Microsoft Surface Sales Well Below Shipments, Says iSuppli
January 30, 2013

Sales of Microsoft's first Surface tablet fell well short of the 1 million mark, while return rates were high, IHS iSuppli told CNET.

Shipments of the Surface RT device, which debuted last quarter, into the channel were about 1.25 million, but sales out of the channel "were significantly lower, maybe on the order of 55 to 60 percent of that figure," said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at iSuppli, citing the market research firm's estimates.

That would put sales in the range of between roughly 680,000 and 750,000 based on those percentages.

Breaking Through
November 1, 2012

In every market—good, bad or indifferent—there are companies and products that manage, in spite of the odds, to deliver something new that changes either the way we think about entertainment, or the way the competition thinks about particular products.

IHS iSuppli: 4K TV Will See Small Marginal Share
October 4, 2012

Consumer demand for 4K TV sets - or sets that offer 3,840 by 2,160 pixel resolution, four times 1080p - will remain marginal for years to come, never gaining for than 1% of the global LCD market through 2017, according to a new IHS iSuppli forecast.

The research firm is expecting a mere 4,000 4K TVs to be shipped in 2012, and that number will grow to 2.1 million in 2017, when it will still only represent 0.8% of global LCD TV shipments. This despite the fact 4K has garnered lots of press

Apple Dominates Tablet Market in Q2 with 70 Percent Share
August 14, 2012

Apple's iPad is proving extremely difficult to catch.

According to data released today by research firm IHS iSuppli, Apple nabbed 69.6 percent of the tablet market in the second quarter on 17 million shipments worldwide. Samsung, its arch-nemesis, came in second place with 9.2 percent share on 2.3 million tablet shipments. Amazon and Asus took the third and fourth spots with 4.2 percent and 2.8 percent share, respectively.

"Apple is making all the right moves to rebuild its dominant position in the tablet space," Rhoda Alexander

The PC Looks Like it's Dying
August 7, 2012

Blame it on lack of innovation. Blame it on the economy. Blame it on the tablet. Whatever one blames it on, PCs are not doing well. Sales of computers were down in the second quarter and the outlook for the rest of 2012 is gloomy. Even the upcoming release of Microsoft Windows 8 is unlikely to shift the wheezing PC business back into gear. What's going on?

Market research firm IDC reported that PC shipments totaled 86.7 million units last quarter, down 0.1% from the year earlier period.

Rumor Patrol: How Apple Could Surprise Us With A New iPod Nano
August 1, 2012

An overhauled iPod Nano could arrive in Apple's upcoming news event. And it could be an Apple secret weapon.

I bet that when you picture an iPod you absolutely don't think of the current iPod Nano. You probably imagine a classic iPod or perhaps the new iPod Touch (which, by Apple's own numbers) is keeping the iPod revenue stream still flowing even as the MP3 player's relevance declines. But if some of the current rumblings prove correct, you may be making a mistake because the Nano could be a secret weapon

Apple's Buying Power Relegates Samsung to Distant Second
July 26, 2012

Here's another category where Apple and Samsung go head to head: chip buying. And Apple's dominance is expanding rapidly.

Rip off the plastic, metal, and glass on any consumer device, and it's pretty much all chips. And if you're the No. 1 buyer of those chips, as Apple is, that means you hold a lot of sway over global chip manufacturing.

More sway than chip kingpin Samsung (which Apple, ironically, buys lots of chips from).

"It's well known that Apple has already conquered the smartphone and tablet segments

Intel Planning Booming Touch Screen Demand for New Laptops
July 2, 2012

With demand for tablets and smartphones surging, Intel Corp. is betting that supplies of touchscreens will start to run short just as PC makers begin to introduce touch-enabled laptops and other devices.

To ensure that PC manufacturers don't get squeezed out, the chipmaker last month said it had agreed to pay four Taiwanese touch-screen makers to secure supplies of the parts.

Intel's deals reflect the difficulty of getting key components as the tablet market is poised to jump 48 percent to $66.4 billion in 2012, according to researcher DisplaySearch. Shares of Intel partners

The Major Crisis in TV
July 2, 2012

Nobody is buying sets. As a result, television manufacturers have had a rough few years --and their prospects for the near term aren't very bright.

Once hot flat panel TVs are not, at least according to the latest data from NPD DisplaySearch. Worldwide TV shipments fell by 8% from a year prior in the first quarter of 2012. That was the steepest rate of decline since the second quarter of 2009. The biggest contributor to this decline was a slowdown in shipments of LCD sets, which fell year-on-year for the first time ever.