Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Change: Sources tell Bloomberg that, next year, Apple (AAPL) will release two iPhones with screens bigger than the current iPhone 5s. The two iPhones will feature displays measuring 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. In addition to the larger sizes, the new iPhones will sport screens whose edges curve down. The sources indicated that Apple hasn’t finalized is plans, but the new iPhones would likely be released in the third quarter of 2014. The new displays may also incorporate technology that will allow them to register differing levels of touch pressure. The new report supports a number of other recent rumors that suggest that Apple will increase the screen size of upcoming iPhones. Larger screen smartphones from a variety of other manufacturers — especially Samsung — have proven popular with consumers, increasing the pressure on Apple to increase the size of the iPhone’s relatively small screen.
Too Hot to Handle: One of Apple’s new super-slim iPad Air tablets drew some unwanted attention when it caught fire at an Australian store, the Independent notes. The pricey tablet was on display at a Vodafone (VOD) shop in Canberra when a “burst of flames” was reportedly observed coming from its charging port. The resulting fire was sufficiently intense that local firefighters were called to extinguish the blaze. An Apple representative was dispatch to determine the cause of the fire. No one was reported injured in the incident.
Contest: Despite problems during its launch last year, Apple’s in-house maps app has taken off with users, MacRumors notes. Data collected by ComScore indicates that Apple Maps is now used by 35 million U.S. iPhone owners. By contrast, just 6 million iOS device owners use Google’s (GOOG) mainstay maps app. In fact, the overall number of Google Maps mobile users has tumbled from 81.1 million last year, to 58.7 million this year. Last year, Apple dumped Google Maps from the backend of iOS in favor of its internally-developed Maps app. The move reportedly came after Google refused to extend turn-by-turn direction capability to the iOS version of its iOS Maps app. However, users quickly identified a variety of errors and glitches with Apple maps, including a location error that stranded some Australian users in a national park. Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for the mistakes and fired the executive that oversaw the app’s development.
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