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So, it's official: Apple is holding a media event in one week and it looks pretty likely we'll finally see the next iPhone for real there. The blogosphere has been quite busy over the last 24 hours wondering if the shadowy number "5" means the handset will actually be called iPhone 5 despite previous rumors to the contrary. As you ponder this question for yourselves, let's get up to speed on what went down overnight...
Apple certified repair shop iResQ has managed to get their hands on what appears to be the battery for the sixth-generation iPhone and is wasting no time showing it off on their website. To the surprise of no one, the battery is a perfect fit in the presumed iPhone 5 casing that's been floating around recently, and it's just under half an inch taller than the battery in the iPhone 4S. Will that be enough to power a 4G LTE radio? We'll find out soon enough.
AppleInsider is reporting that recently promoted Apple senior vice presidents Craig Federighi and Dan Riccio have received a nice perk in addition to the SVP bump: Stock grants valued at more than $50 million for each of them. The news comes straight from filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and should be enough to entice the SVP of Mac Software and Engineering and SVP of Hardware Engineering to stick around for awhile, given that the stock won't vest until December 23, 2013, April 23, 2015 and August 23, 2016.
9to5Mac is reporting that Apple could debut new iPods at next week's media event, which is expected to unveil the sixth-generation iPhone. The website claims "there will be at least two new/updated iPod lines and possibly a third," but fails to elaborate on details of what the new models might bring. Most likely are updates to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle, although an iPod touch refresh is not said to be in the cards.
AllThingsD is reporting that the FBI is now denying the iOS UDID breach we reported about on Tuesday. "The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs was exposed," a statement reads. "At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data." Hacker group AntiSec claims there's an additional 3TB of data yet to be released, suggesting that a "common culprit" among installed apps could be to blame for the actual breach.
AppleInsider is reporting that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington has handed a new legal victory to Apple, upholding an earlier ruling that found the Cover Flow feature found in OS X does not infringe on patents owned by Mirror World. The lawsuit dates back to 2008 and is the second time Cupertino has been spared from this patent battle on appeal.
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(Image courtesy of iResQ)