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iPad 2 supply bottleneck improving tips analyst

iPad 2 supply bottleneck improving tips analyst

Hard to believe, but despite having been on sale since March 11, Apple's iPad 2 is still in reasonably short supply. Online orders are 1-2 weeks out, and everyone from Foxconn to LG Display has been blamed for the scarcity. Now, however, the end of the bottleneck could be in sight: according to a note from Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, AppleInsider reports, Apple's production woes have "significantly improved" and should herald a larger number of the iOS slates reaching retail.

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No NFC for iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 claim analysts

No NFC for iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 claim analysts

Apple's next-gen iPhone 4S - tipped by some to be a relatively incremental update to the smartphone, rather than a significant reworking - will not, in fact, include NFC, according to Bernstein. A note from the analyst company, BusinessInsider reports, claims the new smartphone (aka the iPhone 5) will miss out on the short-range wireless radio system, as Apple skips yet another generation of handset.

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iOS keeps developer hearts as tablet concerns douse Android enthusiasm

iOS keeps developer hearts as tablet concerns douse Android enthusiasm

Developer enthusiasm has shifted back to Apple's iOS amid concerns over Android fragmentation and patchy tablet reception, according to a new survey by Appcelerator and IDC. Their Q2 mobile developer report suggests that, while Android was believed to be fast catching up with iOS earlier this year, that momentum has "recently plateaued": 91-percent and 86-percent of the 2,676 developers surveyed said they were "very interested" in coding for iPhone and iPad respectively, while only 85-percent and 71-percent said the same thing about Android phones and tablets, respectively.

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Forget XOOM, sue your rivals instead analyst advises Motorola

Forget XOOM, sue your rivals instead analyst advises Motorola

Since you can't beat 'em, sue 'em - that's the advice from one analyst to Motorola Mobility, who calls the Motorola XOOM a failure, Honeycomb "dead on arrival" and the Android Market "a disaster." Global Equities' Trip Chowdry throws out a hugely-ranging estimate for the number of XOOM tablets sold - between 15,000 and 120,000, he reckons - and suggests that, Fortune reports, rather than attempt to compete with Apple and RIM, Motorola should aim to pick off its Android OEM counterparts with patent lawsuits.

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iPad 2 sales estimates slashed as Apple struggles with production pain

iPad 2 sales estimates slashed as Apple struggles with production pain

Apple is now expected to sell fewer iPad 2 tablets in 2011, though not because of any waning of demand. According to analysts IHS iSuppli, Apple's production issues will be the main cap on sales; the company is now expected to sell a total of 39.7m iPad 2 units, as it works through what COO Tim Cook described as "the mother of all backlogs" in the recent financial results call.

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iOS ecosystem still overshadows Android tips research; iPad will dominate slates

iOS ecosystem still overshadows Android tips research; iPad will dominate slates

Android's dominance in smartphone popularity may be squeezing Apple, but that pattern of user preference hasn't spread to tablets yet - and may not for some time. They're the opinions of several new reports out this week, with comScore discovering that, unlike when solely phones are considered, Apple's entire iOS range beats out Android in popularity by 59-percent.

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Apple holds 60% of touch panel supplies tips analyst

Apple holds 60% of touch panel supplies tips analyst

Apple's grab at the touch panel market - believed to have delayed RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook from launching by a month - is estimated to amount to a whopping 60-percent of the total available manufacturing capacity. According to ThinkEquity analyst Rajesh Ghai, quoted by Barrons, Apple has not only staked its place in the touch segment but lined up alternative suppliers should the ongoing impact of the Japanese earthquake prompt component shortages.

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Motorola XOOM and ATRIX 4G sales failures claims analyst

Motorola XOOM and ATRIX 4G sales failures claims analyst

Motorola's XOOM tablet and ATRIX 4G smartphone sales have reportedly "been disappointing" according to one analyst's channel checks, with sell-through trends suggesting that the smartphone in particular has been impacted by cheap, $49 rivals. Pacific Crest's James Faucette, quotes Forbes, claims the popularity of the iPhone 3GS and HTC Inspire - each of which undercut the ATRIX significantly in AT&T's smartphone line-up - has meant sales were "well below forecast."

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