Oh, that whacky Proview! They truly are the new Psystar, the scrappy underdog who took on Apple over being able to use Mac OS X in their clone hardware. Not content to fight Apple’s iPad trademark claims in China, Proview has now brought the drama to California, filing a lawsuit on the tablet maker’s home turf.
The trademark battle in China over the iPad name scored one for the home team overnight, with a Shanghai court ruling in favor of Apple continuing to sell its tablet in that city -- but there’s still a way to go before Cupertino can declare victory over Proview.
Who’s feeling the hump day blues? Sure, the weekend is just two full work days away and some of us might have even had a day off on Monday for President’s Day (not us!), but this last full week of February sure feels like it’s taking its sweet ol’ time. Why not perk up the day with some Beatles ringtones, which are now available from iTunes? Or if you happen to live in Amsterdam, it might be time to start lining up at Apple’s new retail store there. For everyone else, here’s the rest of the tech news for this sleepy Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
Anyone remember Psystar, the Mac clone maker who dared to defy Apple and was ultimately snuffed out as a result? This business with Proview over the Chinese trademark for the iPad name is beginning to feel a little bit like more of the same, with the recently bankrupt display maker squaring off with Apple in court this week.
Apple may be plagued with a trademark dispute over the iPad name at the moment, but that hasn’t distracted them from expanding the horizons for the iPhone, which will finally debut on China Telecom next month as widely rumored.
As if Apple doesn’t have enough trouble in China with the spotlight being thrown on Foxconn and other manufacturers, a lower Chinese court has now ruled that the company’s iPad should be pulled from shelves over an ongoing trademark dispute with a display company there.
As the controversy at Apple’s Chinese factories continues to heat up, the company’s independent audits are being followed up with the popular ABC News program Nightline gaining exclusive access to see what life is like there first-hand.
You’ve got to hand it to Apple: They may not move quickly when a storm rolls into their domain, but when they do finally speak up, it’s decisive and gets the job done. Today it’s the drama surrounding contacts privacy, sparked by the Path app last week, which Apple plans to fix at the operating system level with a forthcoming update. But who can get excited about that when we’ve got a new Smurfs app, am I right? Read on to find out the rest of the day’s news for Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
Whether you’re sharing it with a significant other or not, Happy Valentine’s Day to MacLife.com readers everywhere! Don’t forget, we love you unconditionally, 365 days a year. So don’t be cynical about this love-drenched holiday, because we’ve dug up some tasty nuggets of tech news and app updates for your reading pleasure on this fine Tuesday, February 14, 2012.
Having lost a trademark appeal in China over the right to use the iPad name there, Apple now faces a greater threat as authorities in at least one Chinese city have started to confiscate the tablet from store shelves.