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Phil Schiller says it’s perfectly natural for you to scratch up your iPhone. Elsewhere, Apple makes time with the Swiss national railroad and Eric Schmidt says Google Maps for iOS isn’t imminent—but that’s okay, because one hacker’s plotted a course to bring the old version back from the dead. The remainders for Tuesday, September 25, 2012 mark the spot.

Apple Marketing SVP comments on iPhone 5 scratches and chips: ‘That is normal’ for aluminum products (9to5Mac)

Responding to a customer concerned about the scuffs around the edge of his iPhone 5, Apple senior vice president of marketing Phil Schiller said that such scrapes were “normal” for “any aluminum product.” And only for an Apple product does this count as “news.”

Apple to meet Swiss rail firm over clock dispute (AFP)

Apple is reportedly to meet with Swiss national train firm SBB, after allegations that Cupertino had appropriated the railway’s trademarked clock face in its new Clock app on the iPad. We certainly hope that this dispute can be resolved by a, you might say, face-to-face meeting.

Google says Maps not waiting in wings for iPhone 5 (Reuters)

A native Google Maps app for iOS might be in the works, but if so, company chairman Eric Schmidt isn’t about to spill the beans. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the search giant’s former CEO said “We have not done anything yet” when asked about a iOS version. Not confirmed is whether or not Schmidt had a twinkle in his eye when he said it.

This hacker is porting the original Google Maps app to iOS 6, shows it can be done (The Next Web)

Speaking of native Google Maps on iOS 6, apparently it’s possible to get the old app from iOS 5.1 running on iOS 6—however, he hasn’t yet released the methodology to do so, which requires jailbreaking. Also, I’m sure it’ll look great for you iPhone 5 users out there.

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