Microsoft Preps Office for iPad: The world is up to 40 million Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad owners. Considering that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) relies on Microsoft Office — its suite of tools including Excel and Word — for more than $18 billion of its $60 billion in annual revenue, it’s pretty surprising that the company hasn’t brought its popular wares to the world’s hottest computing platform. That’s all about to change, according to a Tuesday report in The Daily (via Mac Rumors). Microsoft is said to be actively working on an iPad version of its ubiquitous Office tools as well as a new version of the tools for Mac laptop and desktop computers sold through the Mac App Store.
China Unicom Finally Getting the iPhone 4S: The iPhone 4S has been doing gangbusters since it released in October, but Apple still hasn’t released the phone in one of its fastest growing markets: China. However, a Wednesday report in MIC Gadget (via Apple Insider) said Apple finally will release its latest phone in China soon. The sole official carrier of the iPhone in China, China Unicom (NYSE:CHU), said Wednesday that the only reason it hasn’t released the iPhone 4S in China yet is that it hasn’t received a network access certificate from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Once the permit is received, the phone will be out. Apple’s iPhone has made the company one of the top three mobile phone manufacturers by revenue in the world. What could secure its place at the top of the heap? Support from more telecoms around the world, particularly in China.
Australian Judge Lifts Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab: Apple can only keep a Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) tablet down for so long. The Australian Federal Court lifted its sales ban on the Samsung Galaxy Tab on Wednesday. Justice Annabelle Bennett ruled in favor of Apple in October after deciding that the Galaxy Tab infringed on patents held by Apple. Apple and Samsung have spent the better part of the past 12 months suing one another over patent infringements while remaining business partners. Samsung manufactures the custom A5 processor that powers the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S.
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