SLIDESHOW: Apple's First TV, New iPads And More From The Fourth Week Of October
The past week was nearly dominated by Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) many product announcements.
New iPads, new Mac Book Pros, new details on the Mac Pro -- the list went on and on.
The only thing missing was Apple's first TV set, though the rumor mill helped consumers cope with that.
The unconfirmed iWatch didn't make any noise this week, but that's okay -- there will be plenty of time for Apple smart watch rumors the moment the iPad hype dies down.
Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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Apple's 65-Inch Ultra HD Television Resurfaced
Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) long-awaited (and still unconfirmed) high-definition TV has become the rumor of the week.
After a long quiet period (fueled by iPad- and iPhone-sized distractions), a new report claims that Apple's 65-inch Ultra HD TV will be in stores before the end of 2014.
This is not the first time that the rumor mill has promised an Apple-made TV set. But as far as rumors go, it is definitely one of the more exciting stories relating to Apple.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Hewlett-Packard Wants To Rule 3D Printing
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), the world leader in printer sales, is gearing up for a 3D printing revolution.
The company wants to launch it first 3D printer during the middle part of 2014.
No specific details were given, but HP CEO Meg Whitman reportedly said that its printers will incorporate new technology.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Apple Unveiled New iPads And New MacBook Pros
Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) introduced a series of long-awaited product upgrades this week.
The super-thin and ultra-sleek iPad Air stole the show, but Apple also added its popular Retina Display to the iPad Mini.
That latter upgrade led to a $70 price increase for the second-generation Mini, which retails for $399. The old Mini received a $30 price cut and now sells for $299.
Apple also unveiled a thinner, lighter and more powerful 13-inch MacBook Pro, and an enhanced 15-inch model.
The Mac Pro also received a starting price of $2,999.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Netflix Surpassed HBO
Netflix was thought to have crossed the 30 million domestic subscribers milestone by the end of September.
The streaming video giant proved to be even more successful than that, garnering 31.1 million subscribers in the United States.
At last count, HBO had roughly 28.7 million domestic subscribers.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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iPad Shipment Expectations Fell After Product Unveiling
New devices are supposed to increase sales and shipment expectations.
In the days following Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad event, the opposite occurred.
iPad shipment expectations have been reduced again.
These shipment estimates are not based on any official data from Apple, so they might have been overinflated from the start.
Regardless, market watchers seemed to be much more optimistic about the iPad's potential during the first part of the year.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Chromecast Rumored To Go Global
Initially, only those living in the United States could download the accompanying Chromecast apps.
Now some international users are able to download the app, prompting speculation that Chromecast is about to get a global rollout.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Ten Million iPad Air Units Headed To Retail
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Google Pushes Ahead With Paid YouTube Service Plans
In case one music subscription service isn't enough, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is about to release another.
The company is working on a YouTube-based music service that will provide users with ad-free listening.
Google is reportedly building this service to compete with Spotify and Beats Music.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Nintendo Stopped Producing The Original Wii
A sad day in gaming, or a sad day for Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY)?
The seven-year-old Wii is significantly more popular than Wii U.
During the spring, the original Wii actually sold more units than Wii U, which hasn't even celebrated its first birthday.
But in pushing for the future, Nintendo has stopped producing the old Wii for sale in Japan.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
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Surface Pro Enjoyed Another Price Cut
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More Tech News You Can't Miss
The preceding stories were just the beginning. Check out these other hot tech stories from the past week.
- Apple's New OS Logging Huge Adoption Numbers
- Anki Is Building Real-World Video Games With High-End Robotics, iPhones And A $50 Million Investment
- The Loop Could Dethrone Google Wallet, Other Mobile Payment Providers
- Facebook Status Updates Go Down In Unexpected Outage
Image Credit: Anki