HTC’s Next Launch
HTC is counting down to its next handset launch on February 19th. The Taiwanese manufacturer started a countdown clock on their website to tease the event. It’s generally believed that this announcement will be for their next flagship in their One series of products. While HTC was a leader in Android based smart phones, it has lost some footing over the last year when Samsung took the lead with their Galaxy series. Stay tuned to MacSources.com for details on their announcement on Tuesday.
Apple iPads Re-imagined?
Based off of Apple’s history of product announcements in March/April, investment research firm Piper Jaffray suggests that Apple is likely to announce a redesigned model of iPads in April. This theory is based off of the fact that when the iPad Mini was launched in October, the iPad only received some minor updates. Here at MacSources, we agree that the iPad line is due for a cosmetic refresh, but we believe this announcement would come in June at WWDC ’13. Historically, March/April is a time for product refreshes, but given the popularity of the iPad, WWDC seems like the more likely candidate for such an announcement from our point of view.
Nintendo Console Sales Drop Dramatically in January
While January is generally a slow month for retail sales following the most profitable month for retail sales, December, January 2013 for Nintendo proved to be catastrophic for their console sales. In November and December 2012, Nintendo reported sales of 425 and 460 thousand units respectively of the Nintendo Wii U, but only supplied 57 thousand units for January 2013. That is a staggering 12% drop in sales from the previous month. It is important to note that while Microsoft’s Xbox 360 still sold 281 thousand units in January, that was an even larger sales drop of 20% from December’s sales. The sales figures reported were estimated and when we hear final numbers for January, we will update this article.
YouTube Blocked for Blackberry?
If you are using a device using BlackBerry 7 or 7.1, you might be having issues viewing YouTube on your device. Some users report having problems viewing YouTube while others say their devices are working fine. Apparently, BlackBerry’s Z10 is unaffected by this anomaly. It’s been suggested that this issue is not on BlackBerry’s side and YouTube/Google have yet to comment on the problem. If you are one of those having issues, try downloading the Opera mobile browser. YouTube videos will play in a lower quality, but at least they will play. You could also email the link of the video to yourself and then view the video from the link in your email.