Technical analyst Ralph Acampora is hoping for the worst. “Ideally, I’d like to see the market open down big,” he said in a telephone interview late Tuesday. “A bang, down 4% to 5%,” that rockets the CBOE Volatility Index VIX -1.71% up to around 25, “would scare the hell out of everybody.
The iPad Mini is the best small-size tablet available, even if it's far from the cheapest. That's the consensus among reviewers, who frequently praise the device's build quality, thickness/weight, battery life, usefulness as an e-reader, and (of course) app support, as well as technology that rejects accidental touches caused by the Mini's small bezels. The Mini's display (lower resolution than Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD) and smaller keyboard receive a bit of criticism. (reviews: I, II, III, IV, V) (
1) The USPTO has granted Apple 29 new patents. Among them are a patent related to touchscreen accuracy, and four design patents.
2) Interactive marketing chief Michael Zagorsek has left to join motion control tech developer Leap Motion.
3) An iTunes revamp expected to deliver layout, performance, and search improvements has been pushed out to November.
4) Canaccord's Mike Walkley forecasts Apple will sell 194M iPhones and 102M iPads in 2013.
1) Engadget's review of the updated regular iPad finds it delivers more than a 2x performance boost relative to the 3rd-gen model, and a slight improvement in battery life.
2) CNET's lengthy profile of Internet software/services chief Eddy Cue, now in charge of Maps and Siri, depicts a tough negotiator with a knack for improving disappointing products. Cue turned MobileMe into iCloud, but he has also been in charge of iTunes, one of Apple's less beloved software offerings, judging by user ratings.