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If you are thinking about buying the Retina display iPad or an iPad 2, check the offer Best Buy have for you. The retail giant has a limited time offer going on that entitles you to a free $50 gift card with the purchase of Retina iPad or iPad 2. If you purchase an iPad mini from Best Buy, you will get a $25 gift card. The offer is valid for all the iPad Models – Wifi and Cellular-starting from 16GB to 128GB. The offer is valid from 20 July to 22 July.

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Let’s face the fact. Apple introduced Maps application which has been a total disaster. The application is still not as good as Google Maps and you may end up somewhere else rather than your desired destination. It has been revealed that Apple is planning to buy the navigation tool HopStop in order to improve their maps application. Apple also purchased Locationary, a company said to be the Wikipedia for companies. The news emerges from sources who wish to be anonymous as the deal is not yet final.

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According to a recent report by the WSJ, Apple is testing an iPad with a larger display, the device is rumored to feature a 13 inch display, and the company is also rumored to be working on larger display iPhone’s as well.

Apple is rumored to be trying out iPhone’s with display of between 4.7 inches and 5.7 inches, of course this does not mean that these devices will ever be released as they are apparently only being tested at the moment.

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Apple were ordered to make a public apology to Samsung last year on their website by a UK court last year, once the apology was published a UK judge basically said it wasn’t sufficient.

The Judge who dealt with the case was Sir Robin Jacob, who has now retired, but it would now appear that he has another position, according to a recent report by Foss Patents, the Judge is now working for Samsung.

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According to a news report by Chinese daily China Business News, Apple has switched to two new battery suppliers for the iPad and the MacBook, moving away from Samsung’s battery producing arm, SDI.

The two battery suppliers, both based in China, Amperex Technology Limited and Tianjin Lishen Battery could be the first wave in Apple dropping Samsung for key parts for its devices. Apple’s deteriorating relationship with Samsung have been rumored ever since the legal battles started. There have been various news reports from various Asian media outlets predicting Apple’s switch to alternate suppliers for displays, CPUs and, in this case, batteries. Many of these reports, however, were later debunked, but that hasn’t stopped speculation that changes are afoot.

As much as the media would like to believe that a legal rift between Apple and Samsung would trickle down to their business relationship, it seems that as of now the effect isn’t as pronounced as feared. In fact, Samsung was said to be taking steps to separate its component business from the smartphone business, reducing the impact of any legal fallout on the company’s contracts with Apple.

Samsung is one of the few companies with large enough facilities to cater to the scale Apple operates on, and a signifcant amount of Samsung’s component business revenues come from Apple. As TechCrunch points out, a relationship collapse initiated from either side would ultimately cause significant short term damage to both companies, and it would take a while for them to recover.

Via: BrightWire, TechCrunch

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