DoCoMo Rises on Speculation Carrier to Release Apple IPhone (BusinessWeek)
NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM) rose in Tokyo trading, while rivals KDDI Corp. (9433) and SoftBank Corp. (9984) fell, after a media report suggested Japan’s largest mobile carrier may start selling Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone. Chief Financial Officer Kazuto Tsubouchi said there are compelling reasons for Apple and his company to reach an agreement, according to an interview published in SankeiBiz. For Apple, it doesn’t make business sense not to allow Japan’s largest wireless carrier to sell the iPhone, while NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM) wants to be able to sell most popular handsets, Sankei said.
Apple, Samsung profit details to remain private (BusinessTech)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd do not have to make public the financial details submitted to a U.S. court during high-profile patent litigation, a federal appeals panel ruled on Friday. The Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington reversed a lower court ruling that ordered the two companies to disclose portions of documents that contain profit and sales information. “We recognize the importance of protecting the public’s interest in judicial proceedings and of facilitating its understanding of those proceedings,” the three-judge appeals panel decided. “That interest, however, does not extend to mere curiosity about the parties’ confidential information where that information is not central to a decision on the merits.”
Apple iOS 8: Maps May Get Biggest Boost Thanks To Hopstop, Embark Acquisitions (IBTimes)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has acquired yet another mapping and navigation company, its third in the past two months. Jessica Lessin, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, said the iPhone maker has purchased Embark Inc., a 2-year-old Silicon Valley startup known for its batch of transit applications that help Android and iOS users navigate public transportation routes. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the Embark deal, adding, “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” The spokeswoman didn’t disclose any details about the deal, including how much Apple paid for the several-person team, and didn’t have any information regarding the future availability of Embark’s Android apps. Embark currently has 10 iOS apps in the Apple App Store.
Lenovo, Taking Page From Apple, Chases Samsung in China (Bloomberg)
Taking a page from the playbook of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), a company it’s already beaten in China smartphone sales, Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) is counting on a chain of retail stores to help it surpass leader Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) The outlets offer the gleaming glass and wide counters found at Apple shops, with phones and tablets sitting on tables for customers to try out. Lenovo’s Solution Center takes the place of the Genius Bar, and staff look trim and neat in black polo shirts instead of Apple’s blue Tees.
Apple could launch next-gen MacBook Pro with Retina Display on Intel’s Haswell processor in September (BGR)
After launching the MacBook Air on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Haswell chipset in June, Apple could launch the much-awaited update to the MacBook Pro with Retina display in September, according to Hong-Kong based supply chain monitor EMSone. The next generation MacBook Pro would also run on Haswell, bringing with it the benefits of improved power management apart from better graphics processing chops. Like the current model equipped with the Ivy Bridge silicon, the Haswell CPU is also built using Intel’s 22-nanometer manufacturing process, and its main selling point its massive battery life improvements and graphical performance. In terms of basic CPU performance, Haswell is comparable to Ivy Bridge.