Apple Sells 9M iPhones Over The Weekend, A New Record

By | Monday September 23, 2013 @ 6:10am PDT

Apple shares are up more than 6% in pre-market trading after its announcement about the weekend sales — the first that included its new iPhone 5C and 5S.Read More »

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Apple’s Shares Hit Again On Its Decision To Keep iPhone Prices High

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 1:56pm PDT

Investors continued to hammer Apple after it made clear yesterday that it will continue to try to keep profit margins high on its iPhones, and not release a budget-priced model that might help it expand into developing markets.Read More »

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UPDATE: Apple Shares Slip After It Introduces New iPhones And iOS Update

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 11:42am PDT

Investors were hoping that a low-priced iPhone would help Apple to expand in developing countries. But shares are -2.8% following a presentation where Apple CEO Tim Cook played up … Read More »

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Will Apple’s New iPhones Thrill Investors More Than Consumers?

By | Monday September 9, 2013 @ 8:53am PDT

That’s the way things look ahead of tomorrow’s long-awaited product announcement. Just about everybody anticipates two new iPhone models — as well as an updated iOS 7 operating system, and perhaps a Pandora-like Internet music service and a software upgrade for Apple TV — that plug holes in Apple‘s business model but probably won’t dazzle fans who expect the company to dance on technology’s cutting edge. One year after it introduced the iPhone 5, Apple’s iPhone 5S is expected to offer high-end users some modest improvements. It likely will have a more powerful processor, a better camera, fingerprint recognition for security, near field communications, and some new colors. In other words, it will have just enough to reassure iPhone fans that they don’t have to envy Android users who’ll approach the holiday shopping season with several improved choices from manufacturers including Samsung, Motorola, and Sony. But investors will be more interested in the second model, expected to be called iPhone 5C, that Cowen and Co. analyst Timothy Arcuri predicts will be little more than “a glorified iPod Touch with a cellular radio.” Read More »

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Apple Looks To Revive iPhone Maps With Deal For Transit Navigator HopStop: Report

By | Saturday July 20, 2013 @ 1:36pm PDT

This is actually the second of two agreements this week to upgrade Apple’s much maligned iPhone 5 mapping features, says Bloomberg which disclosed the HopStop acquisition. The app operates in 500 cities, and helps users find the … Read More »

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Apple Prepares To Sell New iPhone This Summer: WSJ

By | Tuesday April 2, 2013 @ 1:15pm PDT

For those of you who can’t get enough iPhone news: The new model will be “similar in size and shape to [the] current one” and will go into production this quarter The Wall Street Journal reports citing … Read More »

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Samsung Unveils Bigger, Thinner Galaxy S4

By | Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 6:42pm PDT

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Samsung Mobile just unpacked its next flagship smartphone, christening it the Galaxy S4 and loading it with improved technical specs and nifty functions the company hopes might entice high-end users away from Apple’s iPhone and other competitors. Streamed lived to some 400,000 people over YouTube from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, the Galaxy S4 announcement increases pressure on Apple and others to improve their own flagship smartphones, particularly to meet stiff competition in faster-growing overseas markets. Read More »

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Apple’s Year-End Earnings Beat Forecasts But iPhone Sales Numbers Disappoint

By | Wednesday January 23, 2013 @ 1:44pm PST

UPDATE, 3:00 PM: CEO Tim Cook added fuel to the speculation that Apple will come up with a potentially game-changing television. In a call with analysts he said it “remains” a topic of “intense interest for us” adding … Read More »

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UPDATE: Apple Shares Close Below $500

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 1:25pm PST

UPDATE, 1:25 PM: Apple ended the day at $485.92, -3.2% — the stock’s lowest closing price since February 8, 2012. The performance stood in contrast to the slight rise in both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Standard & Poor’s 500. Investor concerns about how much and how quickly Apple can grow are sure to weigh on CEO Tim Cook as he prepares to talk with analysts on January 23, when the company releases its earnings for the last three months of 2012. Read More »

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Will Apple Shares Fall Below $500 Today?

By | Monday December 17, 2012 @ 8:12am PST

That’s a real possibility, and a potential milestone for a three-month period during which the consumer electronics company has declined more than 28% from its 52-week high of $705. Apple‘s down about 1% in early trading today to $506, the lowest it’s been since February. Investors fear that iPhone 5 sales are short of expectations following reports, including several last week, that Apple has cut orders from its suppliers. That’s one reason Citi just downgraded Apple to “neutral” from “buy,” and cut the price target to $575 from $675. Although the reports from suppliers are “inconclusive,” analyst Glen Yeung says that they “bring into question the strength of iPhone 5 and refocus investors onto risks in the Apple story.” The company tried to reassure the market today, disclosing that it has sold more than 2M iPhone 5s in China in the three days after its December 14 launch there. “iPhone 5 will be available in more than 100 countries by the end of December, making it the fastest iPhone rollout ever,” it says. Read More »

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Have iPhone 5 Assembly Lines In China Been Hit By A Strike?

By | Saturday October 6, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT

We see conflicting reports today out of China. Rights group China Labor Watch says that “multiple iPhone 5 production lines from various factory buildings were in a state of paralysis for the entire day” yesterday after as many as 4,000 production workers at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory went on strike. Employees objected to the company’s requirement that  they work on the country’s National Day holiday that runs from October 1 to October 8, and its failure to train them to produce phones that meet its standards, the group reports. Workers also said that design defects make it difficult to fulfill requirements that phones have no scratches on frames and back covers, and no indentation of more than 0.02 mm. That led to fights between production workers and quality control inspectors., “This strike is a result of the fact that these workers just have too much pressure,” says CLW Executive Director Li Qiang. Read More »

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Apple Apologizes For Flawed Maps App

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 6:33am PDT

This had to hurt. Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledged this morning that his company’s Maps product — which replaced Google Maps in the new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 operating system — “fell short” of his company’s standards. “We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better,” he said in a public letter. Cook’s mea culpa follows widespread reports across the Internet from people who became lost after relying on the Apple app for travel directions. For example, New York Times writer David Pogue wrote this week that he used his iPhone to reach a speaking engagement, but “When the app told me that I had arrived, I was sitting in a random suburban cul-de-sac.” Cook says that “The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get.” But he added that, in the meantime, they can download map apps from competitors including Bing, MapQuest, Waze, Google, and Nokia.

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Will Apple Be Able To Keep Up With Demand For Its iPhone 5?

By | Monday September 24, 2012 @ 9:57am PDT

That has to be a real concern for the company today: Apple sold 5M units in the smartphone’s opening weekend in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK, it said today. That means demand for iPhone 5 already exceeds the supply. Some people who pre-ordered will have to wait until next month to receive them, Apple says. And production could slow after the phone’s manufacturer, Foxconn Technology Group, shut a factory today in China following fights that Bloomberg says involved as many as 2,000 workers with 40 people hospitalized. A Foxconn spokesman wouldn’t say whether the plant makes iPhone 5 parts. Meanwhile iPhone 5-mania is just beginning: The new smartphone will be offered in 22 additional countries beginning Friday, and will sell in more than 100 countries by year-end. Apple CEO Tim Cook says this morning that although “we have sold out of our initial supply, stores continue to receive iPhone 5 shipments regularly and customers can continue to order online and receive an estimated delivery date. We appreciate everyone’s patience and are working hard to build enough iPhone 5s for everyone.” Read More »

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Apple Seeks $535M More From Samsung

By | Saturday September 22, 2012 @ 2:49pm PDT

Apple has asked a judge for an additional $535 million in its U.S. patent fight with Samsung Electronics Co. A jury last month awarded Apple $1.05 billion in ruling that Samsung had willfully violated 5 of 7 … Read More »

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BlackBerry Hit With Outages On First Day Of iPhone 5 Sales

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 12:18pm PDT

Talk about lousy timing. Shares in Research In Motion are down 6.5% this afternoon after it reported that BlackBerry users in much of Europe and Africa lost their Internet and email services for as long as three hours. The problem … Read More »

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iPhone 5 Friday: Lines Everywhere From Asia To America; But Not France?

By | Friday September 21, 2012 @ 1:27am PDT

Hey Hollywood, don’t be surprised if your staffers show up late or disappear longer for lunch today because they’re trying to score the new faster and sleeker and longer battery life iPhone 5. Lines from New York to Tokyo, San … Read More »

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Apple Shares Top $700, A New High

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 2:30pm PDT

Apple shares only moved up 0.3% today. But it was enough to push the stock to $701.91, a new record. The ascent follows the company’s announcement yesterday that it had more than 2M pre-orders for its iPhone Read More »

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IPhone 5 Demand Forces Delivery Delay As Preorders Pass 2 Million

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 11:59am PDT

The 2 million preorders for the new iPhone 5 is a record, Apple said today, doubling the 1 million preorders for iPhone 4S and 600,000 for iPhone 4. Analysts expected sales figures for the first 24 hours of the … Read More »

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Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 5

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 10:22am PDT

The leakers were right: Apple‘s new iPhone (yes, it’s called iPhone 5) is taller and slimmer than previous models — it’s 7.6 mm thick. It’s also 20% lighter than the previous iPhone 4s. It has a 4-inch screen which can accommodate a 5th row of icons. It works with 4G LTE wireless networks including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint and multiple providers overseas. It’s powered by a new chip, called A6, that’s smaller but more potent than the previous A5 chip. Even so, Apple says that the battery can last 8 hours during 3G talk time and browsing, 10 hours for Wi-Fi browsing and video watching, 40 hours playing music, and 225 hours on standby. The camera has modes to work better in low light and stitch images together to create a panorama view. The front camera can take 1080p HD video with image stabilization. The phones have a smaller connector, and adapters. They’ll run the iOS 6 operating systems. Apple confirms that it’s replacing Google Maps with its own Maps app that can handle turn-by-turn navigation. Users can use the Siri voice command feature to create and post messages for Facebook. Phones will come in two colors: black and white. No change in pricing from the iPhone 4s: $199 for 16 Gb of memory, $299 for 32 Gb, and $399 for 64Gb. The iPhone 4s will be available for free with new or renewed phone subscriptions. The iPhone 5 will be released September 21; consumers can pre-order on September 14. Apple expects the iPhone 5 to be in 100 countries by year end. It’s also refreshing iTunes: iCloud will be built in. Read More »

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