iOS Devices ▪ June 22, 2011

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As AT&T tries to swallow up the American wing of the German telekom, many have wondered whether Apple would allow T-Mobile to carry the iPhone.  Apple’s answer so far is a no*, but that hasn’t stopped T-Mobile customers from adopting iPhones.  In huge numbers.

In a meeting with T-Mobile spokespeople today ahead of the NYC Pepcom event, I received word that there are actively over a million Apple iPhones currently on T-Mobile’s network.  When asked for a breakdown, the spokesman said the majority were pre-iPhone 4 but that a significant amount of people had “taken the scissors” to their T-Mobile SIM cards.  T-Mobile doesn’t currently offer a Micro-SIM solution for Apple’s iPhone 4 so people who want to use the iPhone 4 must modify their SIMs into MicroSIMs.  Those using iPhone 4s also won’t receive T-Mobile’s 3G or 4G data speeds because of the radio differences between the networks.

*Apple started selling unlocked iPhone 4s in the US for the first time earlier this month.

When asked to elaborate further on Micro-SIMs, the spokesman told me they are in the works but there was no time frame for release.  Why not wait until the deal with AT&T is over to make MicroSIMs?  Perhaps we’ll have a little surprise come September.

When asked specifically about the possibility of a T-Mobile USA iPhone, T-Mobile said they have nothing to announce at this time. expand full story

Bloomberg reports that Apple’s request for the courts to ban Amazon’s use of the App Store term will probably be denied. Amazon uses the term App Store as the header name for their online store that sells and markets applications for Google’s Android platform. Apple sued Amazon in late March of this year over possible confusion over App Stores.

Amazon, in March, responded to Apple’s claims of confusion, saying:

Based on their common meaning, the words ‘app store’ together denote a store for apps, such as the app stores operated by Amazon and Apple.

The judge on the case, Phyllis Hamilton, seems to agree, reporting that Apple is yet to provide sufficient evidence for their claim that users are (or will be confused) over Amazon’s usage of the App Store name; a name that Apple has used since 2008 to market their iOS application store and most recently their Mac App Store.

Apple’s difficulty demonstrating real evidence of actual confusion among consumers is a stumbling block for Apple, Hamilton said in court. I’m troubled by the showing that you’ve made so far, but that’s where you’re likely not to prevail at this early juncture.

The case’s judge says she will “probably” deny Apple’s request, but Apple still has the opportunity to throw more evidence into the case.

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iOS Devices ▪ June 21, 2011

FOSS Patents reports that the judge overseeing the Samsung vs. Apple case has ruled in Apple’s favor regarding Samsung’s request to examine Apple’s next-generation, high-profile mobile devices: the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. Although this is good news for Apple (and expected news), Apple might still have to wait on obtaining preliminary injunction against Samsung’s ability to sell their devices in question in the United States.

This possibility comes from this key line from the judge on the case:

Samsung is free to argue, for instance, that there is little likelihood of confusion because consumers will not encounter its products side-by-side with the iPhone 4 or iPad 2, but rather with Apple’s next generation iPhone and iPad. Similarly, as to proximity, Samsung is free to argue that because the iPhone 4 and iPhone 2 will soon be outmoded and reduced in price, they are not being sold (or very soon will not be sold) to the same class of purchasers who are likely to buy new Samsung products. By choosing to allege infringement only of its current products, Apple opens itself up to these arguments.

Essentially, Samsung can argue that they should not be banned from selling the devices in question in the United States (like the Nexus and Galaxy devices) as these devices – both tablets and smartphones – are currently up against the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Samsung could argue that Apple’s next-generation devices will be different in appearance, resolving Apple’s argument that the appearance of their devices has been copied by Samsung. Apple, of course, will not reveal the design and features for unreleased products.

If Apple can present the iPhone 5 to the court and show that the alleged problem of “consumer confusion” is essentially the same as currently (in terms of similarities between the Galaxy handset and the iPhone 4), Apple’s motion for an injunction is no less likely to succeed (though it’s clear that Samsung would try to overstate any possible differences in design).

FOSS Patent’s Florian Mueller closes his report by noting that Apple would have the best chance in accomplishing injunction against Samsung if they only motion for injunction when the iPhone 5 arrives in September– or when Apple wants to show their next-generation smartphone to the court (which will likely never happen prior to the public reveal):

If Apple would rather avoid this kind of impression, it might want to proceed cautiously and wait with a preliminary injunction motion until the iPhone 5 can be shown, or present only a tablet-related motion in the very near term and a smartphone-related one a little later.

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Bloomberg has backed up rumors from the past few months and says that Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone will debut in September and feature the dual core A5 system on a chip found in the iPad 2. The report also says that the “iPhone 5” will feature an 8MP camera, up from the 5 megapixels in the iPhone 4. The new phone is also said to look like the iPhone 4 – backing up past reports and squashing this morning’s rumors. In addition, the report says that the next version of the iPad will feature a higher-resolution display – about 1/3 higher in resolution and more responsive.

Bloomberg’s claims are not all that revolutionary with 9to5Mac exclusively reporting in April that Apple was deploying prototype next-generation iPhones with the A5 CPU. We also reported that Apple’s next smartphone would feature an 8MP camera, based on comments from Sony’s CEO and past analyst information. Additionally, independent sources told us that development of the next-generation iPhone is moving along as planned and will make its way to the hands of consumers in September of this year.

The iPad 3 has long been rumored to feature a higher resolution display. Bloomberg says the display will be 1/3 higher in resolution, which sounds odd given application and graphical interface formatting. If Apple does go higher-res for iPad 3, it will likely be the full Retina treatment. – like on the iPhone 4 and fourth generation iPod touch. In the iPad’s case, this display will become 2048 x 1536 from the iPad 1 and iPad 2’s 1024 x 768 screen resolution. Graphics were recently found in an iOS 5-exclusive frameworks API that referenced an iPad with a Retina Display.

Although this was not reported by Bloomberg, the next generation iPhone is expected to pack a new cellular chip that can support both GSM and CDMA networks. In the case of the United States, this new phone can either connect to AT&T or Verizon networks. This functionality comes from the Qualcomm Gobi chip, which we exclusively revealed was packed into the Verizon iPhone 4. The new iPhone will also come preloaded with iOS 5, which features Notification Center, new camera features, Twitter integration, iCloud support, an updated mail application, a location-based reminders application, iMessages, and much more.

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According to DailyTech, Apple is gearing up to launch a television set business this fall. The site claims that a former Apple executive spilled the beans on the project, saying “you’ll go into an Apple retail store and be able to walk out with a TV. It’s perfect.” This TV display is said to be powered by Apple’s popular iOS (currently runs on the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Apple TV). The report also says that Apple will not be developing the large screens in-house, but will work with an OEM, like Samsung, to get production rolling.

An actual Apple television set has been rumored for years now with reports from analysts like Gene Munster, and cryptic official job listings from Apple. Apple currently sells a $99 Apple TV, iOS-powered set-top-box. Essentially, this Apple TV display is said to be a large screen with a built-in Apple TV. In addition, Apple has been researching OLED technologies – perhaps that research ties into this rumored TV set. DailyTech has been a reliable source for information within Intel, but has no track record regarding rumors on the subject of TVs.

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Boy Genius is calling a radically new iPhone 5 to be announced in August and released a few weeks later.

We have heard it’s quite possible Apple will break tradition. According to our source, Apple may hold an event in the beginning or middle of August to announce the new iPhone, with availability to follow in the last week of August. We’re not sure if that means the iPod event will be moved up slightly, or if this will be an iPhone-specific event. Thisismynext reported earlier that the upcoming iPhone 5 would feature a new teardrop-shaped case design.

We’ll see. This counters much of what has been said so far and it would seem counterintuitive for Apple to ship an iPhone 5 before iOS 5 is released.  There have been reports of Nexus S-like curved glass from Digitimes and ThisIsMyNext however. expand full story

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