The Apple Roundup: The genesis of Steve Jobs the patent warrior

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

  • A New York Times article examining the mobile world’s current patent landscape includes some vital history on how Apple’s founder suddenly became obsessed with filing patents, and what’s happened at Apple since.
  • We’ve already heard that Apple has begun production for a smaller iPad. Now comes a report of just how many it’s ordering: 10 million units right off the bat, according to the Wall Street Journal. That’s a pretty good indication Apple’s planning on selling a bunch of these.
  • In order to price an iPad mini competitively, it’s been reported the device won’t have a Retina display like the larger iPad. But All Things D quotes an analyst today who’s been poking around Apple’s factories in China and says the smaller device does not “skimp on the aesthetics” and could even “outshine” the larger iPad’s design.
  • Fortune argues for why the iPod — whose sales are shrinking every quarter — still matters.
  • Good news for iPhone 5 owners: Apple is reportedly beginning to clear a backlog of Lightning adapter orders. MacRumors says shipments of the backordered items have begun.

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