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

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

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.