3 Tech Titans Making Noise: Apple’s Supply Woes, BlackBerry’s New Z30, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Prices
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): ”We will have grotesquely unavailable inventory,” one source told AllThingsD, regarding a huge shortage of iPhone 5S supply when the new phones hit stores Friday. Another source expects relatively low shipments, adding that demand could be less than expected thanks to interest in the 5C. If you’re waiting for the 5C — which took pre-orders — “supply there appears to be significantly better,” AllThingsD says.
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): BlackBerry has launched the Z30, a 5-inch upgraded edition of the Z10, in Malaysia, one of its strongest markets. In addition to the larger screen, the Z30 will also boast a bigger battery and a 1.7 gigahertz processor. Sales in the U.K. and the Middle East are set to go live next week, although the company didn’t provide details about pricing and U.S. availability.
Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT): Though the updated version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 — Windows 8.1 — will address many issues over its predecessor, it’s pricing will remain largely unchanged. A basic version of the operating system will run around $120 and a Pro version for $200. Seeking Alpha points out that Microsoft – citing customer “feedback” — is providing a “full version” of Windows this time around, and not requiring that buyers have an older version installed. Windows 8 users get the upgrade for free.