$60K Worth of Goods Stolen from Steve Jobs' Palo Alto Home

$60K Worth of Goods Stolen from Jobs' Palo Alto Home; iPhone 5 Pre-order Planned for Sep 12; Apple, Microsoft Signed Anti-cloning Agreement; Windows Phone 8 SDK Slated for Sep 7th Launch

Apple is set to begin pre-orders of its new iPhone (iPhone 5) begining September 12, on the day company is expected to announce the sixth-generation of iPhone.

The release of the "new iPhone is planned for 9 days later, on September 21, 2012. And, the new iPhone launch in the international markets, will begin in the first week of October, likely October 5," reports iMore.

The new iPhone is pegged to include a larger screen, 640x1136 display resolution (in both portrait and landscape mode), redesigned nano-SIM card slot, LTE connectivity, NFC, 9-pin connector, and larger battery.

The device would run on iOS 6 out of the box.

During the event, Apple is also expected to announced its new 7.85" iPad Mini to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire.

Apple co-founder and CEO late Steve Jobs' who died last October -- home on Waverley Street in Palo Alto was burglarized on July 17.

A Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Tom Flattery, said that more than $60,000 worth of "computers and personal items" were allegedly stolen. However, Flattery declined to say whether they belonged to Jobs, reports Mercury News.

The authorities on Aug 2, arrested Kariem McFarlin, 35, of Alameda in connection with the crime, who remains in county jail on $500,000 bail. He is slated to return to court Aug. 20 to enter a plea.

In other Apple news, Apple who accused Samsung of copying its designs is fighting -- said that more than a quarter of Samsung Electronics' $30.4 billion in U.S. smartphone and tablet sales are result from copying of the iPhone and iPad or infringe on other patents.

Apple is demanding up to $2.75 billion of damages from its Korean rival, which includes profits lost to infringing Samsung gadgets.

On the other hand, the Cupertino company had "licensed prized design patents to Microsoft" -- During a testimony, Apple patent licensing director Boris Teksler, revealed that "Apple and Microsoft entered into an "anti-cloning agreement" to prevent copying of its iPhone and iPad," Reuters reports.

Apple had reached out to Samsung in 2010, hoping to strike an agreement with its rival on patent licensing before their dispute hit the courts, patent licensing director Boris Teksler said. However, negotiations between Apple and Samsung did not produce a licensing agreement, and Apple filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Jose, California, in April 2011.

Apple's decision to license its design patents to Microsoft was consistent with its corporate strategy, Teksler said, because the agreement prohibited Microsoft from manufacturing copies. "There was no right with respect to these design patents to build clones of any type," Teksler said.

The agreement prevents Microsoft from churning out exact copies of the iPad/iPhone which, as you can guess, is what Apple is accusing Samsung is doing, but the agreement does allow Microsoft to use its patents outside of this endeavor.

CNet claims,

"Of note, Teksler said that Apple's long-running cross-licensing deal with Microsoft allowed the Windows maker access to all the patents in this case, including the design patents. With that said, there are specific rules in place with that deal to keep the two sides in check so that they don't make what Teksler referred to as a "clone" product.

"There's a clear acknowledgment that there's no cloning," he said.

Windows Phone 8 SDK Coming on Sep 7th

Off note, in other smartphone news, citing a variety of source material released from Microsoft, "September 7th is speculated as the day when we will be able to get our hands on the Windows Phone 8 SDK."

On, and around this date, several important events are happening including TechEd Australia and something "amazing" that Nokia planned for September 7th too.

Further whispers indicated perhaps an early launch of certain HTC Windows Phone 8 devices to materialize in September.

According to a internal Microsoft memo that PocketNow got the hands-on, specifies that the "initial announcement embargo date" of Windows Phone 8 will be on September 30, 2012.