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Apple Inc. News: More iPhone 5S Clues From Canada, and Rumored iPhablet Prototypes


Plus, an injunction was delivered to Apple today in its e-books antitrust case.

One Canadian Carrier Is Discontinuing the 32 and 64GB iPhone 5 on September 28

On Wednesday, a screenshot of smartphone inventory for the Canadian mobile carrier Telus (NYSE:TU) was leaked by Canadian mobile news site MobileSyrup. The image revealed that the company will discontinue the black 32GB and 64GB versions of the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) 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 10).

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 devices.

In July, the Korean site ETNews reported that Apple would be discontinuing the iPhone 5 altogether and focusing on the next generation of devices. Another report, 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

According to 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 market. The 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 primary competitor, Samsung (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 unveiled by Samsung on Wednesday. Samsung has an even bigger phone as well: Its Galaxy Mega comes in at 6.3 inches.

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and Sony (NYSE:SNE) both offer phablets too, but if Apple did enter the space, it could have the potential to be Samsung's strongest competitor for oversized smartphones.

For more on phablets, read: Why the 'Phablet' Is Not a Fad and Nokia Will Join the 'Phablet' Game, Challenging Samsung's Dominance

Judge Enters Injunction in Apple E-Books Antitrust Case

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 prevent Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) from pricing its e-books around $10, a rate many publishers find artificially low. Those publishers include Lagardere SCA's (EPA:MMB) Hachette Book Group, News Corp's (NASDAQ:NWSA) HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, which is co-owned by Bertelsman and Pearson (NYSE:PSO), CBS's (NYSE: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 business."

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