Weekly News Roundup – 28 September 2012

On September 28, 2012

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

Future Publishing Sells Over $8 Million In iPad Magazines – UK-based Future publishing announced earnings over the past year, claiming over $8 million in digital magazine sales, with over 12 million app downloads and five million subscribers.

iPhone 5 Launches in 22 Countries and a Number of Rural Carriers Friday – Though the iPhone is sold out at Apple’s online store — it currently lists a 3-4 week wait-time on the U.S. branch — the iPhone 5 goes on sale tomorrow in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Netflix for iOS Updated to Support the iPhone 5’s Widescreen – Netflix has updated its iOS app to support iOS 6 and to provide support for the iPhone 5’s 4″ screen. The update also claims to improve the browsing, searching and watching experience.

New Mac Game Store App Is Surprisingly Steam-Like – Today, the appropriately named Mac Game Store released a Mac app that looks a lot like a simliar service you may have heard of, Valve’s Steam. While Steam began as a matchmaking and leader board service that soon morphed into the premier PC and Mac game digital distribution juggernaut it is today, the Mac Game Store will only sell downloadable Mac games, naturally.

iPhone 5 Battery Life May Be Impacted Greatly by Cellular Signal Strength – The phone performed fairly well but iLounge found battery life struggled when transferring cellular data or making voice calls, which they speculated was due to a weak signal.

iPhone 5 Popularity Leads to Massive Increase in Reseller Market – Because a lot of the current attention around iPhones has to do with the latest and greatest iPhone 5, it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of older devices to be dealt with around the world. While recycling may be an option for much older devices, the iPhone 4 and 4S, at least, are helping to create a second-hand market that is both robust and global.

Apple’s Split with Google Over iOS Maps Driven by Turn-by-Turn Navigation Dispute – Reports about the high-profile split between Apple and Google that saw Apple replace its Google-powered Maps app for iOS with its own solution have continued to trickle out, with AllThingsD now reporting that the lack of turn-by-turn directions on Google’s Maps app for iOS was the key motivator for Apple.

Camera+ Makes Its Way To The iPad, Also Adds iPhone 5 Support And iCloud Sync – For the past two years, Camera+ has been one of the most popular photography apps in the App Store, and now it’s finally coming to the iPad. The developers at Tap Tap Tap have also added support for the iPhone 5’s larger display and iCloud sync between the two apps.

Amazon rejects Apple’s false advertising claim in App Store suit – Amazon.com has filed a statement in Apple’s ongoing claim against the online retail giant, saying that the generic use of the term “app store” is not a violation of Apple’s “App Store” trademark.