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IDC analysts said in a research report that Apple continues to lead the global tablet market, although iPad sales fell in the latest quarterly earnings, and compared to the overall market's 8.6% decline in the third quarter, the iPad didn't lose too much market share.

Apple announced in its quarterly earnings report on Friday that it sold 9.7 million iPads in the third quarter, a decrease from the 10.3 million units in the third quarter of 2017. Despite a drop of about 6% in sales, it is still much higher than other competitors on the market. IDC believes that because of the iPad introduced back in March, it help drive sales of the tablets.
The refreshed $329 iPad with Pencil support that launched in late March continued to drive volume although it was unable to maintain the same momentum from the third quarter of 2017 as that was the first time in a while that Apple had released a lower cost iPad. iPad Pro saw year-on-year declines in anticipation of a refresh at the beginning of the fourth quarter, which bodes well for Apple through the end of the year.
Apple's share in tablet market was 26.6%, up from 25.9% in the same period last year. The increase in Apple's market share was attributed to the decline of other rivals in the market. On the IDC list, Apple is still far ahead of its primary rival Samsung, which has sold 5.3 million tablet in the third quarter of 2018, with a market share of 14.6%.

Last weekend, Steve Troughton-Smith, an app developer who like dig and leak new Apple products via iOS system, found out some tidbits of second generation of Apple Pencil. The first generation Apple Pencil was released in September 2015, and is currently compatible 1st-gen iPad Pro and above, iPad 2018, expect it will support the existing models as well.

According to Steve Troughton-Smith, the Apple Pencil 2 has a model number of B332 and has buttons on the side that can be used when the user clicks a button, double-clicks a button, or slides over buttons to change the brush size or pen. The button on Apple Pencil 2 can be thought of as a "right-click menu activator": you will be able to perform some gestures.

The way I figure, the new Pencil will have a button of some sort on the side that when you hold down you can perform gestures with the Pencil — tap, double tap, or swipe. A solid state button sounds very Apple-y. Devs could perhaps use for radial contextual menus

The company will hold a press event tomorrow to launch redesigned iPad Pros, second-generation Apple Pencil, as well as new Mac computers. The media event will kick off at 10:00 AM Eastern Time, which will be in 7:00 AM in Pacific Time, watch the time!

Update: According to the leaker Benjamin Geskin, the second-generation Apple Pencil will adopt a more minimalist design, remove the silver ring at the top, and will also support a new charging method, as well as magnetic that will be sticks to the iPad and the support of gestures thanks to the newly-added side button

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Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest investor report claiming that we could see Apple to launch new iPad Mini on next week’s event alongside two updated iPad Pros, as he shares details on the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPower, and Macs.

Firstly, Kuo says Apple is prepared to debut new iPad Pro with new design and improved display, USB-C support for charging instead of Lightning port, redesigned Apple Pencil, as well as upgraded processors. However, we can expect the tablet would feature Face ID, edge-edge screen, no Home button and no headphone jack.

Furthermore, the analyst believes that Apple could launch new iPad mini version, where he expect it to have faster processors and better display. It’s worth to note that, Kuo, however, if Apple will announce it next week or early of 2019.

Other things he said that Apple will debut are a new Mac mini, MacBook Air, and iMac with internal upgrades and brings speed bump. Lastly, he noted that new AirPods and AirPower would arrive either next week or earlier of next year. Apple will host the October event on October 30th in New York City.

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We are just under a week before the Google held their hardware events, the latest leaks say that Google will at least launch a new Pixelbook successor. Today, Android Police editor David Ruddock posted a tweet saying that Google Pixel Slate is the name of Google's first Chrome OS tablet since it was already been discussed multiple times and from a trusted source.

Google Pixel Slate is the name of Google's first Chrome OS tablet. This name has been offered up so many times as a possibility I don't even think it's worthy of a story, but this is from a source I trust.

Although Pixel Slate is not the first Chrome OS tablet, however, it's the first tablet launched by Google. According to the 9to5Google report, the 'Pixel Slate' name has appeared on the accessory manufacturer Brydge website, reporting that the manufacturer is producing a new keyboard for the new Google Pixel device, indicating that the device should be a tablet.

Alongside Pixel Slate, which will be directly competing with Apple's iPad lineup (which happens to be refreshed in this next month), Google will also unveil Pixel 3 and Pixel XL that said to be featured with a notch, and a Pixel Watch. The event will hold in October 3rd in New York City.

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According to the US Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) 2018 Household Appliances and Electronics Report, Apple's Mac and iPad still have the highest customer satisfaction scores among PC and tablet manufacturers, including Amazon, Samsung, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, etc.

ACSI points out that Apple's devices are rated the best in almost every aspect of the customer experience, whether it's in device design, functionality, or ease of operations. Although most of Apple's Mac and iPad products have not been updated in 2018, the Cupertino firm still got the highest score, which is 83 points, same as last year.

As the report suggests, Amazon is approaching Apple with an ASCI score of 82 points. Samsung and Amazon tied for 82 points. Samsung has also succeed well response in terms of customer experience, but it can't be compared with Apple in terms of functions, including the operating system, pre-installed apps and data storage.

To create a scoring system and compile device scores, ACSI surveys approximately 250,000 customer visits per year to analyze customer satisfaction for more than 380 companies in 46 industries. However, ASCI interviewed 6,062 customers for this study.

Apple's retail store in Amsterdam has evacuated consumers in the Store and temporarily shut down due to the explosion of the iPad battery and the release of potentially harmful substances into the air, reports iCulture. At 3:00 pm, it was told the store has reopened.

Apple staff safely preserved the iPad after it exploded and pierced the battery in a sand container. Luckily, the accident didn't cause fire or smoke, and there were no major injuries. However, three employees with difficulty breathing were treated by emergency personnel.

Ever since Apple started the iPhone battery replacement program, we have seen several similar incidents in the past few months. Apple stores in Switzerland and Spain have evacuated due to overheating of iPhone batteries, fortunately, only a few employees of Apple suffered a minor burn.

We don't know how did it occur, and whether it caused by an official battery pack or a third-party replacement. Anyway, we recommend that don't try to replace a swollen battery on your iPhone or iPad. The best way to do this is to go to a local Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider as soon as possible.

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According to a DigiTimes report, in September this year, Apple will release the "entry-level" MacBook, which is priced at $1,200 and comes with a 14-nm Kaby Lake processor. At the same time, Quanta Computer will be responsible for the production of the new MacBook, TrendForce's article also stated that Apple to launch MacBook in September or October.

DigiTimes today also discussed the highly-anticipated AirPower wireless charging mat, which will be priced between $160 and $190. At the iPhone X event last year, Apple previewed AirPower, but it has not been officially released because of some heating issues.

Finally, DigiTimes cited supply chain news that Apple will unveil two newly designed iPad Pros in September this year, measured at 11 inches and 12.9 inches. The new iPad Pro features a bezel-less screen that supports the Face ID. In addition, the next generation iPad Pro will support 18W USB-C fast charging, as of now, it uses 12W charger.


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The Eurasian Economic Commission database has become one of the best tools for predicting future upcoming Apple products. Earlier this month, new MacBook models appeared in the database, and Apple has released 2018 MacBook Pro models yesterday. However, now they revealed the model numbers of the upcoming 2018 iPhones and iPads.

Apple has registered a number of iPhones running iOS 12 in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, which means these iPhones are clearly new products. The iPhone models that appeared at this time include A1920, A1921, A1984, A2097, A2098, A2099, A2101, A2103, A2104, A2105 and A2106.

Even though we are unclear which models these models correspond to, rumors suggest Apple will release three new iPhones this year, including the second-generation of iPhone X, the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. It can be speculated that A19, A20, and A21 match to these three iPhones.

Finally, they also showed two iPad models running the iOS 11 system. Earlier this month, there were also five iPad models that registered in the database, so there are currently 7 unreleased iPad models.

Steven Troughton-Smith, who leaked several accurate features of the iPhone X, is now back with new evidence that the new iPad will come with Face ID. 

This evidence comes from Apple's AvatarKit development framework that is available on the iPad since iOS 12 was available for beta testers, which is the basis for Apple's Animoji and Memoji. Previously, only the iPhone X firmware had the AvartarKit framework, because the True-Depth camera system still required to do face tracking.

As shown in the figure, the integration of the framework in the iOS 12 beta is another example of the upcoming iPad with Face ID support. The previous evidence is that after the user upgraded iPad to iOS 12, gestures have changed some, much similar to the iPhone X's, such as launching control center's gesture trigger point to the upper right corner.

iPad Pro with Face ID support is nothing new, analysts like Mark Gurman and Ming-Chi Kuo who believed that Apple will schedule to release in this fall, most likely around September. The new iPad is expected to have design elements of iPhone X, such as thin bezels, no Home button, support for Face ID, and more. 

Top Apple News Today:

iPhone 7 Users May Experience Mic Failure After Upgrading To iOS 11.3: Apple has touted out that customers may experience a grayed-out speaker button during phone calls, which may also prevent affected customers from being heard during phone calls or FaceTime video chats, they could face the failure after updating their phones to iOS 11.3. 

To troubleshoot the issue, Apple recommends disconnecting any Bluetooth or other audio accessories and running audio diagnostics. If the warranty period has expired, its service providers can request an exception for this particular issue, and perhaps repair them free of charge. (via MacRumors

iPad To Receive Major Upgrades With iOS 13: Apple is working several major iPad upgrades for iOS 13 next year. Codenamed "Yukon", the update featured a revamped Files app, in-app tabs similar to the one in macOS apps, support for using the same app side-by-side in Split View multitasking mode, an unknown Apple Pencil feature, as well as a home screen redesign that made for the tablet, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman.

Apple Shares Gets New Record Of Intraday Trading; As reported by CNBC, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm brought 75 million Apple shares last quarter; he now holds 240.3 million shares worth $42.5 billion. Thanks to the news, Apple stock price gone up to $183.83 per share, making the record-high intraday trading. (via 9to5mac)

Other news including Apple to shut down Texture app for Windows in end of the June after its acquisition, and begins to inking deals with publishers in Apple News for exclusive video series on the platform.

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According to research firm IDC, although global tablet shipments in the first quarter of 2018 declined 11.7% from the prior year, the iPads had the highest share of the worldwide tablet market during last quarter in four years, as Apple reported on Tuesday that it sold 9,1 million iPads during the period.

For the sake of comparison, it estimates that iPads accounted for 28.8 percent of tablet shipments over the three-month period, compared to 24.9 percent in the year-ago quarter, which gives a 2.1% of year-over-year growth, And the growth also helped iPad grab highest first quarter market share since 2014, when it captured a 32.7 percent stake.

Surprisingly, Samsung's tablet share stays the same, in which they captured 16.7% in both 1Q 2018 and 1Q 2017, but the shipments has went down from six million in the year-ago quarter. Amazon, however, faced even larger decline, as it's estimated to have shipped just 1.1 million tablets from January through March, a 49.5 percent decline from the year-ago quarter.

On the other hand, Chinese tablet vendors like Huawei and Lenovo all saw impressive growth, with Huawei gained 13 percentage points. Looking into future, the iPad sales will be continue climbing up, since that Apple has introduced couple low-priced versions.

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Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo rolled out a report that Apple's new low-cost 9.7-inch iPad may includes Apple Pencil support in order to differentiate the lower-cost iPads from competing low-cost Android tablets. Kuo believes 9.7-inch iPad shipments will account for more than 70 percent of all iPad shipments in 2018.

There's clearly a speculation that the cheaper iPad to support Apple Pencil, as the Spring education event invitation includes an Apple Pencil sketched company logo. For now, 9.7-inch iPad model, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and both versions of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro devices are capable of supporting Apple Pencil.

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In the meantime, Apple has just confirmed that it will not be live stream for the March 27 education-focused event set to take place at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, according to Events app on the Apple TV, which says that a video will be uploaded later in the day.

Base on recent rumors, the company likely to release a new cheaper iPad for schools, the tablet could priced as low as $249. Apple is also said to launch new low-cost MacBook that costs below $1000, even through Bloomberg's Mark Gurman said on Friday that the laptops are still in the works.

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Other products that might unveil in the event including the AirPower wireless charging mat, AirPods charging case, iPhone X in Blush Gold color, or even an second-generation iPhone SE that brings speed bumps. Software side, the tech-giant will be releasing iOS 11.3, watchOS 4.3, macOS 10.14.3, as well as tvOS 11.3.

It seems that Apple is expected to launch a handful of new hardware this year, including an iPad Pro to debut at WWDC that featured with Face ID, upcoming 2018 iPhone models, MacBook Air, and HomePod, as reported by Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang along with Taiwan's Economic Daily News.

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First of all, the Chinese report says that there will be a speaker made by Apple forecasted to launch in the second half of 2018 for between $150 and $200 in the United States. As of now, the company's first speaker called HomePod, retail for the price of $349, although is more expensive than the Amazon Echo and Google Home for $99 and $129, but it ships the better sound quality.

Another prediction made by the Taiwan media, is that Apple will launch a more affordable MacBook Air in the second quarter of 2018 for $799 - $899, and the price range came from WitsView researcher Yubin Qiu. The current MacBook Air starts at $999.

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Speaking to the iPads, both reports claimed the Cupertino company likely to debut at least one iPad model in second quarter of this year. With EDN saying that Apple is considering to release a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad for $259 in the second quarter of 2018. Meanwhile, Zhang believes revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no home button, similar to iPhone X, but to keep 10.5 and 12.9-inch sizes.

Today's report also confirmed a prediction from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which he expects Apple to launch a mid-range ($700-$800) 6.1-inch iPhone, as it will be continue to use 3GB of RAM but featured with a 3D sensing for Face ID and Animoji, and lacking 3D Touch. 

Apple is rumored to unveil new devices later this month, like the AirPower, a new AirPods charging case, or even a second-generation of iPhone SE. We think the date is clocked on March 21st, a days Spring season kicks off. What products are you expecting to see in this year?

According to French media Consomac who spotted several unreleased Apple devices which were recently added to the Eurasian Economic Commission’s database, and it appears that Apple registered new tablets, suggesting an iPad refearsh is on the table.

The two new iPads' model numbers are A1954 and A1893. In additon, there are a handful of "sample" products listed that have model numbers starting with AA and CC, it's unclear what those listings may pertain to.

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Multiple rumors suggest Apple to update iPad Pro this year with iPhone X features like the TrueDepth camera, Face ID and Animoji, but we are unclear from the filing if these model numbers belong to the refreshed iPad Pro models or updated 9.7-inch iPads and iPad mini models.

From the track records, similar filings with the Eurasian Economic Commission have been submitted for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2, AirPods, as well as MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, all within one to two weeks before each product was released.

All in all, these fillings strongly hinting that Apple would release a bunch of new products in March, like iPads and a MacBook refresh. At same time, the tech-giant is also expected to release iOS 11.3 during the event, that brings four new Animojis, battery management, Messages app update, and more!

According to the new data shared by research firm IDC today, Apple's tablet devices - iPad remains the world's most popular tablet by a significant margin, helped by the lower-price iPad which continued to drive a strong consumer upgrade cycle.

Confirmed by its Q1 18 (Q4 17) earnings results, Apple has sold a total of 43.8 million iPad units last year, compared to Samsung's 24.9 million and Amazon's 16.7 million, which were estimated by IDC. Interestingly, the combined Samsung-Amazon total of 41.6 million tablet sales is still lower than iPad shipments.

Apple domainite a 26.8 percent share of the entire tablet market in 2017, in other words, roughly one in every four tablets sold last year was an iPad. Apple's tablet market shares rose 3 percentage points year-on-year. Ranked by number 2, Samsung's share was notably dropped by 6.4 percent in 2017, compare to 2016.

IDC wrote that the shifting focus is to iPad Pro and its potential in the commercial as well as education segments, overall, Apple's growth in iPad sales, albeit relatively flat. At Last week, the company reported revenue of $5.8 billion from iPad sales in the fourth quarter of 2017, hinting its strong growth in iPad business.

Looking into future, multiple rumors have suggested that Apple to launch at least one of new iPad Pro model with slimmer bezels, no home button, and Face ID. As for the lower-cost 9.7-inch iPad and iPad mini, we assuming each could receive a routine speed bump this year among other upgrades as well.

Apple is now selling refurbished Apple TV 4K models, but also offering refurbished iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. Both iPhone 7 and 7 Plus unveiled in 2016, the 12.9 of iPad Pro 2 launched in June of 2017, while Apple TV 4k released in September of last year.

For the Apple TV model, Apple offering 32GB and 64GB versions that are available for $149 and $169 respectively in the United States, reflecting modest savings $30 off from regular pricing for the equivalent brand new Apple TV 4K configurations. The same saving was not found in other countries.

For the iPhone 7 models that are available in all three storage capacities, including 32GB for $499, 128GB for $589, and 256GB for $679, along with iPhone 7 Plus models with 32GB or 128GB of storage are available for $599 and $689. That is a 10 percent off from current prices.

For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models includes Wi-Fi models with 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB of storage, they are in stock for $679, $809, and $979, respectively. And all three colors are available, including Space Gray, Silver, and Gold. 

Apple has promise that all refurbished products are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged with a new white box and all manuals and accessories. These refurbished products are often virtually indistinguishable from brand new products, so they represent a saving opportunity, as they also come with Apple's standard one-year warranty.

According to sources from Digitimes, Apple is "considering" releasing an updated low-cost 9.7-inch iPad next year with a starting price around $259, that’s $70 cheaper than the entry-level 9.7-inch iPad that Apple launched in March of 2017.

It’s reported that Apple wants to push this even cheaper tablet towards price conscious markets, such as industrial enterprise deployments as well as regular price-sensitive consumers. They also wants to witness a new wave of price competition among first-tier players like Samsung, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo.

With the new device, the sources expect the tablet market to witness a new wave of price competition among first-tier players including Samsung Electronics, Amazon, Huawei and Lenovo.

The sources pointed out that Apple's new iPad may arrive in the second quarter of 2018 and in addition to regular consumers Apple is also looking to expand the inexpensive iPad into the industrial and service sectors.

It’s unclear whether this new $259 iPad would be introduced additional to the $329 model, or if it would replace it entirely as its lower-priced successor. As for Technical specifications of this device, the report didn’t mentions any words; I could think very well be a slightly-tweaked version of the current 2017 iPad sold at a lower price point another year later.

Meanwhile, the same sources claims that Apple is likely to outsource the production of the new affordable iPad to Compal Electronics, while giving the device's PCB orders to Compeq and Unitech Printed Circuit Board. Keep in mind, when it comes Apple product details, Digitimes is not the most trustworthy of sources to date.

According to Chinese website MyDrivers, Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models will feature with octa-core processors, based on Taiwanese supplier TSMC's improved 7nm manufacturing process. The chip tentatively named “A11X Bionic is an enhanced version of the A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X series.

The report, citing sources within Apple's supply chain, which claims the eight cores in the tentatively named A11X Bionic chip will include three high-performance "Monsoon" cores and five energy-efficient "Mistral" cores. The A11X chip reportedly to feature with TSMC's integrated fan-out wafer level packaging, or InFO WLP for short.

The upcoming A11X Bionic chip will also benefit from TSMC’s seven-nanometer process technology versus the ten-nanometer process technology used to fabricate the A11 Bionic silicon. The chip will as well presumably include a next-generation M11 coprocessor and neural engine for artificial intelligence tasks, such Face ID for 2018 iPad models.

The eight-core processor should unsurprisingly result in CPU performance improvements on next-gen of iPad Pro models, which means A12 chip is an enhanced version of A11X chip. The current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models equipped with an A10X Fusion chip that based on TSCM's 10nm fabrication process.

KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that in addition to gaining Face ID, 2018 iPad Pro models are expected to have an iPhone X form factor with slimmer bezels and no Home button. However, the tablets will reportedly continue to have LCD displays due to yield rates.

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Bloomberg today rolls out new report that details what to expect from next year's iPad Pros next year. It reports Apple is working on a new high-end 2018 iPad that will adopt many of the design elements from the revamped iPhone X, and predicted that Face ID and no Home Button will come to the iPad Pro lineup in 2018.

We are expecting it will feature slimmer edges, a faster processor (A11X), a custom Apple-built GPU, and built-in support for Face ID, allowing it to be unlocked with a facial scan much like the iPhone X. Since it will featuring Face ID, there's no need for a Touch ID Home button. A new version of Apple Pencil and new "software tools" are also said to be in the development.

By removing the home button, Apple plans to noticeably reduce the size of the edges on the top and bottom of the device for the first time since its introduction in 2010, bringing the design closer to that of the recently released flagship iPhone X. The new version will mark the first revamped look for the iPad since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015.

The report also suggest that it is not likely we’ll see iPads switch to OLED displays next year. iPhone X features a 5.8-inch OLED display, but the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro screens are larger and could include features like ProMotion or Apple Pencil support that aren’t on iPhones. OLED definitely a pricier component due largely to supply as well so cost is a major factor.

According to the publication, the revamped iPad is expected to be released "a little more than a year" after the prior iPad Pro update, suggesting it could see a launch sometime around September. Apple refreshed its iPad Pro lineup in June of 2017 at the WWDC, brought True Tone display technology to the iPad family.

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According to the latest CNBC All-America Economic Survey reports that 64% of Americans now own at least one Apple product, the average U.S. household now owns an average of 2.6 Apple products. The similar question that was asked back in 2012, the numbers were 50% and 1.6 products. Even more impressive is that there're very few demographics where Apple product ownership is below 50%.

Apple device ownership rates dip below 50 percent in the 2017 survey for Americans with incomes under $30,000, retirees, and women over the age of 50. However, the "wealthiest Americans" own 4.7 Apple products per household, while the poorest owns one. Other statistics include 3.7 devices per household in the West of the United States, while households in the South owned 2.2 devices on average.

I cannot think of any other product — especially any other product at a high price point — that has that kind of permeation with the public and level of growth,'' said Jay Campbell, pollster with Hart Research, which conducted the survey along with Public Opinion Strategies.

64 % of those claimed that the time they spend on an iPhone is "mostly productive and useful," while 27% said that it's "mostly unproductive." On average, the time spent on an iPhone was "dominated" by phone calls, emails, and texting, followed by social media. Most Americans surveyed said that they were less likely to spend time watching videos, playing games, and shopping on their iPhone.

It’s also worth to note that the All-America Economic Survey polled 800 people across the United States in late September, and CNBC said that the survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. In a separate study conducted by Piper Jaffray earlier in 2017, it was found that 76 percent of teens polled owned an iPhone, increasing from 69 percent in the same period a year prior.

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