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In July we reported that Apple was threatened with a temporary closure of its operation in Italy if the company did not change its warranty policies. Previously Italian antitrust regulator fined Apple $1.2 million for misleading practices of selling one-year AppleCare warranties and not informing customers about a two-year warranty that is mandatory by European Union law. Now it seems that Apple has officially removed its AppleCare Protection Plans from sale in Italian retail stores with only online version of its plans still available for consumers in Italy.
On Saturday, Apple started offering digital gift cards that can be purchased via the Apple app Store, and online store. These cards will be available for sending them to friends and family using Passbook. The company first announced that the electronic gift cards will be available when the Apple Store application was updated this week, however, digital coupons were not available for purchase until Saturday.
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 a report, obtained by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that in the first week of sales Apple may ship about 850,000 iPad mini, based on a check of the supply chain and logistical considerations, such as transportation.
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.
At 3 a.m. Eastern / 12 a.m. Pacific today, Apple began taking pre-orders for the 4-th generation iPad and iPad mini. As it was noted on the forums, a starter supply of white iPad mini in the United States was quickly sold out. Within the first 17 minutes, the delivery time for the white iPad mini stretched up to 2 weeks. Shipping black iPad mini Wi-Fi is available on 2 November.
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.
With the iPad mini’s pricing starting at $329, some people were disappointed that Apple was unable or unwilling to release the tablet at approximately $249. With rival 7-inch tablets selling at about $199, some observers believe that Apple left too big pricing gap for potential tablet buyers.
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
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