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American Apple has made a remarkable move, selling its iPhone 5S on discounter Lidl's German web shop.

Smartwatch sales have more than tripled in the first quarter of 2016, compared to a year ago: that boils down to more than four million smartwatches in the past three months.

For the sixth straight quarter, tablet sales have dropped. In 2016's first quarter, 15 % fewer tablets were shipped compared to the year before, while market leaders Apple and Samsung even had to accept lower market shares in that shrinking market.

Three electronics giants (Apple, Samsung and Sony) have published their results this week, showing that only Samsung managed to grow in the smartphone market over the past quarter.

More than 8.1 million smartwatches were shipped in the fourth quarter of 2015, while 'only' 7.9 million watches 'made in Switzerland' were sold in the same timeframe.

In 2015's last quarter, the worldwide tablets sales have dropped 13.7 %, which means that 65.9 million tablets were sold in total. For the entire year, 206.8 million tablets were sold. 

Over the past quarter, Apple has not managed to meet expectations, for the first time in a long time. The stagnant iPhone sales are mostly to blame, as it failed to grow as fast as expected.

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