Friday, September 24, 2010

iPad Predicted to Sell 21 Million Units in 2011

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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting that Apple could sell 21 million iPads next year and raising his price target on the stock to $390, up from $371.

BusinessInsider relays his three reasons:

● Increased Supply & Expanded Distribution Channels. For 5 months after the U.S. iPad launch in April demand outstripped supply (recall: the iPad's international launch was delayed by one month due to limited supply). Heading into CY11 it appears that Apple has increased capacity and is expanding the iPad distribution channel. All 1,000+ U.S. Best Buy stores will carry the iPad by the end of Sept. We also believe the iPad will join the iPod lineup at Target stores before the 2010 holiday season. Ultimately we expect the total iPad points of purchase to exceed that of the Mac by 2011.

● International Rollout & Adoption In Price Sensitive Markets. On 9/17 Apple launched the iPad in China and 5 Latin American countries (20 countries total). Apple is expanding iPad's availability into more price-sensitive markets. The initial launches (U.S. and Europe) targeted developed PC markets in which the iPad is likely a secondary computing device. However, the iPad is now available in markets where it is more likely that the iPad is used as a primary computing device for those who could not previously afford a Mac. We ran a combined ASP for Macs and iPads in the June quarter and the ASP declined from $1,267 (Macs only) to $1,031 (down 19% for Macs and iPads combined).

● Uptake In Enterprise Sector. Of any product Apple sells we believe the iPad has the potential to garner the largest percentage of its sales from enterprise customers. Apple has recently highlighted several business use cases on its site (sales, medical, hospitality, etc.) and on the June-10 conference call the company indicated that over 50% of the Fortune 500 were deploying or piloting the iPad.




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Icebird for iPhone Gets Numerous Improvements

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Icebird for iPhone, a popular Twitter client that can handle multiple accounts, has been updated with numerous improvements.

Icebird is not just another easy to use twitter client for your iPhone. The intuitive user interface makes twittering a real charm: All essential features are just a fingertip away.

With Icebird you can:
• Seamlessly manage multiple accounts
• Update your own profile
• Enjoy cached tweets when you're offline
• Attach photos and videos to your tweets (multiple services)
• Automatically shorten long URLs (multiple services)
• Create and update your lists
• Save and edit drafts
• Post links right from Safari using the bookmarklet
... and much more!

What's New In This Version:
*** If you experience performance problems or crashes, please reinstall Icebird before updating. Your data will be lost.
If you're using the bookmarklet in Safari, you have to update the bookmarklet with the new URL. ***

+ URL-Shortening
+ Recent hashtags menu
+ Improved performance and stability
+ Pull down the textfield to see the tweet you are replying to
+ Timeline is refreshed after a tweet has been sent
+ Added ability to delete the only account
+ Added support for TextExpander
+ Added support for Tweetphoto

• Improved multitasking on iOS 4
• Changed character limit of DMs to 140, because of a change in mind at twitter
• Retweeted tweets show the correct timestamp
• When viewing a tweet, the preferred font size is respected

• Fixed a bug with lists
• Fixed a bug with the manual
• Fixed bugs related to state-saving
• Fixed a bug when searching drafts
• Fixed a bug when deleting searches
• Fixed a bug when loading a timeline gap failed
• Fixed a bug when a twitlonger link has been expanded
• Fixed a bug that tweets could be sent from the wrong account
• Fixed a bug that prevented made scrolling to the top stop working

You can purchase Icebird for iPhone from the App Store for $3.99.














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iHome+Sleep App Gets Updated As Universal Binary

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iHome+Sleep, a popular alarm clock for iOS, has been updated as a universal binary with a total design refresh.

iHome+Sleep is the award-winning, feature-rich alarm clock for iOS devices from iHome, the most popular name in iPod & iPhone accessories. At first glance, iHome+Sleep is a full screen clock that includes weather, iPod controls, and your choice of custom photo backgrounds. But there's much more...

KEY FEATURES:
• Universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad!
• Sleep & wake to music from your iPod or from Internet radio*
• Background alarms (iOS 4.0 or later, not iPad)
• Works with new iHome "App-Enhanced" products
• Weather widget with data from The Weather Channel
• Sleep stats
• Facebook & Twitter support
• and much more... visit: http://www.iHomeAudio.com/apps

*requires the app "iHome+Radio"

What's New In This Version:
• Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Yes, we said iPad! Check it out!
• Total design refresh with simpler navigation system, and beautiful new look and feel
• 'Standby' home screen mode with minimal clutter, just tap the clock to enable
• Retina Display graphics for iPhone 4 and the new iPod touch
• Overhauled alarms system designed to be much easier to use, and improves performance on older iOS devices
• Background alarms (on iOS 4.0 or later, not iPad)
• Support for the all-new app-enhanced iHome iA100. A Bluetooth alarm clock with FM radio, Bongiovi Acoustics DPS, and 4 active speakers for iPad, iPhone and iPod (shipping now!)

You can download iHome+Sleep from the App Store for free.























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INQ to Manufacture the 'Facebook Phone'?

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Facebook is working with mobile phone manufacturer INQ Mobile on two smartphones that could be carried by AT&T, according to three Bloomberg sources.

The devices, which feature deep Facebook integration are said to be introduced in Europe in the first half of 2011 and in U.S. by the second half of 2011.

AT&T is reportedly still considering whether to carry the devices which will run Android. Facebook has not yet decided whether its name will be used on the phones.

Facebook declined to comment on specific plans but did say that they continue to work with INQ Mobile, a company which has previously sold phones with Facebook features.

"We've been working with INQ for a couple of years now to help them build a deeply integrated Facebook experience on their devices," Palo Alto, California-based Facebook said in an e- mailed statement. "While we can’t speak for their future product development plans, we can say that our view is that almost all experiences would be better if they were social."

This report comes after TechCrunch broke news that Facebook could be working on its own phone and even interviewed Mark Zuckerberg on the matter.




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Evidence That Apple is Working on Apps for the Apple TV?

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An intern's description of their job at Apple hints that the company may be working on apps for the Apple TV, according to a MacRumors report.

The site found a LinkedIn profile showing a recent Apple intern describing their summer position as "AppleTV Apps Engineer at Apple Inc."

While this could refer to Apple's built-in apps, it also could suggest that Apple plans to open the iOS device to third party developers as widely speculated.




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Apple Begins Charging Customers for Apple TV Pre-Orders

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Apple has begun charging customers for pre-ordered Apple TVs which indicates that the company will ship the devices soon.

You can learn more about the new Apple TV here


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