Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for Wednesday:
Liquidmetal to Replace Glass Back on Next iPhone: Korea IT News says rumors are swirling that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will ditch the glass backs of the iPhone 4 and 4s in favor of metal alloys made from “zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and so forth” and will debut the next phone at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June. Apple Insider points out that while Korea IT News uses the generic phrase “liquid metal” in its report, Apple has owned exclusive rights to a material called Liquidmetal since 2010. Apple Insider also notes that while most reports indicate a fall launch for the next iPhone, rumors of a new iPhone with a metal back have been circulating since last year.
Apple and Samsung CEOs Agree to Settlement Talks: Apple’s long-running legal feud with Samsung (PINK:SSNLF) over patent infringement claims may be nearing resolution, Reuters reports. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for Northern California, both companies agreed to participate in settlement discussions, presided over by an unnamed San Francisco judge. Reuters notes that documents filed by both companies indicate that Apple CEO Tim Cook and Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung — accompanied by their general counsels, of course — would take part in the discussions.
Mac Flashback Infection Lingers: Though Apple has released a patch to correct the security flaw in Java that permitted 600,000 Macs to be hijacked by the Flashback Trojan, as many as 140,000 Macs remain infected, according to anti-virus developer Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC). In a post on its blog, Symantec expresses surprise that so many Macs are still infected. The number of infected machines has declined steadily since Apple released the security patch, but Symantec said it expected to see only about 99,000 Macs still affected by this point. The company strongly recommends that Mac owners install a security patch to prevent or eliminate the malware infection.
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