Here are your Apple news items and rumors for Monday:
No iPad 3 Until After Christmas: Looks like spring 2012 will bring just as many disgruntled holiday Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad shoppers as spring 2011 did. Speaking with All Things Digital in a Monday report, J.P.Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz tried to kill off persistent rumors that a third iPad model would hit stores this holiday. Moskowitz said his research indicates the iPad 2 will continue to be the only iPad model sold throughout the rest of 2011. Prototypes of a third-generation iPad are out there, though, the analyst said. Past rumors have said the iPad 3 will include a higher-resolution screen, putting it on par with the Retina Display in current models of the iPhone.
Samsung Plans to Sue Pants Off Apple Over iPhone 5: Apple hasn’t even officially announced the iPhone 5 yet, and it already is the target of the latest litigation in an ongoing legal war between Apple and Samsung (PINK:SSNLF). A Sunday report in The Korea Times (via Apple Insider) said Samsung is preparing to block the sale of the new iPhone in Korea as soon as it’s announced on the grounds that — surprise, surprise! — it violates patents held by Samsung. A senior executive at Samsung said, “For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents.” The only recourse remaining for either company is to make smartphones that are entirely different shapes and sizes. Would consumers cotton to a triangular smartphone? Probably not.
Apple Online Retail Spreads Across the World: Eastern European nations anxious for the opportunity to purchase both an iPad and an Apple Protection Plan online are watching their wishes come true. Apple finally has opened for business online in Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, according to a Monday report at 9 to 5 Mac. Not only that, but Apple’s online operation has extended to the myriad city-states that make up the United Arab Emirates, as well. That’s a prospective 65 million new customers online for Apple.