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Apple Leads Global Tablet Market, Samsung Second

Apple managed to ship 9.1 million iPads. Of that, 1.8 million were iPad Pro tablets, making Apple the leader in the detachable market as well

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Apple led the global tablet market with 28.8 per cent share in the first quarter of 2018 as tablet shipments reached 31.7 million — declining 11.7 per cent from the same quarter last year, the International Data Corporation (IDC) reported on Friday.

Apple managed to ship 9.1 million iPads. Of that, 1.8 million were iPad Pro tablets, making Apple the leader in the detachable market as well.

Samsung with 16.7 per cent maintained the second position although the company’s shipments declined 11.4 per cent compared to last year.

The growing niche of detachable tablets like the Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro did experience more than 2.9 per cent year-over-year growth and captured 15.3 per cent share as newer models came into play.

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Samsung. (Wikimedia Commons)

Meanwhile, the decline for traditional slate tablets continued as vendors managed to ship 26.8 million units, down 13.9 per cent from the prior year, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.

“Chrome OS’ entrance in the detachable market is a welcome change as Google is finally a serious contender from a platform perspective,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research Analyst with IDC.

“Combined with Microsoft’s efforts to run Windows on ARM, the detachable market is poised for strong growth in the near term,” he added.

Huawei grew 13 per cent year-over-year, gained more than 2 per cent of share sequentially, and climbed back into the ranks of the top three.

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Lenovo managed to grow 1.8 per cent compared to the past year with most of the growth stemming from its detachable portfolio.

“Amazon.com slipped into fifth place though this does not come as a surprise as the company’s tablet shipments are highly seasonal,” the report said.  (IANS)

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Apple Unveils New AirPods Designed to Deliver More Talk Time

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Introducing its second generation of wireless headphones, Apple on Wednesday launched new AirPods designed to deliver more talk time.

The new AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case.

Apple said the AirPods with standard charging case will be available for Rs 14,900 and those with wireless charging case for Rs 18,900.

They will be available to order through Apple authorised resellers later this spring, the company said.

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Powered by Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, the new AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” – meaning users could invoke the assistant without touching the earbud.

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets.

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“The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. (IANS)