Today’s mobile news roundup features: the iPhone 5 to be revealed on September 12; HTC removing a patent in the case against Apple; leaked court documents unveiling two new Samsung Windows phones; and an app for PTSD.
Apple to unveil iPhone 5 on September 12
According to different but reliable media sources, Apple is getting ready to launch the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini within the second week of September with Wednesday, September 12th, as the most probable date of the launch. iMore was the first to report the said Apple fall event, with AllThingsD and the Verge also reporting the same launch date. As for the actual sale of the device/s, sources are pointing at September 21, less than two weeks after the launch.
According to AllThingsD’s sources, Apple is planning an event on the week of September 9th with the 12th as the most likely date. They’ve also considered Apple’s prepayment activities making it apparent that they’re getting close to launching a product.
Though the tech world is abuzz with the Apple-Samsung case, it won’t be long before Apple has to face another company in court. Aside from Samsung, Apple is out to get Taiwanese company HTC. HTC was the first to file a lawsuit, but Apple filed counterclaims. Apple was granted an injunction ban against HTC’s One X and EVO 4G LTE after they proved that the devices infringed their patents, so there was a delay in launching the devices in the US. But HTC tweaked their devices so they would be allowed to enter the US. Apple tried to block it again but their emergency ban request was denied.
As the two companies ready for their upcoming court appearances, HTC withdrew 6 of their original patent claims. The latest patent withdrawn was #7,765,414, which is related to a “circuit and operating method for integrated interface of PDA and wireless communication system[s].” This was a crucial patent since it was an in-house patent, not something they borrowed or acquired from another company. As for Apple, they’re claiming that HTC doesn’t practice FRAND, aside from counterclaiming HTC’s two remaining patent claims.
Samsung to launch new Windows Phones 8 smartphones
According to court documents, Samsung have at least two Windows Phone 8 handsets, dubbed as “Odyssey” and “Marco,” slated to come out the fourth quarter of this year. The Odyssey is said to feature a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 4.65-inch high definition Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 megapixel rear camera; 2 megapixel front camera, NFC chip and both LTE/HSPA+ 21 radio support. As for the Marco, it seems to be the cheaper of the two devices as it only features a 4-inch display with 800 x 480 resolution, no NFC chip, and only a 5MP rear camera. It looks like the devices will be one of the first Windows Phone 8 smartphones to be out in the market later this year.
An app for PTSD
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs released PE Coach, an app directed at people who suffers from post traumatic stress syndrome. The departments successfully used the prolonged exposure app for effective treatment for PTSD. PE Coach is free for download on iOS and Android devices.
“PE Coach is a helpful tool that assists our service members and veterans who are between visits and in treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Dr. Jonathon Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs. “We have shared this app with our military health care providers as well, and hope that many individuals who are receiving PE therapy will find it useful.”