Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Consumers Waiting: With the next-generation iPhone set to debut next week, a Piper Jaffray (NYSE:PJC) analyst says Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) could sell between 6 million and 10 million units by the end of the month, InformationWeek notes. The analyst says while Samsung’s Galaxy III smartphone eclipsed iPhone 4S sales domestically last month, that was likely due to iPhone customers postponing purchases in advance of the new iPhone’s launch. Adding support to the analyst’s view is a study released by PriceGrabber.com yesterday showing that 21% of Internet shoppers want an iPhone 5. Of those who said they planned to purchase the new iPhone, 16% indicated that they would buy it as soon as it’s available. Another 36% planned to purchase an iPhone 5 by yea-end.
3G Claims Investigated: Apple has filed a complaint with South Korean regulators over Samsung’s marketplace conduct in regard to 3G wireless technology, The Wall Street Journal noted. Regulators didn’t reveal the specific charges in the complaint, but confirmed that an investigation is underway. Last year, Apple sued Samsung in a California court over violations of its design and software patents, prompting a countersuit from Samsung, in which the South Korean electronics giant claimed Apple had copied its patented telecommunications technology. Last month, a California jury awarded Apple $1 billion in damages and dismissed Samsung’s complaint. However, last week a Japanese court dismissed Apple’s patent claims and ordered it to pay Samsung’s court costs.
No Leaked Data: Apple is rejecting claims made by a group of hackers, who say they stole data on 12 million Apple user accounts from the FBI, Bloomberg notes. The hacker group, which calls itself Anonymous, claimed to have infiltrated a laptop belonging to the FBI and copied the data. On Tuesday, the FBI said it had never obtained the data cited by the hacker group. Apple says the FBI never asked for the data, nor had it given any user data to the agency. Analysts who viewed data released by the hacker group said it contained what might have been real identity codes from iPhones, iPads and iPods, but couldn’t determine where they had come from, and termed the data “not a very serious breach.” Without further evidence from the hackers, the analyst dismissed their claims, suggesting they may have fabricated the FBI computer hacking story.
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