Increased talk of a September launch of the next iPhone, as well as a new, smaller iPad -- if accurate -- would make it easier for Apple to erase the bad taste of the second quarter and beat its own lowered expectations this quarter, a Wall Street analyst said today.
Brian White, of Topeka Capital Markets, said Apple would be smart to ship the new smartphone and tablet in September -- part of the third calendar quarter -- rather than duplicate its 2011 timetable, when it launched the iPhone 4S in early October, or the fourth quarter.
"A September launch for the iPhone 5 would be significant for the stock price, especially given the recent concerns around the June quarter weakness in the iPhone and a weak September quarter outlook," said White in a Monday note to clients. Read more...
On Monday, Microsoft spelled out the editions it would offer customers working with 32- and 64-bit Intel and AMD processor-powered PCs and tablets.
In that blog post, the company also noted the upgrade paths to Windows 8 for existing machines, saying that people now running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic or Home Premium could upgrade to the consumer-oriented Windows 8. Systems running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate will be upgradable to Windows 8 Pro. Read more...
The date, two weeks from yesterday, was pegged by the AllThingsD blog, operated by Dow Jones, the publisher of the Wall Street Journal, in a post today.
According to the blog, new CEO Tim Cook will preside over the introduction presentation, which will precede the new iPhone's availability by a "few weeks."
Apple has been mum, as is its practice, about the new iPhone's name -- most have dubbed it the "iPhone 5" -- and any changes from 2010's iPhone 4.
The timing seems right, a Wall Street analyst who follows Apple said today.
"[This] is in line with our thoughts for an October rollout," Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities said in a note issued to clients Wednesday after AllThingsD claimed the Oct. 4 date was accurate.
White speculated that Apple will start selling the iPhone 5 shortly after it announces the new model, reducing the lag time between introduction and availability that it last had with the iPhone 4 in June 2010.
Apple introduced the iPhone 4 on June 7, 2010, and put it on sale a little over two weeks later, on June 24.
"Apple should launch iPhone 5 with less lag time after the media event versus iPhone 4 given the later-than-typical unveiling," said White, referring to Apple's previous practice of launching a new iPhone in the early summers of 2007-2010.
White pointed out that Apple trimmed the lag time for the iPad 2 last March by introducing the new tablet on March 2 and kicking off sales just nine days later.
If Apple used a similar trajectory for the iPhone 5, it would start selling the smartphone Oct. 13 or Oct. 14. The latter is a Friday, a weekday often used by Apple for product launches.
Apple will also probably roll out the new iPhone faster to more markets than it has in the past, White said, repeating an assertion he had made before.
Last year, Apple sold the iPhone 4 in just a few countries -- France, Germany, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. -- at the start, following those with 18 others by the end of the following month and the remainder of its markets two months later.
"We [also] expect that China will play a more important role this time around," White said. China Unicom, still the only Chinese carrier authorized to sell the iPhone, began dealing the iPhone 4 near the end of September 2010, three months after the smartphone debuted in the U.S.
Reports have regularly circulated that China Mobile, the country's biggest mobile operator, will sell the next iPhone. White believes that China Telecom, which has the third-largest wireless subscriber base, may also get the iPhone 5 this year.
Apple's iPhone 5 roll-out will be a first on several fronts, including the first model introduced after co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO . Former COO Tim Cook was appointed in Jobs' place and -- if he follows in Jobs' footsteps -- will presumably lead the media event.
Apple often uses the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to stage major product introductions, although it has also held them on its own Cupertino, Calif. campus.
In what will be seen as an escalation of their ‘Linking is Not a Crime’ campaign, the Czech arm of the Pirate Party is backing another file-sharing related startup. The project, described as a ‘Facebook’ for movies, is the fourth sharing site launched by Pirates in less than two months. Along with the launch comes an open invitation, should it ever be needed, for The Pirate Bay to take refuge in the country.
In support of their ‘Linking is Not a Crime’ campaign, in late July the Czech Pirate Party launched not one but two movie download portals. The sites, which offer links but don’t host any infringing material themselves, were launched to protest the plight of a high school student facing a 5 million euro damages claim for linking to copyright works. Read more...
The app, available for iOS users 3.2 and up, is rather straightforward. It allows users to compose and publish blog posts complete with photos and geotagging. It also lets users view and edit their published and draft blog posts. It mimics the simplicity of the Blogger for Android interface, though. Users can also manage multiple blogs from the interface. Read more...
Having made its mark on the PC and mobile worlds, Google is now aiming to takie over another of your screens - your TV: the search giant looking set to bring its Google TV service to the UK.
Google TV, already launched in the US, allows TV sets to offer internet browsing, apps and, unsurprisingly, search functionality, along with ability to use an Android mobile as a TV remote control.
Now the software platform is about to hit these shores, with Google chairman Eric Schmidt confirming Google TV is coming to the UK sooner rather than later. Read more...
Cisco Systems has agreed to acquire service fulfillment software assets from the U.K. subsidiary of Comptel, in an effort to help operators speed up the launch of new services, the networking company said on Monday.
The deal is expected to close in September, and Cisco will pay about $31 million in cash for the Axioss software, according to statements from the two companies.
Cisco will use the Axioss software to add automated ordering and fulfillment to its Prime platform, which allows operators to automate the management of network services. Operators will be able to quickly launch new video, data, mobility, and cloud services to their customers, according to Cisco. Read more...
Facebook Messenger was announced in a Facebook blog as a "faster way to message on mobile" for iPhone and Android smartphones.
Shortly after the app appeared, 9-to-5 Mac reported on the video component, noting it was "very rudimentary" code.
A Facebook spokeswoman would not add much information about when or even whether the mobile video chat capability might be launched, saying in an email: "We're always working on new features, but we don't have anything to announce at this time." Read more...
Users can now play music stored in the Amazon Cloud Drive service from their iPad, using the Safari browser and the Amazon Cloud Player for Web, Amazon announced Wednesday. The player already worked with Android devices, Macs and PCs.
Amazon also said that, for a limited time, anyone who subscribes to a Cloud Drive storage plan for US$20 or more per year will get "unlimited" storage space for MP3 and AAC music files. Cloud Drive is free for up to 5GB of space but additional storage requires payment. Read more...
Twitter addicts with Apple (AAPL) products are getting a big boost with the launch of iOS 5, featuring full integration with the social networking site. At its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple announced that the newest version of its mobile operating system will have Twitter built into it. Read more...