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Google Maps -- the agreement between Apple & Google was up for renewal this year, and obviously the terms were not acceptable to either or both of the parties involved. So Apple must have been left in a position of having no Maps app or developing its own version using non-Google sources. Had Apple chosen to abandon Maps altogether, the outcry would have been far worse -- better to have a mostly usable app than no app at all.   I can remember when Google Maps &...
The court & lawyers' fees will probably be more than buying the same songs three times over...
If Apple were not granted patents or licensed patents to other phone manufacturers, we'd soon become clone-using clones.   If I wanted the Samsung or Nokia experience, I would have bought one of their phones. I want my iPhone to be different from my neighbour's Samsung, which is running on Android 1.6 or 2.2 or something (definitely not the latest OS) -- I want a new OS every year so that new capabilities can be added.
If I manufacture some product and each one costs me £5, why should I be forced to sell that product for less to a retailer, and what gives the retailer (even a monopoly one) the right to demand price-setting rights for my product at less than it costs me to make? I might as well close-up shop and go home (probably make more money by selling any patents I may have for that product).   That is how Walmart got rich, and this is how Amazon pulls you into its eStore....
Negotiations for the licensing deal between Apple & Microsoft must have started when Steve Jobs was still around and I would have thought that once bitten, Apple would be twice shy. Not so, it appears. This deal must be tied down really tight as the first one, which allowed MS to basically copy Mac OS (pre-OS X) was so loosely worded that Apple ended up losing its legal wars.   Apple will never again give away its technology by loosely worded contracts, and will...
It's to stop Samsung from copying the plug...
Samsung's legal team is fighting dirty and trying to confuse the jury. My take on this is that they're either pushing for mistrial or laying the grounds for appeal. The late submissions, "answering media queries" (they claim they didn't leak the rejected submissions to the media), the irrelevant objections, etc are all designed to get Judge Koh's back up (notice how all the Samsungites hailed her as the best judge when she recently rule for Samsung, now these same people...
What I want is an Apple Maps app for Mac OS X all tied up in iCloud and appearing on all my devices -- just like Safari Tabs in iOS6 & Mountain Lion will work.
People tend to forget that Apple isn't just about external aesthetics -- the stuff you hold and see. Apple designs its own motherboards, daughterboards, chips, batteries and and other components. Sure, Apple takes existing technology (e.g. batteries) and then remoulds it until it becomes unique. Take the Magic Mouse -- I noticed that both batteries face the same direction, positive one end & negative contacts the other (+/-) (+/-). Everyone else has their batteries in...
This guy is unbelievable. Some of Samsung's product look almost like Apple's products, and we now learn that people have been returning their Samsung products simply because they are not iDevices like they thought.   And what about Samsung wanting more from Apple than other device manufacturers, in licensing fees for FRAND patents?   This whole lawsuit goes well beyond rectangles and Samsung knows it -- I think the set backs they've suffered so far has led to a...
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