Thursday, August 18, 2011

Digitimes: Is Apple scaling down Q4 iPhone orders due to global economic concerns?

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Reporting essentially the opposite of what they said last week, Digitimes now reports that Apple is scaling back fourth quarter iPhone orders due to changes in the economy.

While most smartphone vendors are likely to reach their shipment targets for the third quarter, they have begun to reduce orders for parts and components for the fourth quarter in preparation for a possible impact from changing economic conditions, the sources noted.
The website’s previous report claimed that Apple upped iPhone orders to 56 million units for the third and fourth quarters, but according to their new report, those plans won’t be happening. The iPhone 5 will likely be available in early October, and it will be interesting to see the supply and demand breakdown for the product amidst this report.

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HP exits low-margin PC biz, shoots down TouchPad and webOS phones

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Prescient image courtesy of Gizmodo

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hewlett-Packard, the leading computer maker in the world, is about to announce that it will be spinning off its personal computer business, excluding printers, storage or networking. In a just released statement via BusinessWire, the computer maker offically confirmed its board of directors has authorized “the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG), which may include “a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction.

Quoting the obligatory “people familiar with the matter”, the paper further writes that HP “is close to a $10 billion deal to acquire U.K. software firm Autonomy Corp.” The spin off announcement is expected later today as the computer maker reports quarterly earnings. Shockingly, HP is abandoning its webOS devices, from their release:

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.
And here’s the most interesting bit from the Journal’s story:

As part of Hewlett-Packard’s planned spin off of its personal computer business, it will keep the webOS software business but let go of the hardware, meaning HP is shutting down its tablets business, people familiar with the matter said. H-P’s tablet is the TouchPad, an iPad rival that went on sale in July starting at $499. Earlier this month, HP cut its price 20 percent. HP got webOS when it acquired Palm Inc. in April 2010 for $1.2 billion. H-P may license the webOS software to others, the people added.
Mind you, not that HP pulling Kin matters in the greater scheme of things because the TouchPad didn’t even blip on Apple’s radar, but separating the personal computer business from their enterprise group could present Apple with an ample opportunity to grow Mac sales. Earlier today, a DisplaySearch survey revealed that – if you count tablets as PCs – Apple has now officially become the world’s leading PC manufacturer with a 21.4 percent share, passing HP in sales by four million units.

As our Seth Weintraub puts it, “the leading PC hardware company just exited all hardware”. And here’s your food for thought if you’re still tripping on this: Perhaps HP will be selling their intellectual property to Google, Apple or Microsoft, giving a potential suitor plenty of ammo for patent battles. Dang, talk about slow news day!

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City of Santa Monica approves Apple Glass House store without blinking

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Although Apple’s name still is not mentioned in paperwork accompanying a 8,084-square-foot project at the Third Street Promenade (where Apple already operates a smaller store), said to feature the spectacular glass ceiling and the front façade, media outlets don’t have the slightest doubt that this in fact is an upcoming flagship Apple store. Just 24 hours after it came to light, city staff apparently greenlighted the project, reports Santa Monica Dispatch.

As it does with all commercial projects, City staff prepared a detailed staff report on the Apple project (though it did not mention Apple and purported not to know who the actual builder was), complete with renderings, and, as it virtually always does, it concluded that the commission should approve the project and it should go forward.
What’s interesting about this, according to author Peggy Clifford who attended the meeting, is that Santa Monica Planning Commission approved the project without even discussion:

The surprise was that the staff put the project on the Consent Calendar. I cannot remember any large, complex commercial project ever going on the Consent Calendar. Apple was the only item on last night’s Calendar. And, under the rules, the Consent Calendar is approved as a whole – unless someone wishes to pull at item for discussion. And in that crucial blink, the commissioners approved the Consent Calendar (aka Apple Glass House), and that was that – except for a staff report on the redesign of the Project Case List, after which they adjourned.

Per project documentation, the store will have a 5,210-square-foot basement and the front façade consists “entirely of transparent glass panels that will project five feet from stone paneled side walls”, in addition to an all-glass ceiling. Apple is also said to offer full-time retail employees a $100 monthly transit subsidy towards the purchase of transit fare and a $20 per month bicycle reimbursement subsidy for improvements, maintenance, and service. Also, secure bicycle parking for employees of the building is reportedly in the cards as well.

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