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Apple iPhone 5 Feature Appears In Allegedly Leaked Photo: NFC Chip Visible Along With Other Reported Components

The original source of the photos is not entirely clear, but the Photobucket account that published them has known to make revelations in the past. before Apple's new iPad was launched in March, the same account revealed that the next-generation iPad would be slightly thicker than the iPad 2.

There have been numerous reported leaks of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5, but some critics believe that this may be one of the most credible.

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“In this case, it's the most comprehensive assembly of a leaked iPhone 5 to-date,” writes Chris Davies of Slash Gear.

Davies continued to write that the placement of each component makes this photo particularly believable.

“The handset's LCD frame, front-facing FaceTime camera, and home button are all in place, showing the camera's new central position and the elongated display expected to increase the smartphone's screen resolution to better compete with sizeable Android and Windows Phone devices,” he writes.

Although the iPhone 5 could be Apple's first smartphone to feature NFC connectivity, there are numerous devices on the market that offer this service. Competitors Samsung and Research in Motion comprise a decent chunk of this list with their Galaxy and BlackBerry devices. Manufacturers Nokia and LG are also on this list, according to Near Field Communications World.

Near Field Communication is another variation of short-range wireless technology which allows users to quickly exchange information between devices. when smartphones or tablets supporting NFC are touched together, they can swap data such as texts, images, URLs, and more by holding the gadget up to various “smart tags.”

As usual, Apple has been keeping quiet about its plans for the next-generation iPhone 5, and NFC support is another one of the device's rumored features. the reveal of the Passbook feature that will be coming with iOS 6 is the closest thing to a public announcement that Apple has made regarding the feature. It is likely that the next iteration of Apple's mobile operating system will also come with a digital wallet building on this Passbook system, and previously discovered Apple patents have revealed that NFC may be used for ticket sales and other data transfer purposes.

Although Apple has not official revealed the release date for its iPhone 5, the device is believed to launch next month on Sept. 21. the Cupertino, Calif.-based company will reportedly be unveiled the device at a keynote ceremony on Sept. 12 along with an iPad Mini, but this has yet to be confirmed.

This news was initially reported by iMore, and it seems as if service providers are preparing for the rumored launch. On Sunday, Tech Crunch reported that AT&T has scheduled a vacation blackout for employees from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30.

“We've received yet another bit of evidence confirming the next iPhone's September 21 launch,” the report read, citing an unnamed source from AT&T. “Our source also mentioned that blue carrier employees are undergoing training for an 'iconic release.'”

This is nearly identical to Verizon's alleged plans, as it was recently reported that the cell phone service provider would schedule a vacation blackout during the same time, according to Tech Crunch.

Fans will have to wait until next month to see if the release date rumors are true. other features that are speculated to come with the iPhone 5 include 4G LTE connectivity, a longer 4-inch display, tougher glass, a new dock connector, OLED display, in-cell touch panels, and more. Be sure to check out Apple Insider to see the reportedly leaked photos for yourself.

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Apple iPhone 5 Feature Appears In Allegedly Leaked Photo: NFC Chip Visible Along With Other Reported Components

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    Posted by admin - September 3, 2012 at 7:00 am

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    Why Apple Might be Better Off Losing Its Patent Lawsuit

    Could it be in Apple’s self-interest to lose its bitter court battle with Samsung?

    Yes, it could. That is the contrarian point made in a research note from Steve Milunovich, a veteran computer analyst who joined UBS as a managing director in may.

    A courtroom victory against Samsung, in a suit that alleges the Korean company illegally copied Apple’s patent designs and user-experience software, might slow down Samsung and other smartphone rivals using Google’s Android operating system, mr. Milunovich writes in a report published Monday.

    Competitors would be forced to write work-around software so that their phones have functions similar to Apple, but not too similar, so they do not infringe on Apple patents. That could hold products off the market for months, helping Apple for a while.

    But the danger for Apple, according to mr. Milunovich, is that a legal victory could boomerang in the long run, forcing its competitors to think different, to borrow a phrase.

    “it could hurt Apple,” he writes, “because the real threat is not a competitor beating Apple at its own game but instead changing the game.”

    “The likelihood of Apple being leapfrogged or a rival creating a new category is greater if they have to think outside the box,” he adds, “If they just copy Apple, like Coke, Apple can claim to be ‘the real thing.’”

    Perhaps, but Apple’s army of well-paid lawyers would surely object.

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      Posted by admin - August 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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      Motorola Mobility Files Lawsuit Against Apple, Seeks Import Ban on iPhone and iPad

      Apple may want to consider making the courtroom its permanent residence. not long after wrapping up closing arguments in its infringement case against Samsung, the Cupertino company is being taken to task by Motorola Mobility. and for what? Patent-infringement.

      Motorola is claiming Apple was unwilling to work out a license for the patents in question — patents regarding location reminders, e-mail notifications and even Siri — which is why the Google unit is going on the offensive.

      “We would like to settle these patent matters, but Apple’s unwillingness to work out a license leaves us little choice but to defend ourselves and our engineers’ innovations,” Motorola Mobility said in an e-mail statement.

      If Motorola’s complaint to the U.S. ITC proves successful, a potential import ban on the iPhone, iPad and even Mac computers could be in order. the two companies have been at odds since 2010 after licensing talks broke down. Apple previously argued that Motorola is making “unreasonable demands,” and has stood by that view since. In addition, Apple has said that Motorola-made devices running Android “are copying key patented features of the iPhone,” Bloomberg wrote.

      Motorola is already awaiting verdict in a previous case with Apple, which saw a judge side with the Google unit over a Wi-Fi patent. the final decision is set to be made on Aug. 24.

      [via Bloomberg]

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        Posted by admin - August 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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        NEW YORK: Google cutting 4,000 jobs at Motorola unit

        NEW YORK — Google Inc. is making its largest round of layoffs ever as it announced plans to cut about 4,000 jobs at Motorola Mobility just three months after buying the struggling cellphone pioneer.

        The move isn’t surprising given years of plummeting sales at Motorola, but it signals that Google doesn’t intend to drag Motorola along as a money-losing venture.

        After the announcement, Google’s stock rose $18.01, or 2.8 percent, to close Monday at $660.01.

        The reductions represent about 20 percent of Motorola Mobility’s 20,000 employees and 7 percent of Google’s overall work force. Google says two-third of the job cuts will take place outside of the U.S.

        Google, which has been growing for more than a decade, doesn’t have a history of mass layoffs. in previous rounds of layoffs, Google at most had cut a few hundred workers.

        Motorola, however, cut thousands of jobs in recent years as its cellphone division saw sales plummet. although it pioneered the U.S. cellphone industry in the 1980s, it hasn’t produced a mass-market hit since it introduced the Razr cellphone in 2004. Once the second-largest phone maker in the world, Motorola no longer ranks in the top 5.

        Motorola now makes phones that run on Google’s Android operating software, but rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co. have been more successful at it.

        Motorola split into two in early 2011. Google snapped up Motorola Mobility, the half that makes cellphones and cable set-top boxes, for $12.4 billion. Motorola Solutions, which makes police scanners and other professional products, remains a separate company.

        The Motorola deal is Google’s largest acquisition ever and plunges it into the business of consumer products. it puts Google in a position of competing with the same companies it considers partners.

        Google has pledged to keep the Motorola hardware business separate from its Android software division and promised to treat Motorola like an outside company. it turned to AsusTek Computer Inc. rather than its own division to make a Google-branded tablet computer called Nexus 7.

        Google’s chief goal in buying Motorola was to use its large patent portfolio to bolster its legal defenses.

        Apple has been suing Samsung, Motorola and other makers of Android smartphones, saying they copied the iPhone. By acquiring Motorola’s patents and transferring them to Android phone makers such as HTC Corp., Google can bolster their legal defenses and set them up to counter-sue Apple.

        Morgan Stanley analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a morning report, before Google’s announcement, that he believes Google is limiting its ambitions for Motorola Mobility, a strategy he believes to be good for investors. Devitt expects Google to curtail Motorola to producing just a few smartphone designs per year and perhaps some tablets as well.

        Before the acquisition, Motorola had been trying to turn itself around by focusing on smartphones, which have higher profit margins than regular cellphones. in the first quarter, Motorola sold 5.1 million smartphones and 3.7 million “dumb” phones. The cuts announced Monday will shift the company toward smartphones even further.

        The migration toward smartphones has slowed Motorola’s decline, but it has still lost money in 14 out of the past 16 quarters.

        Google said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the latest cuts are intended to make the business profitable. but the company warned that investors should expect revenue to fluctuate over the next few quarters, and sales will drop before the cost savings take effect.

        Severance payments will cost Google about $275 million, which will largely be charged in the current quarter. The company also expects to book an unspecified amount in restructuring charges, mostly in the quarter.

        Google also said it will close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 locations.

        Motorola announced in June that it would move its headquarters from the Chicago suburb of Libertyville to downtown Chicago.

        NEW YORK: Google cutting 4,000 jobs at Motorola unit

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          Posted by admin - August 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

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          Wall Street Daily

          Forget your Rolex watch, Coach (NYSE: COH) bag and Prada shoes.

          Time to line up for a new luxury item you don’t really need: an overpriced smartphone.

          Like Vertu’s limited edition Constellation phone, which starts at $6,000.

          Why spend so much on a phone? Because it comes with customizable features like gold trim, diamonds and crocodile skin cases, of course.

          Buyers don’t even care if the phone is useful. Heck, there aren’t even apps available for Vertu’s device. And it’s running the Symbian operating system – software the company inherited from Nokia (NYSE: NOK) in the 90’s.

          No wonder luxury phone sales in the industry’s top market – China – are slowing down right now.

          French firm, Atelier, is trying to change that, though. Its latest luxury phone, the Tag Racer, comes with Google’s (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android operating system on board.

          As CEO of Atelier, Stéphane Bohbot, says, “Before when we [thought] about luxury phones we [thought] about basic features, very standard phone, very nice – but nothing really inside in terms of technology. And now, with this new generation of products, we will attract new customers who are very demanding to have high technology, combining with luxury design [and] luxury material.”

          Better yet, the Tag Racer is significantly less expensive than Vertu’s Constellation, going for only $3,600.

          Is that enough incentive for you to buy?

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            Posted by admin - August 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm

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