March 2, 2011
Will the hottest thing about iPad 2 be the price?
John Cox writes about Apple’s iPad 2.
“The general consensus is that iPad 2 will be improved but not revolutionary, adding either one or two cameras, possibly a faster processor, boosting RAM, and some other tweeks like making it thinner and so on. Or as former equities analyst Anton Wahlman puts it, ‘in the big scheme of things, nothing too exciting.’ What is exciting, he writes, in a blogpost at TheStreet.com (and copied at Wahlman’s own blog), is that Apple is now in a position to chop about $100 from the tablet’s price tag.”
Future BlackBerrys to support wireless card payments; Death of the debit card?
Zack Whittaker writes that many of RIM’s future BlackBerry devices will be able to support near field communication (NFC) technology.
“Research in Motion’s managing director in the UK confirmed that many future BlackBerry devices will contain near-field communications (NFC) technology, commonly used in wireless debit and credit cards to make quicker in-shop transactions.”
Apple preps SMB play: Seeding an enterprise move?
Larry Dignan outlines JointVenture, a new program offered by Apple.
“Apple is reportedly setting up an effort to target small and midsized businesses via a program called JointVenture. The model should work out nicely and cultivate more business users for Apple. 9 to 5 Mac outlines the JointVenture program, which is being introduced to Apple’s retail staff. The details: $499 for up to five users and $99 for each additional user, The aim is to target companies with less than 10 people, Apple thinks Microsoft is vulnerable in this market and Business customers subscribed to JointVenture will be fast-tracked at the Genius Bar in Apple stores, get phone support and loaner Macs.”