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Apple’s iPad prototype from the early 2000s, plus 4 other Apple stories to read today

The first iPad, released in 2010.

With so many people writing about Apple(s AAPL), finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy.┬áHere’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the Web that you shouldn’t miss:

  • Steve Jobs said the idea for the iPad predated the iPhone. But by how much? NetworkWorld has a portion of a deposition given by Apple SVP Jonathan Ive last December in which he says the first iPad prototypes were floating around Apple HQ as early as 2002.
  • After debuting last month and spending a few weeks at the top of the iOS App Store, Google’s Chrome(s GOOG) for iOS browser has gathered a 1.5 percent share of iOS browsers. Seems impressive, but as Cult of Mac notes, it’s really only grabbed 10.3 percent share of all third-party browsers available on iOS.
  • Computerworld weighs the evidence for whether the soon-to-be-shipped OS X Mountain Lion may be the last iteration of Apple’s desktop OS.
  • Apple snagged a patent that is said to be critical to defending the iPhone and iOS in the global mobile patent war. Patently Apple explains the significance.
  • First Italy, next Portugal? Apple’s practice of offering only one year of free product warranty support has caused it to incur huge fines from the Italian government. Like Italy, Portugal also requires all companies offer two-year warranties for free, and now a Portuguese public interest group is threatening to sue Apple over the practice, AppleInsider reports.

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