There will be 3,600 fewer iPad Minis on store shelves now that
thieves have gotten away with two pallets filled with Apple
) devices. According to the
New York Post
, the heist occurred at JFK after two men used one of the
airport's own forklifts to load the pallets into a truck. The
pallets had "just arrived from China and were destined for
locations around the US."
In a surprising twist of irony, the crime took place at the
site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in the film
The two men, who are still at large and have not been
identified, almost got away with three additional pallets. They
were forced to bail after an airport worker returned from dinner
and caught them in the act.
This is not the first time that a large number of tablets have
been stolen. Last year, thieves got away with
from Research In Motion (NASDAQ:
). The devices were estimated to be worth $2.8 million to $3.8
While it is unknown which retailers would have received the
stolen iPads, they are unlikely to have a material impact on
Apple's bottom line. Apple's combined sales of both the iPad Mini
and iPad 4
reached three million
during the first weekend of availability. Depending on when the
latest shipment was scheduled to arrive at retail, it might be
harder to obtain an iPad Mini over the next week or two. After
that, sales and shipments should go back to normal.
Despite the high
sales, it is not yet known how well the iPad Mini is performing.
The device is reportedly selling out at retail, including big box
outlets such as Best Buy (NYSE:
) might challenge the iPad Mini -- as well as the full-size iPad
-- with an
in 2013. The device would be aimed at consumers who want a
high-end gaming experience from their portable devices.
Little is known about the unconfirmed tablet, but rumors
suggest it will feature a seven-inch screen and contain a
powerful graphics processor. It is not yet known if the device
will sport a keyboard cover like its 10-inch big brother,
Other rumors suggest that Microsoft might develop the next
version of the Nook e-reader for Barnes & Noble (NYSE:
). The bookseller first teamed up with Microsoft to sell media
and other digital content to consumers. In the days leading up to
Surface's unveiling, Barnes & Noble was rumored to be working
on the company's tablet. That rumor was
. This new rumor suggests that the two firms may still develop
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