Could Apple's "thermonuclear war" against Samsung finally be showing signs of cooling down? While the two smartphone giants apparently aren't ceding any patent ground in the lucrative U.S. market, there appears to finally be some peace in the rest of the world, except in China, where Cupertino now faces a setback with the government. It's all in today's Morning Report!
Today Apple secured a patent for a smartwatch from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (No. 8,787,006), providing some of the first direct evidence that the company is, in fact, working on a piece of wearable tech for the wrist. Here's the thing, though—the patent filing dates all the way back to 2011, meaning that whatever Apple announces in the coming months (if they do) might not look anything like what we see on the paper.
Apple and Google waited until the stock market was closed for the week to announce a formal end to its longtime patent battles — a move that could potentially pave the way for settling the feud between Apple and the search giant's partner Samsung as well.
The verdict is in, and there's no dancing in the streets of Cupertino, as a Samsung attorney last week told a jury there would be if they awarded Apple even $100 million in the latest courtroom fracas, which turned out to be pretty close to the end verdict.
The latest courtroom battle between Apple and Samsung took an interesting turn this week as an attorney for Android maker Google finally took the stand to confirm the search giant is lending its biggest original equipment manufacturer a helping hand.
It was quite a big weekend for smartphone makers and their carriers in the courtroom, with two such tales making headlines in our weekend recap this time around. Thankfully, at least one of them is a happy ending for two hardware manufacturers who were going after each other's throats over patents -- a turn of events that we'd sure like to see more of down the road.
Apple watchers are waiting anxiously for the company's quarterly earnings report Monday, especially because it covers the 2013 holiday season this time around. If you're restless clocking time until the big event today, kick back for a few minutes and soak in all of the weekend's news you might have missed -- and hey, if you're a T-Mobile subscriber, there might just be some dough in it for you...
South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung is quickly gaining an unwelcome reputation as a copycat when it comes to industrial design of its smartphone and tablet products, but apparently that now extends to its vacuum cleaners as well.
Judging from a patent filing recently discovered by AppleInsider, it looks as though the rumors that the iPhone 5S's fingerprint sensor could support payment options might be true after all. Originally analysts believed that the fingerprint-payment feature was a little too advanced for the upcoming release, but AppleInsider's research shows that Apple had such an idea in mind all the way back in March of 2012.