Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fans may finally breathe easy at last because the technology giant may announce its largest second-half product launch in time for the holiday shopping season this year. With the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini creating a huge buzz, these products have soared in popularity even before their official launch.
Brian White, Topeka Capital Markets analyst, has predicted that the results of the remaining two quarters of 2012 will be extremely lucrative for Apple, given its powerful supply chain. Sales of Apple’s Taiwanese component makers rose to 14 % in July. Collating the figures of 7 years, it has been reported that June-to-July sales in general have gone by 8.5%.
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The iPhone 5 was always a highly-anticipated device even before iPhone 4S was launched, but the iPad Mini did not enjoy the same fame due to Steve Jobs disagreeing to the concept of the 7-inch size of the format. But according to recent reports, it is being said that a smaller version of iPad is being developed. The 7-inch tablet will have some unique features, but some state that it might not be released till 2013. This might be due to the fact that this company has never released two hugely hyped products in the same month.
Spokespersons have held their silence about the launching of a new Apple product on the 12th of September. But analysts are hopeful that iPhone 5 is being launched on that day itself and hit the shelves within two weeks. Although the launch of iPad Mini remains uncertain, the process might be accelerated if Amazon succeeds in releasing three brand new versions of its tablet, Kindle Fire in September. Google has already released its own tablet, Nexus 7, whereas Microsoft will launch its Windows 8 tablet, Surface after 2 months of so.