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As Apple (AAPL +1.1%) nears $600 for the first time since late April, Digitimes claims a...

As Apple (AAPL +1.1%) nears $600 for the first time since late April, Digitimes claims a next-gen iMac could arrive around October, possibly with a retina display in tow. Rumors that an iMac refresh would arrive at Apple's June Worlwide Developer Conference didn't pan out. Meanwhile, a Chinese site is providing the latest rumor about the arrival of a 7.85" iPad Mini - it claims the device will have 8GB of storage, and sell for $249-$299.
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  • GSlusher
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    From what I've read, Digitimes is about like the National Enquirer in regards to "rumors."
    3 Jul 2012, 12:07 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    They're hit and miss. They seem to have a lot of sources working at Taiwanese component suppliers and contract manufacturers. Sometimes these sources know what the manufacturers they're supplying are working on and/or what their demand outlook is like. Other times they have an incorrect or incomplete picture.
    3 Jul 2012, 12:12 PM Reply Like
  • Gutone
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    iPad mini makes sense, although it will likely cannibalize iPad badly:

     

    http://seekingalpha.co...
    3 Jul 2012, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • IGUART
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    Yes it does make sense... but an "entry level" iPad (mini) will be just that... bring in entry level buyers who for one reason or another can't or won't buy the "premium" iPad. Much like entry level Mercedes buyers don't cannibalize Premium Mercedes sales. They want the experience of owning such a wonderful (insert gadget-toy-automobile here) without having to pay the higher price point. So in that reasoning alone many will pay more for the bigger, badder, whatever over the smaller and cheaper that those other folks are buying since it's more reasonable for them. And not sure if you know this or not... but Apple still sells it's "older" iterations of many of it's devices at lower price points as well. So, that BS "Apple is too expensive" jive doesn't fly. iPhones in the 3Gs, 4 & 4s are still available for "free" if you know where to look (iPads too actually-cheaper that is). And Apple's all about getting you "into" the ecosystem! That's when the magic happens and you realize everything they make is just better! But that's just my 2 cents... I've only been using all Apple since '92!
    3 Jul 2012, 01:28 PM Reply Like
  • bailinnumberguy
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    The iPad mini is the inevitable response to the lower price points of the Kindle Fire, Microsoft's unfortunately named Surface, etc. The buyers of the full sized iPad will still be buying and the mini's will win the battle for the more price sensitive buyers who would be looking at the Kindle or other products.
    3 Jul 2012, 03:20 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    I don't think it's is allegedly a response as much as a planned multi screen size strategy like we saw w iPods! The concept that is not the rumor
    3 Jul 2012, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • BradleyModLover
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    They're grasping at straws to keep that stock price propped up while diluting their brand with too many slightly different products as well as alienating their longtime base of loyal customers by locking them out.

     

    I just synced my iPhone (iOS4) and Apple deleted my mac.com email account. So I just added Gmail and I'll buy a Samsung Galaxy since my AT&T contract is up. Now I have an iPhone with Yahoo and Gmail, but no Apple email. Am I the only one who finds this absurd? Be forewarned new adopters, unless you upgrade your equipment to meet Apple's earnings announcement schedules, they'll just delete your email while cranking out more scatter shot products.
    3 Jul 2012, 01:17 PM Reply Like
  • azreeal
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    Why did they delete your email?
    3 Jul 2012, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • rubicon59
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    Samsung Galaxy? Why not wait for Samsung Uranus with Jelly Bean in it?
    3 Jul 2012, 03:37 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    Come on Bradley what was deleted was a planned decommission of MobileMe accounts, this decommissioning was announced a year ago and had several milestones well documented and communicated!
    3 Jul 2012, 05:30 PM Reply Like
  • BradleyModLover
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    @azreal Because it's an older iPhone running iOS4.1 and they wanted me to get a new iPhone running iOS5 to join their iCloud.

     

    Basically, Apple is way too busy trying to come up with new devices to fill every possible niche and could care less about their customer base and migrating them seamlessly without making them throw their equipment in the trash and buy their latest hardware.

     

    It's okay. I know where their priorities are -- new revenue for the next earnings statement this year and killing Androids. Thing is, I am closer now than ever to getting a Samsung Nexus when it comes out. My email is gone on my iPhone and one Mac, so I could care less about supporting that fast, ever upwardly moving platform. Funny, but I can join their iCloud club with my old Dell box running WinXP, so maybe I just need to get on other platforms to be supported by Apple.
    4 Jul 2012, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • BradleyModLover
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    @berylrb So they gave me a year to throw away my iPhone running iOS4.1 and two Macs (one on Tiger and one on Snow Leopard) and buy all new equipment with Lion and iOS5. In order to continue to be their customer, those were my options. The last I heard the economy was in the dumps and many people are struggling financially or at least not wanting to shell out for stuff they do NOT need right now.

     

    The other issue is : except for the stupid iCloud and my mac.com email, there's absolutely NO REASON to accommodate Apple's decision not to support their customers with older iPhones, Macs and OS's. So I will use my GMail, Yahoo mail accounts, and continue to back up on my 500G Fantom drives and continue on. Looking to move to Galaxy Nexus in the fall and a Kindle Fire after buying the first Apple II and then Mac II in late 70's-80's. Adios!
    4 Jul 2012, 01:02 PM Reply Like
  • azreeal
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    Reuters has an article saying Apple has a problem in Italy now, I'm not sure if it's true because I haven't seen anything else on the matter.
    3 Jul 2012, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • livshk
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    Horace Dediu via @asymco tweeted earlier "if there is a 7" device from Apple I hope they call it an iPod" -- makes sense
    3 Jul 2012, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • berylrb
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    That would be a 7" iPod Touch Ha
    3 Jul 2012, 05:31 PM Reply Like
  • M.I.Missingsomething
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    I think the 7" screen would be perfect size for an integrated multi-unit remote control which sits in the entertainment area of the house. How many of those could they sell?
    3 Jul 2012, 02:35 PM Reply Like
  • Burakb
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    I think the smaller tablet will be branded as an iPod touch maxi rather than an iPad mini. This will revitalize their iPod line.
    3 Jul 2012, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • Moosh
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    Knowing Apple, it will come up with something most people would not be able even to imagine.That's how they are keeping ahead, it took so many yrs someone to copy it not to perfect it. I am a big fan of PC, but enjoying my first apple gadget.... imagine all their loyal fans. I don't know anyone in my circle changed from apple to Microsoft, but I have seen it the other way around. Like to hear your honest opinion.
    4 Jul 2012, 01:37 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    Google's Nexus tablet at $200 and other low budget Android tablets at ~$100 or so could encourage Apple to move downmarket, but I don't believe it will happen looking at Apple's business model.
    4 Jul 2012, 09:12 AM Reply Like
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