With the way Apple
Apple and Verizon back in the news
After a brief lull, the iPhone-to-Verizon
An interesting subplot in the iPhone-to-Verizon saga is that other CDMA networks could benefit from Apple's creation of CDMA-compatible phones. Sprint
Read more analysis on the reports that Apple will hook up with Verizon.
The iPad's unstoppable momentum continues
Earlier this week, aspiring tablet rival LG announced that it's pushing back plans to release a tablet this holiday season and is now focusing on a 2011 release. The main culprit is a buggy Android operating system that's not optimized for tablets. To address the problem, Google
Apple's decision to port its iOS from a smartphone to the iPad initially encountered a mixed reaction, but this news once again highlights how smooth the company's execution was. Apple's ability to release a largely bug-free tablet stands in stark contrast to the apparent difficulties Research In Motion
LG's decision to hold off on its tablet debut because of Android bugs is bad news for Samsung, which still plans to roll out an Android-powered tablet in time for this holiday season. It's also bad news for chip companies such as NVIDIA
It looks as though the rush of competitive Android tablets will have to wait until the first quarter of next year. Meanwhile, Apple gets more time to continue building up a content advantage, as the number of iPad-specific apps exceeds 30,000 and the company gains more control and better pricing power over the supplies that tablet manufacturers provide. Semiconductor suppliers such as Cirrus Logic
Read more about Android's tablet woes.
iPhone supplies appear healthy
After persistent shortages that threatened to crimp holiday-season sales, it appears that iPhone production is catching up with demand. Fool analyst Rex Moore checked with several stores and found wide availability. In addition, Apple's online store now lists a wait of just five to seven business days, down from a 21-day wait after the iPhone 4 launched.
Read more about iPhone availability.
In the week ahead, Microsoft
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Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Research In Motion's PlayBook tablet runs on the Android operating system. The PlayBook uses RIM's QNX operating system. The Fool regrets the error.
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