Analyst questions whether Apple’s 70/30 revenue split in the App Store could hurt Services growth

While Apple has been touting its ever-growing Services segment as the future of growth, one analyst has concerns. As reported by CNBC, Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi has addressed concerns that the growing revolt against Apple’s 70/30 App Store revenue will hurt its long-term growth. more… The post Analyst questions whether Apple’s 70/30 revenue split in the […]

KGI: Apple laptop sales to grow ~15% in 2018, beating iPhone and iPad YoY growth

Apple’s line of MacBook laptops is likely to show better year-over-year growth in unit sales than both the iPad and the iPhone, according to a new report from KGI. The analyst predicts Mac laptop unit shipments will rise between 13-16% in 2018, compared to about 7-10% for iPad and a maximum of 6% for iPhone. […]

Refurbished, high-end iPhones are suffocating the growth of cheap new Androids

The fastest growing segment in global smartphones isn’t Google’s vision for super-cheap, simple Android phones. Instead, according to new market data, it’s refurbished high-quality phones that carry a desirable brand but can be sold at a more affordable price, a segment where Apple is "leading by a significant margin." AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Jennifer Bailey talks Apple Pay growth, Apple’s own retail efforts, and more to kickoff 2018

Earlier this month, Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey attended the National Retail Federation conference in New York City, talking about Apple’s effect on retail with Apple Pay, its own retail stores, and more. Bailey explained at the event that Apple Pay continues to grow and have a dramatic impact on commerce… more… 9to5Mac

iPhone chip supplier TSMC anticipates drop in premium phone shipments, Bitcoin to fuel growth

Chip manufacturer TSMC is anticipating a decline in shipments for premium smartphones this year, advising during its fourth-quarter earnings briefing that orders relating to cheaper mobile devices will rise slightly, with company growth likely to occur through embracing cryptocurrencies. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Apple overtakes Fitbit to become world’s top wearables vendor thanks to Apple Watch growth

While Apple itself doesn’t break out Apple Watch sales numbers due to competitive reasons, we can usually get a good idea of performance from analytic companies. Now, Strategy Analytics is out with its latest numbers, reporting that Apple sold 3.5 million Apple Watch units during the most recent quarter… more… 9to5Mac

Will this year’s hardware updates be enough to return the iPad to growth? [Poll]

Yesterday, we rounded up everything we currently know about Apple’s planned iPad updates for this year. We noted of a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and perhaps a refreshed, affordable 9.7-inch model, as well. With all of that in mind, however, are hardware updates enough to return the iPad […]