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Today's Tech: Fully assembled iPhone 5 photos, Surface release date confirmed & Apple v Samsung finally goes to court

The patent trial of the century commenced today, with Apple and Samsung finally going toe-to-toe in a US federal court. It's the first time a patent dispute has been sent to a jury in the States and, with billions at stake, the proceedings are expected to last at least a month. Deliberation will focus on whether or not Samsung "slavishly" copied Apple's iPhone and iPad ranges, with the Korean tech giant, in turn, expected to argue that Apple is trying to unfairly stifle competition and innovation.

In other Apple news, fanboys continuing to wait impatiently for the company's expected autumn product releases had more tasty rumours to mull over today; specifically photos claiming to show a fully assembled iPhone 5. Most of the anticipated new features, like the new 19-pin dock connector, appear to be in place, but don't get too excited and take the images as fact - there's also a "certain strangeness" to these particular photos.

Keeping with the theme of new releases, Microsoft has *officially* confirmed the release date for its Surface tablet. The tech giant's annual report clearly spelt out a 26 October launch for the Windows RT version of the the tablet. Pricing for the device remains unconfirmed and the announcement applies to just one of two Surface tablets that will be released.

Here in London, the Olympics continues to captivate city residents and visitors alike, even if Team GB's medal count hasn't exactly taken off yet. How are the data networks holding up? Not as well as they might have liked, based on a plea by IOC communications director Mark Adams for social networkers to only send "urgent updates" via Twitter. Apparently, constant tweeting was overburdening the providers and contributed to the weekend's "appaling coverage" of the men's cycling road race.

Something that will definitely stand up to the strain is the Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 (Mark 5). Reviewed today, the hybrid laptop/tablet is vibration, shock, water, and dust resistant, making it one of the few notebook devices truly suited to difficult working environments, whether desert war zones or NHS emergency rooms on a Friday night. Do its robust attributes actually make it a viable enterprise solution? At £2,700, it's far from a cheap buy, and what about it's performance? Good thing ITProPortal's James Morris gives you the low-down.