Apple's existing Remote app is a pretty minimalist way for controlling iTunes or an Apple TV, but a new patent filed by the iPhone maker this week shows Cupertino may have far more ambitious plans yet to come.
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!
On the one hand, the federal government has decided to wade into the muck of the US patent system and is taking it to patent trolls. On the other hand, the federal government has somehow decided to hand Samsung a surprise courtroom victory that they, along with much of the rest of the world, already decided had no merit. The Feds giveth, and the Feds taketh away.
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of the U.S. patent office "rejecting" Apple's trademark application for the iPad mini -- a decision that has now been withdrawn without Apple having to lift a finger.
If you were to take all the patent-related Apple news over this past year, end to end, it would stretch to the moon and back. OK, maybe not that much -- but it seems like every time we turn around there's commotion over Apple losing a patent, or suing another electronics maker for infringement. Today, the USPTO has overturned yet another Apple filing, the second in as many months.
It seems like everyday Apple is coming up with something new. Whether it's as basic as the iPad's bezel or as revolutionary as multi-touch, Apple's patents always leave us anticipating some exciting new technology. These five patents represent Apple's latest and greatest--we hope we'll see them in action soon!
Today we learned that Apple's trademark filing for the saying "There's an app for that" was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. According to Trademarkia, the trademark was filed on Friday, December 4, 2009. The catch phrase, which was started by Apple in iPhone commercials has become a popular phrase among many when encountering a situation that could be helped with an app from the App Store.
According to a recent filing, Apple has started using illustrations for a patent that are a 1:1 copy of an application by another developer already in the App Store. The App is called Where To and FutureTap's founder, Ortwin Gentz, wrote a blog post noting that Apple used an illustration of his application in a patent filing entitled, "Systems and Methods for Accessing Travel Services using a Portable Electronic Device."