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Apple Succeeds And Struggles One Year After Jobs’ Death, and More

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs death, and there have been an outpouring of stories both commemorating and analyzing the life and work of the man who arguably shaped the modern industry more than any other individual. So take some time to today to reflect the legend of Steve Jobs, and check out all the best tech news right here.

iPad Mini Production Delayed Due to Scratch-Prone Chassis

DigiTimes is reporting that the black anodized finish process on black cases of the iPad Mini is slowing down the production process. The issue is that the finish on the aluminum casing has, as many iPhone 5 owners are discovering, particularly vulnerable to scratches. This isn’t the only problem manufacturers have confronted in putting together the devices, a sTopeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White said that “suppliers have found the specs around Apple’s 7.85-inch ‘iPad Mini’ to be a challenge and yields have been frustrating.” (DigiTimes, PCMAG)

LG Nexus Phone Rumored to Drop This Month, Modeled On Optimus G

Multiple sources on the web today have pointed to LG releasing its own Nexus-branded smartphone by the end of this month. First broken by MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien, the device will be on LG’s Optimus G, but “doesn’t look the same,” whatever that means. LG would be following in the footsteps of companies like HTC, Samsung, and ACER that all have produced Nexus devices. Among the features listed by MoDaCo, the device will have wireless charging, 1280×768 True-HD IPS screen, Quad Core Snapdragon S4 processor, and 2GB of RAM. (MoDaCo, CNET)

After Decade-Plus Research, Lithium-imide Ready To Revolutionize Smart Device Batteries.

Anyone with a tablet, computer or smartphone knows the limitations of the Lithium-ion batteries in their devises — such as poor performance under high temperatures, regular recharging, chemical leaks and swelling. But after being first developed by DuPont in 2000, Lithium-imide technology is poised to increase the independence of these devices. The technology would offer increased durability, no leaking, and three-times the cycle and calender life. (ZDNET)

No LTE Support Leaves Intel With Just 0.2% Of Smartphone Chip Market In H1 2012

While it looks like Intel is heading in the right direction — six phones launched this year with its Atom x86 Medfield chips inside — the company is still getting crushed because of its current smartphone chips don’t support LTE. Even though Intel says it plans to roll out LET-compatible chips this year and next, the company must dig itself out of pretty deep hole with only 0.2% of the smartphone chip market for the first half of 2012, Strategy Analytics report. The rest of the market is owned by Qualcomm (48 percent) Samsung, MediaTek, Broadcom and Texas Instruments. The smartphone chip market is now worth $5.5 billion. (TechCrunch)