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Future Smartphones May Include Displays Made Of Sapphire Instead Of Glass





While Apple has earned much praise for its iPhone design aesthetic, it also has received criticism for durability problems, with many users experiencing the issues after dropping their smartphones onto hard surfaces.

In the fifth-generation iPod touch and iPhone 5 Apple began using sapphire crystal in order to cover the rear camera of the devices, providing superior scratch resistance and durability. Apple notes:


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Thursday, March 21st, 2013. 23:04

Patent Holding Company Intertrust Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Apple



According to The Wall Street Journal, patent holding company Intertrust has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that Cupertino-based company infringes on 15 of its patents. Intertrust licenses and invents technologies for digital rights management and currently holds more than 150 patents.


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Thursday, March 21st, 2013. 1:50

Samsung Confirms That It Is Working On Smart Watch Project



As Bloomberg reports, Samsung has confirmed rumors from last month that it is working on its own smart watch. Given the rumors that Apple is preparing to release its "iWatch" device as soon as this year, it seems that the two rivals will again compete head-to-head in this emerging market segment.


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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. 22:08

Apple Extends Warranty Coverage In Australia To Two Years



Australian Consumer Protections law requires that sellers of products provide warranties for a reasonable period of time from date of delivery until the problem becomes apparent, which has been interpreted for computers as two years. Apple offers a standard warranty for one year on all its products, while AppleCare provides coverage for three years on Macs.

Today The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Apple’s authorized resellers and retail store staff have been informed of a change in how the company handles warranty claims in Australia. The report notes:


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Tuesday, March 19th, 2013. 1:00

Twitter Is Preparing To Launch IOS Music Discovery App



According to CNET, Twitter might launch a new standalone music discovery app for iOS by the end of this month. The report claimed, citing a person familiar with the matter, that Twitter would use technology from music discovery service We Are Hunted, which was acquired by Twitter last year, to provide a music service called “Twitter Music.” The report says:


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Thursday, March 14th, 2013. 1:40

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Apple removed 'HiddenApps' from the App Store



Application that hides the standard apps on the iPhone, such as Stocks or Newsstand, hasn`t been established in the Apple’s App Store.

 


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iPhone 5S Will Include NFC Functionality And Fingerprint Sensor



China Times reports that Taiwanese chip company Chipbond has been chosen to supply a number of iPhone 5S’ components, including chips to support near field communication (NFC) functionality, fingerprint sensors and touch display drivers. According to the report, Apple will use the fingerprint sensor capabilities to improve the security of NFC-based features such as mobile payments.


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Monday, March 11th, 2013. 22:37

Apple's iWatch isn't the next revolution



Bloomberg reports that Swatch CEO Nick Hayek does not believe that potential iWatch could replace the iPhone. At a press conference in Grenchen, Switzerland, Hayek hinted that a smart watch from Apple will fail due to the small size of the display.

 


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Saturday, March 9th, 2013. 14:35

Apple Offering Half of Royalty Rate Paid By Pandora For Streaming Music Service



According to The New York Times, Apple is going to undercut its future competitors in respect of royalty rates for its upcoming streaming music service, offering a rate that is just half as large as the rate paid by Pandora despite speculations that Apple is planning to offer more flexibility than allowed by the Pandora’s license. The report said:


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Friday, March 8th, 2013. 0:16

Analysts Suggest Apple Will Miss Its Revenue Forecast For 2Q 2013



Citi analysts issued a new research note claiming that Apple will miss its own revenue estimates of $41-43 billion for the second quarter by more than $500 million.

According to CNET, the research note says that reduced demand for iPhone 5 related components in Apple supply chain indicates that there is a softer demand for iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.


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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. 22:57

Ferrari In Talks With Apple To Broaden Their Partnership



 

As Ferrari unveils its new 963 horse power “LaFerrari” hybrid car, Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo said Apple and Ferrari are in talks to broaden their partnership in the sphere of in-car entertainment. According to Bloomberg, Luca Cordero Di Montezemolo said that Ferrarri would be “more precise” about their partnership with Apple over the next few months.

 


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Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. 1:54

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Apple is to develop 2TB solid state drives for next Mac Pro model



According to an unconfirmed report from the Bright Side of News, Apple is developing a two terabyte solid state drive for incorporation into the next Mac Pro.

 


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Tuesday, March 5th, 2013. 20:04

Apple’s ‘iWatch’ Could Launch As Early As This Year



According to Bloomberg's report, Apple’s rumored smartwatch could launch this year.

Bloomberg claims citing a person familiar with Apple’s plans that features under considerations for the device include allowing users to make calls, check map coordinates and see the identity of incoming callers. The device could also include sensors for monitoring health data, such as heart rate, and a pedometer for counting steps.


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Monday, March 4th, 2013. 21:36

Analyst Says Cheaper iPhone and iPhone 5S Will Launch in August/September



Taiwan's Commercial Times points to a research note issed by an analyst Kirk Yang from Barclays claiming that Apple is planning to launch a lower-cost iPhone and an iPhone 5S in the August/September timeframe.


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Friday, March 1st, 2013. 22:20

Devices With 'Willow Glass' Displays Unlikely To Appear During Next Three Years



Earlier this month The New York Times said that Apple is working on a smart watch with curved display that could make use of Corning’s flexible Willow Glass. Today Bloomberg reported that Corning believes it will likely take at least three years before devices with bendable Willow Glass displays can hit the market.


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Friday, March 1st, 2013. 1:43