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Weekly Highlights: iPhone 6 Hype, iPad Air 2 Concepts, Twitch Popularity Skyrockets And More

Weekly Highlights: iPhone 6 Hype, iPad Air 2 Concepts, Twitch Popularity Skyrockets And More
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The iPhone 6, iWatch and iPad Air 2 are months away from release, but the hype keeps getting bigger and bigger for all three devices.

This helped give Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) a much-needed boost in media attention this week -- especially after losing the spotlight to Amazon's (NASDAQ: AMZN) Fire TV.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced that everyday consumers will be able to purchase its highly anticipated augmented reality glasses for just one day -- and at full price.

A new study shows that gamer aggression is not tied to violent content.

IHS (NYSE: IHS) analyst Christine Arrington speculated about Nintendo's next innovation. Nintendo (OTC: NTDOY).

And -- guess what -- more iPhone 6 hype!

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this report.

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    iPhone 6 Demand Soars…

    iPhone 6 Demand Soars…

    Consumers want an iPhone 6 more than they have wanted any other iPhone before its release.

    That's according to a new report from ChangeWave Research, a division of 451 Research.

    "We ask this type of question at the same time each year to get an early indication of the impact of the next iPhone," 451 Research's Andy Golub told Benzinga.

    "You can see in the chart (where we asked about the 5S and the 5)…14 percent [are 'Very Likely'] and 26 percent are 'Somewhat Likely' to buy an iPhone 6, if and when it becomes available. [This] is the highest we've seen."

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    …As Analysts Add To Apple's Hype Machine

    …As Analysts Add To Apple's Hype Machine

    KGI Securities' Ming Chi-Kuo is the latest analyst to place his bets on an iPhone phablet.

    The analyst expects Apple to release two iPhones: one with a 4.7-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch display.

    This rumor is nothing new, but Ming Chi-Kuo is one of the more respected analysts covering Apple, so investors may take this report more seriously.

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    Google Glass Goes Public - For One Day

    Google Glass Goes Public - For One Day

    Deep-pocketed consumers can get their hands on Google Glass this Tuesday, April 15.

    Google will sell the device publicly that day, but will only offer a limited number of units.

    When the day ends, Google will no longer sell Glass to everyday consumers.

    The company is expected to release the device publicly sometime in 2014. Until then, this is the only chance consumers will have to buy one.

    But be warned: the price currently remains at $1,500.

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    First iPad Air 2 Concepts Reveal A Host Of Potentially Awesome Changes

    First iPad Air 2 Concepts Reveal A Host Of Potentially Awesome Changes

    Apple isn't expected to unveil a new iPad before October 2014, but in the meantime, modulR has come up with some very cool concepts.

    From gesture controls and edgeless display to a new Smart Panel Dock and Touch ID implemented all over the screen, the iPad Air 2 could be one phenomenal device.

    And if not, then maybe Apple has found the company it should acquire next to ensure the iPad Air 3 is equally as impressive as this concept.

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    Twitch Popularity Skyrockets

    Twitch Popularity Skyrockets

    Numerous companies have attempted to create TV shows and events for consumers to watch other people play games online.

    All of these initiatives had one thing in common: no one cared. As fun as it may be to watch others play, consumers prefer to play games themselves.

    Twitch, with its mix of live streaming and semi-interactive elements, seems to be changing that view point.

    The site has quickly become the most popular live streaming service in the world.

    And its growth shows no signs of slowing down.

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    Intel Might Delay Haswell Refresh

    Intel Might Delay Haswell Refresh

    All's well that ends well? Not quite for Intel, which might delay the launch of its Haswell refresh.

    The new CPUs and 9-series chipsets may not come until May.

    They were originally scheduled for an April release.

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    More iWatch Rumors To Watch

    More iWatch Rumors To Watch

    Apple could ship at least 65 million iWatch units in the first 12 months following its release.

    That's according to one of the latest rumors surrounding Apple's highly anticipated wearable computer.

    Other rumors claim that flexible circuit boards have been delivered to Apple for validation. Once approved, the iWatch could go into full production and be released by September.

    But would Apple really release the new iWatch before the next iPhone? Or would it be a dual release -- two new products in one day?

    That would be a new twist for the company, that's for sure.

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    Video Game Violence No Longer Getting a Bad Wrap

    Video Game Violence No Longer Getting a Bad Wrap

    For years, certain politicians and other media figures have claimed that violent video games are bad for kids.

    A new study shows that is not the case.

    Consumers aren't really affected by how bloody or gory a game is -- rather, they are simply affected by easy it is to beat.

    Easier games had no impact on players, while difficult games made them more aggressive.

    This, of course, is just one study -- consumer aggressive levels cannot be extrapolated from this alone. But it is yet another sign that, at the very least, violent content is not the issue.

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    Nintendo's Simple Innovation

    Nintendo's Simple Innovation

    Nintendo 64 and Nintendo Wii may have contained groundbreaking features (3D graphics and a thumbstick on N64 and motion controls on Wii), but Nintendo's next innovation could be a simple one.

    Instead of virtual reality or augmented reality -- the current trend in gaming -- expect Nintendo to solve a problem that has plagued gaming.

    "I think it will be something…simple," Christine Arrington, Senior Games Analyst at IHS Electronics & Media, told Benzinga.

    "They will go do some market research with some kids and find some very sensible solution to some problems."

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