Apple's share of the smartphone market in emerging markets could get a boost in the future from a cheaper iPhone, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In a presentation called "The Future of Apple," Mr. Munster told the IGNITION conference that Apple might turn to a cheaper iPhone to grow its share of this price-sensitive segment of the market in 2014.
With the iPhone 5 just over a month old, rumors of iPhone 5S production have already started to surface. Sources claim the next iPhone model will see limited production starting in December, leading to speculation that Apple is targeting a spring product launch instead of waiting about a year for a new product release.
New information backing up rumors that iOS-compatible versions of Microsoft's Office suite are coming in early 2013 surfaced when The Verge claimed to see previews of mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Unfortunately, it appears the apps will offer very few features beyond limited editing, and will also require an Office 365 subscription.
Apple has reportedly begun testing iOS 6.0.1, the first update to the company's latest mobile OS. The update promises several bug fixes, including solutions to the flickering keyboard problem and Wi-Fi connectivity issues. iOS 6.0.1 is expected to hit general availability in the next few weeks.
Along with the introduction of the smaller form factor iPad, Apple is expected to highlight education and iBooks 3 at its media event on Tuesday. Pat of the push will be to show the new iPad model as a versatile tool in schools.
Reports that Apple is buying the nearly dead social networking service Color may have been overstating the deal a little now that new sources are telling AllThingsD that instead Apple is buying the company's engineers.
Apple is apparently in the process of buying the failed social networking company Color Labs. The company was co-founded Bill Nguyen, who also happened to launch LaLa -- the online music service Apple purchased in 2009 and later shut down.
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Start a company, then sell it to Apple. Repeat. Looks like Mr. Nguyen has a pretty slick business model.
Two leaked inventory lists suggest that Apple is planning to release a total of 24 new iPad models next week. Sources suggest that half of the new models will be updated third-generation iPads with the new Lightning connector, while the other half represent the much rumored "iPad mini."
Apple is apparently planning on unveiling the rumored mini iPad model at a media event on October 23. Rumors had also pegged October 10 as the day Apple would send out invitations to the media, although the day came and went without any news from Apple.
As we approach the rumored unveiling of Apple's "iPad mini," new photos have leaked showing what is purported to be the actual device. The iPad mini depicted in the photos features an aluminum back with rounded edges, rear camera, and Lightning connector.
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