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Monday
Oct082012

Report: Apple Orders Ten Million 'iPad Minis'

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – Apple has ordered ten million units of a smaller-version iPad, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. That’s nearly twice the amount of Kindle Fire units tablet competitor Amazon ordered for the fourth quarter.

Apple has not yet confirmed reports of what is being dubbed by industry insiders as the “iPad Mini,” but the Journal reported last month that the Cupertino, Calif., company gave Asian component manufacturers the go-ahead to start making 7.85-inch tablets.

Reports say Apple's latest creation could be announced within days and hit store shelves later this month.

The “iPad Mini” may also have a smaller price tag. Comparably sized tablets made by Google and Amazon generally sell for around $200, while the New iPad is listed on Apple’s website at around $500.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

iPhone 5 Soaring Pre-Sales Lift Apple Stock

Apple(NEW YORK) -- Just how high can Apple go? Thanks to even bigger than expected pre-sales for the iPhone 5, Apple’s share price briefly rose to over $700 before closing at $699.78 on the Nasdaq market.

The bounce came after the company announced record first-day orders for the iPhone 5, more than twice as many presales as the 4S got.

Last year Apple became the world’s most highly valued company, zooming past oil giant Exxon. Its stock has gained 73 percent in value this year.

The iPhone 5 goes on sale in Apple stores on Friday morning. Some analysts estimate 6 million smart phones may be sold in the first weekend.

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Saturday
Jul282012

Apple v. Samsung: Court Documents Include Photos of iPhone and iPad Prototypes

Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, Apple and Samsung finally go to trial in the U.S. to settle their patent dispute. Apple sued Samsung for intellectual property infringement (copying its iPad and iPhone) last year. Samsung responded with a countersuit.

The companies will argue over who conceived which features of today's mobile devices. It is expected to be the largest technology patent suit ever.

But along the way Apple will share details on the development of its products, revealing more about the secretive company than ever before.

And the information flow about Apple has already begun. This week a series of court documents, which were made available to lawyers and press, included an abundance of details about Apple's design and business practices. Included in the exhibits were over 50 photos of iPhone and iPad prototypes.

The photos were first spotted by technology sites Buzzfeed FWD and The Verge. They show Apple's different design iterations over the years. Some iPad renderings date back to 2004, six years before the iPad was actually introduced.

Most of the images were exhibits in depositions of key Apple employees, including Jony Ive, Apple's lead designer.

"Steve Jobs and I had multiple conversations about the design of the first iPhone," Ive said during his deposition.

He also details design choices: "We were very clear at the early stages, as I described previously, that for -- for this idea of this infinity edge pool, this -- this oily pond, to -- to actually work, there couldn't be multiple buttons or features that would distract and make -- and undermine the design goal."

Christopher Stringer, another Apple designer, said in his deposition, "We make three-dimensional representations of most of the ideas that we consider to be good."

Stringer said Apple designers actually sit around a kitchen table to work on ideas. "There is no single path for defining how we come up with a new product at Apple, whether it be a new product platform or a generational change or update," Stringer said on Aug. 3, 2011.

Beyond design secrets, the documents reveal Apple's use of focus groups and market research, a practice Apple had publicly denounced before. Steve Jobs famously said, "It isn't the consumer's job to know what they want."

Apple is seeking over $2 billion in damages. If Samsung is found guilty of patent infringement it could result in the ban of specific products in the U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has already granted a preliminary injunction on the sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well as on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. The trial starts on Monday morning.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Apple Unveils New iPad with Higher Definition Display

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- Apple announced its new iPad on Wednesday -- a powerful updated model with a new processor and a high-definition display.

The new "Retina Display" screen has 2048 x 1536 resolution, which is higher than that found on any other tablet on the market. The result, said Apple, will be much crisper pictures and video. After weeks of rumors that it might be called the "iPad 3" or "iPad HD," Apple only referred to it as "the new iPad" at Wednesday's rollout in San Francisco.

Apple senior vice president of marketing, Philip W. Schiller, touted the new screen on stage. "You are going to see sharper images," he said. "Photos are just going to look amazing."

On the outside, the new iPad looks very similar to the tablet Apple has been selling for more than a year. But with an A5x processor and quad-core graphics, Apple said images would have 44 percent greater "saturation" than one sees on the previous model. There will be 3.1 million pixels on the screen, or 264 per inch.

The new tablet will have 10 hours of battery life, Schiller said, nine hours when receiving 4G signals. It will be all of 9.5 mm thick.

Schiller said the new iPad would have a more powerful "iSight" camera built in, similar in resolution to the 8 megapixel camera in the iPhone 4S. The camera, he said, can capture 1080p video. It also has image stabilization.

Apple has also added 4G LTE capabilities from Verizon and AT&T, meaning those who opt for the 3G / 4G models will get faster browsing and Internet speeds. This is the first time Apple has decided to integrate LTE into one of its products. The base model, which will start at $499, will have 16GB of memory and only Wi-Fi connectivity.

Apple said it would start taking pre-orders for the new iPad in 10 countries on Wednesday, and it will be available March 16. A version with 64GB of memory will retail for $699.

Presiding over the announcement was Tim Cook, Apple's new CEO and founder Steve Jobs' chosen successor. "You are going to see a lot more of this kind of innovation. We are just getting started.” Cook said.

Among other features, the new tablet will take dictation. Speak into a microphone, Apple said, and your words will be transcribed on the screen.

The new iPad announcement comes as the company faces stiff scrutiny over how its products are made in China. Following reports of underage labor and unsafe working conditions, the Fair Labor Association will submit a report on Apple's Foxconn production lines this month. ABC News got an exclusive look inside Apple's production line last month.

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Monday
Feb202012

A Rare Look into Where Apple Products are Made

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images(SHENZHEN, China) -- Ever wondered where your Apple products are made? Nightline anchor Bill Weir visited a Apple factories in China.

In recent months, the fond memorials for Steve Jobs and the company's record-breaking profits have been tarnished by some of the worst press in Apple's history, most of it related to its top Chinese supplier, Foxconn.

Just after a horrific rash of worker suicides at the Foxconn factory complex outside of Hong Kong in 2010, a monologist named Mike Daisey launched a one-man show called The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. He described travelling to the gates of Foxconn and meeting people coming off 13-15 hour shifts on the Apple lines. He described a 13-year-old who spent her days cleaning iPhone screens.

Daisey's show was featured on NPR's This American Life in January and a listener named Mark Shields was so moved, he launched a petition drive online. Over 250,000 Apple users called on the company to build the first "ethical" iPhone, and protests were planned at Apple stores around the world.

In a three-golf-cart convoy, both Apple and Foxconn reps took Weir around to a half dozen production lines in Shenzhen and Chengdu, and there were always five to six people with them as they toured the factories and dorms. But aside from suggesting a visit to the counseling center or canteen, they never steered them to interviews and never interrupted.

This is some of what they saw.

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See it yourself on Tuesday's Nightline.

Adam Lashinsky of Fortune magazine and author of the new book Inside Apple, spoke with ABC New Radio's Richard Davies about Apple's image problem. He said the company operated in secrecy before Job's death but now they face several challenges including resurrecting its image.

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Thursday
Oct062011

Apple Shares Fall...Then Bounce Back, after Jobs' Death

Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shares of Apple Inc. fell as trading began in New York on Thursday morning, the day after former CEO Steve Jobs passed away. But they quickly bounced back -- many industry observers believe the maker of the iPod and the iPad is well-positioned to continue its successes without its iconic founder.

Shares fell about 0.7 percent to $375.75 at the opening bell, but then gained $3.95 to $382.20 by 12:15 p.m. ET on the Nasdaq Stock Market, after earlier touching $384.78.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was relatively flat, rising 0.7 percent to 10,948, while the tech-heavy NASDAQ rose 0.09 percent to 2,463.

The company's shares have increased more than 90 percent this year. Apple shares fell 0.7 percent the day following Job's resignation in August. On Aug. 24, as Jobs' health began to fail from neuroendocrine cancer, he resigned as CEO and handed the baton to his long-time lieutenant and chief operating officer, Tim Cook. The 56-year-old Jobs had led the company since 1996, after co-founding the company in 1976 and his ouster in 1985.

"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," Jobs wrote in his resignation letter. "Unfortunately, that day has come."

On Tuesday, the company announced the release of the iPhone 4S, which includes a new voice recognition system and a powerful processor, presented by Cook and other executive staff. Many analysts said they were impressed with the iPhone 4S, but the gadget failed to meet some expectations of those who expected a newfangled iPhone 5. Tuesday was not the first time Jobs was not present during a new product announcement.

Analysts said the company was in good hands under Cook, who had been running the company on a day-to-day basis for years, freeing Jobs to look at big picture issues and new innovations.
Cook said the company is planning a celebration of Job's life for Apple employees, and that those who wish to share "thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim" can email rememberingsteve@apple.com.

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Thursday
Sep222011

Steve Jobs' Words Rushed Into Print

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(EVANSTON, Ill) -- Steve Jobs, who brought the world the iPhone, the iPad, the iPod and so much more, has left a rich history, both of technological innovations and of thoughts about what people want from them.

Agate Publishing of Evanston, Ill., has assembled a 160-page volume of Jobs' quotations, culled from interviews, public appearances and writings after he co-founded Apple Inc. The book, edited by George Beahm, is due out in November. Its full title: I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words.

Now it so happens that Jobs' authorized biography, by Walter Isaacson, was at one time going to be titled "iSteve." It was due out next year, but it was retitled Steve Jobs: A Biography, and its publication was moved up to this fall, shortly before Jobs announced in August that his health would force him to step aside as Apple CEO.

Doug Seibold, Agate's publisher, said he moved up the publication of I, Steve too, and thinks of it as a companion to Isaacson's bio.

"I very much see the book as an homage to Steve Jobs," he said in an email, "and what really drew me to the project was the realization that Jobs is indisputably the most remarkable business figure of the past three decades, and that there was real value in collecting his public statements.

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Tuesday
Aug232011

iPad to Allow for Paperless Flight Decks on United-Continental Planes

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Apple iPad seems to be everywhere these days, and if there is someplace the small computer hasn't arrived yet, it's likely headed there at jet speed -- literally.  

United-Continental Holdings is converting to paperless flight decks and issuing 11,000 iPads to all its pilots for flight planning and in-flight calculations.  

"The paperless flight deck represents the next generation of flying," Captain Fred Abbott, United's senior vice president of flight operations, said in a statement Tuesday. "The introduction of iPads ensures our pilots have essential and real-time information at their fingertips at all times throughout the flight."

Rick Seaney of Farecompare.com says the lightweight devices can replace just about everything a pilot carries in his or her flight bag, as well as aircraft manuals at a time when airlines are counting every ounce, trying to save on fuel.  With the adoption of the iPad, United-Continental hopes to save 16 million sheets of paper and 326,000 gallons of jet fuel each year.  "A conventional flight bag full of paper materials contains an average of 12,000 sheets of paper per pilot," the airline says.

United-Continental says distribution of the devices began in early August, and plans for every pilot to have one by the end of the year.

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