White Apple iPod touch parts leak ahead of fall launch

By on July 22, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

White Apple iPod touch parts leak ahead of fall launch

Parts for a new white Apple iPod touch have surfaced, courtesy of 9to5 Mac, suggesting that Apple has plans to release a new color scheme when it takes the wraps off its next-generation iPhone in late August or early September. The leaked images show the iPod touch’s digitizer component, although it is currently unclear if the unit is real or not. The Cupertino-based company has already placed orders for the new color scheme and production is slated to begin next month, according to Concord Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. While we are expecting the iPhone 5 to pack a dual-core processor, Apple may hold off on updating the hardware guts of the iPod touch entirely. “[The] iPhone and iPad have higher priority to get shared components of iOS devices when the supply chain is tight (especially after the Japan quake),” Kuo explained. “It means no spec update of iPod touch this year,” Kuo said. “The demand forecast is strong and Apple prefers to allocate shared components to iPhone and iPad.” Apple already offers a white iPad and a white iPhone, so the idea of a white iPod touch doesn’t sound so far fetched. Read on for two more images of the white digitizer. More →

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iPad shipments to double in Q3 fiscal 2011, analyst says

By on April 22, 2011 at 3:13 AM.

iPad shipments to double in Q3 fiscal 2011, analyst says

In Apple’s earnings report released on Wednesday, the firm noted that it shipped 4.69 million iPad units during the second quarter — down from the 7.33 million it shipped the quarter prior. Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, has said that the iPad sales suffered due to backlogs but that the firm is pleased with manufacturing and expects to build “very large number of iPads” this quarter. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with Concorde Securities, attributed last quarter’s decline to Apple’s transition from the first generation iPad to the iPad 2 and thinks that iPad shipments will do a full 180 during the third quarter. Kuo estimates that shipments of the iPad 2 will “[jump] over 100% sequentially” in Q3 as Apple introduces the device to store shelves in 13 new countries. If you’re wondering which hue — black or white — has sold better, the answer is white. 60% to 65% of the sales for Apple’s second generation tablet were white iPad 2 units, Kuo said. More →

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