By Lisa Johnston
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New York — Tablet sales during the fourth quarter of 2012 accounted for almost half of all of last year’s sales, according to Futuresource.
The research firm reported global sales during the quarter reached 64 million units and totaled 136 million units for all of 2012. The quarterly sales figure represented a 100 percent increase over the fourth quarter in 2011 and for the year, tablet sales were up 119 percent, said Arun Gill, market analyst, Futuresource Consulting.
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Cupertino, Calif. – Apple reported $54.5 billion in quarterly revenue and a net profit of $13.1 billion in its fiscal first quarter ended December 29, 2012, but that didn’t seem like enough for Wall Street.
While revenue was a quarterly record topping the prior year’s first quarter revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit last year was the same as this year’s opening quarter - $13.1 billion Apple’s stock price sank in early trading.
El Segundo, Calif. – The shelf life of the eReader could be coming to an end thanks to low-priced, multi-use tablets.
According to IHS, the eReader first hit the scene in 2006, and the industry saw shipments jump from about 1 million in 2008 to 10.1 million by 2010. The following year this figure more than doubled to 23.2 million, but since then the category has declined.
Anaheim, Calif. — Targus today announced the availability of its iNotebook for the iPad and iPad Mini, a portfolio case with a sensor and an accompanying free app that allows users to wirelessly transfer what they write on paper directly to their iPad.
San Francisco – Computer accessories supplier Elgato has begun offering a dongle that turns iPads, iPhones and iPod touches into TV screens for viewing free live mobile-DTV broadcasts transmitted by local stations under the Dyle Mobile TV brand.
The $99 EyeTV Mobile accessory must be used in conjunction with a free EyeTV app, which is available in Apple’s iTunes store. The accessory itself is available at www.elgato.com, Amazon and other retail locations.
New York – The 4G LTE versions of the iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad have begun to trickle into the U.S. market for activation on the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks.
When it unveiled the two tablets in October, Apple had said the Wi-Fi+ Cellular versions would ship in the U.S. “about a week” after the Nov. 2 launch of the Wi-Fi models.
Cupertino, Calif. — Apple said revenue was up for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, ended Sept. 29.
The company posted quarterly revenue of $36 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, compared with the prior-year period’s $28.3 billion and $6.6 billion, respectively.
For the quarter, Apple said it sold 26.9 million iPhones (58 percent growth) 14 million iPads (26 percent unit increase) 4.9 million Macs (1 percent unit increase), and 5.3 million iPods (19 percent unit decline).