlie Wolf on Thursday to raise the question: Does market share matter?

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Mac growth running out of steam as 'switcher' motivation diminishes - report

08/27/2013, 01:08 pm

The Mac could become a victim of Apple's own success, according to one analyst, who points to the company's superior design aesthetic, along with the popularity of the iPhone and iPad, as reasons for stagnation in Mac sales growth.

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Citing 'increasingly hostile' competition, Needham cuts Apple Inc. price target to $595

08/12/2013, 03:08 pm

Investment firm Needham & Company cut its price target for shares of Apple from $710 to $595 on Monday, citing growing competition in both of the company's key markets: phones and tablets.

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Market shares collapse with 'brutal speed' in cyclical smartphone industry

03/18/2013, 11:03 am

A closer look at market shares in the highly competitive smartphone industry shows sales trends can be reversed in an instant, and companies that once dominated could quickly find themselves on the verge of collapse.

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After 'astonishingly' poor quarter, Mac sales predicted to rebound

03/01/2013, 10:03 am

Mac sales outgrew the overall PC market for 26 consecutive quarters until December, but Apple is expected to see sales improve in the current quarter.

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Mac sales to US businesses grow nearly 50%

11/21/2012, 03:11 pm

Sales of Mac hardware to U.S. businesses grew by 49.4 percent year over year in the September quarter, posting continued growth while PC sales shrank.

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Market watchers reaffirm faith in Apple as new products shrink projected margins

10/26/2012, 11:10 am

Though Apple expects its margins to shrink in the holiday quarter as the company goes through an unprecedentedly large product transition, Wall Street watchers remain confident in recommending investors buy AAPL stock.

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Market watchers expect $329 iPad mini will justify its price to consumers

10/24/2012, 09:10 am

Though the starting price of the iPad mini is higher than many had expected, Wall Street analysts believe the storage capacity and build quality offered by Apple will be more than enough to court consumers and make the product a success.

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Apple seen as 'unlikely' to introduce new, inexpensive iPhone model

10/01/2012, 08:10 am

With the iPhone 3GS discontinued as of the launch of the iPhone 5, one market watcher believes Apple has signaled that it does not intend to introduce a new, lower-priced iPhone model in the near future.

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Needham ups Apple price target to $750 following recent surge

08/22/2012, 01:08 pm

With three record high closing days in the last week, Apple's recent stock surge, along with continued strong sales by the company, have prompted Needham & Co. to increase their 12-month price target to $750.

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Apple earnings preview: Big quarter expected for iPad, iPhone forecasts vary

07/23/2012, 08:07 pm

On Tuesday Apple will report earnings for its third quarter of fiscal 2012, and analysts expect the iPad will be in a position to set new records, while consensus on the iPhone is more divided.

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20 million iPad sales projected for Apple's June quarter

07/12/2012, 10:07 am

Apple is poised to report record breaking sales of 20 million iPads in the just-concluded June quarter, one analyst believes.

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RIM's survival until BlackBerry 10 all about cash preservation

06/29/2012, 09:06 am

While Research in Motion reported dismal quarterly earnings this week, the company did manage to improve its cash balance, suggesting the its demise isn't imminent if it can survive until the launch of BlackBerry 10.

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Mac shipments grow 40% in Asia even without new models from Apple

05/31/2012, 12:05 pm

Growth in Mac sales was led by the Asia-Pacific region last quarter, where shipments increased by 40 percent year over year.

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Apple retail stores 'bulging at the seams' at 8400 average square feet

05/08/2012, 08:05 am

Apple's original vision for its retail operations is proving too small, as the company's stores are continuously mobbed with crowds looking to buy iPhones, iPads and Macs.

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