US Judge Says Samsung Tablets Unlikely to Attract Apple’s Customers

Apple vs Samsung

From Apple suing Samsung to Samsung suing Apple, the news just don’t stop coming!  As we known by now, there are many legal disputes going on between Apple and copy-cat Samsung.  Lately, Apple’s been  trying to ban  Samsung’s Galaxy Tab from being sold in Germany and Australia. Just a few days ago, it was reported that  Samsung’s redesign of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet wasn’t enough to satisfy Apple. Got to love stubborn Apple! Yesterday, it was reported that Apple is trying to ban  sales of certain  Samsung Galaxy  products in the U.S. Unfortunately, the request was denied  District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose.

Now, more details have been revealed regarding the decision. According to a new report from Reuters, the decision was in part on the fact that Samsung’s sales were unlikely to tempt Apple’s customers and instead come at the expense of other Android makers. HA! Why would Apple owners switch to an inferior product in the first place? This reasoning was revealed in public courts documents that were not properly redacted. Reuters reveals that these documents were  edited to block certain details as intended by the court. Sounds fishy.

Koh’s 65 page decision that denied Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s sales of Galaxy devices and tablets in the US included mention of studies by Apple that show that “existing customers are unlikely to switch from iPhones to Samsung devices.”  Once again, why would anyone switch from Apple to an inferior product?  Just goes to show that iPhone owners are receiving the best user experience and don’t care about the “openness” of a device.

Oh boy, the next part is hilarious. The report also revealed that Samsung’s argument against this was that if their devices were banned, Apple would not be able to keep up with the demand for smartphones in the market. Seriously copy-cat Samsung? I guess they forgot they are the ones who make the A5 chips for the iOS devices.  Koh regarded the argument as “dubious.”

Kapow! Apple countered by saying that  Samsung sells very few tablets (no surprise here) and is targeting Samsung due to its violation  of its iPhone and iPad patents. Clearly, Samsung isn’t copying Apple. Just take a look at the picture below.

Samsung copying Apple

Judge Denies Apple Request to Ban Samsung Galaxy Sales in U.S.

Apple vs. Samsung

The hoopla between Apple and Samsung continues. As we known by now, there are many legal disputes going on between Apple and copy-cat Samsung.  Lately, Apple’s been trying to ban Samsung’s Galaxy Tab from being sold in Germany and Australia. Just a few days ago, it was reported that  Samsung’s redesign of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet wasn’t enough to satisfy Apple. Got to love stubborn Apple!  Now, Apple is trying to ban sales of certain Samsung Galaxy products in the U.S.

Unfortunately, on late Friday, it was revealed that Apple’s request for an early U.S. ban on certain Samsung mobile devices was not granted by  District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, reports  Reuters. Well duh! Why would they be granted such a request? Obviously, Samsung’s not copying Apple. Here is the proof!

Samsung copying Apple

Koh denied Apple’s request to ban the sale of the Droid Charge, Galaxy S 4G, Infuse 4G, and Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S. According to Koh,  “It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed.” Kristin Huguet,  spokeswoman for Apple, replied by saying that Samsung’s “blatant copying is wrong.”

Samsung’s litigation strategy has also been  under investigation  by the European Commission to determine whether it violates anti-competition laws.

Apple May Build a Huge New Data Center in Oregon

Apple Data Center

Early this year, Steve Jobs talked about what powers iCloud during his WWDC keynote  . It is a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina that is 500,000 square feet and is about five times the size of the company’s existing Silicon Valley data center. Also, it costed $1 billion to build, which is  twice what Google and Microsoft generally invest in their cloud data centers. Then in October, after the iCloud announcement, it was reported that Apple started to build a solar farm across the gigantic data center.

Today, OregonLive.com reports that Apple is “nearing a decision” on whether or not to build a brand new data center in Oregon. Ironically, if they do, the new data center would be located  a quarter of a mile south of a Facebook server farm that opened earlier this year. Why is this ironic? Rumor has is it that Apple and Facebook have a love/hate relationship (ex: Ping lacking Facebook Connect integration).

The world’s largest tech company is nearing a decision on whether to build a large data center in Prineville, a quarter mile south of the Facebook server farm that opened earlier this year, according to two people with direct knowledge of Apple’s plans.

Those familiar with the discussions say that Apple’s Oregon plans have been in flux while it awaited word on whether there would be adequate electricity transmission in Prineville to meet its needs.

With transmission capacity expanding and other companies now looking elsewhere, a door opened for Apple.

Apple’s project is codenamed  “Maverick”, which is rumored to  include a 31-megawatt data center, with plenty of land available for future expansion. In addition, the electricity required for this data center has not been disclosed but sources have estimated    it in the range of 100 megawatts.

It seems to me that a lot of people are using iCloud and Apple needs more capacity to handle the data and other services. The company is also working on a small data center in Newark, California and has been building a minor additional data center in  in Santa Clara, California.

MTA on State Investigation of Apple Grand Central Terminal Deal: “Bring It On”

Normally when Apple announces a new store, no legal trouble is involved, but the Grand Central Terminal deal seems to be causing some trouble for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Apple. Why? Because Apple scored a unique deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). This deal goes to show how much retail power Apple actually has.  Just yesterday, Apple revealed that the company’s new store in Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal will be opening on December 9th. In addition, it was reported that  the State of New York was investigating the deal.

Apple Store Grand Central

Today,  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which is in charge of leasing Grand Central Terminal’s retail space has  issued a courageous statement. The press release issued welcomes the investigation and expresses confidence  that it received the best possible deal for a difficult space that had previously been doing poorly.

With regard to any calls for an investigation into the lease, our comment is this: Bring it on. This is the best possible deal for the MTA, quadrupling the rent we receive and bringing foot traffic to Grand Central Terminal that will increase revenue from all of our retailers. We look forward to explaining the details of this competitively bid transaction to anyone who is interested.

The MTA also reveals that the space is difficult for retailers to deal with given the limitations due to the  historic preservation regulations for the open balcony space. In fact, Apple’s tenancy also required a $5 million buyout of Metrazur’s lease, which ran through 2019, and more than $2.5 million in improvements to the building infrastructure, including a new elevator, HVAC systems and other changes. Holy moly! Apple has a lot of money in the bank. While “competitors” are trying to play catchup with Apple, they are working on expanding their retail presence.

This is the best possible deal for the MTA. When all of the costs are included, Apple is paying more than $180 per square foot over the ten-year lease. As the competitive bidding process revealed, there are no other uses for this space that would generate the same revenue for the MTA given the up-front costs and limitations.

Apple’s store in Grand Central Terminal is supposed to occupy 23,000 feet and is expected to  generate  half-a-billion in sales a year.

Apple Wins One-week Extension on Australian Galaxy Tab Ban

Lately, Apple’s been trying to ban Samsung’s Galaxy Tab from being sold in Germany and Australia. Just a few days ago, it was reported that  Samsung’s redesign of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet wasn’t enough to satisfy Apple. The iPad maker has asked  a German court to stop sales of the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Stubborn Apple is stubborn. That’s not all though.  At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court.

Apple vs Samsung

The Wall Street Journal  reported  that  Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.  About a month ago,  Reuters  reported  that Apple had rejected the offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia.

Today, just a few days after an appeals court lifted  the sales ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia,  Bloomberg  reports  that Apple has won a one-week extension of the ban while the company to appeal the decision. Whoa, there! Hold up! If Samsung isn’t copying Apple, why exactly would the court allow Apple to win a  a one-week extension of the ban. This ban will allow the company attempts to appeal the decision.

In fact, Samsung  had been planning to begin selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia today ahead of shipments into the country this weekend. Ouch! That’s going to hurt sales for sure. Copy-cat Samsung also argued that the company was rushing to bring the device to market for the holiday season. HA! Why does it matter anyway? Not like they sell like the iPad does.

Recently, Samsung’s litigation strategy has also been under investigation by the European Commission to determine whether it violates anti-competition laws.



Confirmed: Apple Store Grand Central Opens December 9th

Earlier this year, it was  confirmed  that Apple is opening a new store in New York’s Grand Central soon, and it  looks absolutely  stunning.  The store is expected to occupy 23,000 feet (crazy!). It is also expected to  generate  half-a-billion in sales a year, which is probably more than all Microsoft stores combined.  That is assuming those stores generate any revenue. In fact, Microsoft has yet to reveal retail store numbers.  Last week, it was  reported    that store is to open soon. Rumor had it that the store will opens on December 9th.

Apple Store Grand Central

Yesterday, some interesting tidbits regarding Apple’s contract  with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for its Grand Central Terminal retail store were revealed. These agreements just go to show how much retail power Apple actually has. Now, The New York Post reports that the State of New York is investigating the deal.

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has launched an investigation into whether the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) gave Apple overly generous terms on its lease for the shop, which is slated for a splashy opening next week.

The article in the New York Post about the MTA’s contract with Apple in Grand Central Terminal is a cause for concern,DiNapoli said in a statement yesterday. This is a prime property, and I intend to make sure that the MTA hasn’t given away the store.

Today, in line with previous rumors, Apple has officially announced an opening day date for its massive store inside Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. The store will be opening on Friday, December 9th.

[Image credit: MacRumors]

Disney CEO Buys $1M of AAPL Shares After Joining Board of Directors

Earlier this month, it was reported that  Disney  president and CEO, Bob Iger, had joined the board of directors at Apple.    Iger played an important role in rebuilding the partnership between Disney and Pixar after both the companies’ relationship turned away under the leadership of his predecessor at Disney, Michael Eisner. In addition to Iger joining the board, Art Levinson had been named the Chairman of the Board of Directors.  Levinson replaced Steve Jobs in the chairman’s role,  who was briefly named Apple’s chairman following his resignation as its chief executive.  Art Levinson was the former Genentech executive and has served on Apple’s board since 2000. He has also been the co-lead director since 2005.

Apple logo

Today, a new statement filed with the U.S.    Securities Exchange Commission reveals that  Iger purchased a total of 2,670 shares of Apple on Tuesday, as  noted by  MacRumors. Apparently, Iger divided the purchase into two separate    transactions of 1,370 and 1,300 shares each for a total purchase price of just over $1 million. Wow! Makes me wish I owned a $1 million in AAPL shares. In fact, it is the most undervalued stock in America.  The filing also revealed that  Iger’s wife owned 75 shares of Apple stock prior to his joining the company’s board.

In addition, according to MacRumors, non-employee Apple board members are typically paid $50,000 per year in compensation while they are on the board, plus an annual stock award in the form of RSU’s.

Apple Scored “Unique” Bargain for Grand Central Store

Earlier this year, it was  confirmed  that Apple is opening a new store in New York’s Grand Central soon, and it  looks absolutely  stunning.  The store is expected to occupy 23,000 feet (crazy!). It is also expected to  generate  half-a-billion in sales a year, which is probably more than all Microsoft stores combined. That is assuming those stores generate any revenue.

Apple Store Grand Central Display

Today, The New York Post reveals some interesting tidbits  on some of the details of Apple’s contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for its Grand Central Terminal retail store, and it just goes to show Apple’s power in retail. Normally, Apple would have to pay $200 per square, but they are only paying $60 per square foot for the property. Would this be the case if these stores weren’t bringing in a boat load of revenue and foot traffic? Nope. Other tenants, such as Shake Shack restaurant are paying more than $200 per square foot!

But while real estate insiders estimate the shop will rake in $100 million a year in sales, Apple won’t be sharing a nickel with Grand Central’s operator, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

The tech giant is the only retailer in the fast-growing retail transit hub to have such a sweet lease.

Critics likewise note that Apple’s $60-a-square-foot lease is well below what many other tenants are paying — including a future Shake Shack burger joint that will be shelling out more than $200 a square foot, according to the leases, copies of which have been obtained by The Post.

The terms get even better for Apple. Unlike other merchants who rent space in Grand Central, Apple won’t have to pay a percentage  share of what it sells at the new storefront to New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The authority said that it agreed to allow Apple to keep all of its sales because the new store will “generate significant new traffic” for the 100 other retail tenants of Grand Central. Remember the time when Apple Stores were considered doomed? Well, now, this report goes to show that these once upon a time “doomed” stores give Apple a lot of retail power. Amazing isn’t it?

Last week, it was  reported    that store is to open soon. Rumor has it that the store will open on December 9th.

 

Motorola Blocked from Adding iTunes, iCloud and iPhone 4S to Patent Claim

A few hours ago, we reported an update on a lawsuit between Samsung and Apple. Well, now, we have an update on a lawsuit between Motorola and Apple. Oh boy, it never ends! Last week, it was reported that  Apple is also involved in a patent lawsuit with Motorola. Last April, Motorola originally sued Apple regarding MobileMe due to data synchronization patent. It was reported that if Apple claimed a potential injunction against the case, then it could result in a $2.7 Billion loss.

Apple vs. MotorolaToday, a new report reveals that Motorola has been blocked by a US court from adding iTunes, iCloud, and iPhone 4S to its patent infringement claims against Apple. HA! What goes around, comes around right? This is because of the supplemental infringement claims Motorola attempted to add to its case with Apple at the end of October in the Southern District of Florida after Apple filed a lawsuit against them, according to a  report  by Florian Mueller of  FOSS Patents.

Apparently, Motorola’s response to Apple’s lawsuit was filed too late for the court to accept, so as a workaround, the company tried to make the case that the its existing claims should be expanded to involve iTunes, iCloud and the new iPhone 4S.

 “Motorola seemingly would have to file an entirely new case against Apple to claim that these products infringe exactly the same patents at issue here.”

In fact, Motorola wasn’t just adding new products to its claim. Mueller points out that  the attempted expansion of the case by Motorola also “raised new issues with respect to certain originally-accused products.” Motorola has also incorporated claims against iCloud in its German litigation.  Tune in next week for another episode on mobile patent wars.

 

 

Apple is Looking to Ban Sales of Revised Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Oh boy, the Apple vs. Samsung lawsuit in Germany sure seems to get interesting day by day.  At present, Apple is seeking an injunction against Samsung preventing the sale of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung  agreed  to delay the device’s launch several times as the injunction was being considered by the court. In addition,  The Wall Street Journal  reported  that  Samsung’s lawyers had proposed a deal to Apple that would allow Samsung to launch its delayed Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Samsung’s proposed deal was not disclosed to the court.  About a month ago,  Reuters  reported  that Apple had rejected the offer from Samsung that would have allowed the company to release its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia. Earlier this month, Samsung launched the 10.1N with a design-tweak of the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 that is already barred from sale in Germany under an earlier injunction.  The redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N features a metal frame that wraps around its edges.

Apple vs. Samsung

Today, it is reported that Samsung’s redesign of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet isn’t enough to satisfy Apple. The iPad maker has asked a German court to stop sales of the redesigned Galaxy Tab 10.1N. Wait, you mean the design still looks similar to the iPad’s? Shocker. Dow Jones Newswires reports that Germany’s Dusseldorf regional court will  hold a hearing  on Dec. 22 to review Apple’s request.

Unfortunately for Apple, the challenge has no effect on the sales of the device. This means that copy-cat Samsung will be able to sell its iPad-look alike  during the busy holiday shopping season. HA! Like Samsung’s Galaxy Tab would sell anyway.

In fact, the German court hasn’t been the only one to say that Samsung’s tablet copies Apple’s iPad design. Apple has also won an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia in October. Gosh, got to love how courageous and stubborn Apple is.