After delay and drama, we awaited the first major ruling in Apple's web of global litigation today, but all we got was another delay. Meanwhile, earlier in the week, despite vigorous appeals from Apple, Samsung got the green-light to sell in Australia, and Motorola might have gained the upper hand in Europe.
So what's going on with the ITC ruling, and what is going on around the world? Cue the "dun dun" and read on!
In case you didn’t know, the Children’s Book Fair is underway this week in Bologna, Italy, where iOS developer FrogDogMedia has announced it’s joining forces with Germany’s zuuka! GmbH to create “the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s entertainment.” Take that, Disney!
Achtung! Germany was a part of one of the last remaining European markets with a single iPhone carrier, but not anymore! Deutsche Telekom (DT)-owned carrier T-Mobile's iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple is expiring very soon. And, to make matters better for those not interested in being under the shackles of one mobile carrier, there have been no talks about extending that deal either.
First they run into troubles with iPhone 4 pre-orders. Then once people received those joyous pre-orders, hardware troubles started to arise. What's next for Apple? Oh just getting called out by Germany on alleged transparency issues.
The trains might run on time, but for those Germans who pre-ordered iPhone 3G’s, scheduled arrivals are way off. Gizmodo translated a post on German website iphone-ticker.de which noted that after weeks of waiting for their precious new toys, these customers received a paper “build-it-yourself” iPhone template with the phrase (roughly translated) “As a small pastime/tinkering project” at the top.
Funny, ja? Nein!
No further details were given as far as when those customers would be receiving more sturdy iPhones that wouldn’t require bits of tape.