Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Popular: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) says that free educational content found on its iTunes U online store has been downloaded one billion times, PC Magazine notes. Content on iTunes U is developed by schools, museums, libraries and various other educational organizations. The material is geared at providing lesson plan support for educators around the world. 250,000 students are currently enrolled in online courses offered by iTunes U. The material includes 2,500 courses available to the general public from major universities and grammar schools. Educational content covers the sciences, medicine, arts, business and a range of other subjects. The company recently noted that users have downloaded more than 25 billion music tracks from iTunes.
Screen Problem: Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt displays are in short supply among retailers, AppleInsider notes. The sudden shortage of the pricey displays suggests that Apple may be close to unveiling and updated model. A number of prominent retailers, including Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), say that they currently have no Thunderbolt displays in stock. Apple typically draws down the supply of existing products before releasing a new or updated model. Thunderbolt displays feature the same LCD screens found in the company’s 27-inch iMac personal computers. Last year, the company debuted a re-designed iMac in which thinner LCD screens are fused to the front glass. An updated Thunderbolt display could feature a similar design.
Japan Decision: Apple has scored another win in its ongoing global patent infringement battle with Samsung, CNET notes. A Japanese court has denied a Samsung motion demanding that the sale of Apple devices be banned in Japan over alleged violations of its patented data transmission technology. The Tokyo District Court ruled that Samsung hadn’t negotiated with Apple over the patents’ use “sincerely.” Samsung sued Apple in April 2011 alleging infringement of two critical patents. The court said that because it hadn’t negotiated adequately with Apple, it could not request damages for the infringement. Samsung said it was reviewing its legal options.
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