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July 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Five or six new Kindles coming, Staples confirms

For months word of new Kindles has been trickling out from anonymous sources.

Now the new Amazon.com gadgets are being confirmed, on the record, by a president at the giant retailer Staples.

Demos Parneros, president of U.S. retail at the chain, told Reuters that five or six new Kindles will be introduced soon.

The lineup includes a 10-inch model similar in size to Apple’s iPad. Reports have suggested that Apple, meanwhile, will offer a 7-inch version of the iPad to compete with the Kindle Fire and Google Nexus tablets.

Reuters also turned up a new tidbit about the upcoming iPhone 5: The new phone will arrive in October with a new, smaller connector port, meaning it won’t plug directly into current docks and other accessories.

The port change was attributed to anonymous sources and reported from Taipei, where hardware manufacturers are no doubt gearing up to produce new accessories for the holiday season.

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