Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Smart Growth: Industry research firm comScore says that, among U.S. smartphone owners, fully a third use Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones, AppleInsider notes. The iPhone saw its market share rise 2% from May to 33.4% of the market. Smartphones using Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system increased their market share 1.4% over May, reaching 52.2% of the market. While Apple and Google grew their market shares, Research in Motion’s (NASDAQ:RIMM) Blackberries saw their share decline 2.1% to 9.5% of the market. The survey found that 234 million Americans over the age of 13 own mobile devices. Of those, 25.6% own a Samsung device, while 16.3% own an Apple product.
New Launches: The iPhone 5 launched in 22 new countries today, MacRumors notes. The next-generation iPhone, which hit stores in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany and Hong Kong last Friday, arrives on shelves today in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. With today’s launches, the iPhone 5 will be available in 31 countries, marking Apple’s quickest product launch ever. The new iPhone is expected to be available in 100 countries by December.
Numbers Complaint: A Texas company is suing Apple over patent infringement claims regarding Apple’s Numbers spreadsheet program, CNET notes. The patent in question, which covers a “system and method for improved spreadsheet interface with user-familiar objects” was originally awarded in 1995 and is currently held by Data Engine Technologies. Numbers was introduced in 2007 as part of the iWork Suite and came to iOS in 2010. Data Engine Technologies is described in media accounts as a “non-practicing entity.” The suit was filed on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.
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