Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Auto Assist: Honda’s (NYSE:HMC) U.S. auto division has announced plans to include support for Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri personal assistant voice controls into some 2013 cars, AppleInsider notes. This year’s Accord, Acura RDX and Acura ILX models will offer Siri “Eyes Free” capability as an upgrade option offered through dealers. Siri “Eyes Free” is available with iPhones that use iOS 6. The system will allow users to issue voice commands to Siri, and hear replies, without having to take their hands off the steering wheel or eyes off the road. Honda announced plans to integrate Siri support into its cars last year, but did not reveal which models would get the feature. Volkswagen‘s (PINK:VLKAY) Audi, Toyota (NYSE:TM), BMW and Fiat‘s (PINK:FIATY) Chrysler have also announced plans to integrate Siri support into their vehicles.
No More Sales: On Thursday, Apple said that it will stop selling its Mac Pro in Europe on March 1, MacRumors noted. The news comes on the heels of news that the company will released a redesigned Mac Pro this year. Apple indicated that changes in European regulatory requirements had forced it to end sales of the high end desktop computer. Mac Pro sales will be halted in all member countries of the European Union, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. The company will accept orders for new Mac Pros from those countries up to February 18. Apple did not reveal precisely what regulatory requirements had prompted it to stop sales of the machine in Europe.
Surge: Manufacturers shipped a record 52.5 million tablets during the final quarter of 2012, TheNextWeb notes. According to industry research firm IDC, Apple, which shipped 22.9 million tablets, accounted for 43.6% of all tablets shipped, down from 46.4% during the third quarter of the year. Still, Apple’s tablet shipments jumped 48.1% over the same quarter in 2011. Samsung shipped eight million tablets running Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system, while Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) shipped six million Kindle tablets and Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) shipped one million Nook tablets.
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