Apple roundup: French probe, data center expansion, 12" iPad rumor

France's finance ministry is reportedly investigating Apple (AAPL -1.2%) for the iPhone deal terms it sets for carriers. Apple's purchase requirements (something U.S. carriers are all too familiar with), ad restrictions, and sales commission terms are said to be under scrutiny.

In March, the EU said it was investigating informal carrier complaints about Apple's deal terms.

The Oregonian reports Apple is plotting a 96-acre expansion to a giant Oregon data center it built last year. Apple has already filed plans for a new local data center on existing property.

Apple has also built, or plans to build, data centers in North Carolina, Nevada, and Hong Kong, as it works to keep up with surging App Store/iCloud traffic. Last year, the company set an FY13 capex budget of $10B.

Taiwan's United Daily News reports Apple is working on a 12" iPad that will be made by contract manufacturer Quanta. While Taiwanese product launch rumors tend to be hit-and-miss, there have been multiple reports of a larger iPad being under consideration.

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  • milehr
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    Apple has made too much money.
    25 Sep 2013, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • 7of9
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    What lube are the French using for the probe?
    25 Sep 2013, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    Why would Apple do a 12" iPad? It's clear that bigger tabs are on the way out/are convertibles, and that smaller tabs are in. 8" Mini is the perfect size.
    25 Sep 2013, 01:50 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    With phablets over 5" only capturing 6% of the smart phone market, they are probably too big too. Unless, of course, Apple comes out with a bigger phone. Then consumers will buy a lot of them.
    25 Sep 2013, 04:58 PM Reply Like
  • JG2000
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    I'd personally love to have a 12" iPad. I currently have a ton of sheet music on my ipad and it has to be shrunken to fit; it would be great to have it "full page size". There are a number of other uses where a full page-size iPad would appeal including movies, gaming and medical. This iPad would focus less on daily portability and be more of a fixed location device for home, hospital, etc. It might not dominate the tablet market but I think it could expand the market considerably.
    25 Sep 2013, 09:22 PM Reply Like
  • 2puttwo
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    Ashraf, I agree with you, that the mini is the right size for mobile. I personally like the larger iPad in the morning. Grab my mini and phone on the way out the door. I really can't wait to hear what Apple has in store for the new mini. I love mind. All three devices really work well together. Going to buy i5S.waiting for the gold, hopeful by Christmas, but no guarantees from Apple, I guess demand is thur the roof, that's a direct quote from an Apple Store.
    25 Sep 2013, 04:00 PM Reply Like
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