Bloomberg is reporting that Apple is preparing to offer a trade-in program on iPhones for the first time. The trade-ins will be done only at U.S. Apple retail stores, and customers will receive credit for the exchange instantly.
The third day of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust suit against Apple saw Amazon’s vice president of Kindle content Russell Grandinetti testify that the agency model used by Apple and five major book publishers was intended to damage the success of the Kindle, the online merchant’s e-book reader.
As an aid to its new iPhone screen replacement service, ($149 at an Apple store near you), Apple has installed advanced display calibration machines in its retail stores to assist in simplifying the replacement process for its employees.
Joseph Brown, one of the developers behind the iTweakiOS site that provides hacked carrier updates for iOS users, says Apple and three major wireless carriers are throttling iPhone and iPad data speeds on purpose in order to “even out” the network, as users of Apple’s smartphones consume more data than other smartphones.
The Huffington Post reports that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, citing a rise in the theft of electronic devices such as Apple’s iPhone, has called for a meeting next week with officials from Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft.
A report by AdAge on Wednesday says Apple’s iAd network will be serving both visual and audio advertisements for Apple’s much-rumored “iRadio” streaming music service. The ads are expected to be “pricey,” but will appeal to advertisers looking to feature “highly targeted ads” to users of the service.
Apple has released an update to iTunes today, bringing it up to version 11.0.4. The update fixes a bug that could crash iTunes when switching between wired and wireless syncing, and an issue that could require some users to login to the iTunes Store multiple times.
In what seems to be an unusual move these days, lawyers for Apple and THX are working to resolve a patent lawsuit between the two WITHOUT having to take the matter to court.
Day two of the U.S. Department of Justice’s antirust suit against Apple saw Penguin Books CEO David Shanks take the stand to testify in the antitrust trial over the Cupertino firm’s role in an alleged e-books price fixing scheme.
Izvestia.ru is reporting this week that Apple has filed for ownership of the “iWatch” name in Russia. This is the same name MacTrast and other publications have used to refer to the company’s much-rumored wristwatch device.
The U.S. Department of Justice presented its opening arguments in the USA v Apple Inc antitrust e-book price fixing trial on Monday. The DoJ filed suit against Apple last April, with Apple responding that the accusations are “simply not true”.
Bloomberg reports that Apple’s iAd engineers and sales personnel are gearing up to handle new duties handling advertising for Apple’s new “iRadio” streaming service. Apple is widely expected to debut the advertiser supported service next week at WWDC.
As part of its recent moves to revamp its repair policies, Apple has begun replacing iPhone 5 screens at Apple retail stores. The new screen replacement service is priced at $149.
Apple has a current user account base is at 500 million users and growing. Apple’s users spend at such a rate that one analyst believes that new services such as mobile payments and streaming radio could be a key ingredient in the company’s future growth.
Digitimes, the publication with the oh-so iffy track record, has published a report saying a redesigned version of the full-sized iPad will go into production in the July-August timeframe and will ship sometime in Q3 of 2013. The next-generation iPad mini will follow it to market a few months later.
In the wake of the U.S. governments increasing interest in Apple and other large multinational corporations that “avoid” paying taxes in the U.S., RudeBaguette.com reports that the French society of authors, composers, and music publishers (SACEM) is claiming that Apple owes around 5 million euros in unpaid taxes.