New speculation is already circulating thatApple is planning a trial production of an “iPhone 5S” — just as the paint is barely dry on new updates of the iPhone and iPad.
According to a report from Digitimes — a Taiwanese technology website that has a mixed track record when it comes to making accurate Apple predictions — the iPhone maker will begin producing a new version of its smartphone in December, and increase the volume of production in the first quarter of 2013.
When Steve Ballmer took the stage at Microsoft’s mysterious press event in Hollywood, the bloggers in the audience gasped, but they didn’t start to applaud until they saw just what the Surface tablet/PC hybrid he announced could do.
After a long prologue about Microsoft’s legacy of launching hardware — from the mouse to the XBOX — Ballmer debuted the tablet designed to work with Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system — “its own companion hardware innovation.”
What really distinguishes Surface from Apple’s iPad is the fact that it has all the computing power of a PC, and with snap-in keyboards and a kick stand, it actually turns into a mini laptop.
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Google’s 7-inch Android tablet is real — it’s even being passed around inside the Googleplex. Google needs this tablet to defend Android. The arrival of Amazon’s Kindle Fire blew a hole in the ecosystem, with Amazon setting up its own app store and its own look and feel for Android itself. If this 7-inch tablet is a hit, Google can argue that developers should still build tablet apps to Google’s specs, not Amazon’s.
Classic American comfort food is going high tech at one California restaurant chain. At its three locations, Stacked Restaurants offers customers the opportunity to craft their meals and then pay for them on iPads. At Stacked, diners can choose to stack their burgers, pizzas, salads, and plates of macaroni and cheese with a range of toppings.
Half of all U.S. households own at least one Apple product, according to CNBC’s All-America Economic survey. Americans don’t stop with just one device. Homes that own least one Apple, own an average of three. Overall, the average household has 1.6 Apple devices.
When Apple releases its new and enhanced iPad next week, the company will also re-launch a less expensive version of its current iPad 2 to combat cheaper tablets running Google’s Android operating software, according to a JPMorgan analyst report out of Asia.
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Apple crushed earnings estimates as sales iPhones and iPods soared. The company also projected earnings for the current quarter that were higher than analyst projections.