Apple has filed a lawsuit against Nokia in Britain claiming patent infringement, extending the ongoing dispute between the two companies beyond U.S. borders. Reuters reports that the U.S. International Trade Commission is set to rule on some of the claims made by the two companies next year, while court hearings in the U.S. legal case aren’t scheduled until 2012. “We are investigating the claims, which appear to be based on nine implementation patents already in suit between the two companies in the United States,” said Nokia spokesman Mark Durrant.
The Finnish company filed suit against Apple in October 2009, claiming that the iPhone infringes on several Nokia patents; Apple filed a countersuit claiming patent infringement in December. The lawsuits were followed by an ITC complaint from Nokia near the end of the year, alleging that Apple infringes on the Finnish company’s patents “in virtually all of its mobile phones, portable music players, and computers.”
The ITC launched an investigation into Nokia’s claims against Apple in late January; it announced a similar investigation into Apple’s claims against Nokia in February. In March, a federal judge in Delaware signed an order halting litigation between Nokia and Apple pending resolution of the companies’ respective claims with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC); Nokia then sued Apple again in May, alleging that the iPhone and iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G infringe on five of its patents.
Newer Technology has rolled out its new line of cases and film accessories for the iPhone 4. The NuGuard Silicone Case is a form-fitting case featuring press-through button protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons and open access to all other ports, controls, and both cameras; it is available in four colors and sells for $15. Also priced at $15 is the NuGuard Hard Shell Polycarbonate Case, a snap-together clear or dark translucent hard case, and the NuGuard Gel Protective Case, a form-fitting case available in four colors; both cases offer full access to all ports, controls, and cameras. The NuGuard Carbon Fiber Style Case is a snap-on style case featuring open access to all ports, controls, and the camera and a carbon fiber-inspired pattern on the rear; it comes in three colors and is priced at $25. Finally, the NuVue Anti-Glare Screen & Back Protector is a set of front and back protective film, precision cut to fit the iPhone 4 and including a cleaning cloth and sticky sheets; it is priced at $13. All five products are available for order now.
Apple has released an update to its Remote application for iOS devices, adding native iPad support and compatibility with iTunes 10 and the new Apple TV. Remote 2.0 provides a slightly redesigned user interface on the iPhone and iPod touch to reflect changes in the iOS 4 iPod and Music applications as well as adding support for the Retina Display on the iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4G. When running on the iPad, the new Remote application mirrors the design of iTunes 10 when viewed in landscape mode, even including similar playback controls, status window and search fields found at the top of the screen. The update also adds the individual AirPlay volume controls introduced in iTunes 10 and includes support for accessing and controlling Shared Libraries on iTunes and the new Apple TV and can now automatically add iTunes and 2G Apple TV libraries through the iTunes Home Sharing feature. Remote 2.0 is available from the App Store as a free download.
Quinn Genzel has released a universal update to his Packing travel applications for iOS devices. Designed to assist users with preparing for travel, Packing and Packing Pro provide an advanced digital packing list with an extensive customizable catalog, multiple sample lists that can be used as templates, and the ability to create and save standard lists for later reuse. The apps feature multi-item selection for fast building of lists, running item tallies on a per-category basis, numerous sorting and display options, weight and value totals and the ability to share lists via e-mail and import and export between Packing apps on other devices. Packing Pro adds the ability to customize the look and feel of the app, provides twice as many sample lists, a larger master catalog and an Expert packing list that can automatically build customized lists. The Pro version also provides a Smart Search tool and landscape support on the iPhone and iPod touch. With the latest updates, Packing and Packing Pro are now universal applications providing support for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad in a single app. Specific enhancements for the iPad include a redesigned full-screen layout, iPad optimized controls and native resolution graphics. Packing is currently available from the App Store at a discounted price of $1; Packing Pro is selling now for a discounted price of $3. Users of the basic version can also add individual Packing Pro features via in-app purchase.
iSuppli has released its estimate of the sixth-generation iPod nano’s Bill of Materials (BOM) cost. The company tore apart the low-end 8GB version, and found that the device’s flash storage and RAM represented the highest materials cost at $14.40. It was followed by the display/touchscreen module, estimated to cost $11.50, the ARM processor, at $4.95, and a number of other smaller components, including a Cirrus Logic audio chip, which were grouped together for a total cost of $3.49. Over all, iSuppli estimates the BOM cost of the 8GB iPod nano 6G to be $45.10, including manufacturing costs. As always, these estimates are not exact, and do not include any R&D, marketing, or shipping costs.
SwitchEasy has introduced its CapsuleRebel case for the iPhone 4. Like the company’s prior CapsuleRebel cases, the iPhone 4 version utilizes two layers—an inner ADSP layer and an external polycarbonate “UltraFrame” with an ergonomic spine structure for added grip—to provide protection for the device inside. Other features include open access to the ring/silent switch, rear camera/flash, Home button, and screen/front camera, push-through protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, and two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber cleaning wipe, two Universal Dock adapters—one white, one black—a video dock stand, two dock connector protectors, and two headphone jack protectors. SwitchEasy’s CapsuleRebel for the iPhone 4 is available now in black, white, or red, and sells for $28.
Apple has posted the new firmware for its second-generation Apple TV ahead of the device’s delivery to customers. Based on the file name, AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Restore.ipsw, the firmware appears to be a version of iOS 4.1. Notably, the iPhone Dev-Team was able to use its SHAtter exploit to decrypt the keys used to block access to the Apple TV filesystem; according to Will Strafach, the new Apple TV OS is a “mashup of the old AppleTV OS and iOS,” and “all binaries are marked iPad-compatible.” Strafach suggests that existing add-ons for modified first-generation Apple TV units may work with little to no changes if compiled for ARM, while noting that “it seems all iOS frameworks” are present in the new firmware. [via Wired]
Apple’s new iAd mobile advertising platform will end the year with 21 percent of the U.S. mobile advertising market, according to a new report. Citing estimates provided by IDC, Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Apple’s percentage of the market will come at the expense of Google, which IDC also expects to end with 21% even when combined with results from AdMob, and Microsoft, which is expected to end 2010 with a 7% share of the market. Notably, Google held a 27% share of the market last year while Microsoft held 10%; Apple didn’t sell mobile ads last year. Mobile advertising sales are estimated to reach nearly $500 million this year.
Sennheiser has unveiled six new headsets featuring Apple-compatible in-line remotes and mics. The IE 8i ($600) is an in-ear headphone offering clear, balanced sound, while the MM 70i ($130) are also in-ear headphones, but are designed to offer more pronounced bass. The PX 100-IIi ($120) and PX 200-IIi ($140) on-the-ear headsets are similar, with the open 100-IIi offering more balanced sound than the closed, bass-heavy 200-IIi; the same differences are present in the over-the-ear HD 238i ($170) and HD 218i ($100) models, respectively. Sennheiser’s new line of Apple-compatible headsets with remote and mic are available now.
Condé Nast Digital has launched Gourmet Live for the iPad, the first major magazine publication to be transformed into a new iPad exclusive publication. The monthly print edition of Gourmet magazine ceased publication last year citing declining advertising sales and shifting food interests among the readership, however Condé Nast continued using the Gourmet brand in other multimedia publications and the Epicurious iPad application. In a blog post, Anil Dash who led the team at Activate developing the app in collaboration with Condé Nast, the new Gourmet Live digital edition is intended to be a re-imagining of Gourmet “as a sort of massively multiplayer magazine.”
Going beyond a simple digital print publication, Gourmet Live includes not only classic stories and recipes but also adds videos, slideshows and tightly integrated social connections that allow readers to share articles and other information with their friends. Content is available at no additional charge and the application also provides a “gameplay” experience whereby readers unlock access to additional stories and content based on the articles that they actually read. Rewards show up in the form of new custom magazine issues tailored to the readers’ interests that appear on an iBooks-style rewards shelf within the app. Gourmet Live provides mostly original content however the content library also includes stories and articles from previous issues of Gourmet dating back over half a century that may be included in the reward issues. Gourmet Live is available from the App Store as a free download. [via Daring Fireball]
Apple’s decision to relax its restrictions on tools developers are able to use to create iOS applications has led the European Competition Commission to drop its antitrust investigation into the company. “Apple’s response to our preliminary investigations shows that the Commission can use the competition rules to achieve swift results on the market with clear benefits for consumers, without the need to open formal proceedings,” Commission VP Joaquín Almunia said in a statement. The Commission this spring launched two parallel investigations into Apple’s iPhone business: one concerning its app and app development restrictions, and one concerning its “country of purchase” rule, whereby repairs service was only available in the country where the iPhone was purchased. Apple has since changed the latter policy and has told Authorized Service Providers to offer cross-border support in regions where Apple itself does not offer repair service.
Condé Nast Digital has released an iPad edition of The New Yorker Magazine, allowing iPad users to purchase weekly editions of the acclaimed magazine right from within the app. The New Yorker offers a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs and the arts along with fiction, poetry, humor and cartoons. Each weekly iPad edition includes all of the content from the print edition of the magazine as well as additional multimedia features including video guides, animations and weekly exclusive cartoon slide shows with bonus cartoons. Users can view the table of contents for each week’s edition before purchasing and can store the current and previous issues for offline access. The New Yorker Magazine is available from the App Store as a free download. Weekly issues are provided via in-app purchase for $5 each.
Scosche is now shipping its MotorMouth II plug and play Bluetooth handsfree car kit and streaming audio receiver. Recipient of an iLounge 2010 CES iPod + iPhone Best of Show award, the MotorMouth II is a 3.5mm connecting accessory and microphone that allows for hands-free phone calls and also accepts streaming audio via Bluetooth A2DP. Features include a built-in microphone, multifunction button for voice dialing, DSP echo cancellation, and an included switching audio splitter, AUX relocation cable, USB charging cable, and car charger. The Scosche MotorMouth II Bluetooth handsfree car kit is available now and sells for $80.
Web Information Solutions has released a major update to Pocket Informant, its advanced personal information manager for the iPhone and iPod touch. Pocket Informant is an integrated calendar and GTD-based task management application that provides a number of advanced features and synchronization with Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal and ToodleDo. Pocket Informant 1.6 adds direct integration with the built-in Calendar on iOS 4 devices and adds improvements to desktop sync connectivity. Users can also now use a pinch-and-zoom gesture on the Day View to adjust the number of days displayed from a single day to up to 10 days. Task management has also been improved with the ability to edit multiple tasks at once and convert tasks to projects and events to tasks. The new version also adds project statistics, a redesigned icon picker and the ability to associate icons with calendars and tags as well as many other small improvements. Pocket Informant for the iPhone and iPod touch is available from the App Store for $13. An iPad version, Pocket Informant HD is also available at an introductory discounted price of $7; a similar update for the iPad version is currently pending App Store review.
SyntheCept has debuted its new LYCO Adapter for the iPhone. Named after the phrase “leave your case on,” the LYCO is a supportive adapter for the iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPhone 4 designed for use with Universal Docks that lets users keep their devices in cases. The LYCO is compatible with iPhone 3G and 3GS units encased in slimline cases, as well as with iPhone 4 units that are unencased or kept in thin cases, via included rubber bumpers that provide extra support. The LYCO Adapter for iPhone requires a device that has a flat top surface and allows for interchangeable universal dock plates, and is available now for $10.
Mobiata has released an update to FlightTrack and FlightTrack Pro adding improvements to calendar synchronization and integration with the Concur service, along with several other fixes and enhancements. FlightTrack 3.6.5 now adds local flight departure and arrival times to calendar events so that users can easily see departure times regardless of their current time zone. Users of the Concur online travel and expense service can also now save flights directly to FlightTrack. The new version also adds new airports to the airport database, and automatically updates to display new airport information when a flight is diverted. The update also fixes issues with Push Notification handling on iOS 4.1 devices, problems with the built-in FlightBoard on iPad devices, and issues related to flight status updates and TripIt integration. FlightTrack is available in two versions: a standard version, FlightTrack ($5) and an advanced version, FlightTrack Pro ($10) which adds push notifications, airport delay predictions and TripIt synchronization.
Apple has started shipping its second-generation Apple TV to pre-order customers. According to a comment made by iLounge reader Chuck, it appears the units are shipping directly from China instead of from a U.S.-based warehouse, with the delivery promised on September 28 or later—in-line with Apple’s previously announced intention to ship the device this month. Apple’s online store still lists a 2-3 week wait for new orders; there has been no indication of when the second-generation Apple TV might be available for purchase in Apple’s retail stores.
Apple has released iTunes 10.0.1, the latest update to its media purchasing, management, and synchronization software. According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes 10.0.1 adds the ability for users to Like or Post about music to the company’s Ping social network directly from the iTunes library, and a new Ping Sidebar. In addition, it fixes issues involving picture quality when on-screen controls are visible, crashes when interacting with album artwork in a separate window, performance of some third-party visualizers, empty iTunes library and playlists, and incompatibility issues with some third-party shared libraries. iTunes 10.0.1 is available now via Apple’s Software Update utility or as a direct download from apple.com/itunes/.
If you haven’t yet entered our RF3 Envi Earphone Giveaway, there’s still time to do so. In our Giveaway of the Month for September, iLounge and Mobile Line Communications are giving away fifty RF3 ENVi 3.5mm Natural Wood Stereo Earhook Headsets. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on September 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
The official Twitter account of du, an iPhone carrier based in the United Arab Emirates, has confirmed that FaceTime will be unavailable in the UAE when the phone launches tomorrow. “Our iPhone 4 customers won’t be able to make Facetime calls, as this feature is currently unavailable in the UAE,” the company said. In later updates, it apologized to customers who were upset that the feature had been withheld, and repeatedly said “it’s not in our hands.” TUAW notes that its report from earlier in the week suggested the feature may also be missing from iPhone 4 units sold in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen.