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TechBits: Apple & Microsoft rollouts

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    Apple and Microsoft have big rollouts this week, but both may have problems with their new products.

    Apple unveiled the new iPad Mini and the iPad with Retina display.  The trouble isn't with the devices, but with Apple's supply chain.  Shipments of display assemblies are running behind, and that could mean a shortage of iPads.  Apple's legal fight with Samsung could also play into the problem.  That's because Samsung is a huge maker of iPad displays, and the court cases are straining relations between the companies.

   Microsoft is set to roll out Windows 8.  But it comes at a time when PC sales are down.  PC sales make up most Windows revenue.  Another challenge could lie in the design of Windows 8.  The Metro UI is based on a mobile platform- and while it may work well on phones, some users don't seem to like it on a computer.  Some are already looking to programs that will make 8 look and feel more like 7.

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