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Apple Reportedly Purging RIM's Enterprise Sales Staff

apple-vs-rimIt’s no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace.  It’s also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice.  But perhaps RIM’s feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM’s sales staff in the least year and a half.

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal:

In the past 18 months, at least five members of RIM’s enterprise-sales team have left the company to join Apple.  This includes Geoff Perfect, who served as Head of Strategic Sales at RIM for nearly five years before leaving in April 2009 and joining Apple a month later as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales, according to LinkedIn, the online networking service for professionals.

WSJ‘s report also notes how Apple revealed during their recent earnings conference call how 80% of Fortune 500 companies are either piloting or using the iPhone.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs also made note of the fact how Apple beat out Research in Motion in smartphone sales for the quarter, and he doesn’t think RIM will catch up anytime in the interim.

In that same conference call, Apple COO Tim Cook pointed out that while Apple is not yet offering business-specific hardware, they are starting to leap into enterprise sales, with the iPhone’s software continuing to gain even more more features for corporate users.  Apple has also connected with partners like Unisys to support enterprise, and government customers.

via MacRumors

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Apple Settles Patent Dispute Over iTunes Music Sales

Sharing Sound, LLC recently brought a lawsuit on a few different companies offering online music sales. The lawsuit was over a patent that Sharing Sound owned for the online distribution of digital music files. The companies mentioned in the lawsuit included Apple, Microsoft, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon, and Netflix. Today, however, Apple has officially settled the patent dispute.

According to the lawsuit, “The patent being contested – U.S. Patent Number 6,247,130, titled ‘Distribution of musical products by a website vendor over the Internet’ – would essentially prevent all these companies from using any type of online store environment which allows them to provide song previews, a shopping cart or even a music player.”

Signing off on the settlement was Judge David Folsom of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. No additional details were mentioned in the settlement.

TechCrunch notes that if this patent were enforced, it could have been devastating to one of Apple’s strongest business models.

via MacRumors


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Best Buy: iPad Cannibalizing Up to 50% of Laptop Sales

It’s been a while since anyone has mentioned iPad sales. It’s been confirmed that they’re moving out the door as fast as Apple can move them, and there’s also verification that Apple’s will be increasing production on the tablet in the days to come. But it’s taken some time for the full brunt of the iPad’s tremendous success to be understood by the computer and retail industries. It would seem that the time for some schooling has come. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn has stated that the iPad is cannibalizing upwards of 50% of all laptop sales from his company’s chain of stores.

This is shocking news, especially when you consider that Apple never positioned the svelte device as a  laptop alternative. Even more surprising is the fact that Dunn made this revelation just after the end of the busy back to school shopping season, a time when traditional laptops and desktop computers have traditionally flown off the shelf for busy students to write s, crunch numbers and most certainly NOT play games on when they should be studying for their mid-terms or finals. As a result of the iPad’s rising financials, Best Buy has decided to increase their iPad coverage by rolling the device out to 1000 of their American locations by the end of the month and providing the device with more display space on store floors. Given the numbers Best Buy has been seeing, it’s a move that makes good sense.

We can expect that with the holiday shopping season and the iOS 4.2 update both on their way, we’ve yet to see the full fury of what the iPad is capable of in the retail arena.


Microsoft Manager: Kinect Will "Blow Away" iPad Sales


There’s no doubt about the success of the Xbox, but Microsoft’s latest claim might have some scratching their heads.  First it’s iPhone “funerals,” and now making some pretty bold claims about Kinect sales.

The company is citing strong pre-orders and the usual seasonal holiday boost to back up their claim.  A spokesman for the Kinect is now saying that the unit will easily out-duel the iPad in sales.

“The preorders have been really strong.  As far as what we’re looking at for Holiday, this is going to be stuff that’ll blow away any of the sales you’ve seen with iPad,” said Microsoft Game Studios manager Kudo Tsunoda, upon being asked what the device’s successes would be.

Kinect is slated to launch in North America on November 4.  Tsunoda thinks that the device’s “deep gameplay” will give it the assist it needs to sail past the iPad.

Buuuut, the Kinect will have some lofty numbers to live up to.  As we all know by now, Apple sold over 1 million iPads in 28 days, and 3 million in its first quarter.

UBS Investment Research is also venturing that Apple will sell 28 million iPads in 2011, going so far to say that estimate might even be on the “conservative” side. 

What do you think about Microsoft’s latest claim readers?  Does the Kinect have a chance of catching up to the iPad?  Not so much?  Feel free to leave your predictions below!

via AppleInsider

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