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Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.

Apple Acquired ‘Lightning’ Trademark from Harley-Davidson

Patently Apple reports that Apple acquired the Lightning trademark from a motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson. Details of the trademark deal were made public in a filing with the European Union and it noted that the registered trademark for “Lightning” was originally owned by H-D Michigan, Inc, which is the intellectual property holding company for Harley-Davidson.

Harley-Davidson originally owned the rights to the trademark across a wide range of product types: television sets, games, computer game programs, eye glasses, and eyeglass frames, in addition to motorcycle electrical parts, protective helmets and turn signals.

The Lightning connector was first introduced on the iPhone 5 in September, which replaced the 30-pin dock connector found on previous models. It is 80% thinner than its predecessor and also orientation independent.

American Kids Want Apple Products for Christmas

A new survey by research firm Nielsen reveals that  U.S. consumers aged 6-12 are very interested in purchasing Apple’s iOS products over the next 6 months. The new Nintendo Wii U claimed the #2 spot, but significantly fell behind the iPad. Apple’s iPod touch, iPad mini, and iPhone are rounded out the rest of the top 5 most wanted products for this age group. 48 percent of children surveyed showed interest in the full-sized iPad (up from 44 percent last year), and 36 percent in the new iPad mini.

Nielsen also surveyed people older than 13+ and discovered that the iPad also topped that list. However, the remainder of the 13+ year old list wasn’t as much in favor of Apple than the 6-12 year old group.

It sounds like it is going to be a massive holiday quarter for Apple.

AAPL Surging Following Extremely Positive Analyst Comments

Today, Apple’s stock price has surged nearly six percent, which is a large amount for any company. The rally is due to extremely bullish comments from Topeka’s Brian White. White believes that the recent drop in Apple’s share price has little to do with the fundamentals of the company and suggests that the stock is ready for significant growth.

In our view, the sell off in Apple’s stock over the past eight weeks has gotten to the point of being “insanely insane” given the depressed valuation (CY13 P/E of 7.6x ex-cash), new blockbuster products for the holiday season, the attractive long-term growth opportunities that lie ahead and the Company’s ability to distribute significant cash flow to investors. Those investors that have missed Apple or have been under-weight the stock, now have another opportunity to buy Apple before sentiment takes a turn for the positive during what has historically been the strongest quarter of the year for the stock.

Back in September, Apple’s stock price broke the $700 price mark for the first time ever, but has seen a significant fall since.

 

Apple Posts Black Friday ‘One-Day Shopping Event’ Teaser

Today, Apple has posted a teaser page on their  Australian online Apple Store for a “one-day Apple shopping event” on Friday, November 23rd.

The one-day Apple shopping event is Friday, 23 November.

Get ready to give. Shop online or visit your favourite Apple Retail Store.
We’ll help you make the most of the day, no matter how you shop.

In the US, the Friday after Thanksgiving represents Black Friday and it marks the start of  the Christmas shopping season. Apple’s international online and retail stores also participate in these sales.  Last year’s discounts for Apple’s products were (in USD):

iPad 2 – $41 to $61 Off
iPod nano – $11 off
iPod Touch – $21 to $41 off
MacBook Air – $101 off
MacBook Pro – $101 off
iMac – $101 off

 

Apple Discontinuing Messages Beta for Lion on December 14th

This Friday, Apple notified customers that the company will be  discontinuing the Messages Beta program for Lion on December 14th, 2012:

Dear [User],

The Messages Beta program for Lion will end on Friday, December 14, 2012. We hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to preview Messages.

If you’d like to continue using Messages, upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store. Messages is one of many great new apps and features built right into OS X Mountain Lion. Learn More.

Thank you for your participation in the Messages Beta program.

The email also mentions that in order to continue to use Messages,users must upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion. OS X Mountain Lion is available for $19.99 on the Mac App Store  [Direct Link].

Messages app is Apple’s iMessage client for the Mac. The client also replaces iChat in OS X Mountain Lion.

Samsung Not Interested in Settlement with Apple over Patent Issues

Recently Apple and HTC announced a settlement between their patent dispute. Following that announcement, a Samsung executive has hinted at that the company has no intention of agreeing to a similar deal. In a conversation with Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Shin Jong-kyun, the head of Samsung’s mobile and IT division said that the company does not intend to negotiate “at all.”

“We have no such intention,” J.K. Shin, the head of Samsung Electronics’ mobile unit, told reporters on Wednesday when asked if Samsung would seek a similar settlement.

Samsung and Apple have engaged in a number of lawsuits in multiple countries around the world. In August, Apple saw its biggest victory against Samsung when a jury in California ruled that Samsung had violated Apple’s patented inventions. The jury suggested that Samsung should be required to pay Apple nearly $1.05 billion in damages.

Apple Again Tops U.S. Retail Chains in Sales

According to a new report from research firm Retail Sails, Apple’s retail stores have been ranked as the highest sales per square foot in the U.S.. Apple’s retail stores have been ranked number 1 for the second time in a row. This is more than double that of second-place Tiffany & Co, earning $3,017.

Besides Apple and Tiffany’s, no retailer was able to surpass $2,000 per square foot. The No. 3 chain lulu lemon athletic earned $1,936. Apple also made the top 10 retailers list with the highest overall sales per store. Apple came in at No. 9, behind wholesale retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club, as well as Neiman Marcus and Walmart. Retail Sail’s data comes from an analysis of more than 200 American retailers across 15 sectors.

Apple Offering Select Employees Two Week Breaks for “Special Projects”

The Wall Street Journal (via Business Insider) reports that Apple is now allowing a small group of employees to spend up to two weeks working on special projects outside of their standard job responsibilities. According to the report, this initiative is dubbed “Blue Sky”.

Apple’s program is similar to Google’s long-standing “20 percent time.” Google’s “20 percent time” allows employees to spend one day a week on side projects that may create usable products or solutions.

Tim Cook apparently started “Blue Sky” earlier this year, though an exact date was not revealed.

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue Joins Ferrari’s Board of Directors

Today, Eddy Cue, Apple’s head of Internet Software and Services has joined Ferrari’s board of directors. Cue loves sports cars and said he said has owned a Ferrari for five years. Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo said Cue’s “huge experience in the dynamic, innovative world of the Internet will be of great assistance to [the company].”

I am pleased and proud to become a member of the board. I have personally dreamed of owning a Ferrari since I was 8 years old and have been lucky to be an owner for the past 5 years. I continue to be awed by the world-class design and engineering that only Ferrari can do.

Last week, Apple announced that Eddy Cue will also be responsible for Siri and Maps.

Apple Considering Dropping Intel Chips in Future Macs

A new report from Bloomberg reveals that Apple is considering dropping Intel CPUs in favor of its own chip design. Last year, it was rumored that was considering switching  Intel to ARM processors in future laptops. Also, a year ago, Apple acquired Anobit, an Israeli based flash memory company for $500M.

Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005.

While Apple is now committed to Intel in computers and is unlikely to switch in the next few years, some engineers say a shift to its own designs is inevitable as the features of mobile devices and PCs become more similar, two people said. Any change would be a blow to Intel, the world’s largest processor maker, which has already been hurt by a stagnating market for computers running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software and its failure to gain a foothold in mobile gadgets.

Recently, the company moved away from third party chips to its own in-house chips for iOS devices like the A4, A5 and the just-released A6X chips. In my opinion, when this occurred, it was inevitable that Apple would replace Intel chips with their own in-house solution in Macs. It isn’t a question of when, but instead just a matter of time.

Apple Sells Three Million iPads in Opening Weekend

Today, Apple announced that it sold three million iPads since the launch of the iPad mini and fourth-generation iPad on Friday. The company did not give separate sales numbers for the iPad and iPad mini, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Usually, Apple doesn’t reveal sales numbers of particular device. Apple did say that the sales of the iPad mini exceeded initial supply though.

Apple today announced it has sold three million iPads in just three days since the launch of its new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad—double the previous first weekend milestone of 1.5 million Wi-Fi only models sold for the third generation iPad in March. The Wi-Fi + Cellular versions of both iPad mini and fourth generation iPad will ship in a few weeks in the US and in many more countries later this year.

“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”

The company also said that while many iPad mini preorders shipped to customers, some are scheduled to be shipped later this month.

Apple Starts Running iPad mini ‘Piano’ TV Ad

With the launch of the iPad mini, Apple started to run a new television ad for the device. This ad was showed off during last week’s media event and in my opinion, it is one of Apple’s best ad ever.

The ad is called “Piano” and does not have any voice over. Instead, the ad features GarageBand running on the full-size iPad playing one hand of the two-hand duet from ‘Heart and Soul‘. This piano piece is an easy-to-learn piece among beginner pianists. Seconds after, the iPad mini appears, playing the second part of the duet. Simplicity and brilliance at its best.

Apple Releases iOS 6.0.1

Today, Apple has released iOS 6.0.1. The update fixes a keyboard screen glitch, camera flash issues, and more. iPhone 5 users are first required to install an “updater” application to fix a bug that would otherwise prevent over-the-air updates. After it is installed, users can update to iOS 6.0.1 from their devices.

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

– Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air
– Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard
– Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off
– Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks
– Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances
– Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match
– Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen
– Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

 

Bob Mansfield’s Return to Apple Reportedly Due to Scott Forstall’s Departure

Earlier this week, it was reported that Scott Forstall will no longer be at Apple beginning next year. Now AllThingsD takes a behind the scenes look regarding the situation with Bob Mansfield. Earlier this year, Mansfield announced his retirement as hardware chief in late June. Then two months later, he receded the move in order to work on special projects under CEO Tim Cook. This week’s management change makes Mansfield in charge of a new “Technologies” division and has committed to remaining at the company for at least two more years.

AllThingsD reports that Mansfield was indeed considering retirement earlier this year and was told to stay on in an advisory capacity to ease the transition. However, his commitment to take charge of the new Technologies division was reportedly due to the departure of Scott Forstall.

In addition to Mansfield taking on a new role, several new changes were made to the management this week. Jonathan Ive added software design to  his existing hardware design responsibilities, Eddy Cue is in charge of Siri and Maps, and Craig Federighi adding iOS to his OS X responsibilities.

iTunes 11 Delayed

Today, an Apple spokeperson told AllThingsD said that the launch of iTunes 11 will be pushed back until November. This news comes after Apple in September revealed that the new version would be ready for launch by October.

“The new iTunes is taking longer than expected and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right,” said spokesman Tom Neumayr. “We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud before the end of November.”

iTunes 11 is expected to be a complete redesign to the user interface of the iTunes app itself and the iTunes Store.