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iPhone 5 – Mobile iPlayer – Bruce Willis not suing iTunes

Apple teases iPhone 5 launch

Apple appears to have revealed the launch date of the iPhone 5 after journalists were sent an invite featuring a number 12 casting a shadow resembling five.

It suggests that the company plans to reveal details of their new product in San Francisco next Wednesday (September 12), as they prepare to strike an early blow to Christmas market competitors Nokia and Motorola.

This marks Apple's first big move since the death of co-founder Steve Jobs in October 2011, and it is expected that the new device will be markedly different to the most recent model, iPhone 4S.

At this stage there are only rumours, but it is thought the screen size may increase from 3.5 to 4.2 inches, the body could be significantly thinner and the connector will require a nine-pin plug-in rather than the current 30-pin version.

The much-debated arrival of 4G in the UK may materialise with iPhone 5, but so far it appears this may only be the case for Orange customers. In the US, Apple will hope that they can force through a ban on eight Samsung devices as part of their ongoing patent dispute.

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BBC iPlayer goes mobile

The BBC has announced that viewers can now download their favourite shows onto their mobile devices.

Previously, you could watch a show back online, but this would need to be paid for or come out of your internet allowance, and the shows only appeared for seven days after broadcast. Now, once you have it downloaded, you will be able to watch it up to 30 days later without needing to go on the internet.

This option is currently only available to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users, but is set to be made available on Google Android imminently. There were 30 million requests for iPlayer content last month, which coupled with the fact that half of the UK owns a smartphone could see this become a popular move.

Rival broadcaster ITV is reportedly looking at making a similar service available for its ITV player catch-up service. However, while the BBC's programmes are free, as a commercial broadcaster ITV would have to charge a small fee for each downloaded show.

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Willis wife rubbishes iTunes lawsuit rumour

Earlier this week it was widely reported that Hollywood star Bruce Willis was considering suing iTunes in an attempt to ensure his music collection could be bequeathed to his children when he dies.

The story alleged that Willis, who has appeared in films such as Die Hard, Armageddon and The Sixth Sense, was concerned that iTunes terms and conditions would mean his music would pass back to Apple rather than onto his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.

Journalists claimed that he had instructed lawyers to look into setting up 'family trusts' in a bid to keep hold of the songs, which The Sunday Times reported to include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and "modern performers including Adele."

While some analysts went to great lengths to pick holes in the reports, Bruce's wife Emma Heming-Willis was more succinct in her response, simply tweeting: "It's not a true story."

Regardless of its accuracy, the story has highlighted the issue of iTunes download ownership for many users, and could end up sparking a serious debate on the subject.

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Written by James Riches

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