Patently Apple has just discovered that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has given Apple the final approval on the "Thunderbolt" trademark. While it published online today, the approval or "allowance" was officially granted last Friday.
Something's brewing: Today, in an interview with Bloomberg's Stephanie Ruhle, Nike CEO Mark Parker said that he was quite bullish on their relationship with Apple and made an interesting statement about working with Apple on wearables.
Apple is serious about protecting user privacy: Yesterday we reported on the fact that iCloud users in mainland China were under a cyber-attack that could allow access to personal data. Although the Chinese government denied any association with the attack, it's being reported by the official Xinhua news agency today that Apple's CEO Tim Cook has discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing.
A new home for the Woz: It's being reported today in Australia that Apple's co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak is set to join the University of Technology, Sydney, in December as an adjunct professor. He will become a key part of the UTS "Magic Lab", the university's centre for innovation and enterprise research, which conducts research into robotics and artificial intelligence.
Apple's not the leader in everything: Google and Facebook continued to pour millions of dollars into political lobbying in the third quarter in attempts to influence U.S. lawmakers and have legislation written in their favor. Google spent $3.94 million between July and September while Facebook spent $2.45 million, according to disclosure data published Tuesday. Considering Apple's sheer size and importance in the tech sector, it was strange to find that Apple was outspent on lobbying.
A Deal in the making: This morning Bloomberg reported from a court filing that GT Advanced Technologies has asked the court to allow Apple to have until noon Eastern time today to file additional documents because the two companies are "on the cusp of a consensual global settlement' and that 'such relief is in the best interests of creditors and the estates." UPDATE 4:10 PM MST: Apple and GTAT reach amicable agreement.
In September Apple made public "A message from Tim Cook about Apple's commitment to your privacy." In another area of Apple's website about privacy, Apple walks each visitor through their products with each one having a word about privacy specifically tailored for it. Apple makes it clear that "The moment you begin using an Apple product or service, strong privacy measures are already at work protecting your information. We build extensive safeguards into our apps and the operating systems they run on." Even in yesterday's Apple Financial Results Conference call Cook emphasized "ground breaking security." Cook firmly stated that "We've also communicated and demonstrated our commitment to respecting and protecting user's privacy with strong encryption and strict policies that govern how our data is handled." Today iCloud users in China are reportedly under attack as hackers are seeking personal data. A TED Talk presentation surfaced recently titled "Why Privacy Matters." Some tech companies like Google and Facebook would like you to think privacy doesn't matter anymore, but privacy does matter. For those who passionately believe in online privacy then our report on Glenn Greenwald's presentation is worth checking out.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Apple iCloud users in mainland China have a cyber issue on their hands as the service is hit by an attack that could allow access to personal data. The video report fills you in the details known so far.
ARM loves the iPhone 6: It's being reported today that royalties at Arm Holdings have regained momentum with the UK chip designer providing an optimistic outlook for future revenues, thanks to booming sales of Apple's latest iPhones, consumers shifting to 4G mobile devices and manufacturers racing to build gadgets for the so-called internet of things.
Apple Pay is Quick & Easy to use: For those wanting to see what Apple looks like in action and how Apple Pay works, the video noted above is one the clearest I've seen so far. Below is a second and more "commercial" styled video on Apple Pay, the mobile wallet that will change the world of financial transactions.
The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover vehicle geo-fencing, an iDevice e-reader mode, 3D imagery appearing on a 2D UI and Apple winning a design patent for their Shanghai Store's glass staircase. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
According to a new supply chain report this morning, LG will the sole provider for Apple's new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display and may have been tapped to be Apple's exclusive Apple Watch display supplier as well.
Earlier this month we reported that Apple had adjusted their iPhone order ratio to better help meet the iPhone 6 Plus demand. Today, the supply chain in Taiwan is reporting that Apple has once again adjusted their order ratio again due to higher than expected demand for the iPhone 6 Plus in China.
During Apple's live financial conference call this afternoon Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that he wasn't concerned over iPhone subsidy cuts in China. While admitting there were some "pressures," he quickly noted that 80% of iPhones sold in China today aren't using subsidies. That was a surprising detail. I think it'll take another quarter before the full picture about subsidies is clear. But for now, Apple shows no concern over this issue in the least.