Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for Thursday:
Apple Shares Will Rise as iPhone 5 Release Approaches: Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes who says that recent declines in Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) share price will be erased after the company announces quarterly results and excitement builds toward the launch of the next generation iPhone later this year, according to AllThingsD. Reitzes has found that Apple shares rise an average of 31% in the six-month period prior to every past iPhone launch. Apple reports second-quarter earnings April 24.
iPhones Comprise More than Half of Verizon Smartphone Sales: Verizon‘s (NYSE:VZ) first-quarter results show that it activated more 3.2 million iPhones in the first three months of 2012. The company sold a total of 6.3 million smartphones during the quarter. Although that number is considerably less than the 4.3 million iPhones activated in Q4 2011, that period contained a sales boost resulting from the launch of the iPhone 4S in October. The iPhone 4S sold 37 million units globally last year. MacRumors noted that analysts expect iPhone sales to slow this year, however.
Samsung Accuses Apple of Violating Eight More Patents. Despite yesterday’s news of forthcoming settlement talks, Samsung has filed a counterclaim in U.S. District Court, alleging that Apple has violated eight Samsung patents, according to Apple Insider. Apple started the lawsuit in February, claiming that Samsung had violated eight of its patents in 17 Samsung products. Intellectual property expert Florian Muller noted that Samsung’s latest claims involve FRAND-pledged technology, which Samsung must license to other companies at reasonable rates under international law. Muller considers the new Samsung claims potentially unwise given that Samsung is already under investigation by the European Commission for patent misdeeds.
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