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A look at some of the big news in mobile today:
— iPhone 5: Yet more details on what looks to be an iPhone 5 launch in the autumn. Taiwan notebook manufacturer Pegatron is thought to have received an order for 15 million iPhone 5s for shipment in September. A few interesting details emerge in this latest report. It seems that Pegatron’s place in the iPhone 5 value chain was secured as a result of its role in making the CDMA iPhone 4 (pictured getting launched by Verizon here). Sales of these, however, “were lower than expected in the first quarter of 2011…Pegatron shipped less than four million CDMA iPhone 4s”; and the iPhone 5 “does not seem to have any major update from iPhone 4”. We’ll probably only see whether the latter is accurate or not in a few months’ time.
Meanwhile, an anonymous writer on Quora claims to know how Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) manages to stay ahead of the game on technology: through investment/exclusivity deals with manufacturers. Worth a read, if also unconfirmed by Apple itself.
— Vodafone: The operator has launched its own app store within the Android Market. (via Vodafone)
— Google/RIM: The Candian handset maker is in hot water. Could Google (NSDQ: GOOG) buying RIM (NSDQ: RIMM) cool it down? (via CrackBerry)
— HTC: Sales for the handset maker were up 87.8 percent in June compared to the same month one year ago. (via Reuters)
— Alibaba: The Chinese megaportal is reportedly looking at developing its own mobile platform, just like rival Baidu (NSDQ: BIDU). (via WSJ)
— Nokia: The Finnish handset maker is “bowing out” of Japan. Separately, there are rumors going around in more than one market that one of the company’s new handsets, the X7, is selling poorly due to having too high a price.
— TouchPad: HP’s new tablet is debuting in the UK on July 15 and looks like it has already started to ship. (via PreCentral)
— T-Mobile: Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT) has appointed a new head for its European operations outside of its home market of Germany. Claudian Nemat joins from consultancy McKinsey. (via Mobile Business Briefing)
— New iPad Mag: Dennis Publishing has launched a new gadget magazine called Padder, all about the iPad.
— Mobile payments: The latest forecasts from Juniper Research project that mobile payments will bring in $670 billion in revenues by 2015. Yes, you read that right. (via Juniper)