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iPad mini tipped to make a massive splash in China

iPad mini tipped to make a massive splash in China

We're used to hearing about Apple devices selling out here in the US, and it appears that in China things aren't much different. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is saying today that iPad minis are flying off shelves there, after its launch in Hong Kong on back in November and China earlier this month. According to White, many stores in China and Hong Kong are out of stock, while the fourth-generation iPad, which launched at the same time, is still relatively easy to get.

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Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

Google Maps for iOS may not last long, according to analyst

If you happened to jump on the Google Maps for iOS bandwagon a couple days ago, only because you thought Apple might take the app down, you're not alone. According to Technology Business Research analyst Ezra Gottheil, the new Google Maps app may not stay in the iTunes App Store forever, mentioning that a rejection into the App Store should've been "out of the question" in the first place.

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Apple HDTV product tipped as “imminent”

Apple HDTV product tipped as “imminent”

It may very well be time that Apple introduces another new product, this time taking what they've already got on the market with the ThunderBolt display and the Apple TV set-top box and combining them into one next-level product. This product - or something like it - was tipped this week by Jefferies analyst James Kisner whose anonymous source spoke with a North American cable provider (aka he said, she said, down the line) who said they were "working to estimate how much additional capacity may be needed for a new Apple device on their broadband data network." Another possibility here is that the talks earlier today with Dish and Google may have leaked over into Apple's universe.

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Remember bada? Well, it’s giving Windows Phone a kicking

Remember bada? Well, it’s giving Windows Phone a kicking

Samsung's bada platform may be less well known than Windows Phone, but it's still outselling Microsoft platform in worldwide smartphone sales. While the big movement may be up at the iOS and Android end, bada's 3-percent of the worldwide market share in Q3 2012 is, according to the latest clutch of stats from analysts Gartner, enough to eclipse Microsoft's OS at 2.4-percent. However, that could well change as Windows Phone 8 sales begin.

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Samsung Galaxy S III world’s most popular smartphone in Q3 (but iPhone 5 will change that)

Samsung Galaxy S III world’s most popular smartphone in Q3 (but iPhone 5 will change that)

Samsung's Galaxy S III ousted the iPhone 4S from the top-spot of world's best-selling smartphone in Q3 2012, new research indicates, with vast distribution and hefty operator subsidies credited for its success. 18m of the Samsung smartphones were shipped in the July-September period, according to Strategy Analytics' count, versus 16.2m iPhone 4S models. However, when you factor in the iPhone 5, Apple's duo does pip the Galaxy S III, with a total of 22.2m shipments in those three months.

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$2bn Apple life raft for Sharp rumored

$2bn Apple life raft for Sharp rumored

Apple may have quietly shored up Sharp with a $2bn display order fudge, one market analyst has suggested, in an attempt to stabilize the struggling Japanese firm and reduce reliance on arch foe Samsung. An unforeseen $2.3bn extra in Apple's capital expenditure in 2012 - the bulk of which wasn't reported as cash flow - caught the eye of Asymco's Horace Dediu, who speculates that the money could've been used to take control of an ailing Sharp production plant and pay for it by pre-purchasing displays for iPhones and iPads.

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Brand cachet not bargain pricing will propel iPad mini say analysts

Brand cachet not bargain pricing will propel iPad mini say analysts

The iPad mini may not have matched the sub-$200 pricing of the Nexus 7, disappointing bargain hunters, but Apple can count on brand appeal to make up the difference according to industry watchers. The new 7.9-inch tablet surprised some with its $329 starting price, $80 more expensive than the closest comparable Nexus 7, but analysts expect the perceived value of Apple's name and the slightly larger display than 7-inch alternatives to more than make up the shortfall. However, the consensus is that the iPad mini will quickly eat into full-sized iPad sales.

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iPad mini part problems tip tight stock

iPad mini part problems tip tight stock

Apple's iPad mini hasn't even been officially confirmed yet, but predictions of stock shortages amid "frustrating" yields at component suppliers have already begun to spread. In fact, the first month is likely to see demand far outstripping supply, Topeka Capital Markets' Brian White suggests, with his checks among the Apple supply chain discovering that - even though some aspects of the rumored 7.85-inch iPad are said to be more like the iPad 2 than the most recent new iPad - delivering what Apple demands has been "no walk in the park for suppliers."

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