We're sad, too: It's our last Morning Report for 2014, but our Tuesday edition has the details on how much Russians will now pay for an iPhone 6 after the value of the ruble sagged last week, a patent filing for "Works with Apple CarPlay," and a new strategy for Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 hits the web. Click ahead, then go enjoy the holidays!
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.
Ever get locked out of your own iOS device? Famed SIM unlocker ChronicUnlocks is now offering the "first and only fully working and legitimate service" for removing Apple's iCloud Lock from any iPad or iPhone 4 or higher within one to 15 business days for only $149.99. Before you cry foul, the service can't be used on a stolen device already in "Lost Mode," but could come in awful handy if the device is lost and found again. Speaking of which, we found a handful of tech tidbits for today's recap, so sit back and dig in!
In one of the surest signs that the so-called "iWatch" is on its way and not just a rumor, Apple recently attempted to extend its corporate trademark to provide coverage for "Class 14" objects, which include jewelry, clocks, and, yes, watches.
One of the more interesting iOS controversies over the past couple of months was developer King's strange attempt to get the word "candy" trademarked in an attempt to fend off imitators of its popular Candy Crush Saga game. It succeeded in Europe, but in the wake of the resulting widespread protest, King has officially withdrawn its trademark application for the word in the United States.
The tech media made a big deal out of the U.S. patent office "rejecting" Apple's trademark application for the iPad mini -- a decision that has now been withdrawn without Apple having to lift a finger.
Apple may or may not have a "porn problem" thanks to two high-profile App Store issues in the space of the last week, but we have to give them credit for handling them both in an adult (pun intended) fashion. 500px is now back in the App Store with a few minor age-gate changes, while video sharing app Vine continues to serve up scantily-clad fun to anyone who knows how to find it -- minus that "Editor's Choice" ranking, naturally...