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Submission + - Microsoft Could Earn Billions from Office for iOS: Analyst (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Microsoft is leaving billions of dollars on the table by not porting Office to the iPad, according to a new analyst report. That analyst, Morgan Stanley’s Adam Holt, believes that Office for iOS would sell to approximately 30 percent of all iPad users; priced at $60 per copy, that comes to a grand total of $2.5 billion per year—minus Apple’s cut of the revenues, of course. But does Microsoft actually want Office for iOS out there? It’s not necessarily in the company’s best interest to rush such a platform to market, even if billions of dollars potentially hang in the balance—it’s too busy pushing Office as a cloud-based, OS-agnostic platform. And Microsoft has another reason, aside from pushing the cloud version of Office, to de-emphasize the prospect of its productivity software on iOS: In a bid to draw more customers to its new hardware, Microsoft preloaded its Surface RT tablets with Office; offering the software on a rival touch-screen would take a major selling point off the table."

Submission + - Hurricane Sandy Fails to Stop Line for iPad Mini Launch (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Hurricane Sandy may have plunged part of New York City into darkness, drowned its basements and subway tunnels in saltwater, and even set part of a neighborhood on fire, but it couldn’t stop New Yorkers from standing in line for hours to purchase the iPad Mini.

Hundreds of people lined up in front of Apple’s Fifth Avenue store for the chance to get their hands on the 7.9-inch device. According to CNET, which was on the scene and running a live-blog ahead of the store’s 10 AM EST opening, “many people in line are not fluent in English and are either Asian immigrants or visitors.” That opening was originally supposed to take place at 8 AM, and likely delayed because of the obvious citywide transportation issues. But for those in New York City who manage to get their sweaty hands on a new iPad Mini, there’s an unusual wrinkle in the situation: power is still out below 39th Street in Manhattan, as well as portions of Brooklyn and Queens. (Apple’s Fifth Avenue store is well above that power line.)

While some private homes and businesses in electrified areas have set out power strips for strangers to charge their phones, it’s hard to imagine a crowd of New Yorkers standing idly by while someone spends a significant amount of time charging a new tablet. Fortunately, many of those without power have found refuge with friends and family, if they haven’t left the city altogether."


Submission + - Apple iPad Mini Could Retail for $250, Delete iPad 2 (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "If the Apple rumor mill proves correct, the unveiling of the iPad Mini this week could mean sayonara for the iPad 2.

At least, that’s the prediction of Evercore Partners analyst Rob Cihra, who wrote in a recent note to investors that he believes Apple will remove the iPad 2 from its lineup to make room for a smaller tablet. Apple insider excerpted parts of Cihra’s note Oct. 19.

Of course, that’s just one analyst speculating about the future plans of a company known for playing things close to the proverbial vest: Apple’s Oct. 23 event in California could feature all sorts of surprises. So what do we know about the iPad Mini?

First, that it might not be called the iPad Mini—that’s a moniker dreamed up by the press. Second, a cheaper and smaller iPad could impact the market for e-readers and “price-sensitive users,” according to J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz, which in turn could mean a challenging future for Amazon, Google, and other IT vendors marketing cheaper tablets. Third, the media—driven by unnamed sources and blurry spy photos—seems to have collectively settled on a 7.85-inch screen without a high-resolution Retina Display."


Submission + - Apple iPad Losing Ground to Android: Survey (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Apple’s iPad is losing ground to Google Android, according to new data by Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism in collaboration with The Economist Group.

The organizations surveyed 1,069 tablet owners and found that 52 percent owned an iPad, while 48 percent opted for a Google Android tablet. Some 21 percent of total respondents chose a Kindle Fire, making it the winner among Android devices, followed by the Samsung Galaxy with 8 percent.

That’s a significant change from 2011, when the survey (which encompassed 1,196 individuals) found 81 percent of tablet owners selecting an iPad, followed by 15 percent for Android and 4 percent for “other.”"


Submission + - Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things for Windows 8 Tablets (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Current rumor suggests that Apple is gearing up to unveil its iPad Mini Oct. 17, with invitations to media arriving Oct. 10.

That’s according to Fortune, which obtained the information from an unnamed Apple investor who, in turn, heard those dates from other unnamed sources. While that attribution might prove a bit too vaporous for some people, it does align with earlier reports from AllThingsD that Apple is planning to reveal a smaller iPad sometime in October.

If those rumors prove accurate, the unveiling of an iPad Mini in that timeframe could prove very bad news for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets. (Gizmodo offers a pretty complete rumor rundown on the iPad Mini’s possible features here.) Unlike the traditional PC market, Microsoft doesn’t dominate the market for mobile-device operating systems. Windows 7 tablets never gained much of a toehold among tablet users, who prefer iPads and Android-based devices by wide margins. When it comes to Windows 8 (and Windows RT, the version of next-generation Windows for ARM architecture), Microsoft is starting out as the underdog."


Submission + - Barnes & Noble's Nook HD Tablets Face iPad, Kindle Fire HD (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "It’s proven a busy month for mobile-device releases. First Nokia whipped back the curtain from the Lumia 820 and 920, its first Windows Phone 8 devices. The very next day, Amazon unveiled its new line of Kindle devices, including the Kindle Fire HD. Not to be outdone, Apple executives took to a stage in San Francisco the next week to show off the iPhone 5, complete with a larger screen and faster processor.

But September’s not over yet, and the releases keep coming: Barnes & Noble has launched a pair of HD tablets, the Nook HD and Nook HD+, designed to maintain the bookseller’s toehold in the tablet space. The question is whether the Nook, even with upgraded hardware and new services, can successfully punch above its weight against the iPad and Kindle Fire, which are widely perceived as the dominant devices in the tablet market."

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