Here is your daily Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock news and iPhone rumors for July 22, 2010. The Apple Inc. rumor mill is abuzz with word of a T-Mobile iPhone set before any Verizon iPhone. Meanwhile, there’s strong evidence that Apple will release a low-cost or free ad supported operating system and beta testing begins on the new MobileMe Calendar.
T-Mobile Gets iPhone by September: A new rumor originating at Cult of Mac is sucking some of the wind out of the mythical Verizon iPhone’s sails. According to a “highly placed source” at Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile will support some model of the Apple iPhone by the end of the calendar third quarter in 2010. Some time between now and September, patient smartphone customers will be able to pick up a T-Mobile iPhone. The source indicated that there was an “80%” chance that the T-Mobile iPhone would appear before September since Apple and Deutsche Telekom are well into negotiations. What is less clear is whether or not T-Mobile’s 3G network in the United States is capable of supporting the technology in the iPhone 4. T-Mobile uses the same UMTS system as Apple’s smartphone, a fact that some analysts point to when claiming T-Mobile will see an iPhone before competing carriers. (Both Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) do not use the same UMTS system.) T-Mobile’s UMTS system, however, uses a 1700MHz frequency band. While the iPhone 4 could utilize the same frequency, it doesn’t officially do so through AT&T (NYSE: T)
Apple to Create an Advertising Supported Operating System: Hot on the heels of speculation over whether AAPL would charge iPad users to upgrade their operating system to iOS 4, comes word that the tech manufacturer is looking at ways to forego charging users for any operating system. An Apple patent called “Advertisement in Operating System,” originally published in 2008, was re-published this week as a continuation. The continuation is significant insofar as it comes just after Apple launched its iAds platform, the company’s first bid to cut into the Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) dominated web advertisement sector. The patent, credited to AAPL CEO Steve Jobs as well as other Apple engineers, lays out an operating system that would show the user advertisements at pre-determined times or when programs are launched. The advertisement-generated revenue would allow Apple to distribute the operating system at little to no cost. It is unconfirmed whether or not Aldous Huxley is rolling over in his grave.
MobileMe Calendar Beta Launches Today: The new version of AAPL’s computer office organizing software MobileMe Calendar was released in Beta form this morning, allowing registered MobileMe subscribers to install and test the program before its full release later this year. As reported by InvestorPlace on July 7th, the new MobileMe Calendar features a redesigned web application as well as a tool for creating event invitations and logging RSVPs. The Calendar is supported by Mac computers and AAPL’s mobile devices, including the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone 4, though Calendar data can be transferred freely between home computers and the iPad. System requirements are high for the MobileMe Calendar, requiring users to use Mac OS X 10.6.4 and browser technology like Firefox 3.6 or Safari 4. Windows users looking to use MobileMe Calendar can also use Internet Explorer 8 but must also install MobileMe Control Panel 1.6.1.
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