Since the first shipment of the pre-orders for the iPad mini has already sold, tablets hit records wholesale and retail sales. About 850,000 units will be sold in first week of sales. In areport, obtained by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that in the first week of sales Apple may ship about 850,000iPad mini, based on a check of the supply chain and logistical considerations, such as transportation.
The United States Department of Defense plans to revise and expand its security infrastructure by replacing BlackBerry devices with iPhone and the iPad from Apple, as well as with some selected smartphones and tablets running Android OS. The plan was revealed in the document published in this month which offered the solution to ensure the safety of Apple and Android devices, BlackBerry and Windows products, reports Bloomberg.
About 100 million iPads were sold in the first two and a half years. Apple is going to sell another 100 million, but already in 12-month period, thanks to the launch of the iPad mini. Michael Walkley of Canaccord Genuity predicted that Apple will sell 101.6 million iPads in 2013. Judging by this, Apple will own 58.4 percent of the total tablet market. The prediction became known after Apple revealed that iPad sales had exceeded 100 million.
Today Strategic Analytics published its latest report revealing that global smartphone shipments increased to 162 million in the third quarter of 2012. Executive director at Strategy Analytics Neil Mawston said:
Yesterday, during the earnings call, Apple reported record fourth quarter profits that rose nearly 25% to $8.2 billion. The quarterly revenue amounted $36.0 billion for the three-month period ending ended September 29, 2012. Gross margin was 40.0 percent compared to 40.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
According to The Korea Times report, Samsung and Apple relationship continues to deteriorate with Samsung wanting to terminate its deal with Apple and cease supplying liquid crystal display (LCD) to the company next year. Senior Samsung source said:
According to The Next Web’s report, Apple is acquiring Color Labs, startup, which raised $41 million of financing even before its launch last year. The company appeared as a photo sharing service that has in time transformed into a streaming video service.
With Apple’s purchase of a fingertip sensor firm AuthenTec for $365 million, there has been much speculation on how Apple might utilize the technology in its future devices. Today Patently Apple reported on a new Apple’s patent introducing an all-new unlock screen feature based on fingerprint technology.
Earlier this month The Wall Street Journalreported that Apple started production of the iPad mini and its launch is expected within weeks. Today WSJ published a new report saying that Apple’s component suppliers has received orders to produce over 10 million devices for the fourth quarter. The report said:
While AuthenTec's board of directors is expected to approve Apple’s acquisition of the fingerprint sensor company for $356 million, a new report claims that Apple also plans to draw on expertise of other company to assist with creating its mobile payment service. The Australian reports that Apple has reached a deal with Australian firm Microlatch to work together on integration of similar fingerprint recognition technology with mobile payments via NFC (near filed communications).
Today energy efficiency company Opower published a study estimating the annual cost for charging the new iPhone 5 at $0.41. While a user’s actual cost varies based on electricity rates in their regions and on use, the company's estimate assumes that a user charges the device once per day at 11.8 cents per kWh (U.S. average).
Although an individual iPhone 5 consumes a tiny amount of energy, the great popularity of Apple’s smartphones results in considerable energy demand in total. The company notes:
According to Korean websiteetnews.com, fingerprint sensor company AuthenTec has notified many of its customers, including Dell, Lenovo, HP, Fujiitsu and Samsung, that it will stop offering its technology to them as of next year. In July Appleagreed to buy AuthenTec, and it is expected that AuthenTec's board will approve the acquisition in October.
Earlier we reported on Apple’s announcement that customers had pre-ordered more than two million iPhone 5 in the first twenty four hours of availability. Today Apple announced that first weekend sales of the new iPhone 5 exceeded 5 million units, surpassing the four million iPhone 4S sold during the device’s opening weekend last year. The company also announced that more than 100 million iOS-devices have been updated to its new iOS 6. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said:
Earlier this year, Apple revealed its plans to build a second solar farm several miles away from its new data center in Maiden, North Carolina. The new 20-megawatt facility would complement another 20-megawatt solar farm that seems to be nearing competion across the street from Apple’s data center.