A smaller iPad would make perfect sense as an eBook reader — about the size of a paperback. It would offer better features than anything the Amazon/Android hybrid can offer, including iOS levels of usability. Best of all, given Apple’s economies of scale when it comes to component acquisition, would crack the market at a price guaranteed to maximize the pleasure and the pain of the company’s enemies, chained as they are to higher component prices than those Apple can command. Rumors claim this imaginary 7-inch iPad will cost $250. READ MORE.
Apple [AAPL] today is expected to introduce its super-fast, voice-savvy,revolutionary fifth-generation iPhone. The company is also expected to unleash the file-sharing amnesty-like services of iCloud and iTunes Match – on a day which ironically also marks the tenth anniversary of the founding world’s first legal P2P music-sharing service, Wippit.
Since its introduction in 2001, Apple’s [AAPL] iTunes Store has led the business, eventually becoming the world’s biggest music store. For a decade, the service has seen no great threat, but if the rumors from Facebook’s f8 conference have weight, the social network may give the iTunes hegemony its biggest scare yet.
The iPad invasion has devoured the netbook business and driven the PC industry into the ground, so expect a price war this Christmas as PC manufacturers, led by Acer [ACER INC] and Lenovo [LNVGY], struggle to woo new customers with a PC price war. But, with a reputation as a top-tier computer maker which does not compete on price, can Apple’s [AAPL] Mac sales survive the onslaught of the PC price cuts?
Just a short note rather than a full-fledged post, but PocketGamer is claiming the iPhone 5 launch event’s gearing up to take place on October 5 (?) **This is a Wednesday, rather than Apple’s favorite launch day, Tuesday**, with shipping of the new stuff set for (about) a week later. Expect a press conference and everything, and, of course, this is all broadly in line with the mulitude of rumors and leaks which now point to mid-late October shipping. With two models, including the low cost device, this is shaping up to be an iPhone Christmas by the looks of things.
What can you expect? Faster, slimmer, lighter, iOS 5, A5, 8MP camera, HD video, Smartcovers, and more. The big discussions will be on NFC and/or LTE. The latter I think makes no sense right now, the former, well, I remain convinced there’s an iPhone wallet plan, but NFC may not yet be part of it…