Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
The Day After: Technology critics have given the newly unveiled iPhone 5 mixed reviews, but stock analysts and consumers appear to strongly like Apple‘s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next generation iPhone, ComputerWorld notes. Some critics faulted the new phone for sticking closely to the design of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, while others bemoaned its lack of a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip. Analysts, on the other hand, were mostly positive. One analyst said the iPhone 5 could be “the biggest upgrade in Apple’s history” though another said that, while it would be the largest roll out in Apple’s history, the new phone lacked a “wow factor.” Consumers seem enthusiastic. A survey conducted hours after the iPhone 5’s announcement found that 44% of current British iPhone owners planned to upgrade to the new iPhone. 18% of HTC phone users and 20% of Nokia (NYSE:NOK) phone users also planned to switch to the iPhone 5 as well. In fact, 20% of all smartphone owners surveyed said they wanted to switch of upgrade to the iPhone 5.
Three Ways to Connect: The iPhone 5 features built-in 4G LTE connectivity, but Apple will manufacture three specific versions of the phone to support specific national and regional network specifications, CNET notes. U.S. and Canadian users will want the A1428 (GSM) version of the iPhone which runs on a 700MHZ frequency. However, subscribers to Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Sprint (NYSE:S) in the U.S., as well as KDDI in Japan, will need the A1429 model, which supports those networks. A third model is available operating on frequencies of 850MHZ, 1,800MHZ and 2,100 MHZ for Asian and European networks.
German Sales Halted: Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola has been hit with a preliminary injunction against selling smartphones and tablets in Germany, PCWorld notes. The ban stems from a ruling from a Munich court that the company infringed on an Apple touchscreen patent. Apple filed suit against Motorola over the infringement, which relates to “list scrolling and document translation, scaling and rotation.” Motorola models found to violated Apple’s patent include its Milestone XT720, DEFY, Atrix and XOOM. The court ordered a recall of any of the patent-infringing products that had already been sold. Apple has requested sales data from Motorola in Germany so it can assess financial damages. Motorola can still appeal the verdict. In order to enforce the ban, Apple will have to post a $32 million bond.
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