Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for Wednesday.
Next Generation iPhone to Have 4-Inch Screen: Unnamed sources say that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has ordered smartphone screens that measure at least 4-inches diagonally from its Asian suppliers, according to the Wall Street Journal. While many other smartphones including those using Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android system have adopted larger screens, Apple had remained committed the 3.5-inch screens that have come with every iPhone since the first one in 2007. Facing intense competition from Samsung phones, the latest of which features a 4.8-inch screen, Apple may finally be bowing to consumer pressure to increase screen space, the Journal says.
Apple in Talks With China Mobile: Apple is in discussions with China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) to bring the iPhone to the world’s largest wireless carrier, Reuters reports. China Mobile is the only Chinese wireless carrier that doesn’t officially offer the iPhone because the computer chips inside current iPhone models are incompatible with China Mobile’s unique 3G technology. The next generation iPhone, widely expected to debut later this year, is rumored to use a Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) chip, which is compatible with China Mobile’s network, Reuters says.
HTC Mobile Phones Face Indefinite Customs Delay Over Apple Patent Claims: The latest smartphones from HTC — its One X and Evo 4G LTE — have been delayed from entering the U.S. because they may violated an Apple patent, TheVerge reports. U.S. Customs has indefinitely delayed shipments of the smartphones while it conducts an investigation into the alleged patent infringement. Apple sued HTC last year and received an order form the International Trade Commission halting the import of devices that might infringe on one of its patents. This is the first time any product has been held by Customs for possibly violating an Apple patent, TheVerge notes.
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