Wednesday Apple Rumors: Tight Supplies of iPad Minis, iMacs

by Christopher Freeburn | November 28, 2012 2:00 pm

daily apple rumors AAPL[1]Here are your Apple rumors[2] and AAPL news items for today:

Low Inventory: Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL[3]) Asian suppliers are having trouble producing enough  iPad Minis and super-slim iMacs to meet demand[4], DigiTimes says. Supplies of both product lines are expected to remain low for the remainder of the year. Manufacturers of the iPad Mini are encountering difficulty producing the smaller-iPad’s touchscreen, which features a reduced bezel. Apple may ship only 6 million units, far below the 10 million-unit target it had set for the December quarter. The thin-profile iMacs are also proving hard to make. LGD, which makes their LCDs, had to devise a new production process. Production remains lower than expected. Introduced last month, the iPad Mini is already on store shelves, while the new 21.5-inch iMac goes on sale on Nov. 30. A new 27-inch iMac isn’t scheduled to ship until next month.

Dutch Ban: A court in the Netherlands has halted sales of certain Samsung Galaxy products in the country due to violations of Apple patents[5], ComputerWorld notes. Sales of Galaxy devices using Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[6]) Android version 2.1.1 or later have been banned by the Court of the Hague. The court ruled on Wednesday that Samsung used “a way to scroll past the edge of a zoomed-in photo and see a glimpse of the next in a series of images” that is patented by Apple. Failure to cease selling the products in the Netherlands could result in a fine of $129,000 per day, which would be paid to Apple. The decision comes a month after a Dutch court rejected a prior patent infringement claim by Apple against Samsung.

Business Erosion: A report by IDC finds that iPhones and Android devices have finally exceeded Research In Motion‘s (NASDAQ:RIMM[7]) share of the enterprise market[8], AppleInsider notes. While iPhones and Android devices have dominated consumer sales for several years, BlackBerrys remained popular among business and government customers, but recently that loyalty has been faltering. IDC says corporate-furnished sales for Android devices and iPhones will hit 15.1 million and 31.1 million, respectively this year. Last year, BlackBerrys accounted for 22.4 million such sales. IDC analysts speculate that RIM’s faltering presence in the consumer market is damaging sales to the business sector. IDC forecasts the iPhone to become the top corporate smartphone by 2016.

For more about the company, check out our previous Apple Rumors[9] stories.

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