Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Bigger: With consumers eagerly buying up large-screen smartphones, it looks like Apple (AAPL) has created prototypes of its own phablets, the Wall Street Journal notes. The company is currently testing versions of the iPhone with screen sizes between 4.8 inches and 6 inches. The company is reportedly focusing on the 4.8-inch prototype. Apple increased the size of the iPhone screen from 3.5 inches to 4 inches when it launched the iPhone 5 last year, its first screen-size increase since the iPhone debuted in 2007. It has come under pressure to launch a larger iPhone as bigger-screen smartphones from various manufacturers have gained traction with consumers. Rumors of larger screen iPhone prototypes surfaced earlier this year. Apple is holding a special media event on Tuesday at which it is expected to unveil its new flagship iPhone 5S and a cheaper iPhone 5C. Both of those iPhones are expected to retain the iPhone 5′s 4-inch screen. If Apple ultimately does introduce larger screen iPhones, they will not become available until next year at the earliest.
Slapped: U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote has issued an injunction forbidding any e-book deals between Apple and five publishers that would prevent it from offering e-book discounts or price cuts, Reuters said. Last month, the judge found Apple guilty of conspiring with the publishers to raise the prices for e-books sold through its iBookstore. Apple has been wrangling with the U.S. Department of Justice over proposed remedies to be imposed over the verdict. An external monitor will be appointed to review Apple’s e-book operation and maintain compliance with anti-trust laws. The injunction will last for five years, though the government will have the option of requesting one-year extensions. The injunction’s terms are more limited than the government had wanted. Apple denies that it conspired to fix e-book prices and said it plans to appeal the injunction.
Deal: Sources tell Reuters that Japan’s largest wireless carrier has negotiated a deal to carry the iPhone. NTT DoCoMo (DCM) has long balked at Apple’s contractual terms, but its executives recently signaled a willingness to come to an arrangement with the iPhone maker. The carrier, which has 60 million subscribers, could begin offering the iPhone some time this fall. DoCoMo had been losing market share to rival carriers who offer the iPhone. An announcement of the deal could come next week. Apple is expected to unveil its new iPhones at a special media event on September 10.
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