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April 2014

Angry Apple Fans File New Class Action over iOS 7 Problems, the "Grayed out Issue" and Much More

50. Patently Legal
David Yastrab, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple in California. Much of the complaint revolves around iOS 7 issues and the "Grayed out Issue" in particular. It's clear that many Apple fans were not happy about their iOS 7 experience and so this lawsuit shouldn't come as a surprise. Whether the suit is worth more than $5 million dollars remains to be seen. Our report focuses on the "Nature of the Action" which provides a detailed yet narrowed overview of the lawsuit.

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An Obscure Rumor points to Apple Secretly Shipping Sapphire

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The "Obscure Analyst" blog that's run by Matt Margolis is reporting today that Apple has shipped small quantities of sapphire from their plant in Arizona to one of their partnering plants in China. Margolis, who owns stock in Apple's sapphire plant partner GTAT, believes that the sapphire is for future iPhone covers even though Apple's CEO clearly stated that the sapphire is for a secret project. Margolis is convinced otherwise for reasons unknown.

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Apple's Smartphone Growth Sails Past Samsung's in new Study

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A new report published yesterday by market research firm Strategy Analytics shows that Apple's iPhone sales grew an impressive 16.8% year-over-year, significantly above Samsung's anemic 6%. Apple was only second to Huawei who scored an impressive year-over-year growth of 22.4%. Yet some of the other statistics that were presented in Strategy Analytics' charts skewed Apple's real position.

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Four of Apple's iOS 7 Icons are now Registered Trademarks

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1A - 4 new RTMs for Apple Apr 30, 2014
Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published four of Apple's latest registered trademarks covering iOS 7 icons for the iTunes Store, Music, Voice Memos and Safari. The four were officially granted to Apple late yesterday. Apple's iOS 7, which was released on September 18, 2013, included a redesigned user interface led by Apple's Senior VP of Design Jony Ive. The newly registered icons reflect just a few of the icon updates.

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New Study Shows Consumers in Emerging Markets want to buy Apple Products over any other Technology Brand

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During Apple's April Financial Conference Call Apple's CEO Tim Cook stated that Apple's Q2 (or calendar Q1) demonstrated that they could do well in a number of geographies from emerging markets to the developed markets. Cook then followed up with specific examples: "Brazil was up 61%, Russia was up 97%, Turkey was up 56%, India up 55% and Vietnam was up 262%. I could go on but the point is that there are a number of markets out there where we're beginning to really catch on with. These haven't been particular strong points for Apple." Apple's conference call was held on April 23, 2014. The very next day, a new study was published with findings that put a little wind into Tim Cook's sails about the momentum for Apple in emerging markets.

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Big Deal, the European Commission Slaps Motorola on the Wrist

1AF - EU COMMISSION REPORT
Back in 2012 we briefly covered the news that the European Commission was going to investigate Samsung for abusing their Standard Essential Patents (SEP) against Apple. At the end of 2013 we reported that the EU wasn't happy with Samsung's initial Anti-Trust offer to end its patent dispute with Apple. Today, the European Commission adopted a decision with finds both Motorola and Samsung guilty of abusing their Standard Essential Patents. Yet the punishment doled out to Motorola for starting this war against Apple over essential patents ended up being a joke. Their big punishment was nothing more than a roaring press release with no bite. Yes, a polite little slap on the wrist. Yet perhaps there's a silver lining to all of this.

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Google creates new Pro-Android Campaign to Better Compete with Apple's iPhone & Keep Samsung In Line

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A new report posted today claims that Google wants to take a run at Apple's iPhone with a new line of smartphones called "Silver" that's really just killing off the Nexus branding for something that they could market better. The plan is also a part of a backup plan should Samsung decide to push their Tizen platform against Android.

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Apple is Granted 45 Patents Today Covering a MEMS based Autofocus Actuator for iDevices and Much More

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent for a MEMS based autofocus actuator for iDevices which will provide faster response times, better photo stability and more. The inventor of this patent worked at Cambridge Mechatronics who specialized in auto focus actuators. Will this cause Apple any problems in the future or did Apple license part of the technology? Only time will tell. In addition, we cover Apple's newly awarded design patents and we wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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Apple Granted a Surprising Patent for an iWatch-Like Device

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The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a single granted patent that surprisingly relates to an iWatch-like device form factor.

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Samsung Profits Dip for the Second Consecutive Quarter

10. News
Samsung Electronics saw earnings dip in the first quarter – for the second consecutive quarter – as margins were squeezed by competition in the high-end smartphone market (ahem, Apple). The dip contrasts with rival Apple, whose smartphone unit sales jumped 17 per cent in the first quarter, driving an overall 5 per cent rise in sales to $45.6bn and helping Apple's earnings growth hit its highest rate in six quarters, with net profit of $10.2bn.

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New York iPhone users to Benefit from iBeacon Event on May 20

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On May 20, Apple iPhone users, starting with the iPhone 4S with integrated iBeacon technology, will be able to participate in New York's May 20 event called "BeaconCrawl." BeaconCrawl, an interactive bar crawl event supporting bars in lower New York that were hit by 2012's Superstorm Sandy, will integrate beacons with a mobile application to drum up business.

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US Patent Office Published 82 Apple Patent Applications Last Week

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Last Thursday the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of 82 patent applications from Apple. While we only highlighted three of the patent applications (one, two and three) that were most interesting to the general Apple community, the fact remains that there were many other inventions that could appeal to many niche communities that have specialty skills. In this report we've compiled a list of 50 of the remaining 82 patent applications and their respective hyperlinks so that the curious explorer could find some of Apple's little hidden treasures that didn't get much attention last week. Enjoy the hunt.

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Concept Video Surfaces showing iPhone 6 with iOS 8 Features

 

A new concept video created by TechRadar illustrates a compilation of rumored ideas that might make their way to the next iPhone 6 running iOS 8. The video illustrates such rumored ideas as the new Healthbook app, Notification Center and other concepts such as the new DriveMode patent idea and a new Shazam feature that would be better served as a CarPlay feature.

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The New Galaxy S5 Already Experiencing Major Camera Failures

10. News
Although Samsung has quickly admitted to their recent camera defects and promising free replacements, it's embarrassing that a feature this important has problems popping up so early on after its debut. The camera module of the Galaxy S5 is mostly supplied by their own Samsung Electro-mechanics division, so there's no one else to blame for the camera's failure. The full extent of the problem is unknown at this time, but it could hurt their next quarter's financials if the problem is found to be extensive.

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Apple Regains Momentum and Continues to Conquer Japan

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A new analytical report published today covering the latest smartphone sales data from for the three months to March 2014, shows Apple performing strongly in the first quarter of the year, with sales bouncing back in Europe, Japan and Australia.

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Apple Loses Appeal in Japanese Click Wheel Infringement Case

50. Patently Legal
Japan's Intellectual Property High Court has affirmed a lower court order imposed on a local unit of Apple Inc. to pay ¥336 million (US$3.3 million) in compensation to a Japanese inventor for its patent violation. The patent infringement case concerned aspects of Apple's iPod Clickwheel.

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Apple's iTunes Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit

50. Patently Legal
c4cast.com, a Delaware corporation having a principal place of business in Pasadena, California, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple regarding iTunes and its interactive resources.

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Apple's iPad Continues to Crush all Android Tablets Combined with 77% of Web Traffic in the US and Canada

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Once again Chitika Insights latest web traffic stats for tablets in the US and Canadian markets has rolled out and Apple has crushed their Android competitors handily. Chitika notes that "the proverbial elephant in the room is iPad usage share, which still stands at over 77% of all U.S. and Canadian tablet-based Web traffic."

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Mind Boggling Apple Patent reveals Futuristic 3D Display Allowing users to Interact with Images in Mid-Air

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On April 24, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a monumental invention relating to an interactive 3D display. At first I thought it might have been a patent from PrimeSense, but the inventors are Apple engineers. Today's discovery is one of those patents where you get goose bumps just thinking about what this could mean for the future.

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Future iDevices may provide new Environmental Sensors

1. Cover - Apple environmental sensor patent filing
On April 24, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new environmental sensors may be considered for future iDevices relating to measuring temperature and humidity.

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Apple Reveals Additional Embedded Authentication Systems

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On April 24, 2014, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a series of three patent applications from Apple that revisits the many authentication systems that Apple is working on beyond just a fingerprint scanner. Apple touches on retinal scanning, eye tracking, voice prints and other systems for the iPhone and MacBook Pro alike. For the MacBook Pro, the biometric sensor could be built right into a familiar keyboard key or in the palm rest. Lastly, Apple adds retina scans to one of their patents patent claims to ensure that it's a protected future feature option.

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A Few Extra Tidbits Emerge from Apple's Conference Call

1. Cover - Apple Financials
While we reported earlier on Apple's financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter that ended March 29, 2014, there were a few interesting little tidbits that emerged from Apple's Q&A session at their conference call. Though one thing is for sure, Apple's appears to be in no rush to expand their product line just yet. Until whatever they're working on is insanely great; it's not going to be revealed.

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Shareholders Rejoice: Apple Surprises with a 7 to 1 Stock Split Announcement

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If you're an Apple shareholder, rejoice! Apple's Board of Directors surprisingly approved a seven-for-one stock split. Apple today announced that its Board of Directors has authorized another significant increase to the Company's program to return capital to shareholders. The Company expects to utilize a total of over $130 billion of cash under the expanded program by the end of calendar 2015.

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Women Sues Apple in Louisiana for iPhone 4S exploding in her Pants

50. Patently Legal
Amy Langlois DeOliveira, a resident and citizen of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish Louisiana has sued Apple in a personal injury lawsuit. According to her formal complaint before the court, her iPhone 4S allegedly exploded in her pants last summer burning her leg.

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Taiwanese Company Sues Apple over iOS's Core Motion Framework

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A Taiwanese Company by the name of CyWee Group Ltd. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's iOS Core Motion Framework that is used in Apple's iDevices like the iPhone 5S.

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