The much-complained-about `battery drain' issue of the October-released iPhone 4S has been resolved for most of the users of the handset with Apple's new iOS 5.1 update, which was released along with the unveiling of the new iPad by the company last Wednesday.
The serious battery drainage of the iOS 5-equipped iPhone 4S and iPad came to the fore when several users of the handset complained on the online Apple forums that an apparent bug in the software led to battery drain, even when Siri and other prime features were not used.
During the course of a recent interview, Roger Xie - the lawyer for Proview Technology, which is embroiled in a legal scuffle against Apple over the iPad trademark - said that Proview is yet to commence any out-of-court settlement negotiations with Apple in the companies' ongoing trademark-infringement battle.
With the rumored March 7 unveiling-date for the iPad 3 drawing closer, a new Apple. pro report has revealed that the shipments of the next-generation Apple tablet are apparently on their way to the US from Foxconn in China.
The report, seemingly based on some official documentation, has claimed that Foxconn has already dispatched several shipments of the much-rumored and highly-awaited iPad 3 to the US. The shipments, which reportedly will arrive at three US airports - in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York - on March 9, are supposedly under very high security.
In a move which marks the spread of the China ‘iPad’ trademark scuffle to the US, two Proview International Holdings’ units - Proview Electronics and Proview Technology – filed a lawsuit against Apple in Santa Clara County last week.
In the lawsuit filed in California, Proview Technology – which is already suing Apple in several jurisdictions in China, seeking a ban on the sales of the iPad across the country – has accused Apple of having deceptively acquired the iPad trademark for use in China.
According to reports, Chinese company Shenzhen Proview Technology has taken the legal route against Apple, by complaining to a Shanghai court that it has the rights to the `iPad' trademark in China.
While Shanghai's Pudong district court has convened a hearing on the issue on Wednesday, Proview has already filed lawsuits against Apple in a number of other courts too; and has also requested commercial authorities to block the sales of the popular Apple iPad tablet in as many as 40 cities.
Apple's `iPad' trademark scuffle with Shenzhen-based Proview Technology recently suffered a setback when a lower court in southern China ruled that retailers in the country should pull out the iPads from their stores.
According to an Associated Press report, Proview's lawyer Xie Xianghui said that the ruling that retailers should discontinue the sales of the iPad came on Friday at the Intermediate People's Court in the city of Huizhou.
The just-previewed Apple OS X Mountain Lion brings on a new Mac security setting - dubbed `Gatekeeper' - which will enable the users to prevent the OS from becoming laden with malware.
According to the details shared by Apple, the new `Gatekeeper' security feature of the OS X Mountain Lion - which was originally dubbed Mac OS X - will give users the ability to select the options from which they want the installs to be accepted.
In a recent announcement, Apple revealed that the independent watchdog group, the Fair Labor Association (FLA), has commenced the inspection and on-site audits of the factories owned by the bigwig manufacturer Foxconn in China.
According to the information shared by Apple, the FLA inspection of Foxconn's China plants will include interviews of the company's employees about working and living conditions, including health and safety, salaries, working hours and communication with the managing authorities.
Alongside its Monday approval of Google's $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) also approved the purchase of over 6,000 highly coveted mobile tech patents of bankrupt Canadian firm Nortel Networks by a consortium of bigwig tech companies including Apple, Microsoft, and Sony.
In what apparently is the latest development in terms of the ongoing legal scuffles between smartphone makers, Apple filed a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility in the US District Court, Southern District of California.
Apple has taken the legal route against Motorola – the two companies are already fighting a legal battle in Germany – in the US, accusing Motorola not for violating Apple’s own patented technology, but for breaching a contract pertaining to Motorola’s own IP, which Qualcomm uses in its MDM6610 baseband processors.
A 191-page file has been recently released by the government in response to Freedom of Information Act request, and it contains documents which provide a rather intriguing glimpse of the Apple's late founder and CEO Steve Jobs.
The documents form part of the background check which the FBI conducted on Jobs way back in the year 1991, when Jobs was being consider for a post in the White House, under the presidency of George H. W. Bush. Incidentally, the documents pertain to the time when Jobs had been sacked from Apple in 1991, and he moved to positions at Pixar and NeXT Computer.
Claiming that Apple is supposedly sourcing parts suppliers for it much-rumored HDTV project, a new report from Canada’s biggest national newspaper The Globe and Mail has revealed that Apple is currently in talks with two Canadian telecom firms, Rogers Communications and Bell Canada Enterprises, to strike an agreement for its expected TV set.
With electronics companies widely acknowledging the ‘affordability’ as well as ‘versatility’ advantages of Asian manufacturing plants, Apple has set somewhat of a standard in the tech industry in terms of finding parts, and manufacturing its devices, almost entirely overseas.
Since the Apple devices – including the iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac laptops – come with an inscription, on the back side, says “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China,” it is evident that Apple is able to bring down the costs of building its devices by banking heavily on overseas manufacturers.
According of reports from the news sites of The Australian and TheNextWeb, Apple’s patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung in Australia expanded notably on Friday, from three claims to as many as 278 claims.
As per the reports, the lawsuit began with Apple initially claiming that one Samsung device - the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – had violated its patent. However, the suit has now grown substantially to involve 10 devices, all of which allegedly infringe on Apple patents.
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