Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy phone and tablet series **Update: Apple comments

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has filed a lawsuit against Samsung over the “look and feel” of Samsung’s Galaxy series. The Galaxy series includes the popular Galaxy S smartphone line – Nexus S, Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G – in addition to the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet device.

Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products, the lawsuit said.
Apple and Samsung have long had a business relationship. Samsung supplies many flash components for Apple’s iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, in addition to Apple’s flash iPods: nano and shuffle. Most recently, it was discovered that Apple has switched from Toshiba flash components to Samsung components in the latest MacBook Air line.

Samsung also manufactures the basis of Apple’s A4 and A5 processors found in the iPhone and iPad. Samsung has also manufactured RAM modules and display technology for Apple. Apple and Samsung are rumored to be working together on a new Super PLS screen technology for us in future Apple devices.

Update: Mobilized got comment from Apple:

“It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging,” an Apple representative told Mobilized. “This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."
*thanks 9to5Mac*

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Apple ends MobileMe and iWork $30 rebate programs ahead of rumored refreshes

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A source within Apple has provided us with an internal memo announcing the end of Apple’s long-running rebate programs for both the MobileMe service and Apple’s iWork productivity suite of applications. The rebate allowed Apple customers to receive $30 off their purchase of the $99 MobileMe if the service was purchased alongside a new Mac or iOS device. The iWork rebate program, also $30 off, became an option with new Mac purchases.

Starting at the “close of business” on April 18th (that’s today in most markets) the MobileMe and iWork rebates no longer exist. Above is a screenshot of the internal memo we obtained. Apple’s decision to end the rebate program comes right before the rumored revamp of Apple’s MobileMe service. Back in February, we reported that MobileMe could now only be purchased online: not at retail stores, and no retail packaging would be shipped to the customer.

Apple is rumored to be updating MobileMe either later this month or in June at the annual World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The refresh is rumored to include a new “music locker” service for music streaming to Apple devices from the cloud, in addition to new cloud-based services. A ‘Media Stream’ and ‘Find my Friends’ feature is also rumored to be tied into the revamped MobileMe. Those features may debut in iOS 5. Apple cutting the rebate program may add credence to past reports claiming that MobileMe is becoming a free Apple service.

The iWork rebate program is also being cut. We don’t particularly think that iWork is becoming a free service, but it’s a safe bet that we will be seeing an iWork ’11 update later this year. iWork for Mac has not seen a major refresh since January 2009 as Apple has seemingly put their iWork focus on the iPad. No new features of note have been rumored for iWork, but evidence of this upcoming refresh has already appeared on the Mac App Store and in Apple’s Keynote Remote application for iPhone and iPod touch. Thanks, Robert!
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