3 Tech Titans Making Noise: More Apple Rollout Rumors, BlackBerry’s Weak Q10, Amazon’s Spanish Push
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): A blackout for employee vacation time at T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) from September 20 to September 22 seems to imply an iPhone release date for the carrier during that time frame, CNET says, pointing out that employee blackouts can oftentimes be a good indicator of when a major product is expected to launch. It’s widely believed that Apple will be debuting the new phones around September 10, making a 10-day to two-week timeframe for a retail rollout.
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY): BlackBerry’s keyboard-equipped Q10 smartphone, which was supposed to have helped salvage the brand, seems to have only hurt it even more. Sales of the Q10, which BlackBerry hasn’t discussed publicly, have reportedly been dismal according to carrier executives and retailers in the U.S. and Canada. “We saw virtually no demand for the Q10 and eventually returned most to our equipment vendor,” Chris Jourdan, who owns and operates 16 Wireless Zone stores, said to The Wall Street Journal.
Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN): Amazon has announced the rollout of a Kindle store in Mexico, which will initially feature 70,000 titles in Spanish. Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite devices will be carried through Ghandi outlets throughout the country, and the store will feature works from Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Mario Vargas Llosa, Isabel Allende, Paulo Coelho, and others.