A month ago we reported that Tickets.com, a provider of state-of-the-art technology solutions to more than 1,000 sports and entertainment clients around the world had launched Apple Pay integration. Today Ticketmaster, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, announced Apple Pay support with the latest update to its iOS app, transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.
Apple has filed for a number of "Apple Pay" trademarks (word and logo versions) in the U.S., Europe and China since introducing their new mobile payment wallet for the iPhone. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published two new trademark filings for "Apple Pay." It's evident that Apple's legal team had decided to strengthen the specific verbiage found in the two international classes when compared to previous filings.
Apple's initial stumbles with the release of iOS 8 hurt the adoption of Apple's latest mobile operating system. But after stabilizing, the numbers have been growing steadily. In early November Apple's iOS 8 adoption rate was noted as being 56%. A month later Apple's developer webpage tracking adoption rates now presents a new chart showing that the adoption of iOS 8 has risen by another 7% to a total of 63%.
Two new rumors surfaced this morning that might interest some. The first rumor states that Apple is set to double the DRAM capacity for 2015 iPhones and iPads. The second rumor talks about the ramping up of Apple's next-gen MacBook Air.
We reported last week that Apple's online store in Russia was halted due to the Russian Ruble derailing. Today, The Moscow Times via Bloomberg reports that Apple has raised iPhone prices in Russia by 35 percent, its second increase in less than a month to account for the ruble's plunge against the U.S. dollar.
During Apple's iPhone event Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, announced that Apple Pay would be available at Walt Disney World "by Christmas." Right on cue, Florida's Walt Disney World's flagship theme park empire will kick start the use of Apple Pay throughout the many facilities including Epcot on December 24 and eventually extend to Disneyland Resort sometime in 2015.
Last week the BBC broadcast a special called "Apple's Broken Promises" that was heavily influenced and directed by the union group China Labor Watch and like-minded people like Ralph Nader. In my view, the China Labor group guided the documentary and the union members working at Apple plants with an axe to grind made sure the video showed depressed exhausted workers in the majority of the shots. But like any form of propaganda, the actors play to the camera to make a story fit the image they want to portray to their particular audience. In our report below we show you a photo from Apple on human rights. Here the workers are young vibrant cheery employees of a company under contract with Apple. There are two very different perspectives playing out. Apple could put together a video that shows how employees in Apple contracted plants are happy and inspired. It's all in the script. But if any tech company is trying to do something to advance the rights of workers, it's Apple. A patent filing in Hong Kong this month shows how Apple has or will laser etch assembly instructions into the inside of the iPhone in order to assist unskilled workers put the iPhone parts in the right order.
A Patent Troll by the name of Dynamic Hosting Company is suing Apple for infringement regarding visual voicemail. Wikipedia notes that in 2007, Apple's iPhone was the first cell phone promoting this feature. Yet according to this patent troll, their recently purchased patents predate the iPhone's use of visual voicemail. Other companies that Dynamic Hosting Company has sued over the years include Xerox, Casio, Google, Samsung, Epson, Canon and others.
Yesterday Apple's filing for a trademark for their Apple Pay logo surfaced at the European Patent Office. Apple also inadvertently revealed this past week in London that Apple Pay is being prepared to run in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa.
Today the Hong Kong Patent and Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the revised Mac Logo that debuted with Yosemite. It's also the logo found on OS X Yosemite's dock representing the Finder. The graphic above illustrates the evolution of the Mac Logo over the years.
Although it's Nov 19, the US Patent and Trademark Office just published a document sent to Apple dated Sept 26, 2014 that basically states that Apple may be out of luck for CarPlay, a trademark noted as being filed in early August. According to the letter, Carplay Enterprises had already filed for the trademark a year earlier with the mark relating to computers in cars. Is it lottery time for Carplay Enterprises or will Apple dream up a new trademark? Well, it's actually a weird case in that USPTO missed a small clue that was kind of important.
The BBC's report lost its way early on. To make Apple the villain, they show Apple's success and then turn it against them. Apple has designed and created some of the greatest flagship stores in the world, especially in London as their report presented. Fans of Apple products and consumers looking for a great retail experience appreciate the incredible detail found in the architecture of these stores. They appreciate the Genius Bars when looking for device problem advice, repair and replacement in a friendly environment. For an optional $100/yr., buyers of new products could actually be professionally trained in how to use their products. Only recently have other companies even tried to emulate the Apple Store experience and still can't achieve it. Somehow, fans of products that are the best in the world are still being insultingly vilified as being fanatics and cultists. Just saying those words within the context of a documentary shows the mindset of the producers of this so-called documentary.
Yesterday's BBC documentary has certainly ignited a battle of words. Our report titled "Apple Vehemently Disagrees with the BBC's Televised Report called Apple's Broken Promises" received heavy response from across the pond (UK). Today, in an email to about 5,000 staff members across the UK, Apple senior vice president of operations Jeff Williams said both he and the chief executive were "deeply offended by the suggestion that Apple would break a promise to the workers in our supply chain or mislead our customers in any way." Our report presents you with Apple's full email response to this documentary.
A new report today is claiming that twenty-six McDonald's restaurants in Columbus Georgia are now testing Apple's iBeacons. The plan is now ready to move to more stores in the southeast in the coming months ahead.
On Monday we reported that the BBC was going to air a special called "Apple's Broken Promises" on Thursday. Prior to the special airing later this afternoon in North America, the BBC wanted to get their story out before others. They begin their report by stating that "Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation." Apple immediately responded by telling the BBC that they strongly disagreed with the program's conclusions.
While Apple has already filed for trademarks regarding their new Apple Pay logo and updated Passbook icon reflecting Apple Pay, it was only today that they filed for "Apple Pay" the actual brand name. Apple's first filing for this trademark was made in Europe. In other Intellectual Property news today, the US Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple two new Registered Trademarks covering "iPad Air" and "True Tone."
A supply chain rumor site in Taiwan is claiming today that Microsoft is planning to mass produce a head-worn virtual gaming device in 2015 and is expected to showcase the product as early as the E3 gaming show in June next year. The rumor supports a number of game centric patent pending inventions that Microsoft has on record. Our report provides you with more details on this new rumor and Microsoft's gaming patents.
On December 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published two patent applications from Apple that may interest some. The first reveals the details behind their invention that debuted with iOS 7 regarding emergency calls made with Siri. Technically, this is another patent fulfilled. The second patent application that we cover in this report reveals that Apple has revisited their invention relating to an oddball charging tower for iDevices. Specifically, Apple has rewritten their patent claims which prioritize the important aspects of their invention.
On December 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new unlock option being devised. The new method would involve Touch ID and the addition of a combination lock code using finger motion. While using Touch ID, the user would additionally move or shift their finger in various directions to hit a particular code sequence to unlock their devices. Apple illustrates two methods for this new virtual combination unlock feature in their patent filing.
On December 18, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their third 3D app invention that will allow users and/or artists to customize a 3D model. The designs could be changed, re-defined, re-drawn, smoothed or otherwise deformed so that the asset may have a seamless transition with the remainder of the model. This could also apply to create avatars for future games.
This past summer Apple was granted a patent for flexible displays with unique functionality. One of the noted unique properties was that it could allow the display of an iPhone or future TV, for instance, to act as a speaker. Audio would simply go through the display, illuminating the need to build speaker grills on devices. Esthetically speaking, that would be something that Apple's industrial designer Jony Ive would love to boast about. As crazy as that invention sounded at the time, we find out today that Corning actually has this type of display in their lab.
According to a Japanese report published late yesterday, the Tokyo District Court heard the first arguments in ShimanoManufacturing Co.'s lawsuit against Apple. The Tokyo-based electronics component maker is demanding compensation from Apple to the tune of US$8.5 million over alleged infringements of Shimano's patent for a precision component embedded in the joint of the power adapter for Apple's laptops. Apple's response in court was to deny they infringed Shimano's patent. They additionally denied that they were using their market dominance to bully Shimano, arguing that the Japanese subcontractor was the one being unreasonable in their business partnership. Yet in light of Apple's very public case with GTAT where Apple was painted as a bully and noted as being oppressive and burdensome as a business partner, some would argue that Apple has a history of bullying suppliers and that playing nice guy in court isn't going to play very well in this or any future case brought against them.
Earlier this month we reported that the biggest factors that keep Chinese smartphone makers out of the West – and even developed countries in Asia like South Korea and Japan – are carrier subsidies, patents, and cultural stigma. On December 10 we learned just how true that statement was. With Xiaomi experiencing dramatic success within China, they had set their eyes on their next market target: India. Yet that plan was dealt a blow with the Indian High Court banning Xiaomi from selling, importing and advertising smartphones in their country. That single event has now inspired a powerful Xiaomi competitor within China to attack them on that same front.
Bloomberg's reporter Tim Higgins broke the news that Apple has halted online sales in Russia due to "extreme" ruble fluctuations. Tom Giles reporting on Bloomberg TV tells us that the story is unfolding.
Earlier this month we posted a report titled "Intel is on a Roll of Late with Wearables and they Just Might be Powering Tag Heuer's First Smartwatch in 2015." In an earlier October report we reported that Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH's watch division stated that Apple's forthcoming Apple Watch was "too feminine" and suggested it wouldn't stand the test of time. At LVMH's headquarter today in Switzerland that they started on their smartwatch project four months ago in the hopes of challenging the Apple Watch later in 2015.
Last month a report from market research firm Strategy Analytics noted that Samsung Electronics' smartphone market share in North America fell from 36.2 percent to 24.8 percent between the second and third quarters of this year, hitting a record low since the third quarter of 2012. Apple, meanwhile, increased its share by six percentage points to 33.9 percent. A separate report claimed that Apple was the world's number one smartphone vendor by revenue in Q3. Now a new report from Chitika is reporting that not only is Apple clobbering Samsung in North America for web traffic, they're also beating them handily in respect to App traffic/usage rates.
In September we reported that copycat Samsung was racing to integrate PayPal into their next Gear smartwatch so that they could match the Apple Watch's use of Apple Pay. Now a new rumor is claiming that Samsung is discussing a possible deal with a payments startup called LoopPay.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover we focus on two of the most outstanding granted patents issued today covering Touch ID and Apple's future Lightning based audio connector. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Yesterday represented an important milestone in regards to litigation concerning the U.S. Government's attempt to use a search warrant to compel tech companies such as Microsoft and Apple to obtain and turn over email of a customer stored in Ireland. That's because 10 groups filed their "friend of the court" briefs in New York yesterday.
Recently MasterCard teamed up with Gwen Stefani to widely promote Apple Pay on TV and now Apple is revealing more Apple Pay partners that will be coming on board shortly or that have already joined. The list includes SunTrust and Barclaycard in addtion to ten more banks including TD Bank North America and Commerce Bank that will back the new form of payment sometime today. The addition of TD opens the door for Apple Pay debuting in Canada in the future. With the new additions, Apple says it supports the cards that represent about 90 percent of the credit card purchase volume in the United States.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's use of a parallax interface that began with iOS 7. Apple only tapped into a tiny fragment of their 3D user interface invention. Our 3D and Future Interface archives show you Apple's ongoing work in this area of interface design. A recent rumor hinted that Apple may utilize a new 3D display in the future, but for now it's just a rumor. Apple's last detailed 3D UI interface patent application was filed in 2012. Samsung, the fast follower, also has a similar patent application now on record.