Although Patently Apple was one of the first to report on an iPhone for emerging markets, a new report out today provides us with an understanding as to why an economical iPhone makes a lot of business sense.
According to a new Chinese report this morning, Apple's noisy supply chain is at it again. The new report claims that supply chain manufacturers have begun to receive component parts for the new iPhone, supposedly named the 5S. The supply chain sources claim that it usually takes two months for the production process to reach the assembly stage for Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) which would translate to assembling the next iPhone beginning in early July.
The National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan sued Apple in 2012 claiming that Siri used on iDevices allegedly infringed on their patents. The University has now filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Apple claiming that all of Apple'sproducts using block-orientated motion compensation video compression as embodied in the ITU-T H.264 Standard, including Apple FaceTime and Apple QuickTime, allegedly infringes on their 2009 patent.
For all the talk over the last few years that Apple was being abusive with its patents and stopping innovation, The European Commission has found that Motorola/Google has in fact been the offender of such behavior. Commission Vice President in charge of competition policy Joaquín Almunia stated in an official statement that "The protection of intellectual property is a cornerstone of innovation and growth. But so is competition. I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer – not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors to the detriment of innovation and consumer choice." Finally, the hypocrites have been found to be abusive with their intellectual property to hurt competition, and specifically Apple.
Samsung doesn't like the trend that's putting Apple's iPhone back on top last quarter and so their marketing attack dogs thought it was time for another Galaxy vs. iPhone ad. The trouble with their ad is that it could be shooting themselves in the foot. Making executives look stupid for the sake of gaining jobless grads is a dumb idea. But hey, this is Samsung who thought that the ditsy housewife stereotype was their target market last quarter. The only ditsy ones here appear to be Samsung's own marketing team.
This week we discovered that Mozilla is working on high-end gaming for the Firefox browser. Our report provides you with a few photos and a link to a game-demo to try out on your Mac, and hopefully your 27" iMac in full screen. And while high-end gaming is a positive experience, there's also a downside when it comes to the digital revolution, especially for the iPhone and other smartphones. Our report presents you with one tale about the dark side of download madness that onepsychotherapist frames as being the equivalent to cocaine addiction.
Boy, Business Insider's Jay Yarow doesn't mince his words; he really doesn't like Google Glass and goes out of his way to slap it around. In short, Yarow points out that Google Glass has terrible battery life, it's disorienting, it doesn't work in a brightly lit environments, you can't tweak any settings, the voice controls are buggy, it doesn't fold like normal glasses so storing it is awkward and the list goes on and on.
Considering that most of today's computer and mobile device parts are made in China, it comes as no surprise that Apple is quick to file design patents for their computer parts in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Today we learn that China's Hong Kong IP Office has granted Apple ten design patents covering components such as the Retina iPad display, the MacBook Pro's cooling fan and much more.
Attention to all U.S. iPhone owners: HTC wants your business. If you switch and buy their new HTC One smartphone by Sunday May fifth, HTC will reimburse you with $300 or more for your iPhone 5 or $200 or more for your iPhone 4S.
According to a new DigiTimes report this morning, new rumors have surfaced that Apple is on tap to test market a new low-cost iPhone later this year. The report states that "Apple plans to launch an inexpensive model targeting emerging markets with initial quarterly shipments of only 2.5-3.0 million units to test market response." Although this rumor sounds interesting, it doesn't sound like it's a move that Apple would ever make.
According to a new DigiTimes report, Apple is expected to contract TSMC to manufacture all the application processors (APs) used in the 2014 model of its iPhone slated to launch in the second half of the year.
The U.S. Department of Defense expects in coming weeks to grant a security approval for Apple's iPhones and iPads running Apple's latest operating system. Although Apple has been pushing hard to win over U.S. defense agencies, the market is currently dominated by BlackBerry devices which are known for their solid security features.