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A customer is helped by an Apple employee while looking over the iPad mini after the device went on sale at Apple's retail store in Palo Alto, California in this November 2, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

A customer is helped by an Apple employee while looking over the iPad mini after the device went on sale at Apple's retail store in Palo Alto, California in this November 2, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

A customer is helped by an Apple employee while looking over the iPad mini after the device went on sale at Apple's retail store in Palo Alto, California in this November 2, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files
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A passerby photographs an Apple store logo with his Samsung Galaxy phone on the morning iPhone 5 goes on sale to the public in central Sydney in this September 21, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

A passerby photographs an Apple store logo with his Samsung Galaxy phone on the morning iPhone 5 goes on sale to the public in central Sydney in this September 21, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files

A passerby photographs an Apple store logo with his Samsung Galaxy phone on the morning iPhone 5 goes on sale to the public in central Sydney in this September 21, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne/Files
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Customers examine Apple's new iPad 4G-ready tablet computer at an Apple stores in Paris in this March 16, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

Customers examine Apple's new iPad 4G-ready tablet computer at an Apple stores in Paris in this March 16, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files

Customers examine Apple's new iPad 4G-ready tablet computer at an Apple stores in Paris in this March 16, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/Files
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Customers line up to buy Apple iPhones on the first day of sales at a Verizon store in Boston, Massachusetts in this February 10, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files

Customers line up to buy Apple iPhones on the first day of sales at a Verizon store in Boston, Massachusetts in this February 10, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files

Customers line up to buy Apple iPhones on the first day of sales at a Verizon store in Boston, Massachusetts in this February 10, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files
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People walk past a Samsung store in Singapore in this September 4, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Thomas White/Files

People walk past a Samsung store in Singapore in this September 4, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Thomas White/Files

People walk past a Samsung store in Singapore in this September 4, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Thomas White/Files
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Customers look over the iPad mini after the device went on sale at Apple's retail store in Palo Alto, California in this November 2, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Customers look over the iPad mini after the device went on sale at Apple's retail store in Palo Alto, California in this November 2, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

Customers look over the iPad mini after the device went on sale at Apple's retail store in Palo Alto, California in this November 2, 2012 file photograph. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files
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Samsung signs envelope a multi-brand mobile phone store in Bangalore, India on December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Himank Sharma

Samsung signs envelope a multi-brand mobile phone store in Bangalore, India on December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Himank Sharma

Samsung signs envelope a multi-brand mobile phone store in Bangalore, India on December 8, 2012. REUTERS/Himank Sharma
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