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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 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.

Apple Announces Management Changes

Today, Apple announced some major changes to its executive team. Among the biggest changes are the immediate departure of retail chief John Browett and a 2013 exit for iOS chief Scott Forstall. In addition, Jonathan Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue, and Craig Federighi also have a change in roles. The changes in roll include:

– Jonathan Ive will take leadership of Human Interface teams, in addition to his role as head on Industrial Design.

– Eddy Cue will be responsible for Siri, Maps, and online services under one unit.

– Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X.

– Bob Mansfield will lead a new “Technologies” group focused on innovation in wireless technology and semiconductors.

From Apple’s press release:

Apple® today announced executive management changes that will encourage even more collaboration between the Company’s world-class hardware, software and services teams. As part of these changes, Jony Ive, Bob Mansfield, Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi will add more responsibilities to their roles. Apple also announced that Scott Forstall will be leaving Apple next year and will serve as an advisor to CEO Tim Cook in the interim.

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history”

“We are in one of the most prolific periods of innovation and new products in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The amazing products that we’ve introduced in September and October, iPhone 5, iOS 6, iPad mini, iPad, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod touch, iPod nano and many of our applications, could only have been created at Apple and are the direct result of our relentless focus on tightly integrating world-class hardware, software and services.”

Jony Ive will provide leadership and direction for Human Interface (HI) across the company in addition to his role as the leader of Industrial Design. His incredible design aesthetic has been the driving force behind the look and feel of Apple’s products for more than a decade.

Eddy Cue will take on the additional responsibility of Siri® and Maps, placing all of our online services in one group. This organization has overseen major successes such as the iTunes Store®, the App Store℠, the iBookstore℠ and iCloud®. This group has an excellent track record of building and strengthening Apple’s online services to meet and exceed the high expectations of our customers.

Craig Federighi will lead both iOS and OS X®. Apple has the most advanced mobile and desktop operating systems, and this move brings together the OS teams to make it even easier to deliver the best technology and user experience innovations to both platforms.

Bob Mansfield will lead a new group, Technologies, which combines all of Apple’s wireless teams across the company in one organization, fostering innovation in this area at an even higher level. This organization will also include the semiconductor teams, who have ambitious plans for the future.

Additionally, John Browett is leaving Apple. A search for a new head of Retail is underway and in the interim, the Retail team will report directly to Tim Cook. Apple’s Retail organization has an incredibly strong network of leaders at the store and regional level who will continue the excellent work that has been done over the past decade to revolutionize retailing with unique, innovative services for customers.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

 

Apple Sells out of Launch Day iPad Mini Pre-order Stock

Apple sold out of its iPad mini pre-order stock this morning. On Friday, the company sold out of its white iPad mini pre-order stock within minutes, but its black models held out until today. Apple is still quoting its original “Mid November” estimate for cellular-capable models in the U.S., with other countries seeing “Late November” estimates.

The iPad mini was introduced during a special media event on October 23rd and the company began accepting pre-orders on Friday, October 26th. Apple’s iPad mini will officially launch on this Friday, November 2. Apple’s retail stores will begin sales at 8:00 AM on Friday. In addition, the new fourth-generation iPad is also launching this Friday with a similar launch schedule as the iPad mini. The new fourth-generation iPad WiFi only models will be made available this Friday while cellular-capable models will follow later.

 

Apple Targeting First Quarter 2013 Launch for Online Music Service

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple may be looking to create a radio streaming service to rival current services like Pandora in an attempt to protect its position as the world’s largest music dealer. Today, Bloomberg reports that Apple is hoping to close deals for an online music service in the next few weeks, targeting a launch for the first quarter of next year.

Apple Inc. and major music labels have intensified negotiations to start an advertising-supported Internet radio service by early next year, according to people with knowledge of the talks.

Talks are centered in part around how to share ad revenue and a deal could be reached by mid-November, with Apple starting a service within the first three months of 2013, said the people, who asked not to be named because discussions are still in progress.

According to the report, executives from Vivendi, Universal, Warner, and Sony have all visited Apple’s headquarters in recent weeks to learn more about Apple’s plans. An issue in the negotiations seems to be with the advertising, with Apple seeing the service as a way to strengthen its iAd offerings music labels want a share of that ad revenue and the ability to insert their own advertising into listeners’ streams.

Pandora’s shares took a 14% nose dive today over reports that Apple may launch an internet radio service and trading was halted.

iCloud Now Has over 190 Million Users

Today, during Apple’s quarterly earnings call, the company revealed that iCloud has over 190 million users. That’s up 40 million from the 150 million users the company cited during its last earnings call in July. In April, Apple revealed that a 125 million people were using iCloud.

iCloud is a free service that stores all your content and seamlessly syncs it across all your devices. It replaced the company’s predecessor paid subscription service called MobileMe with a more seamless and free service.

Apple offers users with 5GB of free storage space on iCloud. Users who want more space can pay $20 per year for 10GB of additional storage (for a total of 15GB), $40 for 20GB and $100 for 50GB.

Apple Reports Q4 2012 Earnings of $8.2B on $36B in Revenue

Today, Apple announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2012. Apple reported a revenue of  $36.0 billion and net quarterly profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $28.27 billion and net quarterly profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Apple also provided a guidance for this quarter of  $34 billion in revenue and earnings of $7.65 per share.

The total revenue of $156.5 billion and net profit of $41.7 billion for fiscal 2012 are both company records. In fiscal 2011, Apple earned $25.9 billion on $108.2 billion in sales.

Last quarter, Apple sold 26.9 million iPhones, up 58 percent from the year-ago quarter,  and the company sold 14.0 million iPads, up 26 percent year-over-year. Apple sold 4.9 million Macintosh computers, which is an increase of 1 percent over the year-ago quarter, as well as 5.3 million iPods, representing a 19 percent unit decline year-over-year.

Apple’s guidance for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 is expected to be $52 billion of revenue and earnings per diluted share to be $11.75.