One Canadian Carrier Is Discontinuing the 32 and 64GB
iPhone 5 on September 28
On Wednesday, a screenshot of smartphone inventory for the Canadian
) was leaked by Canadian mobile news site
. The image revealed that the company will discontinue the black
32GB and 64GB versions of the
) iPhone 5 on September 28, which is one week after the iPhone 5S
and iPhone 5C are likely to be released (we won't know those dates
for certain until Apple makes an official announcement on September
Notably, the inventory report does not make any mention of the
black 16B iPhone 5, or the white-colored models of any storage
capacity. This raises the question of whether Apple will continue
to sell a select group of iPhone 5 iterations alongside its new
In July, the Korean site ETNews
that Apple would be discontinuing the iPhone 5 altogether and
focusing on the next generation of devices.
, published by brokerage and securities firm KGI Securities last
month, claims that Apple will replace the iPhone 5 with the 5C, but
continue to sell the 4S, at least until the end of the year.
After months of speculation, we should know all the details of the
next generation iPhones this coming Monday. Then, it will be on to
the next one.
iPhone May Be Joining the Phablet Party Next Year
The Wall Street Journal
Apple is testing prototype iPhones with screens ranging from 4.8 to
6 inches. For context, the screen of the iPhone 5 is 4 inches. Of
course, this news should be taken with a grain of salt, as Apple is
always testing prototypes of devices, some of which never come to
Wall Street Journal
story says it is unlikely that any large screen iPhone would come
to market this year.
The news means that Apple is making a play into the so-called
"phablet" (a cross between a phone and a tablet) sector. Apple's
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF), is currently the industry leader in phablets, with
its 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II leading the pack. The 5.7-inch Galaxy
Note III was just
by Samsung on Wednesday. Samsung has an even bigger phone as well:
Its Galaxy Mega comes in at 6.3 inches.
) both offer phablets too, but if Apple did enter the space, it
could have the potential to be Samsung's strongest competitor for
For more on phablets, read:
Why the 'Phablet' Is Not a Fad
Nokia Will Join the 'Phablet' Game, Challenging
Judge Enters Injunction in Apple E-Books Antitrust
On July 10, in US District Court, Southern District of New York,
Judge Denise Cote ruled that Apple had conspired with five major
publishers to raise the price of e-books by as much as $5 to
) from pricing its e-books around $10, a rate many publishers find
artificially low. Those publishers include
(EPA:MMB) Hachette Book Group,
(NWSA) HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, which is co-owned by
(CBS) Simon & Schuster, and George von Holtzbrinck Publishing
Group's Macmillan Publishers.
This morning, Judge Cote entered an injunction to keep the tech
giant from using its connections with publishers to unfairly raise
retail prices. Apple will not be able to enter into certain
agreements with these companies regarding price hikes for five
years; after that, one-year extensions may be implemented.
The US Justice Department originally pursued a broader injunction
that would have limited Apple's agreement not only with publishers,
but with suppliers of movies, music, and television as well.
However, Cote made clear at a hearing last week that she wanted her
injunction "to rest as lightly as possible on how Apple runs its
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