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Apple loses appeal, ordered to run ads proclaiming Samsung's innocence in patent dispute

Apple has failed in its attempt to overturn a High Court ruling that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe on Apple-held design patents for the iPad.

As a result, Apple will now have to go ahead with the initial punishment dished out by Judge Colin Birss: to post a notice on its own website and in major newspapers and magazines acknowledging Samsung's tablet isn't a copycat of its own.

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iOS apps getting bigger, games in particular are massive

When contemplating the storage on your next iDevice, be it an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you might want to bear the following little story in mind.

An ABI Research study has shown that the average size of an iOS app has gone up fairly significantly since March this year, with games in particular swelling to crazy proportions.

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Foxconn: making the iPhone 5 is a nightmare

Foxconn: making the iPhone 5 is a nightmare

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 18, 2012 at 14:00

Taiwan-based Foxconn has made its fair share of headlines over the years, with suicides, explosions, riots, and – more recently – underage interns at its Chinese factories.

Now we have a Foxconn exec telling us – not surprisingly – that assembling the iPhone 5 is a pain in the backside.

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Apple iPad mini launching October 23, on sale November 2?

I was all set to write a “Where’s the iPad mini?” type feature this morning, but Apple has only gone and thrown a spanner in the proverbial works.

See, the Californians have fired out invites for a mysterious launch event on October 23, next Tuesday, and it sounds very much like the iPad mini will be in attendance.

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ChangeWave: Apple Maps issues ‘irrelevant’

ChangeWave: Apple Maps issues ‘irrelevant’

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16, 2012 at 18:00

We’ve noted several times of late that any issues related to new iDevices are inevitably blown out of all proportion. With the iPhone 5 it's Apple Maps, which isn't quite up to Google Maps’ standards. Oh, the humanity!

But while CEO Tim Cook wrote an open letter of apology, conceding that Apple Maps “fell short”, a survey from ChangeWave suggests that consumers couldn’t care less.

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Apple designed the A6 chip without Samsung

Apple designed the A6 chip without Samsung

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 16, 2012 at 12:00

Last month, we heard that Apple was looking to spread the Asian component supplier love, and ultimately become less dependant on sworn enemy Samsung.

On a similar note, an anonymous Samsung bigwig has said that the South Koreans had nowt to do with the design of the A6 processor found in the iPhone 5.

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Chitika study: iPhone 5 beats Samsung Galaxy S III in web traffic

Chitika study: iPhone 5 beats Samsung Galaxy S III in web traffic

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 15, 2012 at 14:00

To clarify, we’re going for a “Hey, let’s laugh at this study” type angle as opposed to “Wow, check out these figures!” Ready? Brace yourselves.

A study from Chitika suggests that iPhone 5 users accounted for slightly higher web traffic volume than their Samsung Galaxy S III-rockin’ counterparts over a 7-day period. Good lord!

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Apple iPad mini: 16 variants, starting at just £200?

Apple iPad mini: 16 variants, starting at just £200?

Martin James  Oct. 15, 2012 at 11:00

We're finally sure the iPad mini is real, and the latest indication is that October 23 is the day Apple has chosen for the big unveiling – just eight days hence.

What is still very much up for debate is just how many versions of the cut-size iPad will go on sale, and more importantly what they will cost. Well, how about this idea: a total of 16 different variants, with prices starting at just £200?

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Now the iPad mini unveiling is October 23

Press invites for the iPad mini launch were expected to appear on October 10, this past Wednesday, with the actual launch going down on Wednesday next week.

Needless to say that didn’t happen, but now we’re being told to mark October 23 in our diaries. We’d recommend pencil, as opposed to pen.

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Review of the week

Review of the week

Lewis Curdie  Oct. 13, 2012 at 13:00

Another slightly bizarre week. The iPad mini (or the invites, at least) failed to materialise, but we did finally meet the, er, Samsung Galaxy S III mini. Oh, and a special mention goes to O2 for the second major outage in four months.

In the world of comments, you were mostly on topic and generally quite quiet (other than 50+ comments on the O2 outage). Next week we’re launching our Bring Back Matt vs Treab campaign.

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