When you're as big as Apple, you're bound to win some and lose some. This week, Apple wound up with the short stick, with a Delaware court ruling that the iPhone maker infringed on three patents from a holding company with ties to Sony and Nokia.
The smartphone industry is really in a tussle these days. The Apple v. Samsung case has affected, undoubtedly, how all the major players will view patent infringement, and Google is not immune to seeing the writing on the wall. Apple's victory was about more than the Korean electronics giant, and according to Google, the company will probably approach the situation differently in the future.
So, it's official: Apple is holding a media event in one week and it looks pretty likely we'll finally see the next iPhone for real there. The blogosphere has been quite busy over the last 24 hours wondering if the shadowy number "5" means the handset will actually be called iPhone 5 despite previous rumors to the contrary. As you ponder this question for yourselves, let's get up to speed on what went down overnight...
As a jury weighs the fate of Apple v. Samsung here in the U.S., a South Korean court has already come to a decision in a separate case, ruling that the companies have both infringed on each other's patents, with several older products now banned for sale there.
For the tens of millions of us patiently waiting for Apple to flip the switch on new iPhone preorders, Reuters has weighed in on a persistent rumor that the proprietary 30-pin connector that's been used since the third generation of the iPod is finally meeting its maker, presumably to make room for an underside headphone jack.
For those arguing that Apple wouldn't render a decade of third-party plugs and accessories incompatible, we beg to differ. Even if you want to ignore all of the leaked prototypes and case mock-ups that deliberately point to a narrow connector, remember that this is Apple. Millimeters mean everything, and the old-school connector takes up a bunch of them, so if we want a thinner phone, something has to give.
It's been awhile since we've heard this one, but a report this week is dragging out new details about Amazon's ambitions to release a smartphone of its own to follow up the company's Kindle Fire success.
We hope everyone got their 2011 Federal taxes off to Uncle Sam yesterday, because it’s now officially too late to file them unless your accountant was wise enough to request an extension. If the mere thought of enduring such pain and suffering continues to haunt you, keep reading -- there won’t be any further tax talk for our Wednesday, April 18, 2012 edition.
Happy Friday the 13th! Or, maybe not, depending on what kind of luck you’ve been having so far today. We’ve got quite a mixed bag of tech news to sort through today, so take a break from watching those Jason Voorhees movies (what -- you don’t do that on Friday the 13th?) and step right up as we present the latest and greatest for this Friday, April 13, 2012.
If you’ve read the news lately, or perused the weekly Law & Apple column, you’re probably familiar with Apple’s latest patent clashes in the courtroom. Apple, Google, and Microsoft are embroiled in disputes that are focused more on keeping each other from getting the upper hand rather than encouraging progress and innovation in the technology world.