Apple roundup: Cook on Ahrendts, Mac refresh, iPad survey

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Tim Cook (AAPL +0.7%) has issued a company memo praising new retail chief/ex-Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts. "She places the same strong emphasis as we do on the customer experience. She cares deeply about people ... she is wicked smart."

Those remarks might in part be an attempt to reassure employees Ahrendts' mindset is different from that of John Browett, who alienated retail workers with a perceived bottom line-focused approach. Burberry (BBRYF.PK) shares fell 6.2% in London.

French site reports (translation) new 13" and 15" MacBook Pros will go on sale on Oct. 24 or 25, following Apple's expected Oct. 22 iPad event. It also reports the new, cylindrical, Mac Pro (previewed in June) will be available on Nov. 15. A 5th-gen iPad and iPad Mini are expected to go on sale at month's end.

Gene Munster says a survey of U.S. iPhone 5S buyers found 46% saying they plan to buy an iPad in the next 12 months. That compares with 34% of iPhone 5 buyers indicating the same a year ago.