Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
More Memory: When Apple (AAPL) unveils its new flagship iPhone next month, changes from the iPhone 5 will include a new color and a storage boost, AppleInsider notes. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will add a 128GB memory option for the phone’s most expensive version. That follows a similar option introduced to the fourth-generation iPad in February. The company will also produce the iPhone 5S in gold, as week as the traditional black and white. The iPhone 5S is expected to include Apple’s new A7 processor and feature 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. Kuo predicts that the new iPhone will contain a fingerprint sensor embedded under its home button, but does not expect Apple to debut a mobile payment system this year. Otherwise, the iPhone 5S is expected to retain the iPhone 5’s overall appearance and functionality. Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 5S and a lower-cost iPhone at a media event on September 10.
Possible Surprise: In an media appearance yesterday, MG Siegler, a partner at Google’s (GOOG) Google Ventures, suggested that Apple could debut a TV-related product by the end of the year, MacRumors notes. Siegler has previously claimed that Apple plans to make a move into the TV market later this year. On John Gruber’s The Talk Show on Thursday, he reiterated the prediction, saying the company could unveil a “some sort of television product — not necessarily a television screen but something” as early as November. Seigler noted that whatever device Apple does ultimately release, its selling feature will be user interactivity. Rumors have circulated for some time that Apple is developing an Apple-branded TV set or a set-top box. However, few analysts expect either to be debuted before the end of this year, if at all.
Over: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Apple of maintaining a monopoly on iPhone apps, Bloomberg notes. In a suit filed in 2011, iPhone owners claimed that by restricting iPhone app sales to its App Store, Apple will preventing them from purchasing lower-priced alternatives. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers dismissed the suit on procedural grounds, finding the the plaintiffs had failed to demonstrate that less expensive apps were available or that they had shown an injury from Apple’s conduct. The plaintiffs can still amend and refile their claims.
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