Apple (AAPL) shares closed at 556.07 Friday, up $37.37 (7%) for the week amid signs that tablets were among the hottest sellers at the start of the 2013 holiday buying frenzy, Apple's iPads most of all.
Led by the iPad Mini, Walmart (WMT) sold 1.4 million tablets in record Black Friday sales. At Target (TGT), iPads were the three top sellers among the first 3,000 customers surveyed by infoScout. Before it ran out of stock, Target was selling iPad Airs for 40% off. But all the big U.S. retailers were using discounted iPads as crowd-drawing "door busters" -- even Apple.
In the Thanksgivukkah-shortened three-and-a half-day-week, traders rewarded Apple twice: First following reports that the company had plenty of iPads and iPhones in supply, then late in the week when it became clear that the demand was there as well.
Androids are 3 times more likely than iPhones to have been bought at a discount store.
FORTUNE -- Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, which has been exploring the differences between Americans who buy Apple (AAPL) iPhones and those who choose phones running Google's (GOOG) Android, released a new set of charts to Fortune on Wednesday.
The first, above, shows that when shopping for a smartphone, Android buyers favor discount and big-box stores -- like Walmart MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 22, 2013 12:00 PM ET
Big chains are selling the hot phone at steep discounts. Good luck trying to find one.
FORTUNE -- If you follow Apple (AAPL) news half as obsessively as I do, you've no doubt heard that Walmart (WMT) and now Fry's Electronics are selling the iPhone 5 at steep discounts -- $127 and $126, respectively. I've seen a lot of headlines, and even some commentary to the effect that the discounting shows that MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 19, 2012 8:03 AM ET
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One possible scenario under consideration could be a truce involving disputes over basic features and functions in Google's Android mobile software, one source said. But it was unclear whether Page and Cook were discussing a broad settlement of the various disputes between the two companies, most of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Aug 31, 2012 6:30 AM ET
No tax, no shipping charge. The catch: Walmart wants your e-mail and home address
FORTUNE -- If you buy a lot of iPhone apps or iTunes music, Apple (AAPL) gift certificates are almost as good as cash.
Indeed, there's a lively trade in iTunes gift cards on eBay (EBAY), where a $100 certificate will fetch anywhere from $82 to $109.99 on a Buy It Now basis.
Now, as The Verge notes in its MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 20, 2012 7:20 AM ET
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FORTUNE -- Google is becoming all things online. Its quest to organize all the world's information has pushed it beyond the search box. Google saw that people loved Yelp, so it aggregated reviews. It saw how we took to group-buying MOREAug 17, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The closing bell rang Wednesday with Apple's market cap, for the first time, at No. 1
Apple (AAPL), for now at least, is the world's most valued company by market capitalization (determined by multiplying a company's stock price times number of shares outstanding). Here's how it happened:
It caught up to Google (GOOG) in mid-2009
It overtook Walmart (WMT) in March 2010
It passed Microsoft (MSFT) in May 2010
It caught up to Exxon Mobile MORE
Verizon will throw in a MiFi mobile hotspot as part of its deal. Shades of iPhones to come?
Two big iPad announcements Thursday:
A press release from Apple (AAPL) announcing that starting Oct. 28, more than 2,200 AT&T (T) stores will begin selling Apple's Wi-Fi+3G iPads at the usual prices: $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. The data plans are unchanged: $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 14, 2010 10:28 AM ET
With displays in BestBuy, Target and now Walmart, Apple is going for the holiday gift market
Walmart (WMT) confirmed late Monday what the rumor sites had been reporting since Friday: starting Oct. 15, it will begin selling iPads on a schedule that would put Apple's (AAPL) tablet computer in 2,300 Walmart stores by mid-November -- just in time for the holiday gift-buying season.
When you add Walmart to the 221 U.S. Apple MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 12, 2010 7:41 AM ET
Apple is aggressively expanding the tablet's retail presence in time for the holidays
[UPDATE Oct. 9: Photos have surfaced on MacRumors suggesting that Walmart could begin selling iPads next week and could have them in 1,000 stores before the end of October.]
[UPDATE Oct. 4: As of Monday, the iPad is also available on Amazon. Click here for pricing.]
One way to track how rapidly Apple (AAPL) is building iPads is to watch MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Oct 9, 2010 11:00 AM ET
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