WSJ: Apple orders over 10M ‘iPad minis’ for Q4

Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple had begun mass production of the iPad mini. The report also cited two sources which supposedly confirmed that the iPad mini will use a 7.85″ screen with a lower screen resolution than the 3rd Generation iPad. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s component suppliers in Asia have received orders to build more than 10 million of the so-called “iPad mini”  for the fourth quarter of 2012.

Some component suppliers to Apple in Asia say they have received orders to make more than 10 million units of the smaller tablets in the fourth quarter. That is roughly double the order that were placed for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets in the same quarter, these suppliers say.

The figure indicates that Apple believes demand for the product will be strong, despite stiff competition in the market.

It was also reported last week that Apple will send out media invitations for the iPad mini on October 10th. Given’s Apple history and if the invites are indeed sent out on October 10th, it would suggest that the event would be held in the middle of the following week.

 

Apple Marks One-Year Anniversary of Steve Jobs’ Passing Away

Can you believe it? Today marks the one year anniversary of Steve Jobs’s passing away. Apple has posted a new remembrance on its website. When visitors first access Apple.com, they are presented with a nearly two-minute photo slideshow of Jobs paired with some of his famous audio clips. The video is accompanied by Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1, which is played by American cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In fact, Steve and Yo-Yo Ma were close friends. MacStories provides a more in depth look into the music piece used. Truly fascinating. Once the video is over, the website transitions to a simple letter of remembrance from Tim Cook below the standard site navigation bar.

A message from Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.

Steve’s passing one year ago today was a sad and difficult time for all of us. I hope that today everyone will reflect on his extraordinary life and the many ways he made the world a better place.

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

I’m incredibly proud of the work we are doing, delivering products that our customers love and dreaming up new ones that will delight them down the road. It’s a wonderful tribute to Steve’s memory and everything he stood for.

– Tim

Thanks, Steve for changing the world and inspiring all of us to do something great.

Apple Releases Supplemental Update for OS X 10.8.2 and 10.7.5

Two weeks ago, Apple released OS X 10.8.2, which brought a number of enhancements, including Facebook integration and Game Center. It also added support for several features integrating with iOS 6, such as Passbook passes and iMessage/FaceTime access via phone number. Today, Apple has released OS X v 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0. It is a minor update that brings a number of fixes to the latest version of OS X Mountain Lion.

The OS X v10.8.2 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.2 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause certain Japanese characters to appear incorrectly in Mail
– Allows Safari to access secure sites when parental controls are enabled
– Addresses an issue that may prevent systems with more than 64 GB of RAM from starting up

OS X 10.8.2 Supplemental Update 1.0 is available for download via the Update tab in the Mac App Store. Apple has also released OS X Lion 10.7.5 Supplemental Update, which brings several bug fixes to the latest version of OS X Lion.

The OS X v10.7.5 Supplemental Update is recommended for all users running OS X Lion v10.7.5 and includes the following fixes:

– Resolves an issue that may cause Time Machine backups to take a very long time to complete
– Addresses an issue that prevents certain applications signed with a Developer ID from launching

The Supplemental Update is recommended if you installed the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G56).

It is not needed if you install the Mac OS X Lion v10.7.5 Update (build 11G63).

Wall Street Journal: Apple Has Begun Mass Production of the iPad Mini

Last month, it was reported that instead of Apple revealing the iPad mini at the same time of the iPhone 5, the company would announce it during a separate event. Earlier this week, a new rumor suggested that Apple will send out media event invitations on October 10th. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has started mass production of the iPad mini.

Apple Inc.’s Asian component suppliers have started mass production of a new tablet computer smaller than the current iPad, people with knowledge of the situation said, as the Silicon Valley company tries to stay competitive against rivals such as Google Inc. GOOG -0.63% and Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.56% that are offering smaller, less-expensive alternatives to the iPad.

The report cites two sources which supposedly confirm that the iPad mini will use a 7.85″ screen with a lower screen resolution than the 3rd Generation iPad.  Both LG Display Co. and AU Optronics Corp. are said to be building screens for the new device. In the past, the iPad mini has been rumored to have a 1024×768 pixel display.

Anyway, regardless of what the iPad mini has to offer, it will sell really well in the market Apple is targeting.

Apple to Announce Q4 2012 Earnings on October 25

Apple has updated its investor relations page to notifying the public that it will announce its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2012, as well as results for the full fiscal year, on Thursday, October 25. Usually the earnings are released  after 4:30 PM Eastern Time following the close of regular stock trading. The conference call is scheduled to follow at 5:00 PM Eastern / 2:00 PM Pacific.

This earnings call will offer a more closer look into iPhone 5 sales in the first week of availability and how the company did overall this quarter. Three months ago, Apple reported weaker than expected results on lower-than-expected iPhone sales. Apple also provided guidance for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 expecting revenue of $34 billion and earnings per diluted share of $7.65.

Apple’s iPad Mini Media Event Invitations to Be Sent out October 10?

Last month, it was reported that instead of Apple revealing the iPad mini at the same time of the iPhone 5, the company would announce it during a separate event. Now, a very sketchy report from Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Apple 2.0, suggests that Apple might send out invitations for the iPad mini event on October 10. DeWitt says that it’s a “rumor we have no reason to believe” except that it came from a major Apple investor.

According to our source, who asked not be named, there appears to be some truth to the widespread rumors that Apple is preparing to launch a smaller and cheaper version of the iPad — often called the iPad mini or iPad air and usually described as having a 7.85-inch screen.

What our source adds is the specificity of a date: The press, he says, can expect invitations to go out on Oct. 10.

Given’s Apple history and if the invites are indeed sent out on October 10th, it would suggest that the event would be held in the middle of the following week.

Apple Quietly Increasing iCloud Storage to 25 GB Until the Year 2050?

Last week, we reported that Apple sent out former MobileMe customers regarding their free 25 GB of iCloud storage. The email was a reminder that  their free 25 GB iCloud accounts will be reduced to 5 GB as of September 30.

TUAW is the first one to point out that Apple seems to be quietly increasing iCloud storage to 25 GB until the year 2050. I checked on my iOS devices and this seems to be the case for me too. It seems that Apple is quietly bumping iCloud storage space upgrades for ex-MobileMe users. In the past, Apple has been known to offer cloud storage upgrades for free when their services did not live up to expectations (MobileMe).

To check if your storage plan has been upgraded, launch Settings -> iCloud -> Account on your iOS device. I asked around on Twitter and it seems that only ex-MobileMe users are seeing an upgrade in storage. However, I have not been able to confirm it.

Apple offers free 5 GB of iCloud storage storage for free, but users that are interested in upgrading their storage by purchasing additional storage space can do so through their iOS device iCloud settings, System Preferences on a Mac, or iCloud Control Panel on a PC. Apple offers 10 GB for $20, 20 GB for $40, and 50 GB for $100 and all purchased amounts are added to the base 5 GB storage capacity.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Publishes Open Letter on Maps for iOS 6

Since the time iOS 6 was officially released to the public, Apple has been criticized for replacing the original Maps.app powered by Google Maps with its own in-house solution. Now, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook has published an open letter to customers on the company’s website addressing the criticism over the new Apple-powered Maps app in iOS 6. In the letter, Cook apologizes to customers for not meeting expectations and mentions a number of alternative mapping solutions customers may wish to use while Apple continues to makes Maps much better. Well done, Mr. Cook. Apple is specifically promoting a page for map application alternatives in the App Store.

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

I think what people fail to understand is that it took Google and many other mapping companies at least 5-7 years to create a great maps products. Apple’s only been in this business for a couple of years, but as time goes by, the Maps.app will undoubtedly improve.

Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps, Suggests Alternatives Including Google Maps

Apple ditched Google Maps in favor of its own Mapping service in iOS 6, and promised that it will be the most advanced mapping app with 3D buildings and effects. However, once the iPhone 5 and then iOS 6 were released, everyone realized that Apple had made false claims. The new Maps app in iOS 6 is much inferior to its competition especially Google Maps and lacks a lot of detail. Over the last couple of weeks, jokes about the new Maps app in iOS 6 have been flowing right, left and center and Apple has been heavily criticized for providing its users with a service that barely works.

Today, Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has written an open letter to its customers accepting that the company “fell short on [its] commitment” to deliver a world class experience with its Maps app. The letter then states that Apple is “extremely sorry for the frustration” the new Maps has caused to its customers, and that the company is doing “everything” they can to make the experience better. The letter also states that as more and more iOS 6 customers will use the Maps, the better the service will get.

Tim Cook even went on to suggest iOS 6 users some other alternatives to Maps including Bing, MapQuest, Waze or Google and Nokia maps. While suggesting other alternative Maps service from Apple is a bold move, the company should not have removed Google Maps from iOS 6 or should have given users a warning who were upgrading from iOS 5 to iOS 6.

Below is the full letter from Tim Cook -:

To our customers,

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment. We are extremely sorry for the frustration this has caused our customers and we are doing everything we can to make Maps better.

We launched Maps initially with the first version of iOS. As time progressed, we wanted to provide our customers with even better Maps including features such as turn-by-turn directions, voice integration, Flyover and vector-based maps. In order to do this, we had to create a new version of Maps from the ground up.

There are already more than 100 million iOS devices using the new Apple Maps, with more and more joining us every day. In just over a week, iOS users with the new Maps have already searched for nearly half a billion locations. The more our customers use our Maps the better it will get and we greatly appreciate all of the feedback we have received from you.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps by going to their websites and creating an icon on your home screen to their web app.

Everything we do at Apple is aimed at making our products the best in the world. We know that you expect that from us, and we will keep working non-stop until Maps lives up to the same incredibly high standard.

Tim Cook
Apple’s CEO

 

Camera+ Updated for iPhone 5 and iOS 6, New iPad App Released

Camera+, one of the best and hottest selling camera apps on the iPhone has now been released for the iPad. This new iPad app isn’t an universal app, but standalone one. It is on sale for just $0.99 right now. The iPad version offers similar features to the iPhone one including touch-up tools, filters, cropping and borders. Other features include a camera stabilization tool, timer and burst ode functions. The main focus of this app is to be a photography editing app and it makes great use of the iPad’s larger screen. I have been using the iPhone version for over a year now, and it is great! The iPad version is also very well done too.

In addition, both the apps support iCloud syncing that automatically syncs all your Lightbox photos between devices. The iPhone version also received an update, which added support for the larger, 4-inch screen of the new iPhone and iOS 6. The update also allows Facebook sharing of photo with single sign-on support.