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Apple purportedly preps new Apple TV software release for next week

While there is a new Apple TV on the way, it won't arrive next week. Instead, expect an update to the Apple TV software, according to a new report on All Things D.

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iPhone 5C is reportedly China Mobile-bound

All eyes are on Apple ahead of a special event scheduled for Tuesday morning at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. where the company is expected to unveil at least one, if not two, new iPhone models. And Apple is preparing to ship the still unannounced iPhone 5c to China's biggest mobile company, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Apple investigating accusations of labor misconduct in supply chain

Recently the working conditions within Apple's supply chain have come under fire again. A watchdog group called the China Labor Watch claimed that a US-owned Jabil Circuit factory in Wuxi, China, had been engaging in hiring discrimination, unpaid overtime well above legal limits, subpar training, and a long list other violations. Apple has since issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to responsible labor practices, and announcing that they've sent an audit team to Wuxi in order to investigate the claims.

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Mavericks release expected in October

With all eyes on Apple's event next week when Apple is expected to introduce new iPhones, rumors abound that Apple will release iOS 7 this month. Now word has come forth that Apple plans to release the next version of OS X, Mavericks, in October. 9to5Mac reports that Mavericks is expected for release at the end of October.

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Apple given permanent injunction in ebook case, external antitrust monitor to be installed

Judge Denise Cote has imposed an injunction on Apple in the ebook price-fixing case, which, among other things, will install an external antitrust monitor for the company. Apple will also be required to end all agreements with the five major publishers that prevent Apple from lowering ebook prices. Reuters:

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Apple testing 6-inch iPhone concepts, of course

Apple has so far released 3.5-inche iPhones from 2007 to 2011, and a 4-inch iPhone in 2012. However, to get to those very specific sizes, Apple likely prototyped everything at quarter-inch intervals in-between. That's why they have Jony Ive, the design group, and all that fancy prototyping equipment in the labs. Which screen size(s) eventually get released and when is a far more interesting question, and difficult one. Here's what Ian Sherr, Eva Dou, and Lorraine Luk for the Wall Street Journal:

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iPhone said to be coming to NTT DoCoMo this fall

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile carrier, will reportedly carry the iPhone starting this fall. While talks between Apple and NTT DoCoMo have been reported for awhile, it now seems that the deal is done. NTT DoCoMo has struggled against rivals that do carry the iPhone, according to Nikkei:

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Apple needs China Mobile more than China Mobile needs Apple

Apple's smartphone marketshare in the burgeoning Chinese market is dropping precipitously, and to bolster its position the company needs to strike a deal with China's largest carrier, China Mobile. The only problem is that Apple needs China Mobile a lot more than China Mobile needs Apple, according to Bloomberg.

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iBooks Author-created ebooks may be headed to the iPhone

The iPhone may soon be able to download books made with iBooks Author. Currently, iBooks Author books can only be downloaded on an iPad running iBooks 3.0 or later, on iOS 5.1 or later.

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Next generation iPad, iPad mini casings caught on video

Way back in January iMore mocked up the iPad 5 for you, which essentially looked like the same 9.7-inch screen in a much, much svelter iPad mini-like body. We've seen various parts leak out since then, lending credence to what we'd heard, and here's another video showing off what's alleged to be just that again, alongside the next generation iPad mini, which they claim or assume will be Retina. Unbox Therapy on YouTube:

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