Remains of the Day: International iPhone of mystery

The iPhone may be due for China any day now, just in time for Apple to send an $82,000 check along with it. And you’ll be shocked at the surprising winner of Apple’s mapping shortcomings. There’s a winner in every remainder for Friday, September 28, 2012.

iPhone 5 To Go On Sale in China Next Month, Earlier Than Expected? (M.I.C. Gadget)

The iPhone 5 may go on sale in China sooner rather than later, as news arrives that the device has reportedly been given a key certification by Chinese authorities. If true, this marks a much quicker approval than previous iPhones, and it means that Chinese users could all-too-soon join their international counterparts in complaining about easily scratched phones.

Chinese encyclopedia wins $86,000 in lawsuit against Apple over App Store piracy (The Next Web)

Speaking of China, a court in the country has ruled that Apple owes more than $82,000 to the Encyclopedia of China Publishing House. The reason? Third party apps appearing on the App Store which contain unauthorized digital copies of the publisher’s encyclopedia. And they say nobody reads encyclopedias anymore.

Seen in the wild: An Apple trade show booth (GigaOm)

Apple’s cut back on its tradeshow appearances in recent years, but apparently the company still makes the occasional trip. But at a conference in Baltimore, one writer found an Apple booth manned by a fellow trying to recruit people to work on iCloud. Anybody. Please.

As Apple’s Maps Stumbles, AOL’s MapQuest Flourishes (New York Times)

Apple’s lackluster Maps update has provided an opportunity for other third-party services, and the big winner here appears to be … MapQuest!? Well, to be fair, none of the other map services can direct you to a Circuit City or Borders.

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