Mac sales stabilise in Q4 amid worldwide PC shipment decline — After a steep slide last quarter, Apple’s Mac saw a 2.4% sales increase over the three-month period ending in December as the wider PC market continued to suffer a now five year drought. According to the latest estimates from Gartner, Apple shipped 5.4 million Macs to capture 7.5% of the worldwide PC market in the fourth calendar quarter of 2016, up 2.4% from 5.3 million units shipped and a 7% share of the market during the same period a year ago.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro stopped the decline, although it may not have added the sales boost Apple was hoping for.
Apple’s Lisa Jackson named to U.S. DOT advisory committee — Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, has been named to a new advisory committee of the US Department of Transportation to unify and regulate the introduction of automated vehicles to US highways. According to the Department of Transportation, the main focus of the group is the “development and deployment of automated vehicles, and determining the needs of the Department as it continues with its relevant research, policy, and regulations.”
LG UltraFine 5K is a great display for new MacBook Pros (and looks aren’t everything) — In a previous review, I mentioned that I wasn’t overly impressed with the LG UltraFine 4K, one of the monitors LG co-developed with Apple for use with the 2016 MacBook Pros. Thankfully, the UltraFine 5K addresses some of its smaller siblings’ shortcomings (as it should, since it’s more expensive).
The 27-inch display on the LG UltraFine 5K — which is 18.3 inches high, 24.6 inches wide, 9.4 inches deep, and weighs 18.7 pounds — is gorgeous. It boasts a 5120-by-2880 resolution, 14.7 million pixels, P3 wide color gamut, and 500 cd/m² of brightness.