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Jan 18, 2011

Apple faces Jobs questions, even as sales set to soar

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Inc is set to report a stunning 50 percent jump in quarterly sales on Tuesday, as its iPhone and iPad excited holiday shoppers, but the consumer electronics powerhouse may face more pressing questions about the health of iconic chief executive Steve Jobs.

The world’s most valuable technology company announced on Monday that Jobs would take a medical leave of absence without specifying a return date or detailing Jobs’ condition, leaving investors in an information vacuum.

Jan 17, 2011

Apple’s Jobs takes 3rd medical leave, stock slumps

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
Chief Executive Steve Jobs is taking medical leave for the
third time since 2004, sending its shares tumbling more than 8
percent as the surprise revived concerns over the long-term
future of the iPhone- and iPad-maker.

The company disclosed the news early on a U.S. holiday when
U.S. markets were closed and did not specify why or for how
long its visionary leader would be absent. Jobs’ latest leave
comes nearly two years to the date after he took a six-month
break to undergo a liver transplant.

Jan 17, 2011

Information vaccuum on Apple CEO seen fueling speculation

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Get ready for the Apple
rumor machine to crank into high gear again.

Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) tight-lipped approach to disclosure is
seen stoking the fires of speculation over Steve Jobs’ condition
– and the fortunes of the most valuable technology company on
the planet — following news about the visionary co-founder’s
third medical leave of absence.

Jan 17, 2011

Corrected: Apple’s Steve Jobs takes second medical leave

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs is taking medical leave for the second time in as many years, sending shares tumbling close to 10 percent as the news revived concerns over the long-term future of the iPhone- and iPad-maker.

The news, which was disclosed early on a U.S. holiday when markets were closed, came nearly two years to the date after Jobs first took a six-month break to undergo a liver transplant.

Jan 17, 2011

Apple’s Steve Jobs takes second medical leave

LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs is taking medical leave for the second time in as many years, sending shares tumbling close to 10 percent as the news revived concerns over the long-term future of the iPhone- and iPad-maker.

The news, which was disclosed early on a U.S. holiday when markets were closed, came nearly two years to the date after Jobs first took a six-month break to undergo a liver transplant.

Jan 13, 2011

Apple on a win streak as rivals regroup

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) enters
2011 on a roll, a cash-generating machine with surging sales
across its product lines — even as it confronts a sea of
restive rivals determined to halt its stunning run of success.

As quarterly earnings approach next Tuesday, expectations
are that Apple’s revenue should easily swell more than 50
percent. That would be a sparkling performance for a company of
any size, much less one with a market value north of $300
billion.

Jan 12, 2011

PC shipment growth lackluster in Q4

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Global personal computer shipments crept up only slightly in the fourth quarter, a pair of industry trackers said on Wednesday, hurt by weak consumer holiday demand and competition from Apple’s iPad tablet.

PC shipments rose 2.7 percent to 92.1 million in the October-December period, research group IDC said. IDC had expected growth of 5.5 percent.

Jan 11, 2011
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What did not happen at the Verizon iPhone launch

After years of rumors and breathless anticipation, Apple’s iPhone is finally coming to the network of Verizon Wireless. But because Verizon is launching a version of the device that has been available from rival AT&T for more than half a year, there was little new technology on display to excite the gadget geeks and Apple fanboys.

And the show failed to deliver on some of the more intriguing rumors that have been kicking around about the event, which was announced suddenly last Friday and thus managed to steal plenty of thunder from the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas, where most tech reporters were camped out.

Jan 11, 2011
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Verizon’s iPhone antenna ‘death grip’ proof?

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On the face of it, the iPhone 4 unveiled by Verizon Wireless on Tuesday is pretty much the same device that AT&T has been selling. It costs the same, and features essentially the same bells and whistles — with the nice addition of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, that allows up to five other devices to share its wireless signal.

But the blogosphere quickly picked up on one intriguing change in Verizon’s iPhone: the all-important antenna, which wraps around the device. You can see some pics from Gizmodo here, highlighting the differences between iPhones offered by Verizon and AT&T.

Jan 7, 2011

A sea of tablets at CES, but no iPad-killer

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – It was easier to find a tablet this week in Las Vegas than a taxi.

Rivals determined to prevent Apple Inc from dominating the tablet market the way it did with digital music players unleashed a tidal wave of touchscreen devices at the Consumer Electronics Show.

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      "I cover personal and enterprise computing, consumer electronics and video games. I joined Reuters in 2008 and I'm based in San Francisco."
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