Here is your daily Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) stock news and rumors for August 30, 2010. Apple’s anti-jailbreaking policies take a hit in the international market as the official Chinese carrier of the iPhone and iPad begin offering in-store jailbreaking for both devices. Also more details on the ultra-tiny iPod Nano and its big brother, the new iPod Touch, come out. Finally, a new app turns the Apple’s mobile devices into versatile remote controllers.
Chinese iPad, iPhone Carrier Offers In-Store Jailbreaking: It was disappointing to Apple when the FCC made unlocking mobile platforms, or “jailbreaking,” legal. It must be even more disheartening then for Apple Inc. to hear that their official distributor and mobile service provider in China, China Unicom, is offering in-store jalibreaking for not only the iPhone but also Apple’s tablet, the iPad. A recently published advertisement from China Unicom offers, “Supported Service: Free SIM-trimming, jailbreak, and installation of more than 10 hot apps.” A SIM card is the removable card in smartphones that stores your Internet service subscriber information, meaning that China Unicom is not only ready to prep your new iPhone for applications not approved by Apple, it’s ready to shove in an unapproved SIM card to boot. It is not a good anti-piracy summer for Apple Inc.
More Details on iPod Nano and 3G-enabled iPod Touch: If the leaks keep springing today and tomorrow, AAPL won’t have anything left to announce at their media event on Wednesday. Today, AppleInsider is reporting new details on the redesigned iPod Nano. The miniscule media player is apparently going to get even smaller, with a tiny square display measuring 3-centimeters X 3-centimeters. The display will be a touch-screen, doing away with the need for the classic iPod click wheel. Meanwhile, a new rumor about the redesigned iPod Touch seems to indicate that the device will have 3G cellular data access. APPL decided to incorporate the technology based on the success of the 3G support in the iPad.
New Controller App for Starcraft II Hits iPad: The Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) title Starcraft II is only a few weeks on the market and already an app has emerged. The Starcraft Gameboard application, an app that lets you control the Activision Blizzard-made PC game Starcraft II created by developer Daniel Hellerman, will release this September at $2.99. The app is part of a growing trend amongst developers for Apple’s mobile devices that turns the iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad into versatile remote controls for other devices and software. The app not only allows you to control ATVI’s game but also research information and strategies while you play. Starcraft II has been a massive international success for ATVI since it released at the end of July and is notable for releasing on both Windows and Mac platforms simultaneously.
As of this writing, Anthony Agnello did not own a position in any of the stocks named here.
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