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Apple sued for not making something

keep_calm_and_love_your_patent_lawyer_2_inch_round_magnet-re8c2c059dc99401ca676f1a1e58344f5_x7js9_8byvr_324Fruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple has been sued for not making a product it patented and thus killing a child.

James and Bethany Modisette are suing the toy-maker after a car crash two years ago that killed one of their daughters and injured the rest of the family. The driver of the car who hit them was using Apple’s FaceTime video chat.

The plaintiffs claim that if Apple had implemented technology it received a patent for in 2008 which was “a lock-out mechanism to prevent operation of one or more functions of handheld computing devices by drivers when operating vehicles,” such as texting or video chatting the accident would not have happened.

The complaint cites Apple’s “failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative design technology” — in other words, lack of the programme’s inclusion — as a “substantial factor” in the crash.

It is a bold move taking this argument into a court and while we think it is unlikely to that it will go anywhere it does highlight a point. Tech companies patent shedloads of things and then never produce a product with them.  In this case it was a fairly obvious piece of tech which would have saved a life. Apple could easily have incorporated it into the iPhone 6 but it didn’t.

Apple press worries about Chinese iPhone 7 response

big-trouble-in-little-chinaFruity tax dodger Apple expects the Internet to be alive at the moment talking about its coming iPhone 7 release.  It is a sign that its marketing has generated enthusiasm.  However, in key markets like China the discussion is the same as a Trappist monastery after a laryngitis outbreak.

The iPhone 7 is basically just the iPhone 6 with a better chip and terrible Bluetooth wireless sound system. While the Tame Apple Press enthuses about the phone, most people who know about technology feel that there is not much to offer.

The Chinese market is also discerning and less influenced by Apple’s marketing than Jobs’ Mob would like. This time, observers are looking for mention if the iPhone 7 and finding tumbleweed instead.

Posts on China’s popular Sina Weibo microblogging site show the iPhone 6, which took China by storm in 2014 with its new, larger screen, attracted around 15 times more comments in the month before launch than this year’s model.

Apple’s Greater China sales dropped by a third in April-June, albeit after more than doubling a year earlier, and revenue was down by more than a quarter to $8.8 billion – around a fifth of its total sales. Its 7.8 percent market share ranked fifth in China, trailing local vendors Huawei, OPPO and Vivo, which together accounted for 47 percent.

Apple also saw its value added services such as ibooks and movies closed in China after Beijing imposed strict curbs in March on online publishing.

Ben Cavender, Shanghai-based director at China Market Research Group, who described current consumer interest in China as “muted”.

Strategy Analytics claims that iPhone shipments in China will decline 20 percent in the second half of this year to 21 million from a year ago.

Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said that Apple was struggling with consumer ‘iPhone fatigue’ in China, while competition from Huawei, Oppo and others remains fierce,” said.

Concerns that Apple has hit “peak iPhone” have harmed the firm’s shares this year, with the stock price up just 2.35 percent.

 

Chinese court bans iPhone 6 sales

big-trouble-in-little-chinaFruity cargo cult Apple is having Big Trouble in Big China after its iPhone 6 phone was banned from by a court because Jobs’ Mob is alleged to have stolen the designs of a Chinese company.

A Chinese regulator has ordered Apple to stop selling two versions of its iPhone 6 in Beijing after finding they look too much like a competitor, but Apple insists that sales are going ahead while it appeals.

While Apple is hoping that Chinese sales will save its bacon, the outfit is having huge problems getting its goods to market behind the bamboo curtain. Apple’s iBooks, iTunes Movies, music service has also been banned in China. Meanwhile what is left of Apple’s business faces completion from local brands including Huawei and Xiaomi.

The order by the Beijing tribunal said the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus looked too much like the 100C model made by Shenzhen Beili, a small Chinese brand. The order was issued in May but reported this week by the Chinese press.

Apple said a Beijing court stayed the administrative order on appeal and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus still were on sale.

Already Apple has to share the name “iphone” with a Chinese bag maker, which got the name first. Apple said it would appeal that judgement too.

Apple sued for creating bricks in its wall

pink-floyd-the-wall-alan-parkerThe fruity cargo cult Apple is facing a class action for bricking the phones of naughty users who dared not to use its genii to repair their phones.

Apple issued an update which bricked iPhone 6 devices that have been repaired by third parties. The so-called “Error 53” problem appeared after an iOS software update and seemed to affect devices with replaced or damaged home buttons and Touch ID sensors.

Basically this means that anyone dumb enough to buy an iPhone 6 but shrewd enough to realise that it did not have to be repaired by Apple is facing an expensive problem. They have to get their phone re-repaired by Apple for the original fault and the one that Jobs’ Mob created.

Apple claims that it has done no such thing and the error is the result of a “security feature.” The iOS checks that the Touch ID sensor matches your device’s other components during an update or restore. This check keeps your device and the iOS features related to Touch ID secure.”

We are not sure if they ran that particular excuse through the common sense department of the company for checking. Why would Touch ID need to do that?

The idea is similar to one which Microsoft uses to check that you are not installing multiple copies of Windows onto your PC and with a similar but less drastic result. To say that Apple was unware that this would be the result of its “security feature” suggests that either its software people are so stupid that they did not know that would happen, or the company was trying to weed out those who had “unauthorised components”.

PCVA, the Seattle-based law firm considering a class action lawsuit thinks the latter. On its website it said: “We believe that Apple may be intentionally forcing users to use their repair services, which cost much more than most third-party repair shops.”

Apple releases Surface Pro and last year’s iPhone

Old Apple logo - Wikimedia CommonsIn a sign that Apple has run out of ideas, the fruity cargo cult it released a swath of gadgets yesterday, which have already been released by its rivals.

The biggest “invocation” was a 12.9-inch iPad, which is hardly a revolutionary idea. What made the gadget new was that it borrowed Microsoft’s much-mocked stylus. Apple fanboys everywhere laughed at Vole for using a stylus even when there were indications that no one used it. Of course, now they have to eat their words as Apple has adopted it.

Apple’s Pencil is powered and it means you will have to charge it every 12 hours which defeats about 80 percent of the reason you would use a pencil.

Apple has come up with a Smart Keyboard, meanwhile, which attaches to the iPad Pro using a new port on the side of the tablet. Apple is calling it the Smart Connector – it looks like three small, circular buttons and supplies both power and data to the keyboard when you need to do some serious typing. We say “serious” but anyone who types for a living will hate it. However the entire set up  is identical to Microsoft’s Surface again – only much more expensive.

Both accessories are launching in November, and you will have to buy them separately from the iPad Pro. The Smart Keyboard costs $169, while the Pencil comes in at $99. That is an extra $268 on top of the iPad Pro’s $799 starting price, tipping the set over the $1,000 mark. This is a lot of dosh for a keyboard-less netbook, which is already in the shops much cheaper.

Another disappointment was Apple’s announcement of its iPhone 6S and 6S plus. The Tame Apple Press had claimed that this would save Apple from the perils of the dying smartphone market.

This time the iPhones are made from a 7000 custom aluminium alloy that is used in airspace which might not bend as much as its predecessor. The phone comes with a 3D Touch sensor that will detect if you tap or press, and the level of pressure. It will let you read a glimpse of an email if you press harder, it will show more so long as you keep pressing.

This “so what” feature is the only thing new on the phone, which otherwise is identical to last years’ devices. Phones will have the same 4.7-inch screen for the iPhone 6S and 5.5 inch for the Plus.
Apple’s SVP of hardware Phill Shiller has mentioned that they come with glass with a dual ion technology called voodoo magic. We guess it means that it has been soaked with the blood of a Chinese sweatshop labourer, because we cannot otherwise see what is magical or voodoo about the tech. We advise that you leave it at a crossroads and walk away without turning back.

Apple’s A9 chip is using the brand new transistors, and the Phil Shiller claims that the new chip has incredible graphics, the motion coprocessor M9 is built inside of the chip but then again he is likely to say that even if they were complete pants.

The camera has a few more megapixels, but this is thanks to an iSight camera sensor, coming from Sony rather than anything clever from Apple.

The phone does have 4k video, but given that there is no 4k content available and the fact that it will eat up shedloads of bandwidth, few may want it.

Pre-orders start on September 12 and shipping on September 26 to the top ten countries. iOS 9 will be available on September 16. The pricing remains the same as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S and the storage remains at 16GB, 64GB and 128GB

What should be worrying Apple investors here is that it is clear that innovation has shifted away from Apple to other companies. Those who bought Apple because it was flashy and packed full of gadgets will have to look elsewhere. Copying everyone else is the status quo in the smartphone industry, Apple has made a name for itself by doing things first.

Jobs’ Mob also seems even less in touch with the market in terms of price. The market does not need a more expensive Surface Pro. It also does not need a new smartphone which is more or less identical to last year’s model.

Samsung confirmed as smartphone lead

SamsungThe latest figures from IDC  on shipments of smartphones in the first calendar quarter of this year saw Samsung take the lead worldwide.

During the quarter, vendors shipped 336.5 million smartphones – which is a 16.7 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year.

While Apple was in the lead in the last calendar quarter of 2014, Samsung has regained its lead despite global demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Anthony Scarsella, a research manager at IDC, said: “Samsung’s shipments, given that the S6 was not launched into the market for the full quarter, were driven by large volumes into emerging market and steady demand for its midrange and lower priced smartphones.”

IDC’s figures march in step with Strategy Analytics’ results, which we reported earlier today.

The market research company said all vendors in the sector will be squeezed by falling average selling prices and it expects there will be a battle between Samsung’s S6 and and Apple’s iPhone 6.

The top five vendors in the first quarter were Samsung, Apple, Lenovo, Huawei and LG ELectronics, with market shares of 24.5%, 18.2%, 5.6%, 5% and 4.6% respectively.

Big iPhone 6 rumoured to be late

While the world+dog has been plagued by the usual rumours about the iPhone 6, we found one which was potentially brilliant – the world will not have to suffer the super-sized version until next year.

Chinese website ctee.com claims that Apple’s next iPhone iteration won’t be arriving until sometime next year.

Apple plans to release the iPhone 6 in two sizes: 4.7-inches and a larger 5.5-inches. Mystery has surrounded the larger version in particular, with some claiming it wouldn’t arrive until after the smaller version launches, and others think it is far too innovative for Apple to release.

According to the latest sources, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will arrive in the second half of this year, but the 5.5-inch version, which will be called the iPhone Air, it is being suggested, won’t arrive until 2015 because Apple can’t get it to work.

While the Tame Apple Press is claiming that it is only a rumour, the Chinese site has a good amount of detail.

The problem appears to be the battery. Apple has asked the battery cell supplier to cut the thickness of iPhone Air battery by a third, but it turns out that this is a challenge to the technical limit of flexible packaging cell battery cell plant.

A general smart phone battery is 2.8 to 2.9 mm, but the thickness of the battery Apple iPhone Air requirements must be 2 mm or less. Not only is this tricky, but there are yield problems and difficulties getting enough.

Chinese plants are apparently trying to work out how they can upgrade so that the batteries can be made in time, when they are effectively invented. All up, this means that a year seems optimistic for the Apple iPhone Air and indeed a big size iPhone generally.

The 4.7-inch screen increase is not exactly dramatic in comparison with what others are doing in the market so the lack of a compelling new product will probably send the Apple into a snooze for a year. 

Apple Iphone 6 pictures leaked

While the security in Apple is the sort of thing that Erich Honecker would be proud of, it seems that China is a hole in its wall and a leak of its new iPhone 6 has appeared.

A photo originating from a Chinese equivalent of Twitter Sina Weibo  claims to show off the front panel of Apple’s next generation iPhone 6.

It appears to confirm that the next iPhone will be much bigger than many have predicted. Only one photo of this purported front panel has been posted on Sina Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter. In it someone, with amazing nails, is holding a black iPhone 5S alongside the panel to show off the size difference.

The authenticity of this part can not be verified and no additional information was offered alongside the picture.  We are unsure of the exact size of this display panel. It’s unclear if it would have the correct 16:9 aspect ratio that all iPhones have had since the iPhone 5.

The purported panel shows that screen bezels might be slim in comparison with existing iPhones. That corroborates with rumours about the next generation iPhone being thinner and lighter than its predecessors.

There is a pill-shaped opening for ear speaker, IR proximity sensor and FaceTime camera cutouts are all present where one would expect them. So in other words it will be big and thin but still the same design.

The dark satanic rumour mill has suggested that Jobs’ Mob is going to have another crack at releasing an expensive and a cheap version of the iPhone 6.  This is despite the fact that the last time it tried this, the cheap one was ignored in droves.

Recent rumours claim that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be launched first. It will presumably be followed a few months later by the 5.5-inch model.

Of course, it could be all lies and the photo could be a well-staged hoax. However, if in showing the picture off we annoy the Apple Press Office that is always worth the craic.

iPad 5 out 2nd April, 2011

Fans of Jobs’ Mob’s luxury consumer electronics would be wise to save their pennies. According to documents leaked to TechEye by trusted sources, Apple’s iPad 5 will be out this April.

While the iPad 2 has only just been announced, some are warning that the iPad 3 will be on release this Autumn. Details are, of course, thin – but there’s a chance the iPad 3 will be a slightly lower-priced model to cater to further markets. Those familiar with Apple product life cycles also recommend waiting the standard two days before upgrading.

But a roadmap we have seen says that the iPad 5 is going to be hitting all Apple Stores on the 2nd April, this year.

According to a prototype that we paid £1,000,000 for in the Dog and Piddle, Soho, it will be 7/8ths as thin as the iPad 2 and as small as a matchbox.

It’ll have 19 front facing cameras and operate in what is codenamed Super HD. The screen, about the size of an ogre’s thumb nail, will revolutionise the way we view tablet computing: using your iMonocle from the Apple Store to enhance and enlarge the crystal clear iPad 5 screen. Users can extend their typing range by attaching, by sellotape, iPins to the end of their fingers – for incredibly accurate typing.

Each letter appearing on the iPad 5’s on-screen keyboard will be accurate to the point of a nanometre, but we’re told five iPins will be included and you can purchase more from any Apple Store.

The device will run iOS v.20.6 and, like Lion, will implement game-changing technologies such as “auto-save”. 

Speaking to TechEye, an Apple spokesperson said: “This is our most beautiful, magical device yet. It is beautiful to see every single Apple announcement push legitimate news stories from the front pages of national newspapers with a global reach.

“And it is really magical that people keep taking out loans to pay for shiny rectangles that we manufacture for a penny with our trusted partners in Shenzhen, China.”