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Apple is being examined over anticompetive behavior





The New York Times reports that European Union regulators have a deep interest in the contracts between Apple and iPhone vendor partners in order to identify the anti-competitive behavior of the company. In particular, Apple requires from suppliers to sell a certain number of iPhone, putting pressure on it.

 


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Friday, March 22nd, 2013. 22:24

Lower-Cost iPhone Model Will Lack Retina Display?



Today an analyst Amit Daryanani from RBC Capital Markets has issued a new research report predicting a launch for both a lower-cost iPhone and the iPhone 5S in June-July timeframe, which is in line with other recent claims. However, Daryanani says that the cheaper iPhone appears to lack a Retina display. He said:


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Friday, March 22nd, 2013. 21:21

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

iPhone 5S is to appear at the 3rd quarter



DigiTimes reports that the components for the next generation iPhone will be shipped at the end of may, and the new Apple’s smartphone may appear somewhere in the third quarter. This confirms other reports that iPhones will be released in June or July.

 


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Thursday, March 21st, 2013. 20:10

Department of Defense will purchase about 650,000 iOS devices



According to Electronista, The United States Department of Defense will order more than 650000 iOS devices.

 


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Thursday, March 21st, 2013. 20:08

Cydia Сounts 18 Million Jailbroken Devices in Six Weeks



Saurik reports that about 18 million devices were counted by Cydia in the last six weeks, between untethered jailbreak release and iOS 6.1.3 which blocks this jailbreak. According to Forbes:

In the six weeks since evasi0n was released, however, close to 18 million devices have already been jailbroken, according to data from Jay Freeman, the administrator of the Cydia app store for jailbroken devices. He says he’s counted 18.2 million unique devices running iOS 6 visiting Cydia, including 13.8 million iPhones, 3.4 million iPads, and 1.1 million iPod Touches. Those numbers vastly exceed previous jailbreaks such as Jailbreakme 3, a popular hacking tool for iOS released in the summer of 2011 that was used on around 2 million devices, according to a count at the time by creator Nicholas Allegra.


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Haswell Chip Benchmark Shows 7-13% Performance Increase Over Ivy Bridge



Tom’s Hardware published results of a detailed performance test of a Core i7 Haswell processor, which suggest that it will offer 7-13% performance increase over equivalent Ivy Bridge chips – a similar increase experienced with the transition from Sandy Bridge to Ivy Bridge.


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Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. 22:46

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

iPad mini with Retina display may be released in second half of 2013



Paul Semenza, an analyst at research firm DisplaySearch, tells CNET that the iPad mini with Retina display may appear in the third or fourth quarter of this year.

 


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Saturday, March 16th, 2013. 18:55

Lower-Cost iPhone Will Have Thinner Plastic And Fiberglass Casing



AppleInsider reports that an analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has shared a few new details about rumored Apple's low-cost iPhone. He expects the cheaper iPhone will have a plastic and fiberglass casing that will be thinner, lighter and stronger, than typical plastic casings.


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Friday, March 15th, 2013. 22:37

Retina MacBook Pro User Filed A Class-Action Suit Against Apple



Since Apple launched its 15,4-inch Retina MacBook Pro in June last year, there have been an increasing number of complaints from users experiencing issues with the device. The most reported issue is one that causes a ghosting or burn-in problem on its display and has resulted in a support thread with more than 365, 215 views.

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Friday, March 15th, 2013. 1:26

Google Now video was accidentally appeared on YouTube



Google Now is available only on Android devices, aimed at giving users “the right information, at the right time", appears on iOS, unless a leaked video is to be believed. Google reportedly released a promo video on YouTube accidentally. The record was quickly removed, but not before an Engadget made a copy of  it.

 


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Friday, March 15th, 2013. 0:36

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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In 2012 Samsung Outpaced Apple In Advertising Spending



The Wall Street Journal published a new report outlining Samsung’s aggressive advertising in 2012 based on the latest data from research company Kantar Media. The report notes that Samsung significantly increased its phone ad spending from $78M in 2011 to $401M in 2012, 20 percent higher than $333M spend by Apple.


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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013. 20:40