This week’s big Apple news brings us the details on Apple’s Q3 earning call and some news surrounding the anticipated arrival of the iPad Mini retina.
Top Apple News and Rumors This Week
Apple Sells 33.8m iPhones and 14.1m iPads in Q4
Apple sold 33.8 million iPhones in Q3 2013, up from the 26.9 million sold in Q3 2012. The record-breaking 9 million units sold in the first weekend helped Apple achieve this number. Apple reported that iPhone sales accounted for $19.5 billion of its $37.5 billion total revenue which accounts for about half of the company’s revenue. When it comes to the iPad Apple said that sales increased up to 14.1 million which is a slight rise from the 14 million sold during the same quarter last year.
Apple generated $37.5 billion of revenue and $7.5 billion in net profit, compared to $36 billion in revenue and $8.2 billion profit last year. International sales once again accounted for 60 percent of revenue, equaling what Apple reported in 2012.
iPad Air Reviews Point To Apple’s Best Tablet Yet
The initial batch of iPad Air reviews are in from those lucky journalists who received a tablet from Apple at announcement. A majority of the reviews are positive, with a big emphasis on the reduced size and weight of the new tablet. Journalist Walt Mossberg had this to say on the new tablet – “In a feat of design and engineering, Apple has slashed the iPad’s weight by 28%, made it 20% thinner and 9% narrower, while increasing its speed and retaining the brilliant, 9.7-inch Retina display.
Target Has The iPad Mini Retina Coming On Nov. 21
The latest Apple news fromthe retailer Target pinpoints the expected arrival for the new iPad Mini retina. The big box retailer, who put the product on its website earlier this week, is claiming an arrival date of November 21st. Consumers who want an iPad Mini may face supply constraints for the second-generation mini. Much of the blame for the constraints has been placed on Sharp, the display maker for the new tablet.
Battery Issues Hit Some iPhone 5S Owners
Apple is replacing a limited number of iPhone 5S models after their owners reported their batteries were draining far more quickly than expected. Apple has acknowledged that a number of iPhone 5s devices are suffering from battery problems and issued a statement to the New York Times. “We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” Apple spokeswoman Teresa Brewer told the Times. “We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone.”
If your iPhone 5S is giving you battery problems make sure to hit up your nearest Apple store for a replacement device ASAP.
iPhone 6 With Bigger Display Coming September 2014?
Rumors are already pointing to a bigger iPhone 6 arriving in 2014. Apple is rumored to drop a 5-inch display with resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at about 440ppi (pixels per inch) density for its next generation of iPhone. The iPhone 6 is expected to be announced in September 2014, which follows a similar launch date for the two previous iPhone models, the 5 and 5S. With competing big screen devices like the Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z, Apple will now perhaps look to release a phablet of their own.