USA TODAY - It's a big week for the maker of the iPhone. Let's take a look at the tech stocks to watch Monday.
Apple expected to unveil next iPhone. Shares of the Cupertino, Calif., company are up 1.3% -- topping $500 -- in pre-market trading as the company prepares to reveal its latest smartphone Tuesday.
Industry experts suggest the new iPhone will support fingerprint authentication, while a low-cost version of the device will be available in China and other developing nations.
Apple is also expected to unveil more details of iOS 7, the latest upgrade of the mobile operating system that runs the iPhone and iPad. It will sport a completely different look as well as changes to basic functions such as navigating email.
The event arrives as rival Samsung continues to apply pressure in the booming mobile market. Last week, the company announced the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and its next "phablet," the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.
BlackBerry surges. Shares of the Canadian smartphone maker jumped 3.1% off a report that the company's biggest shareholder is prepping a bid.
According to the U.K.'s Sunday Times, investor Prem Watsa is putting together a bid for the struggling BlackBerry. Watsa's firm, Fairfax Financial Holdings, owns a 10% stake in BlackBerry, says the report.
Last month, BlackBerry revealed it would launch a special committee to review "strategic alternatives" for their business, which could include a sale.
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