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%.

According to the report from Fast Company, Apple will release the first iPhone with 5G chip in 2020,  an anonymous source says Apple plans to use Intel's 8161 baseband chip on the 2020 iPhone product lineup, and Intel will become the exclusive supplier of 5G chips.

The upcoming 8161 chip will be built by Intel's 10nm process. It is said that Intel is currently testing a prototype of the 8161, the 8160 chip, which will be designed to use on the 5G iPhone prototype. Yet, the source also said that Apple was not happy with Intel recently as they could not successfully solve the heat issue and poor battery life of the 8160 chip.
Many wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T in the U.S., will initially rely on millimeter-wave spectrum (between 30 gigahertz and 300 Ghz) to connect the first 5G phones. But millimeter-wave signal requires some heavy lifting from the modem chips, our source explains. This causes the release of higher-than-normal levels of thermal energy inside the phone-so much so that the heat can be felt on the outside of the phone.
Although not really satisfied with Intel, Apple did not intend to settle the relationship with Qualcomm and restart the chip supply negotiations. Instead, Apple began contracting with MediaTek as a Plan B, and once Intel couldn't solve the issues, the company will switch to them instead. We should expect the first 5G smartphone coming out next year.

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According to few reddit users, popular music stream service Spotify will finally coming to Apple Watches as the public testing program available right now via Apple's TestFlight app, however, the exact time frame has not announced yet, perhaps later this month at earliest.

The upcoming Spotify's watchOS app will uses Apple's internal named StreamKit framework that will enable cellular Apple Watch models to receive data from third-party apps. The watchOS app looks like very basic, it just shows the app's icon, playback controls, and a toggle for shuffle mode. As you might guess, it doesn't support Offline mode for now.

These tester also says the app has yet to be optimized for 40mm and 44mm sized Apple Watch Series 4 models. Still today, Spotify is the most popular Music app on App Store, the music streaming service now has over 87 million paid subscribers, twice the amount that Apple Music has, which was at 43.5 million, though the figure hasn't update in a while.

Interested In Beta Testing? Check Out The Application Form Here!

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Apple removed has 11 Mac App Store categories, leaving only 10 categories in the current category tab. After the release of macOS Mojave in September, the Mac App Store offers 21 categories. The categories that Apple removed include: Finance, Lifestyle, Sports, Weather, Medical, Travel, Education, Reference, Entertainment, Health & Fitness, and News.

The remaining 10 categories include: Business, Developer Tools, Games, Graphics & Design, Music, Photography, Productivity, Social Networking, Utilities, as well as Video. According to a Twitter user who asked why the Mac App Store no longer showing all of 21 categories, Apple Support respond that this is a expected behavior, so Apple did that for purpose.

When a developer submits an app to the Mac App Store, they can choose between primary and secondary categories. The primary categories are important for app discovery, as users often find apps by category when they browse the Mac App Store or search.

At the moment, it's unclear why Apple is removing the Mac App Store category. The Apple Developer Documentation page has not changed and is still in shows 21 categories.

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Apple has reported its FY18 Q4 earnings, during this period, the Cupertino company sold 46.9 million iPhones, 9.69 million iPads, and 5.73 Macs. In total, the company made $62.9 billion in revenue and $14.12 billion of profit. The revenue and earnings per share figures were the best Fourth quarter ever in the company's history.

For the sake of comparison, in the year-ago quarter, Apple posted revenue of $53.3 billion in revenue, $11.5 billion in profit. When it comes to product sales, the U.S. tech-giant sold 41.3 million iPhone units, 11.55 million iPads, and 3.7 million Macs one year ago.

“We’re thrilled to report another record-breaking quarter that caps a tremendous fiscal 2018, the year in which we shipped our 2 billionth iOS device, celebrated the 10th anniversary of the App Store and achieved the strongest revenue and earnings in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Over the past two months, we’ve delivered huge advancements for our customers through new versions of iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac as well as our four operating systems, and we enter the holiday season with our strongest lineup of products and services ever.”

Other takes from the report like Apple has returned almost $23 billion to investors through the capital return program during the quarter, Services category accounts around 16% or brought $10 billion in revenue for Apple, just behind iPhones' 59% or brings $37.9 billion in revenue. as it reaches a new all-time high.

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The performance of the new 2018 iPad Pro has surfaced in the Geekbench database. The performance of the new 8-core A12X bionic chip is absolutely powerful, Apple said the new iPad Pro delivers up to 90 percent faster multi-core performance compared to the previous-generation models, it even comparable to the newest 15-inch MacBook Pro!

The new iPad Pro A12X chip has a single-core score of 5,025 and a multi-core score of 18,106, which is the fastest iPad in history. This result can even be compared to the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Intel's 6-core Core i7 chip). Though the single-score of A12X roughly the same as A12, the multi-core far better than the already-fast A12 chip.

On camera, the powerful tablets didn't improve but rather falls even behind than last year's models. The 2018 iPad Pro is arguably new and upgraded, with the exception of camera configuration. The new 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro's camera specs are not as strong as the previous 10.5-inch models: It lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) feature, and uses five-element lens taher than six-element lens.

The reasons behind it is the fact that they slim the new iPads down to just 5.9 mm thickness, they don't want the camera bump so bad, also a reason why they removed the headphone jack. Overall, the design is what the modern tablet suppose to be.

Apple has updated its list of "vintage and obsolete products list " this week and confirmed that from October 30th, the iPhone 5 became an vintage product in the US and Turkey, and obsolete products in other countries. according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

Vintage means if an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac product is no longer in production for more than five years but less than seven years, while obsolete products are those that were discontinued more than 7 years ago. Whether it's vintage or obsolete, the product will longer receive services from Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider.

The iPhone 5 was a milestone product back in the day, because it's the first iPhone that use a larger screen, as models prior to the iPhone 5 used a 3.5-inch screen. It's also the first Apple smartphone to support LTE and first to include a Lightning port instead of 30-pin port. Oh, by the way, the iPhone 5 is the first to have 8-megapixel rear camera lens.

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