Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Wireless Carrier Gets Ready for iPhone 5: Unnamed sources at AT&T (NYSE:T) say that the carrier is preparing for the launch of Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next generation iPhone in the third or fourth week of September, according to BoyGeniusReport. The company is arranging employee schedules in order to field the largest possible sales team to handle an anticipated tidal wave of orders for the new iPhone. Apple is expected to announced the upcoming iPhone at a special event on September 12. In addition to the new iPhone, speculation is swirling that Apple will also unveil a 7-inch iPad, and possibly an updated standard-size iPad, at the event.
Samsung Forewarned: Documents and testimony emerging from the patent infringement lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, now on trial in a California court, show that Apple warned Samsung that it believed the South Korean company was improperly copying its products back in August 2010, AllThingsD notes. Apple officials told Samsung that Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system infringed on dozens of Apple patents and suggested that Samsung pay Apple licensing fees of $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet running Android. Apple also pointed out design similarities between the Galaxy S and the iPhone.
New Alarm Functions in iOS 6: Apple is adding a feature to iOS 6 that will allow iPhones to wake users with music instead of the current selection of alarms, AppleInsider notes. Industry studies find that 60% of smartphone users rely on their devices to keep track of time. About 25% use their smartphones in place of an alarm clock. Currently, iPhone users must turn to third party apps if they want to set their morning alarms to music. However, iOS 6 will allow users to program their alarms to play music from their playlists at the appointed time at no additional charge. iOS 6 will be released to consumers this fall.
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