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Apple Gets Its First Lawsuit on Undocumented Location Data Capture and Storage

The Internet has already been abuzz about Apple and Android stealing/storing location data. Everyone is baffled and this sheer disrespect for privacy has enraged everyone. It has become the discussion of talk tech talks, endless blog posts and To add fuel to fire, Steve Jobs has replied to all the location tracking allegations with one-liners,

We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.

My best guess is, he took KISS too seriously and left the situation fubared. It was just time before a lawsuit came through, though I was expecting it on Android, not Apple. Android has got far more enemies than Apple. Vikram Ajjampur and William Devito have accused Apple on this issue and the lawsuit was filed on the 22nd of this month.

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Even before reply to the allegation, Steve Jobs takes care to mention that Android tracks users, not Apple. The exact conversation that took place was,

Q: Steve,

Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe you could shed some light on this for me before I switch to a Droid. They don’t track me.

A: Oh yes they do. We don’t track anyone. The info circulating around is false.

Sent from my iPhone

So much for accountability, now try saying that in court Steve Jobs.
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White iPhone Will Be Launched Worldwide on April 27

Thanks to innumerable delays, the fabled white iPhone has almost attained mythical status. However, the wait might finally be over. Earlier in the week, we had spotted an white iPhone 4 running a test build of iOS. Now, 9to5Mac has obtained the inventory list of BestBuy, which lists April 27 as the launch date for the white iPhone 4. Earlier, iPhoneItalia had claimed that the much awaited variant of the original iPhone 4 will be launched on April 26, while 9to5Mac had confirmed April 27 as the launch date in Netherlands.

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In fact, one customer has already managed to snag a white iPhone, thanks to a goof-up by Vodafone UK staff. In a statement to WSJ, Apple had confirmed that the white iPhone will be launched this spring. However, the sudden flood of information suggests that retailers around the world have already started receiving shipments of the highly anticipated handset.

We would normally be cautious about getting too excited based on unconfirmed reports. However, the multitude of independent confirmations makes it likely that the white iPhone will indeed be launched next week. The pristine beauty of the white variant caught the attention of many a people around the world when it was first unveiled. However, the big question is, how potential buyers have already opted for the black edition? Apple repeatedly delayed the white iPhone 4, and failed to provide a concrete release date, or a satisfactory explanation for the delay. With iPhone 5 release being around the corner, many users might opt to wait it out.

Samsung Fights Back Against Apple; Files 10 Patent Infringement Claims

Apple sued Samsung just about a week ago, filing a patent infringement lawsuit alleging that the Galaxy range of devices by Samsung were copied from the Apple iPhone and iPad. It was a very bold move by Apple, considering that Samsung is a major component supplier for Apple products.

Today, as expected, Samsung has fired back at Apple, filing 10 different patent infringement claims against Apple over the iPhone and the iPad. The lawsuits were filed in South Korea, Japan and Germany and are related to “power reduction during data transmission, 3G technology for reducing errors during data transmission, and wireless data communication technology.”

“On April 21, Samsung Electronics filed a lawsuit in the Seoul Central District Court, Korea against Apple Inc. citing five patent infringements. Separately, Samsung filed a suit in a court in Tokyo, Japan citing two patent infringements, and in Manheim, Germany citing three patent infringements.

Samsung is responding actively to the legal action taken against us in order to protect our intellectual property and to ensure our continued innovation and growth in the mobile communications business.” the official statement said.

Samsung’s Galaxy S has been the most popular Android phone of the year, and the closest competitor of the iPhone. Samsung also plans to launch the Galaxy S 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 soon, which will compete with the iPhone 4/5 (which will be launching late this year) and the iPad 2.

Apple iPad 2 Launching in India by April End?

Apple launched the iPad 2 more than a month back, but like always, it ignored India during the initial launch phase. Besides, it just launched the iPad in India, so it was unlikely that it would launch the iPad 2 anytime soon.

However, Apple COO, Tim Cook revealed during its Q2 2011 earnings call that the iPad 2 will be launched in 13 new countries next week. That was a ray of hope for Indian Apple fans who have been dying to buy the iPad 2.

Apple has also been featuring the iPad 2 quite prominently on the Apple India homepage, which would usually mean that it is contemplating a launch in India. Today, OnlyGizmos reported that a “trusted source” has confirmed that the Apple iPad 2 will be launching in India next week. It will be launched at Croma, Vijay Sales and Reliance iStores. It will be priced at the same price points the iPad was originally launched at. The 16 GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 would be priced at Rs 27,900 while the 16 GB 3G+Wi-Fi iPad 2 will be priced at 34,900.

The exact launch date is expected to be April 28 or 29.

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While this hasn’t been made official yet, all indicators point towards the same thing – that Apple will be launching the iPad 2 in India soon. I have my fingers crossed.

iTunes Store Goes Down While Apple Announces 2nd Quarter Results

Apple has had a great second quarter of 2011 where they made $24.76 billion in revenue selling 3.7 million Macs, 18.65 million   9.02 million iPod (including ) and 4.69 million .

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However, it looks like someone pushed a wrong button on the iTunes store which incidentally accounted for over $1 billion in revenue for Apple. For the past half hour or so the iTunes Store has been down and several users are complaining about it.

I have been trying to purchase an app for past 30 minutes but am hit with the above error every time. The error says that the network connection timed out, but I can access all websites properly without issues.

Several other users are facing a similar problem which can be seen by visiting this Twitter search page. I am able to access the iTunes store online, however, purchases are not going through.

Are you facing a similar problem while making purchase with the iTunes Store?

Apple Reports Q2 2011 Results

Apple announced its financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2011, ended March 26 2011. Apple’s Q2 revenue was $24.67 billion with a net profit of $5.99 billion ($6.40 per diluted share). Its profits are up 95% compared to Q2 2010. Its gross profit margin has remained nearly the same at 41.4%, compared to 41.7% in Q2 2010.

The sales have been spectacular, with Apple selling 3.76 million Macs (28% increase YOY), 18.65 million iPhones (113% growth YOY) and 4.69 million iPads. iPod sales have been dropping though, with Apple selling 9.02 million iPods in the quarter, a 17% decline from Q2 2010. While the iPad may have dented netbook sales significantly, they haven’t cannibalized Mac sales at all.

The revenues and net profit have decreased over the previous quarter, but that is usually the case, due to the massive sales around the Christmas holiday season.

With quarterly revenue growth of 83 percent and profit growth of 95 percent, we’re firing on all cylinders,said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. We will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year.

We are extremely pleased with our record March quarter revenue and earnings and cash flow from operations of over $6.2 billion,said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. Looking ahead to the third fiscal quarter of 2011, we expect revenue of about $23 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $5.03.

The results seem to have been received well by investors, with AAPL stock trading up to a high of 351.70 (up 2.71%) in after-hours trading. It is currently at 342.41 (up 1.35%). It now has cash reserves of $65.8 billion, and a market capitalization of $315.45 billion.

You can check out the detailed financial results here – Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

White iPhone 4 Running Test Build Of iOS 4 Leaks

The folks over at Tinhte, who have earlier managed to get their hands on many of Apple products before its release, have come up with something again.

This time, the folks from Tinhte have got their hands on a white iPhone 4 which is arguably running a test version’ of an upcoming iOS build. The white iPhone 4 has 64GB of on-board storage capacity.

The video uploaded by Tinhte suggests that the next version of iOS will feature a new multi-tasking UI.

Below is a video of the new multi-tasking UI in action :

The new UI shows all the open apps in a similar way as HTC’s Leap View, with an X’ icon for closing an app.

This leak from Tinhte more or less confirms that Apple won’t be launching the next generation iPhone at the upcoming WWDC. Instead, the company will announce a new and over-hauled version of iOS.

Sadly, this video does not show a new notification system or widgets for iOS. The notification system and the icons-only home screen of the current iOS version are heavily criticized by its users.

Hopefully, the final version of the next generation iOS will feature a new notification system and a home screen as well.

Jailbreak iPhone 4/iPad/iPod Touch Running iOS 4.3.2

Apple recently rolled out iOS 4.3.2 for the iPad 1/2, iPod Touch 3G/4G and the iPhone 4. The update was a minor one and was mainly aimed at fixing bugs, and improving the battery life.

Thankfully, Apple did not patch the exploit used by hackers to untether’ jailbreak iOS 4.3.1. Now, @i0n1c has made changes in his jailbreak code so as to make it compatible with iOS 4.3.2.

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The iPhone Dev. Team has also released an updated version of redsn0w incorporating the code. This means iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad 1 owners can now jailbreak their device running iOS 4.3.2.

There is some problem jailbreaking the iPhone 4 with this version of redsn0w, so users need to wait until the Dev. Team releases a fix for it. Until then, they can use redsn0w to tether’ jailbreak their iPhone 4.

iPhone 4 users who have unlocked their handset using Ultrasn0w are recommended to stay away from updating to iOS 4.3.2. They should wait until an updated version of the app supporting iOS 4.3.2 is released.

iDevice jailbreaks can download the latest version of redsn0w from here.

Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Android Devices

Apple is hitting Samsung with a patent infringement lawsuit, alleging that the Galaxy smartphones and tablets by Samsung infringe on Apple’s patents relating to the iPhone and the iPad.

According to the suit filed on Friday in the US District Court in Northern California, Apple is seeking injunctions, actual and punitive damages from Samsung.

“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.

There has been no response from Samsung regarding the lawsuit. The mobile industry is currently fraught with lawsuits, the most notable ones being the ones between Apple and Nokia, Oracle and Google and Microsoft and Motorola. This lawsuit, however, is very interesting, because Samsung supplies components for multiple Apple products.

It’s very likely that this case will be settled between the two parties with some money exchanging hands, as is generally the case with such lawsuits.

Here are some images comparing the Galaxy S to the iPhone 3GS, which were included in the lawsuit.

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via WSJ and Mobilized

Rumor: Apple iPhone 5 to have an 8 MP Camera

Apple has always followed a strict release cycle for almost all of its products. The iPhone, for example, has always been launched around June. The iPhone 4 was launched in June 2010, and the iPhone 5 was also expected to be launched in June this year, at WWDC 2011.

However, Apple has stated that WWDC 2011 will focus only on the future of iOS and Mac OS. Any hardware announcements, including the iPhone 5, seem unlikely in June.

According to rumors, Apple will probably start mass production of the iPhone 5 in September, with a subsequent release soon after, possibly before the end of 2011. Today, an analyst with Concord Securities has revealed more (rumored) details about the iPhone 5.

Apparently, the iPhone 5 will have an 8 MP camera and will be powered by the Apple A5 processor, the one in the iPad 2. It will also be switching to a Qualcomm baseband for both GSM and CDMA models. There will be an improved antenna, which was obviously needed after the whole Antennagate fiasco, but the design will more or less be the same as the iPhone 4, with minor modifications.

The report also states that we may see a small preview of the iPhone 5 at WWDC 2011, but I believe that the event will focus mostly on iOS 5 and Mac OS X 10.7 Lion.

As far as predictions go, I also expect the iPhone 5 to have a larger 4 inch display, 1 GB RAM and 4G connectivity.

via Apple Insider