The week of June 25-July 1 features two battles in the tech world, not to mention the emergence of new technology patents and an Apple rumor (there are many in the blogosphere currently). Apple went to court against Samsung this week in court and Judge Lucy Koh ruled in Apple’s favor. Earlier in the week, Apple filed a motion for an injunction against Samsung’s 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab; a few days later, the Cupertino, California company was at it again with Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. This was in the same week as the iPhone’s fifth anniversary (2007-2012), so it dampened the mood a bit.
The complaint Apple made against the Galaxy Nexus phone (the only Samsung phone with Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean update and a partnership phone of Samsung and Google) is that the phone violated a few patents that Apple currently owns. One of the Apple patents pertains to voice functionality and search. Samsung wrote (post-ruling) that they would appeal the preliminary injunction; Apple responded with something to the effect of “You can look at our designs for our devices and see that Samsung has copied everything about them. We have to protect our ideas when they are stolen by someone else.” This is a standard statement from the company, though the company has little right to make such a statement. After all, they have stolen applications from their own developers as well as jailbreakers. The case of Greg Hughes made it to publications such as The Huffington Post. His case was over an app he invented called “WifiSync,” which takes the “wifi” and “sync” capabilities and provides a way to sync devices over a wifi Internet connection. Apple rejected his application for “security reasons” but then stole his app and announced it as theirs at the following WWDC.
Apple not only stopped at copying Greg Hughes’ “WifiSync” app, or the apps of other jailbreaker developers; the company is also guilty of stealing a few ideas from Microsoft. When it comes to security, Apple has always claimed that its Mac computers “get no viruses,” according to Wired Magazine. Readwriteweb says that the Trojan virus, plus issues with Flashback malware, have created a poor image of the Cupertino company. Apple removed its statement of “our computers do not get viruses” last week from its “Why You’ll Love a Mac” marketing webpage in order to avoid lawsuits from false advertising. The company has come to realize its imperfections, although it is a shame that this realization came about for legal reasons.
Nevertheless, the company has decided to transform its security update system to match that of Windows: Mac computers will send updates each day and provide users with the choice to either 1) set their updates to automatic or 2) install computer patches after they restart their computers. Antone Gonsalves asserts that Windows security has allowed these options to its users for several years now. In short, as I have said it all week, Apple is guilty of the same issues of which others are guilty.
You may not know it, but Apple also had twenty-seven patents approved this week, among them a Wireless Charging System patent or docking station patent. The patent would allow devices to be charged without plugs, cords, and cables and would be similar to solar chargers (though the wireless charging would not work the same as solar chargers). The wireless charging patent presents Apple with a whole new world of opportunities with regard to the company’s iDevices. Other types of patents that Apple obtained relate to rotating documents on touchscreens, scrolling lists, and a phone display that is sensitive to light. There has also been a seven-inch, mini iPad rumored to emerge on electronic store shelves this Fall. Apple will sell the device for around $200-$250, in order to compete with the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the Google-Samsung Galaxy Nexus 7 (also a seven-inch tablet for $200).
Jailbreakers, there is always a new app on the horizon that makes jailbreak life more and more worthwhile than the app before. This past week, the new jailbreak app called Protecti was announced. Protecti allows you to enable a password for your notifications, emails, and the rest of your favorite apps so as to “lock out” nosy friends and curious children. The application will work great for the times when you are away from your desk, out with friends, at home with family, and even on vacations. You can hardly ever trust “Curious Georges” around your iPhone without some protective measure to hide your private communication from them. The app costs $2.99 and can be found in the Cydia app hub under “Big Boss Repo.”
This iPhone 3GS jailbreak week in recap held some interesting events, particularly the Apple-Samsung injunction battle. Stay tuned, as Samsung is likely to repeal the injunction come next week.