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(Reuters) - Apple Inc has started testing a new iPhone and the next version of its iOS software, news website The Next Web reported. The company's shares rose as much as 4.3 percent but eased a little to trade up 3 percent at $546.11 by mid-day on the Nasdaq. Application developers have found in their app usage logs references to a new iPhone identifier, iPhone 6.1, running iOS 7 operating system, the website reported. Apple's iPhone 5 bears the identifiers "iPhone 5.1" and "iPhone 5.2" and is powered by the iOS 6 operating system.

Developer logs show that the app requests originate from an internet address on Apple's Cupertino campus, suggesting that Apple engineers are testing compatibility for some of the popular apps, the website said. "Although OS and device data can be faked, the unique IP footprint leading back to Apple's Cupertino campus leads us to believe this is not one of those attempts," the website said. Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt, however, expects the next version of the iconic smartphone to be called iPhone 5S and not iPhone 6.

Apple typically tags the interim version of its phones with an "S" before moving on to a new version. iPhone 3GS followed iPhone 3G and the iPhone 4S followed iPhone 4. McCourt also said he wouldn't be surprised if Apple looked at an earlier launch because of the stress on its supply chain caused by late-year launches. Apple launched iPhone 5 in September and it has been reported that the new iPhone will be released in the middle of 2013. Techradar.com reported last month that Apple could unveil the next version of its iPhone as early as the spring of 2013.

(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee and Chandni Doulatramani in Bangalore; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)

Source : ca.news.yahoo.com

358718-iphone-5Here's an interesting theory from a Chicago-based patent attorney—Apple's relative struggles in selling the iPhone 5 could help the company secure an injunction against Samsung products ruled to have infringed Apple patents despite a U.S. judge denying that request.

Last August, Apple secured a major victory in its patent battle with Samsung when a U.S. jury found that Samsung infringed on a number of Apple design and utility patents with a variety of its devices, from the Fascinate to the Galaxy S II.

Samsung prevailed on some of the devices in question, but it lost on many more as the jury found that the South Korean company had infringed on six key Apple patents and significantly copied the iPhone's trade dress. Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in total damages.

But last December, Judge Lucy Koh denied an Apple request to ban all U.S. sales of the Samsung products found to have violated Apple's patents. This came after some back-and-forth on banning certain Samsung products—in the preliminary phase of the trial, Judge Koh denied an Apple request to block smartphones like the Infuse G but an appeals court reversed that ruling last May and granted Apple a temporary injunction against sales of those Samsung devices.

Now patent litigator Manotti Jenkins of Valorem Law Group thinks Apple's "recent iPhone 5 sales slump," combined with real-world blows to Koh's reasoning for denying a permanent injunction against Samsung, could pave the way for a reversal of the December ruling and an outright ban on the infringing products.

"Public reports provide that Apple has been forced to cut its orders for components for the iPhone 5, stemming from weaker-than-expected demand," Jenkins said in a statement emailed to PCMag on Friday.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has cut orders for iPhone 5 components due to "weaker-than-expected demand" for the device.

Citing "people familiar with the situation", the Journal claims that Apple has cut its orders of iPhone 5 screens for the January-March quarter, for instance, by half. If the rumors are true, they suggest that the phone isn't selling as well as Apple anticipated—or, more unlikely, that its plans are changing.

Certainly, Apple's share of the smartphone market has been shrinking of recent times, dropping from a peak of 23 percent in the final quarter of 2011 to 15 percent in the third quarter of 2012. Elsewhere, Android is going from strength to strength—with Samsung stealing Apple's lead, now commanding 31 percent of smartphone sales. Changes aside, though, it's worth remembering that Apple's position is slipping from what was a very strong position: it sold 27 million phonesin the third quarter of 2012, after all.

If the rumors are true, and order cuts do reflect ailing sales, it will be interesting to see how Apple adapts in order to breathe life into the brand. Equally, though, it might be sensible to hold off and consider Apple's latest earning figures—expected sometime later this month—before we all speculate too wildy. [WSJ]

Source: gizmodo.com

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Apple has added a rare new app and service to the Apple TV, this time in Germany. After seeing a support entry that detailed an update to Apple TV services which listed Watchever, I checked around and German users have been seeing a new app on the home screen for the subscription video on demand service.

Update: Apple has confirmed the launch of Whichever on Apple TV in Germany to TNW.

Essentially a German version of Hulu launched by Vivendi this month, it offers local, European and international movies and TV series for €8.99 a month. Key features include the ability to choose between a German dubbed version of international movies, or the original. There is also a personal recommendation algorithm à la Netflix.

This marks the first time that Apple has added an international-specific service. and the first time that the service is available in only one region. It does not appear to be available on Apple TVs outside of Germany. This could be the start of a trend in which Apple cuts deals for regions where there is a strong localized offering that delivers content appealing to Apple TV owners there.

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Apple has decided not to disturb its faulty Do Not Disturb (DND) function on its iOS 6 software. Instead, it has told users that they should wait until 7 January 2013 - when the bug will resolve itself without any further action.

That has left people puzzled as to how Apple is sure the fix will happen (though it can be confirmed by changing the date on the phone). But some developers now reckon they know the cause, which lie in its interaction with the Unix operating system that underpins iOS.

One of the most intriguing suggestions, from iOS developer Patrick McCarron, is that 6 January 2013 marks the last day of the last ISO week of 2012.

The "DND" bug affects users who have scheduled the function to come on at particular times of day or night. When enabled, owners of devices running iOS 6 would be unbothered by phone calls, email and text notifications except from a select group of people they nominate.

Until 31 December, DND could be scheduled to come on and turn off for a set period during the day or night.

But since 1 January, the scheduling system has failed.

Apple has now acknowledged the problem, putting up a support document which baldly states:

Symptoms
After January 1st, 2013, Do Not Disturb mode stays on past its scheduled end time.

Resolution
Do Not Disturb scheduling feature will resume normal functionality after January 7, 2013. Before this date, you should manually turn the Do Not Disturb feature on or off.
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