Apple to sell 75 million low-cost iPhones next year, says analyst (CNET)
A low-cost iPhone could see unit sales of 75 million in 2014, projects Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. In an investors note released today, Munster said he expects Apple to sell a $300 non-subsidized iPhone starting in September. Such a device is likely to trigger a 30 percent cannibalization rate, which means that for every three low-cost iPhones sold, one full-price iPhone is cannibalized. As such, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s share of the high-end smartphone market may dip to 37 percent next year from 43 percent last year.
Selling 3 Million BlackBerry 10 Devices Estimated for Breakeven (N4BB)
BlackBerry 7 device sales are on the decline. There’s no denying that. Those devices are being cannibalized by BlackBerry 10. However, with launching new devices comes higher operating costs. According to Elephant Analytics on Seeking Alpha, they claim Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s SG&A is expected to increase by 50%, from $523 million to $784.5 million. They’re also speculating that amortization and R&D expenses will stay relatively the same as Q4 FY13 levels. This would put BlackBerry’s total operating expenses at $1.348 Billion.
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Nokia’s patent application for Surface-like tablet cover pops up (Tech2)
A patent application by the company (Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)) suggests it could be readying a tablet for launch. Unwired View reports that the patent application is called ‘Apparatus Cover with Keyboard’ and it sounds awfully similar to the Surface cover. The application details a mechanical keyboard/cover integrated into a tablet device and one which can fold in multiple ways, based on the user’s different needs. The Surface tablet, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s slate for Windows 8 and RT, also has a similar cover, which folds in a couple of ways to present users with a keyboard and a kickstand.
How and When Apple May Return More Cash to Shareholders (Wall Street Journal)
It’s been more than two months since Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) disclosed its management and executive teams were in active discussions about returning more cash to shareholders. So, where’s the dough? Toni Sacconaghi, a technology analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York, predicts a bigger cash payout from Apple is coming, but not until “weeks” after the iPhone and iPad maker’s April 23 earnings announcement. Such a proclamation may come as a bit of a disappointment. Some investors anticipated Apple would’ve disclosed its cash plans last month, largely because Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) unveiled its existing dividend and buyback plans in mid-March one year ago.
RIM Seeks Probe Into BlackBerry Returns Report (Manufacturing Business Technology)
The maker of the BlackBerry said Friday that it wants U.S. and Canadian regulators to investigate a “false and misleading” report by a financial analyst that claims the company’s new smartphone is being returned in unusually high numbers. Thorsten Heins, the CEO of Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), said returns of the new BlackBerry Z10 are in line with industry norms. In a statement Friday, Heins said Thursday’s report from research and investment firm Detwiler Fenton has to be challenged because it is either a complete misreading of the data or a willful manipulation. “The data we have collected from our retail and carrier partners demonstrates that customers are satisfied with their devices,” Heins said.
Nokia working on Lumia phone with 41MP camera: Report (Times of India)
The company soon began focusing its energies on Windows Phone-powered Lumia series and Symbian was retired. Now, word on the street is that the company is working on a Lumia phone that will have a 41MP camera sensor. Previously, there had been some speculation about an upcoming Lumia phone with 41MP camera, codenamed EOS, but the rumour mill went silent after Mobile World Congress in February. Now, MyNokiaBlog has said that a source with access to the company’s plans has said Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is currently testing EOS on quad-core as well as dual-core chipsets.
Apple’s iPad leads mobile shift among financial pros as Bloomberg debuts new app (Apple Insider)
The Bloomberg Anywhere app for iPad saw a version update on Monday, bringing a completely revamped user interface tailored to subscriber feedback. Version 2.4 of the app also gives users access to Instant Bloomberg (IB), improved Charts and People sections, and Bloomberg Industries. Discussing the app in a blog post, Bloomberg Anywhere Mobile chief John Waanders noted that mobile devices are becoming more and more the standard for how financial professionals that depend on Bloomberg are accessing their information.
A New App For Research In Motion Ltd (BBRY) Devices: An Emerging Market Favorite? (Insider Monkey)
There has been a lot of talk lately about new music services reaching the public in the near future, including those from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Twitter. Now, it is being reported that there is a new music service app available for Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) devices. Here is an excerpt from a News24.com piece, explaining the basics of the app: “The new BlackBerry Simfy Africa app is part of a roll-out of entirely fresh apps for the three major platforms in South Africa’s smartphone market: iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.”
Nokia seen curbing sales decline with Lumia’s China push (The Star Online)
Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK)’s push to expand sales of its Lumia smartphones in new markets such as…