August 11, 2013 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Circle Sept. 10 on Your Calendar for Apple`s Big iPhone Event Apple is expected to unveil its next iPhone at a special event on Sept. 10, sources toldAllThingsD.
D: All Things Digital The launch comes at an important time for Apple, which continues to make a lot of money from the iPhone but has seen its global market share dip amid a growing wave of lower-cost Android devices as well as an intense battle with archrival Samsung.
One of the key questions is whether Apple adopts a new tactic to address the mid-range of the smartphone market. Historically, Apple has gone after those customers by offering its year-old and two-year-old models for $100 and $200 less than a new iPhone. However, there has been a great deal of talk that the company will debut a new lower-cost iPhone alongside whatever update it has in store for the current iPhone 5.
Much of the speculation there has centered on the usual kinds of camera and processor enhancements, as well as the likelihood of a fingerprint sensor. That has been expected ever since Apple acquired Authentec last year.
Naturally, any new phones will be running iOS 7, which has been in testing since its announcement at Apple`s developer conference in June. The new software includes aradical redesign of the overall look of the iPhone`s menus and icons, but the other new features are largely incremental updates, such as improved notifications, better photo-organizing abilities and additional capabilities for developers.
This has become something of a pattern for Apple, which typically debuts its software update at its June developer conference, tests it for a couple months, then shows the new hardware a couple weeks ahead of the new phone`s availability. The iOS update is also available for older models. Apple has already said that iOS 7 will work on many recent iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices.
Apple is also expected to formally launch the next version of Mac OS X, known as Mavericks, in the coming weeks, though that is not expected at the Sept. 10 event.
An Apple representative declined to comment on the timing of any upcoming events.
Consumers, investors (and reportedly board members as well) have been pressing Apple for a more rapid pace of innovation.
Samsung violated Apple patents; U.S. import ban imposed by ITC ..
A U.S. trade panel ruled late Friday that Samsung Electronics infringed on two Apple (AAPL) patents in its mobile devices.
The U.S. International Trade Commission ordered an import ban on certain Samsung smartphones and tablets. The ban is subject to review by President Barack Obama, who can overturn it on public policy grounds. Last week, the Obama administration overturned a similar ITC import ban against Apple devices in a case brought by Samsung.
The Obama administration opposes import bans on the basis of such patent disputes, the Washington Post reported. The White House has recommended that Congress limit the ITC`s ability to impose import bans in these cases, the Post said.
In its ruling Friday, the ITC also rejected Samsung infringement claims by Apple related to four other patents.
Also Friday, Apple asked a U.S. appeals court in Washington for a permanent injunction on some phones made by Samsung Electronics that a California federal jury last year decided infringed on Apple`s iPhone patents. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit isn`t expected to rule in the case for several months, Bloomberg reported.
At stake is whether judges can permanently ban the sale of a complex device like a smartphone if a court finds that it violates a patent that covers just one of the device`s hundreds of features, Reuters reported. Samsung and other smartphone makers say a decision in favor of Apple could cripple the market, the newswire said.
In a third Apple legal case in court Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote refused a request by Apple to temporarily suspend her ruling that it violated antitrust laws by conspiring with publishers to raise electronic book prices in 2010, the AP reported.
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