Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Big Sales: During the first weekend that Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad Mini and fourth-generation iPad went on sale, three million new iPads were sold, the New York Times notes. Apple sold a similar amount of iPads during the first weekend the third-generation iPad went on sale back in March. While exact sales numbers for the iPad Mini were not disclosed, company officials said Apple had almost sold out of the smaller iPad and was moving to produce enough to meet demand. The iPad Mini debuted last month at a special media event, which also saw the unveiling of an updated standard-sized iPad. Analysts had predicted that Apple would sell 1.5 million iPad Minis during its first weekend of availability. Some critics had expressed disappointment at the iPad Mini’s relatively high $329 starting price, especially since the smaller-iPad is aimed at competing 7-inch tablets from Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Samsung that are priced significantly lower.
No Hope: Apple may not approve a Google Maps app for iOS, the Guardian notes. Unnamed sources at the Internet search giant tell the British newspaper that they aren’t optimistic that a standalone Google Maps app will win approval from the iPhone-maker. Apple dumped Google’s maps app from iOS earlier this year in favor of its own internally-developed maps app. However, the move fell flat with users after errors and glitches were discovered in Apple’s maps, prompting an apology from CEO Tim Cook. The sources said that Google was still working on the app for iOS, and that it would be ready by the end of the year, if Apple granted approval. Earlier reports indicated that Apple opted to remove Google’s maps from iOS because Google wouldn’t allow iOS users to access voice turn-by-turn directions.
Whoops: An unlocked iPhone 5 will cost between $649 and $849, depending on the amount of memory, CBS notes. The pricing for unlocked versions of Apple’s newest iPhone appeared on Apple’s website over the weekend. Unlocked smartphones will work with a SIM card with or without a data plan and are generally favored by international travellers who wish to avoid roaming fees. Unlocked iPhones usually hit overseas retailers before becoming available in the U.S. While the listing appears on the website, it was likely placed there by accident. The Apple Store does not currently permit U.S. sales of unlocked iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5 is available in the U.S. on Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T) and Sprint (NYSE:S), but will eventually come to other carriers.
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