The new iPhones are finally coming together — quite literally, in fact, as word dropped today that Samsung and TSMC are in the process of making the new A9 chips. Elsewhere, a scam is once again robbing hapless iOS users of their money, and the class-action lawsuit regarding employee bag checks at Apple retail stores has returned.
If you were hoping you'd get to see Steve Jobs' video testimony that was such a key part of the recent iPod antitrust trial, District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers wants you to cast those hopes aside. Members of the media had been insisting on getting access to the tape despite significant opposition from Apple (and the plaintiffs, for that matter), but the judge ruled that Jobs' testimony will be treated as any other live testimony.
And so today Apple's long iPod antitrust suit is at an end. Today a jury found the Cupertino company not guilty of violating antitrust laws when it implemented digital rights management software (FairPlay) in the last decade to stop users from downloading music from rival stores on their iPods. Indeed, according to the jury, the move represented a genuine product improvement for consumers.
After months of waiting, the class action lawsuit alleging that Apple played foul with its iBooks customers by fixing the price of e-books may at least be coming to an end. Today U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote accepted Apple's $450 million proposal to settle the suit, although she expressed concern regarding the timing of the proposal.
Apple kicked off the week by at last allowing former iPhone users to deregister themselves from iMessage (and thereby let iPhone friends text with them again), but according to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, it's too little, too late. Reuters reported earlier today that Koh plans to let Adrienne Moore's lawsuit against the Cupertino company continue, meaning that Apple could end up facing punitive damages for letting the issue go unresolved for so long.
It's a shame that some retailers such as CVS and Rite-Aid aren't so keen on adopting Apple Pay, but do they really deserve to have a class action lawsuit aimed at them? Apparently, if you work at the firm of Schubert, Jonckheer & Kolbe, that answer may be yes. The firm is currently looking into the matter to see if they have enough of a foundation for a case, and they're polling customers to see how they feel about the chains' decision to hold off on Apple Pay for now.
This is one heck of a leak week with batteries, screens, and all kinds of specs making their way into your hot little hands. By the time the iPhone 6 comes out, we'll know every single bit and piece of the device down to the tiniest screw. And there might be a little bit of other news out there, so let's have a look.
Now that the dust has settled in the wake of Apple's widely publicized announcement of its acquisition of Beats Electronics (which still has yet to close), the Cupertino company's starting to learn that it brought some unexpected baggage with it. Bose today filed a lawsuit against Beats, claiming that the company infringed on five of the company's patents.
When patent trolls are hungry, they reach for Apple. And when they do, they often get fed. In the bizarre world of US patent law, even when your case has little merit, you're probably going to get paid anyway.
Good old, Steve Jobs is back in the news this week with two stories. You want to know why Apple TV hasn't been kicking butt lately? No Steve is the answer there. But if you need your Steve fix, just take a jaunt down to the post office. Meanwhile, who's up for some games? And where's your place in the universe?