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No Temporary Apple Store for 2012 South By South West

In 2011, Apple opened a temporary Apple Store at the South By Southwest Interacive Festival, a gathering of social media, music and other media types.   The iPad 2 was released on March 2nd just as the festival was beginning and Apple made out handily.  However, Apple is confirming  that there will be  no such temporary store at this years SXSW event.

This year’s South By Southwest Interactive Festival is due to start on March 9th and go until March 18th.  With Apple now showing any interest in this years’ event, many are speculating that the iPad 3 or iPad HD as some are calling it will not be available until after the end of the festival.

Source: Statesman.com

Invitations for Apple’s iPad 3 Event Sent Out — March 7 It Is!

Invitations for the next release of the iPad went out to the media today, with Apple proclaiming “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The event for the iPad 3 release is scheduled to take place on March 7, 2012 at 10:00am PST at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. The event has been talked about greatly throughout the media rumor circles for the past several weeks with this event being the worst kept secret of Apple’s history.

AAPL: Apple Shares Push Through $500 USD Mark

Apple Inc (AAPL) shares pushed through the $500 USD per share price mark early in trading today.  While the up tick did not last, it was a major mile stone for the stock which is projected to go to at least $550 to $580 USD per share range by a number of analysts on wall street.  The stock traded most of the morning in the $498 and $499 USD per share range after pulling back from the $500 mark.   After the noon hour, the shares once again pushed back through the $500 a share mark, closing the day at $502.60 USD per share for the day.  After hours trading pushed the shares even higher to the $505.88 USD per share mark.

Several rumors are pushing the stock right now including the iPad 3 which is supposedly being announced March 7 as well as a supposed dividend being paid to share holders.  neither rumor has been confirmed, yet many media outlets are picking up on them and pushing the story.

iPad3 to have A6 Chip and 4G Data

A report on the Boy Genius Reports website this morning is showing photos of a purported screenshot from code showing Apple’s next generation iPad.   According to the report, the iPad 3 will contain Apple’s A6 Chip and will also be quad core.   The new iPad will also be compatible with GSM, CDMA, and LTE networks of all major phone carriers.   This would likely include the latest 4G networks as well.

Source: BGR

Two New Versions of iPad Coming in January

According to the DigiTimes site, two new versions of the next generation iPad are scheduled to make an appearance in January.     While Apple has as usual, no comment about the rumors, this is not unusual for their stance.  The funny part of this is that Samsung, Apple’s bitterest and most outspoken opponent in court, is the supposed supplier for much of the technology in the machine.   Apple will supposedly release the new machines at iWorld on 26 January 2012.

While we here at A.P.P.L.E. have been looking for new models but have been speculating more on the memory of the machines.  Supposedly the new models will have 14,000 mAh batteries which should make the iPad among the best in battery life.

To read the original story, check out the DigiTimes at:

http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20111228PD215.html

iPhone5 Announcement Hours Away

With less than 10 hours to go until the iPhone5 announcement, it is funny to read the hubub on many of the main steam media sites.   It seems that many in the main stream, including the Wall Street Journal want the iPhone 5 announcement to be a failure.   Videos like “Is the iPhone loosing its cool factor” and “Little Buzz Ahead of Apple’s iPhone Event” being the most popular on the site seems that they are pushing that negative agenda.

The reality is that the iPhone will likely once again shock the world with its level of innovation and whether it is 4G or something completely different will matter little to those who line up to get the phone.   They will want it for its high quality and high level of new innovation.

While many have been trying to get free sneak peeks and inside info on the release, the reality is the phone will likely be weeks away since no signs of any stores having received the units have been made public.   It will also be highly probably that Apple will make sure the release date is well before the highly anticipated Amazon Fire.

The only remaining question in most folks minds seems to be will iCloud also be announced tomorrow or will it be released on the date of the iPhone 5.   This is one aspect I am particularly interested in as Apple’s new policy seems to be that 64gb will be the max amount of memory on the iPad or iPhone / iPod Touch.  This would fit with their idea that you only need iCloud in order to store more than that.  With the expected speeds of the new offerings tomorrow, this might just play right into Apple’s hands as many people want everything available now and they want backup of all their items.  It may be the right time for Tim Cook as well to announce something ground breaking and something that will cement both his legacy as well as Steve Jobs legacy.

We will see you folks at 10am Pacific Time with the line on the announcements.