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Apple sues unauthorized accessory makers

Apple has filed a lawsuit against several companies selling “unauthorized” electronic accessories for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Filed in federal court in San Francisco, the suit against Eforcity Corporation, Accstation, Itrimming, Everydaysource, United Integral, Crazyondigital, and Boxware Corporation claims that the companies are violating as many as 10 of Apple’s patents and additional trademarks.

At issue are electronic accessories, including chargers, speakers, and cables, which have in the past been known to cause damage to iPods when developed without regard to Apple’s specifications. “Many are of inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products,” Apple says in the suit. For a number of years, Apple has run a “Made For iPod” program and iPhone/iPad equivalents as a way to certify that accessories will be compatible with its products, but has also changed specifications when moving from one generation of device to the next, leaving many formerly “Made For” products unable to charge or otherwise work fully with later iPod and iPhone models—including the company’s own iPod Hi-Fi speaker system.

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1

“leaving many formerly “Made For” products unable to charge or otherwise work fully with later iPod and iPhone models”

Besides AT&T, this is the primary reason I will never buy an iPhone.  Also, after years of owning my 5.5G 80GB iPod, not even sure I’ll ever buy another iPod again either.

Planned obsolesence at it’s finest!  Everyone compares to car companies, don’t like it, don’t buy it.  Well, name 1 car company that stopped making automobiles compatible with the US Transportation system.

Posted by PeterPhan on July 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM (CDT)

2

Seems that now that Apple can´t sue jailbreakers they now want to sue accesory makers that doesn´t pay Apple for their “made for…” seal.

Posted by Gus on July 30, 2010 at 8:56 PM (CDT)

3

As a part time iPhone/iPod repair guy, I have to say that I’m actually excited about this.  I am often contacted by people saying that their iPhone just suddenly stopped working after they plugged it into their charger.  Typically when I ask them where they got the charger, they state that they got it off eBay for 50¢.

There are truly way too many poor quality chargers that only end up blowing out components.  Apple’s going after big time fakers- not the tiny groups of 3 guys that create a peripheral for a jailbroken phone.

Posted by Josh Calvetti on July 30, 2010 at 10:28 PM (CDT)

4

I think you mean BoxWave, not BoxWare ;)  That said, I have had nothning but good to say about BoxWave and their products.  They are a VERY large, reputable and well respected firm, certainly not one of the shady companies doing this, why on Earth is Apple going after them?

Posted by Mike C on July 31, 2010 at 12:40 AM (CDT)

5

#4: The suit names Boxware, not BoxWave, as a defendant.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz in East Amherst, NY, USA on July 31, 2010 at 4:48 AM (CDT)

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As a full time, Apple authorized iPhone/iPod repair guy, I have to say this is a pretty silly claim on Apple’s part.  iPhone/iPod chargers are very simple animals, the most common is just a USB cable with a 30-pin connector on one side—there is not that much you can get wrong.

Especially when you consider the iDevice controls the whole charging process (even how much power it draws).  It’s just not a reasonable claim that there is any real risk of damaging the Apple product.

The only thing that has changed with the different models of iPod/iPhone is that they now look for a resistor bridge with a specific value to decide if the charger was made by Apple and the iDevice chooses to ignore chargers if it doesn’t find them.  This isn’t to protect the device, it’s not a safety issue.  It’s to protect Apple’s ability to charge you a ridiculously high amount for an “authorized” cable that is often of lesser quality than the ones provided by third party manufacturers.

Posted by Mark Galvin on August 3, 2010 at 1:26 PM (CDT)

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Yeah I know that, but I did a Google search and from what came back it doesn’t exist.  So I (and Google) assumed they meant BoxWave, not Boxware.

Posted by Mike C on August 4, 2010 at 6:10 AM (CDT)

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