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T-Mobile US just took a major step in becoming more competitive. The carrier announced that it will officially carry Apple products beginning in 2013.

The Big Magenta delivered the important news in a rather stealthy fashion. The announcement was part of Deutsche Telekom’s financial plans through 2015. No specifics of the deal between Apple and the US carrier were mentioned.

We can reasonably expect that the first Apple product to be officially available for T-Mobile will be the next generation iPhone. Its launch will likely coincide with the carrier’s LTE network rollout next year.

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Apple is expanding the iPhone 5 availability to 55 new countries this month. On December 7 the Apple’s thinnest and lightest is coming to the Samsung’s homeland – South Korea.

A week later, on December 14, the iPhone 5 will land in 33 more markets. Those include Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

December 21 is when another wave of countries will get to join on the iPhone 5 fun – Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

The iPhone 5 is already available in 47 countries and with these new addition the list grows to 102, making this the quickest rollout of any iPhone to date.

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Last September Apple revealed a revamped version of iTunes at the announcement event for the iPhone 5. Today, after a serious delay, the application is finally ready to download.

iTunes is the go-to multimedia player on Mac OS and thanks to the iPods and the iOS devices in recent years, it has made its way to numerous Windows computers as well.

If you need a refresher, Apple has a pretty long list of what’s new in this version. There’s even a promo video.

I’m not a heavy iTunes user myself (I suppose nobody really is under Windows), but most of the changes are easily visible. The application is quicker and smoother, it’s got a simpler user interface with the navigation bar on the left gone.

The iTunes store (accessible via the application itself) looks a lot nicer and generally, accessing it seems faster. In the past it has always been so darn slow.

And finally, there’s a tighter iCloud integration and finally, the redesigned new Mini player makes much more sense. I’ve always preferred a mini format for simple software such as a music player.

Download iTunes over at Apple’s website. It’s free.

The new iPad and iPad mini, announced in Q3 of this year, haven’t even launched in China but Apple is still dominating the tablet market there. According to the statistics every 3 out of 4 tablets sold there as being made by Apple.

This bodes well for Apple in China – particularly for its tablet division – where year-on-year sales of tablets have increased by more than 60%.

This is coupled with the fact that since Q2, the quarterly growth of the tablet market has gone up by 11%.

Second place is occupied by China’s own Lenovo at just over 10%, with no other manufacturer grabbing more than 4% of the pie.

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The beautiful aluminum body of the iPhone 5 is a scratch magnet and there’s no denying that. However, how bad exactly does Apple’s latest smartphone look after two months of use?

Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle compares two black iPhone 5s – one used with a case, and the other not.

The caseless iPhone 5 has been tossed around in pockets, bags and wasn’t over-protectively handled, while the other was meticulously taken care of. Here are some of the photos of the worn out device.

It suddenly strikes me that the iPhone 5 is the smartphone equivalent of Lindsay Lohan. It’s beautiful, elegant and slim when it was fresh, but two months after its birth, it’s scratched, scuffed and not quite pleasant to look at. For Lindsay Lohan that’d be 2 months after she started taking drugs.

Putting a protective cover certainly helps the iPhone 5 aging, but then you’d be losing the slim waistline and the great feel from day one, so we are not really sure it’s worth it.

Anyway, you can check out the source link below for more comparison photos.

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In light of all the recent legal drama between Apple and Samsung, it’s rumored that the Cupertino-based tech giant could be in the search for someone else to manufacture the proprietary Ax SoCs found in its smartphones and tablets.

Tech analyst Amit Daryanani says that the steps need to overhaul the production and manufacturing process are numerous and complicated, and could take between a year and a year and a half, with products not becoming commercially available until 2014.

Two major players will most likely be in contention as replacements to Samsung, should Apple go that route: Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Both companies have expressed interest in the past to a potential partnership with Apple.

Daryanani says that Intel’s case will be a harder sell, as it has moved beyond ARM architecture, which the iOS platform is heavily invested in.

TSMC could begin manufacturing chips for Apple as early as 2014, after it completes the transition to a 20nm production process. Capital expenditures are estimated anywhere from $1 – $3 billion, but an Apple co-investment is not out of the question.

Two other less likely scenarios exist, one which sees a merger with Global Foundries, and the other involves Apple creating its own chip fabrication plants. The latter would be an unprecedented move by Apple, who has always kept manufacturing out of house.

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Today Apple announced the China launch details for its latest iOS-based gadgets – the iPhone 5, the iPad mini and the 4th generation iPad. The iPad 2 will be also available for purchase.

The Wi-Fi versions of the three slates hit the shelves on December 7, while the iPhone 5 sales kick off a week later – on December 16. There is no info on the availability of cellular iPad models.

All devices will cost the same as their US siblings. They will be sold via the Apple Online Store, the Authorized Retailers and Apple’s Retail Stores. The latter will start taking reservations for pickups a day earlier before the launch.

With China being the biggest market in the world and the iPhone 5, we expect smashing sales and record-breaking numbers in Apple’s Q4 financial results.

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The US market was one of the first to get the iPhone 5 on launch day. However, the only devices available until now were locked to carriers and available on contract.

Well, if you stay in the US, you don’t have to look at other countries to get your unlocked iPhone 5 anymore. These devices have just hit both the online as well as the Apple brick and mortar stores in the US. The prices for the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB iPhone 5 models is $649, $749 and $849 respectively, same as the iPhone 4S before.

These devices will only work on GSM networks, such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and will require a nano-SIM. If you order it now the phone will be shipped in one week. You can only order two units per person.

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The Supreme Court in The Hague found Samsung guilty of infringing another of Apple’s patents today.

The patent in question involves a bounce-back effect when the end of a scrollable list is reached.

Samsung had replaced the bounce-back effect on later versions of Android with a blue glow, so only Galaxy devices running versions 2.2.1 – 3.0 which have not received the newer Android versions are said to be infringing.

Fortunately for Samsung, damages are fairly limited for the time being; the Dutch courts are allowing it 8 weeks to update the offending Galaxy devices, after which point the company will be fined €100,000 per day if infringing Galaxies still exist on the market.

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Apple finally came clear about the launch date of its new generation of iMacs. Thinner, faster and DVD-less, the new iMacs will hit it off this Friday, November 30.

Unfortunately, it’s only the 21.5-inch (1920x1080px) model that will ship immediately. The 27-inch iMac (2560x1444px) will join the little one in early December and it would only be available online.

The new iMacs have a new, slimmer build, a less reflective screen, and feature Fusion drive, Apple’s latest hip name for a hybrid drive. Apple’s drive, however is not any hybrid drive. The Fusion drive pairs a 1TB standard drive with a 128GB worth of flash storage to deliver faster performance in most tasks. Mac OS will auto manage the drive, deciding which files to store on the flash portion for speedier access. Of course, Fusion drive is an option and it will cost you extra.

Price-wise, the 21.5-inch model starts from $1299/€1349 for a a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor with Nvidia GeForce GT 640M graphics.

The 27-inch model starts from $1799/€1879 for a 2.9GHz quad-core Core i5 with Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M graphics.

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