Japanese blog Macotakarapoints to a pair of reports in today’s edition of Taiwanese newspaperEconomic Times addressing rumors surrounding Apple’s smart watch effort. According to the first report [Google translation], Apple has begun sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay.
Apple tallied $43.6 billion in sales for its fiscal second quarter—a record for the company’s March quarter—and saw a net profit of $9.6 billion. So naturally, Wall Street has decided that Apple is doomed.
But is it? We talk Apple’s fortunes in this edition of the Macworld Podcast, as senior editor Dan Moren and editorial director Jason Snell join me in making sense of all the numbers thrown out as part of this week’s earnings announcement. We explain why the picture’s not as bleak as Wall Street might paint, address some areas of concern, and even spend some time talking about those forthcoming product announcements Tim Cook hinted at during his remarks with analysts.
Better than speculating Apple may have made a huge snafu based on anonymous sourcing? Wait until January 23, when the company reports earnings for the last quarter, a period that includes the holiday season.
Reports of Apple’s demise are greatly exaggerated.
Some tech pundits ask, on occasion: Is Apple doomed? The answer right now is most certainly not. In fact, the better question to ask is: Can Apple ever really be doomed again? (via Can Apple ever be doomed again? | Macworld)
Anyone holding off on buying an iPad mini because it doesn’t have a Retina display might not have to wait much longer. Topeka Capital analyst Brian White sent out a research note on Friday claiming that Apple (AAPL) plans to release both a fifth-generation iPad and a second-generation iPad mini this March. White said that unnamed sources at the Consumer Electronics Show indicated that “the iPad 5 is expected to be lighter and thinner than the iPad 4 that was released in October, while the form factor of the iPad mini should be similar to the first generation iPad mini that debuted in October.” White didn’t mention whether the new iPad mini would have an upgraded display, although previous rumors have indicated that Apple plans to use Retina displays supplied by AU Optronics for the next version of its 8-inch tablet.
If you haven’t already ordered that iPad mini, be prepared to wait: Shipping times on the new tablets are already slipping.
Estimated shipping times for the new iPad mini have stretched to two weeks. Pre-orders for the new tablet opened on October 26, with the promise that first buyers would receive their Wi-fi-enabled iPad minis on November 2. But online buyers can no longer expect such quick turnaround: Apple’s website now estimates shipping times on the new tablet will take as long as two weeks. (via iPad mini shipping times delayed | Macworld)
On Tuesday, just six months after unveiling the third-generation iPad, Apple unveiled the long-rumored iPad mini along with a fourth-generation of the standard model. Despite the 100 million iPads Apple sold in just 2.5 years, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “we’re not taking our foot off the gas.”
Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller showed off both devices on Tuesday. “You can hold it in one hand,” Schiller said of the iPad mini, as he highlighted its aluminum and glass enclosure. “It’s incredibly thin…and beautiful from every angle.”