A Â 2012 patent application from Apple suggests the company may be working on an improved SIM card tray design that uses a magnetic release mechanism instead of the traditional push with a pin design.
Apple’s former chief of iOS, Scott Forstall, has been away from the limelight ever since he was pushed out of the company in October last year. But he might come into the public eye once again in November, to testify in the Apple vs. Samsung damages retrial, where Samsung was initially handed a $1 billion fine, later reduced to $598 million.
Lodsys, the notorious patent troll that sued many iOS developers for using Apple’s In-app purchase API is free to continue its trolling after a Texas judge tossed out Apple’s motion to intervene in Lodsys’ patent suits against developers.
Till a few days ago, theÂ âofficialâ iPhone in Brazil was actually an Android phone, as Apple didn’t own the âiPhoneâ trademark in the country. But today, Apple won a ruling that granted it the right to use the “iPhone” trademark in Brazil, which was earlier held exclusively by IGB Electronica.
Although Apple seems reluctant to add NFC to the iPhone, the company keeps filing patents that describe NFC-based ideas. Last year, Apple was granted a patent that described an NFC-based transportation and ticketing app âiTravelâ and this time the company has filed a patent for a system that combines a fingerprint sensor with NFC tech to create a compact module that can alternate between the two modes.
Late last year, Apple suffered a major setback in the form of a $368.2 millionÂ patent lawsuit loss, where the company was found guilty of infringing VirnetX’s VPN related patents in its implementation of FaceTime.
According to Ars Technica, Apple has made changes to the FaceTime backend architecture to workaround VirnetX’s patents, which have caused a drop in the quality of video calls made through the service.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published a new patent application by Apple titled “Automatic video stream” selection.