Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s Primary Competitor & Sony Corporation (ADR) (SNE)

Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL), IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE), NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM)

Apple in spotlight as it inches near $500 a share (Marketwatch)
On Tuesday at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is expected to introduce its latest iPhones. In keeping with its practice, Apple isn’t providing additional details. Its invitation said only: “This should brighten everyone’s day.” Tuesday in California will already be Wednesday in Beijing, where Apple is planning another presentation. That may be when it reveals a deal with China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL) to offer iPhones in China. The Asian carrier counts at least 700 million subscribers, and a partnership with the company could mean millions of additional iPhones sold.

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Apple faces thorny memory future as non-Samsung customer (CIOL)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be the most influential technology company in the world, but even its formidable status may not help as it tries to out-innovate Samsung, its primary competitor. That’s because any major innovation would likely demand greater memory capabilities-and Apple has no memory making capabilities, while Samsung is the memory market leader, according to a new DRAM Dynamics Brief from IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS) Samsung is the leading supplier of both dynamic random access memory (DRAM) as well as NAND flash, both of which are essential components in nearly all of today’s consumer electronics, including smartphones and tablets where Apple enjoys great success, via its best-selling iPhone and iPad devices.

Apple hit with more e-book restrictions (BusinessTech)
A U.S. judge who found Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) conspired to fix e-book prices imposed new restrictions on the iPad maker on Friday, limiting its agreements with publishers. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in New York also said she would appoint an external monitor to review Apple’s antitrust compliance policies, procedures and training for two years.

Xiaomi Says Sony Supplier Wistron Will Make Its Smart TVs (BusinessWeek)
Xiaomi Corp., the smartphone maker that outsells Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones in China, said its new Internet-ready televisions will be built by Wistron Corp. to take advantage of its skill as a supplier to Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) “Wistron builds Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) TVs so they have ample experience building high-end TVs,” Xiaomi President Bin Lin said in a Sept. 6 interview at the company’s headquarters in Beijing.

Apple Eyes Asia’s Biggest Wireless Markets (TheEpochTimes)
Apple Inc. is expected to announce new iPhone models on Sept. 10, but potential distribution deals with two of Asia’s biggest wireless carriers will prove to be far more important to its bottom line. Apple is close to striking separate deals with China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL) and NTT Docomo Inc (ADR) (NYSE:DCM), the biggest wireless carriers in China and Japan, respectively. Announcement of the deals could be made as early as Tuesday, coinciding with Apple’s Sept. 10 event at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters to introduce two new iPhone models—the 5S and a cheaper 5C aimed at the lower end of the smartphone segment and emerging markets.

New iPhone: Stud or dud? (CNBC)