SLIDESHOW: Apple's 12-Inch iPad, Google's New Nexus 7 and More From the Fourth Week of July
Both tech giants made a ton of headlines this week, particularly in the area of new products. Apple has yet to unveil anything new, but rumors continued to state that new iPads and iPhones are just around the corner.
Google unveiled two new products this week -- Chromecast and the second-generation Nexus 7. The former is already a huge success.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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Google Unveiled the New Nexus 7
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) flexed its tablet muscles this week when it unveiled the long-awaited Nexus 7 upgrade.
The second-generation model comes with the highest-resolution display of any seven-inch tablet.
It also carries a $229 MSRP -- $30 more than the original Nexus 7.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Apple Set a New iPhone Sales Record…
Analysts thought that iPhone sales were about to tank. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) proved them wrong.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant sold 31.2 million units during the fiscal 2013 third quarter.
This set a new record for iPhone sales during the April-June sales period.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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…But Mac and iPad Sales Declined
Not every product in Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) portfolio has proved to be successful.
In fact, with the sole exception of the iPhone, the company experienced very little success.
Apple sold 14.6 million iPads versus 17 million in the year-ago period and 19.5 million in the previous quarter.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Google Made Everyone Forget About Nexus Q
Remember that ball-shaped, audio-only streaming device that Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) introduced last year?
It was known as the Nexus Q. Some might say that the "Q" stood for "questionable" product, especially since the device was never released.
Google made up for that this week when it introduced Chromecast, an inexpensive streaming device that works with most smartphones and tablets.
Chromecast sold out almost immediately, thanks in part to the $35 price tag.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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12-Inch iPad Surfaced
When Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) unveiled the 128GB version of the fourth-generation iPad, artists rejoiced.
This week, after rumors claimed that Apple is experimenting with an iPad measuring just under 13 inches, artists became very intrigued by the possibilities.
While a 12-inch tablet may be too heavy and too large for the average user, artists could use it to enhance their creations and show off their portfolios.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Tim Cook Didn't Confirm a Cheap iPhone, But Analysts Want One Anyway
There was some confusion this week regarding what Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) CEO Tim Cook said during the company's earnings call.
He didn't actually confirm the existence of a low-cost iPhone.
Nonetheless, analysts continued to speculate about this illusive product, which they are convinced Apple will release later this year.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Google Towered Over Everyone
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iPad 5 Expected to be Thinner and Lighter
Oddly, rumors have yet to suggest that the fifth-generation iPad will have improved battery life.
Rumors insisted that a better battery would come to the iPad 3 and iPad 4, but that never came to pass.
And yet now, after the MacBook Air (which is a greater power hog than an iPad) received an energy bump, the rumor mill goes silent for the iPad 5.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Microsoft Embraced Indie Game Developers
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Apple Serves One Billion Podcast Subscriptions
Aside from the mixed earnings (which saw record-breaking iPhone sales and declining iPad, Mac and iPod results), Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) had a terrific week.
The company quietly announced that iTunes had reached one billion podcast subscriptions.
Now that podcasts, apps and music downloads have crossed the one billion mark, Apple might begin to count down until its billionth video has been downloaded.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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