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Apple Inc. (AAPL) News: Tim Cook, Stephane Richard, Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS)

Apple’s next big thing: A new CEO? (MSN Money)
Did Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s board of directors make too quick of a decision when they appointed Tim Cook as CEO? Sounds crazy now, I know, but so did my riff on TheStreet — along with Tim Cook-Steve Jobs comparisons — back on Aug. 24, 2012, when AAPL traded around $663, headed for its all-time high of $705.07.

Analyst: Apple 60-inch iTV with iRing motion controller to launch in 2013 (CNET)
Topeka Capital’s Brian White went on the road, visiting the China-Taiwan tech supply chain to glean some intelligence on what Apple will launch in the coming months, and he found the “iRing.” In his latest research note, issued today, the analyst reaffirmed his prediction that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) will introduce a 60-inch iTV system in the later part of 2013 for between $1,500 and $2,500, depending on configuration and accessories.

He added that it would include an iRing, a small device placed on the finger that serves as a navigational pointer, taking over some of the functionality of a traditional remote control.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)Like Disney Building Epcot, Apple May Dig Up Jobs’ Phone Design (Forbes)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is ready to introduce an old design by Steve Jobs as the next iPhone, perhaps called iPhone 5S, according to the San Francisco Examiner, reporting on comments Apple government liaison Michael Foulkes made to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. Foulkes reportedly told Gascon that the next two generations of iPhones have already been developed and they preceded Cook.

Apple iOS 7 Delayed, But New iPhone Won’t Be (InformationWeek)
It is taking longer to develop iOS 7 then perhaps Apple believed it would, because the company has pulled engineers off of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s main desktop operating system to help with its mobile platform. The comments about the delay come from John Gruber, long recognized as someone with an inside track at things going on in Cupertino.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) vs. Bank of America Corp (BAC): Money Madness Final 4 (Insider Monkey)
There is a lot of Money Madness surrounding Apple and Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC) these days. But where does the smart money go? In celebration of March Madness across the country, CNBC program “Squawk Box” put together a “bracket” of stocks to determine a “champion.” Wednesday, the program looked at two of the final four in a head-to-head battle where viewers hear from analysts about each of the stocks, then they vote on the stock they would choose in which to invest. Wednesday’s matchup featured Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) taking on Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC). Analyzing the two stocks were Daniel Ernst of Hudson Square Research to talk Apple, and Todd Hagerman of Stern Agee spoke about Bank of America. Which would you consider?

Apple, Walmart Fight Back After Chinese Media Attack (Forbes)
Global sector leaders Apple and Walmart have finally broken their silence with PR counter blitzes, after getting pummeled by the Chinese media for weeks in a series of local scandals. Before I go any further, I’d like to personally give myself the award for my inability to read the news, as I previously said the 2 crises now facing these 2 firms in China looked like non-news that would quickly subside. Clearly I was wrong. What all of this shows is that big foreign multinationals are some of the easiest and most attractive targets for scandal-hungry Chinese media.

The untold story behind Apple’s $13,000 operating system (CNET)
In the common retelling of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s history, it was Steve Jobs’ and Steve Wozniak’s second computer, the Apple II, that launched their fledgling company toward stratospheric growth and financial success. The machine’s triumph as a single platform for business software, games, artistic tools — and more — set the stage for the later debut of the first Mac, and later OS X and iDevices. What many forget — or may not even know — is that…

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