Events are coming to a head for Apple on the eve of Pearl Harbor Day
FORTUNE -- There's going to be a lot Apple (AAPL) news to digest this Thursday, Dec. 6.
In fact, it could be an Apple three-ring circus staged in three cities on two continents:
San Jose, Calif. -- Attorneys for Apple and Samsung will clash once again in Judge Lucy Koh's San Jose courthouse in a hearing that will MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 3, 2012 8:19 AM ET
There's good news and bad in Apple's Friday press release
FORTUNE -- There was mixed reaction on Wall Street to Apple's (AAPL) announcement about which new products are headed to China and when they might get there.
The key paragraph (with irritating trademark symbols stripped out):
The Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 30, 2012 11:37 AM ET
One hot new smartphone is now "readily available" for Christmas. The other ain't.
FORTUNE -- Both smartphones were highly anticipated and well-reviewed. Both were made available for online orders and quickly sold out.
But one -- Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 -- overcame some initial production hiccups and as of Thursday, according to Piper Jaffrey's Gene Munster, had "finally reached a point where consumers can walk into an Apple Store and walk out MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 29, 2012 8:26 AM ET
With impeccable timing, iPhone 5 supplies have caught up to demand
FORTUNE -- It's not for nothing that Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook is known as the master of the Asian supply chain.
Take the iPhone 5.
There was some question when the new iPhone was introduced in mid-September whether he could get production up to speed in time for big holiday selling season.
The demand was there; the 5 million units set aside MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 26, 2012 5:26 PM ET
Ship times hit 2 weeks Tuesday and a spot check found it at 9 out of 10 of Apple stores
FORTUNE -- Despite stock-outs, production hiccups and Foxconn worker unrest, it looks like Apple (AAPL) will have an iPhone 5 available to sell to anyone who wants one this Christmas.
In a note to clients Wednesday, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster reports that his nightly checks of supplies at 100 Apple Stores showed MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 21, 2012 8:00 AM ET
Two of the three biggest carriers expect to have it in late November or early December
FORTUNE -- In remarks made Friday on the sidelines of the Chinese Communist Party's 18th Party Congress in Beijing the chairmen of two of the country's leading mobile carriers indicated that they may be selling Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 even earlier than expected.
China Telecom's (CHA) Wang Xiaochu told the Wall Street Journal that the phone MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 9, 2012 11:21 AM ET
For the second time in two years, Terry Gou's complaints make headlines
FORTUNE -- Okay. I've read most of the 22 stories posted on Techmeme Wednesday morning repeating -- with little or no commentary -- Reuters' account of Foxconn chairman Terry Gou's remarks to reporters after a business forum in Taipei, Taiwan.
"It's not easy to make the iPhones," Gou said, according to Reuters. "We are falling short of meeting the huge MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2012 2:15 PM ET
Explaining a curious discrepancy in Apple's projected and actual capital expenditures
FORTUNE -- Sharp was in serious trouble last summer.
It had hemorrhaged 103 billion yen ($1.3 billion) in cash in the first half of 2012. It had another 200 billion yen ($2.3 billion) in convertible bonds coming due in 2013. And an emergency infusion of cash from Foxconn had just fallen through.
This was a problem for Apple (AAPL), because it was MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 7, 2012 8:16 AM ET
With models, starlets and disco music, the iPhone 5 makes a splash on the subcontinent
FORTUNE -- "Nowhere in India will you see this kind of queue to buy a smartphone." -- TV reporter, Mumbai, Nov. 2
India may be the fastest-growing mobile phone market in the world, but it's been hostile territory for Apple (AAPL).
In a country of 1.2 billion that buys 15 million cell phones a month, Samsung commanded a MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Nov 6, 2012 10:34 AM ET
Gross margins also shrank when the company brought out the iPhone 4
FORTUNE -- One of the numbers analysts watch closely when a company reports quarterly earnings is its total gross margin. It's usually expressed as a ratio:
GM% = (total revenue - cost of goods) / total revenue
Gross margin can be thought of as a measure of how efficiently a company turns sales into profits.
In Apple's (AAPL) case, gross margins (according MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 29, 2012 8:16 AM ET
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