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Weekly Recap: Jobs Takes Leave, Hardware, Rumors and Endless Speculation

Apple CEO Steve Jobs Take a Medical Leave

Releasing a letter that shocked the technology industry this week, Apple CEO Steve Jobs explained that he was taking a medical leave of absence to focus solely on his health recovery. This of course leaves Apple entangled in endless ongoing speculation.

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Hardware, Rumors and Apple’s Next Media Event

Hardware rumors continue to heat up as many people expect a refreshed Mac mini to show up soon. While the reports seem confident, they remain slightly confusing when pinpointing precisely what product is being referred to, the Mac mini or the Apple TV. Additionally, speculation about Apple’s next media event has already begun, and a Chinese site references an upcoming 15″ Macbook Air. In iPhone news, we have discovered that AT&T may be considering a $10 price-point for an iPhone tethering plan.

READ → – An Apple “Desktop Media Event” in Early February?
READ → – Sources Point to Atom Based Mac Mini in March, Kinda Weird Though
READ → – Apple Working on a 15-inch MacBook Air?
READ → – iPhone Tethering: AT&T May Shock Us All and Charge $10
READ → – 17″ Macbook Pro Battery: Revolutionary or a Deal-breaker?

App Store Wars, Wall•E and Destroyed Macs

The App Store can definitely be a brutal place to do business, as we learned again this week. Wall•E gloriously took home a golden globe, and a report about Apple Australia destroying Macs in a warehouse was also published.

READ → – “Wall-E” Wins a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film
READ → – App Store Wars: Developers, Spamming, Lying and Bogus Reviews
READ → – Leaked Image Shows Apple Destroying Macs In Warehouse

Numbers, Guidance and More Numbers

Apple’s projected guidance still seems positive going forward. The App Store has recently hit half a billion downloaded apps, and Apple has secured a $500 Million advanced payment for LG flat panels.

READ → – Apple to Pay $500 Million Advancement to LG for Flat Panel Displays
READ → – Apple’s Q1 Performance Projected to Beat Guidance
READ → – Apple’s App Store Hits Half a Billion Downloaded Apps

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