Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Addition: Among a number of new products slated for launch next year is a new cross between Apple‘s (AAPL) existing MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptop lines, AppleInsider notes. The prediction comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says the new MacBook will feature a high-resolution 12-inch Retina display and an “ultra-slim clamshell form factor.” The idea behind the new machine will be to combine the light, portable design of the MacBook Air with the greater power of the MacBook Pro. Kuo expects the new MacBook to feature a processor from Intel (INTC), rather than one of Apple’s own A-series chips. In addition to the new MacBook, Kuo says that Apple will boost the competitiveness of its sixth-generation iPad by increasing the number of pixels in its Retina display by 40%.
Disparity: Consumers are showing a marked preference for Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s compared to the iPhone 5c, AllThingsD notes. The two phones launched last month and Apple says it sold 9 million iPhones during the launch weekend. A new analysis by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) indicates that in the U.S., the higher-end iPhone 5s is outselling the iPhone 5c more than two-to-one. A survey of iPhone buyers conducted late last month found that 64% had purchased an iPhone 5s, compared to just 27% who bought the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5c’s internal components are essentially the same as last year’s iPhone 5, which it replaced. Recent reports indicated that Apple has slashed iPhone 5c production by half.
Arrival: British iPhone owners looking to upgrade to the newest handset can now take advantage of a trade-in program from Apple, the Telegraph notes. Apple launched its own trade-in program for outdated iPhones in the U.S. back in August in advance of the launch of its new handsets. Now that program has been expanded to the United Kingdom. Older iPhones traded-in at Apple Stores in Britain will be recycled or reconditioned for resale. Owners who trade-in iPhones can receive a credit of up to £175. That credit can only be used when purchasing a new iPhone, however. Apple’s internal iPhone trade-in program competes with a variety of third-party programs, some of which offer higher trade-in rates and pay in cash.
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