Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Amazon Moving Forward With iPhone Rival: Internet retailer Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is currently testing a smartphone with a screen that measures between four and five inches diagonally, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Amazon smartphone, which aims to take on Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, could debut before the end of this year. Previous rumors indicated that Amazon is working on the new smartphone with Apple partner Foxconn.
Another Wireless Carrier to Get the iPhone: Analysts say the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S., Deutsche Telekom‘s (PINK:DTEGY) T-Mobile could get the iPhone next year, Bloomberg reports. T-Mobile is the only U.S. nationwide carrier that doesn’t currently offer the iPhone, and it lost more than 500,000 monthly subscribers in its first quarter. The company specifically cited its failure to offer the iPhone as a reason for its fourth-quarter loss of 706,000 contract subscribers. T-Mobile had a tentative agreement to get the iPhone last year, but it collapsed in December.
Apple Explains EPEAT Withdrawal: Despite requesting that 39 of its products be removed from the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registry, Apple says that its products meet stringent environmental standards, Apple Insider reports. The company was criticized by environmental groups after the EPEAT withdrawal, and some government agencies, including the City of San Francisco, say they cannot purchase Apple products without EPEAT certification. Apple says its products “are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials.” Apple apparently withdrew from EPEAT over its requirement for easy product disassembly, a standard that newer Apple products like the Retina MacBook Pro cannot sustain.
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