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Thursday Apple Rumors: iPhone 5 Might Be a Universal Remote

Leaked schematics show possible uses for Apple smartphone

By Adam Patterson, InvestorPlace Assistant Editor


daily apple rumors AAPLHere are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for Thursday:

Leaked Schematics Show Ambitious iPhone 5 Design: A leaked Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent reveals possible schematic changes to the upcoming iPhone 5 — the most surprising of them being that Apple’s next-gen smartphone may be usable as a universal remote, MacRumors reports. The new prototype indicates that Apple might plan on making the iPhone 5 compatible with current-generation televisions — and further points to Apple’s ambitions toward aggressively renovating Apple TV.

Apple Antitrust Suit Could Unfairly Aid Competitors: Bloomberg contributor Scott Turow reports that a Justice Department antitrust suit against Apple would unfairly prop up its competitors. The Justice Department claims Apple colluded with book licensing partners to the distinct detriment of tablet competitors Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS). There is suspicion that the syndication paradigm Apple developed unfairly favored the iPad’s e-book sales model far above the one developed for the Nook and Kindle — as Apple acts as a sort of e-book content licensor under the current agreement. However, Apple’s development of its own sales model actually evened the balance of power in the publishing world enough to diminish Amazon’s functional monopoly. Forcefully dismantling Apple’s current licensing model might only return an undue power to Amazon, the alleged “vampire squid” of the publishing world — leaving little room for emerging competitors such as Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Google Books.

Blackberry Rapidly Slipping to iPhone in Home Market: Despite rapidly losing its share in the broader smartphone market, Research in Motion‘s (NASDAQ:RIMM) Blackberry retained a unique strength in the developer’s home country of Canada. However, according to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple’s iPhone just overcame Blackberry as the top-shipped smartphone in the Canadian market. Losing the eminent position in its home market may prove a serious hit to the Blackberry, and only portend further market decline.

Adam Patterson is an Assistant Editor of InvestorPlace. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. For more from the company, check out our previous Apple Rumors stories.

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