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Apple voice navigation service could oust Google Maps suggests analyst

Apple voice navigation service could oust Google Maps suggests analyst

Apple is considering using its North Carolina data center - due to come online before the end of 2011 - for a voice interface and navigation service to take on Google Maps Navigation, according to the latest batch of theories from Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi. Detailed in a recent research note, reports AllThingsD, the service could use technology from early-2010 Apple acquisition Siri together with earlier acquisitions in mapping and public data sets, and potentially use crowd-sourced traffic data to intelligently modify calculated routes.

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1m iPad 2 sales claims analyst; Best Buy sold out in 10 mins

1m iPad 2 sales claims analyst; Best Buy sold out in 10 mins

More analysts are weighing in with iPad 2 sales predictions, and for once notorious soothsayer Gene Munster isn't the one offering pie-in-the-sky figures. He predicted around 400,000 iPad 2 sales, constrained because of supply issues that have left the second-gen tablet sold out online, while Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland believes as many as 1m iPad 2 units could've sold over the weekend.

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iPad 2 sells-out; Online delays now 3-4 weeks; International launch in peril?

iPad 2 sells-out; Online delays now 3-4 weeks; International launch in peril?

Apple is yet to announce sales figures for the iPad 2's opening weekend, but all the signs point to huge demand for the second-generation tablet. According to Piper Jaffray analysts, the iPad 2 is completely sold out, with most stores polled having no stock by the end of Saturday, and no fresh deliveries in time for Sunday sales.

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iPad 2 now ships in 5-7 days amid 600k sales estimates

iPad 2 now ships in 5-7 days amid 600k sales estimates

Having gone up for sale online earlier today, estimated ship times for Apple's iPad 2 have now slipped from their original 3-5 days to 5-7 days. The change - presumably as Apple's initial stock of the second-generation tablet is exhausted - means online buyers will have to wait up to a week before their iPad 2 arrives.

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iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

iPad 2 supplies to be scarce thanks to super-skinny screen?

Apple's iPad 2 isn't expected to see delays in-between announcement tomorrow and going on sale, but launch numbers could well be limited. According to Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope, Apple's choice of a super-thin glass screen for the second-gen tablet has led to supply chain delays, reports AppleInsider; the issue is supposedly not one of technology, but of yield, and Shope believes "volumes [will] ramp fairly quickly as the process improves"

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Apple iPad 2 release in June after production delays tip analysts

Apple iPad 2 release in June after production delays tip analysts

Apple's retail partners may be selling out of old iPad stock, but that doesn't necessarily mean the iPad 2 will be ready and waiting to fill up the empty shelves. According to analysts at Yuanta, reported by Bloomberg, last-minute design changes to the iPad 2 have prompted "production bottlenecks" at manufacturers Hon Hai and could see the second-generation iOS tablet's launch pushed back to June.

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Oversized iPod touch PMP/tablet hybrid tipped ahead of iPad 3

Oversized iPod touch PMP/tablet hybrid tipped ahead of iPad 3

Steve Jobs may have dismissed 7-inch slates as "tweeners", but that doesn't mean the company isn't considering an oversized iPod touch according to the latest batch of rumors. Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple is working on a "big iPod touch" with a screen size of around 5-inches, AppleInsider reports, likely with the same resolution as the current model and offering the same PMP UI rather than the iPad UI.

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Windows 8 tablets “closer to competitive” than expected: ARM-based Win-slates in late 2011?

Windows 8 tablets “closer to competitive” than expected: ARM-based Win-slates in late 2011?

Microsoft's tablet ambitions may reach fruition a lot earlier than previously expected, according to the latest leaks from the company, with Windows 8 based slates running frugal ARM chipsets tipped for as early as the end of this year. Business Insider's sources claim Microsoft has set around 1,000 engineers to work on ARM-based Windows performance, while a Morgan Stanley analyst has suggested the company is "closer to competitive than some realize." However, even as the iPad picks up in enterprise adoption, Microsoft is still raking in cash based on the success of the Apple slate.

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Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 NFC rumors debunked by analyst that prompted them

Apple iPhone 5 and iPad 2 NFC rumors debunked by analyst that prompted them

Rumors that Apple is planning a wholesale assault on the NFC ecosystem, with NFC-enabled iPhone 5 and iPad 2 devices together with freely-distributed payment terminals to vendors have been debunked, by the very source that prompted them initially. According to analyst Richard Doherty, speaking to the NFC Times, he was significantly misquoted in the original Bloomberg report, claiming he had sources among Apple engineers whereas in fact he was the third layer in a string of speculation originating from iOS app developer guesswork.

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Apple HDTV rumors reignite: Did Apple spend $3.9bn on displays?

Apple HDTV rumors reignite: Did Apple spend $3.9bn on displays?

Apple's recently revealed $3.9bn investment is tipped to be in display manufacturing and development, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who goes on to suggest that the company's increasing panel focus indicates an Apple HDTV is still on the way. Munster, quoted by AppleInsider, believes Apple has moved to secure supplies for panels ranging from iPhone-scale to the 27-inch iMac.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab returns as high as 16% researchers claim

Samsung Galaxy Tab returns as high as 16% researchers claim

Samsung has already had to backtrack on its Galaxy Tab performance figures, admitting that sales have actually been "quite small", and now new research suggests that returns rates are also high. ITG tracked sales in the US from the November launch of the Tab through to January 15, the NY Post reports, and found that 15-percent were returned.

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Apple number 3 in PCs if tablets included claim analysts

Apple number 3 in PCs if tablets included claim analysts

Is the iPad a PC, a tablet or something else? If you're Apple you'd say it's iconic and leave it at that, but if you're market analysts Canalys you lump it in with personal computers in general. They've been crunching numbers and - iPad included - reckon that makes Apple the third largest company in the PC industry, only trailing HP and Acer.

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