Italy fines Apple $1.2 million for misleading consumers

By on December 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM.

Italy fines Apple $1.2 million for misleading consumers

Italy’s Antitrust Authority has fined Apple Sales International, Apple Italia Srl and Apple Retail Italia a total of $1.2 million for “unfair commercial practices.” According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple’s Italy-based retail stores were fined €500,000 ($653,000) for not providing customers with adequate information about its AppleCare Protection Plan warranties, and an additional €400,000 ($523,00) for not being completely transparent about the length of product guarantees. The fines are a bit surprising, considering that Apple is typically praised for customer satisfaction in the United States. Apple has not commented publicly on the matter. More →

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Sprint could sell 1.2 million iPhones in Q4, analyst says

By on August 24, 2011 at 4:25 PM.

Sprint could sell 1.2 million iPhones in Q4, analyst says

Rumors began swirling on Tuesday suggesting Sprint will launch the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 4 later this year, and at least one analyst thinks Sprint could move a fair number of Apple devices. “Sprint is the third largest carrier in the US with 52m subscribers which would be a nice expansion of Apple’s addressable market in the US,” UBS executive director Maynard Um said in a note to investors on Wednesday, adding that he expects the Overland Park, Kansas-based company to sell 1.2 million iPhones. Senior research analyst William Power with Baird Research is not as convinced the phone will be a hit. While the device will fill a “gaping competitive hole,” Power believes the phone could have adverse effects on earnings due to “upfront iPhone subsidy costs.” “We suspect that many Sprint subscribers who wanted the iPhone may have already left for AT&T or Verizon,” Power added. More →

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Amazon could ship 1-1.2 million tablets during third quarter, report says

By on July 8, 2011 at 8:01 AM.

Amazon could ship 1-1.2 million tablets during third quarter, report says

According to a new report from DigiTimes, Amazon is expected to ship a “conservative” 1-1.2 million of its new tablets during the third quarter — a time frame that’s in line with earlier reports that the online retailer would get its unannounced tablet out the door by August. Reportedly, orders from Amazon are the most positive of all tablet-builders so far, and the company is expected to demand as many as 2 million touch panel displays in August and September. While very little is known about Amazon’s tablet — or possibly tabletswe have heard that it is prepping an entry level model codenamed “Coyote,” with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, as well as a second more powerful “Hollywood” model that’s powered by NVIDIA’s new quad-core T30 “Kal-El” processor, which offers a 500% performance increase over Tegra 2. Amazon already has a number of services that will compliment a tablet perfectly, such as Cloud Drive, Cloud Player, Amazon MP3, Unbox streaming videos, Kindle, and more — all of which will no doubt help it stir up the current tablet market. More →

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