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07-10-2013, 02:13 AM #1
Apple Asks to Stop Legacy iPhone and iPad Sales Ban Set to Take Place in August
In a recent filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission, Apple requested the body stay an import ban against older model iPhones and iPads while a court considers an appeal on the ruling. The Cupertino California company’s motion, which comes less than four weeks before the sales ban is scheduled to go into effect (on August 5), says the ban would ‘sweep away an entire segment of Apple’s product offerings,” a move which would negatively impact the company’s partner carriers.
As noted by the folks over at GigaOm, the motion claims that Apple will lose out on sales of GSM versions of both the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 with cellular capability. This move would hinder the company’s efforts in obtaining new customers through entry-level devices. Since the release of the iPhone 5 in September 2012, the 8GB iPhone 4 became Apple’s free-on-contract offering, which is an important product that allows the company to introduce a wider range of customers to the Apple ecosystem.
The ban from the ITC was handed down in June after the six-member Commission determined that Apple had infringed on certain 3G wireless patents held by Samsung. The limited import ban affects GSM version so the iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G as well as versions of the iPad 2 and the original iPad. According to Apple, GSM network operators will be giving up a competitive advantage if the products are taken off the market. Although the names of the telecoms were redacted from the public version of the filing, Apple is likely referring to both AT&T and T-Mobile (which are two of the nation’s largest wireless providers).
As of right now, Apple is a little over half way through a 60-day Presidential Review period in which the White House can veto the ITC order. If no action is taken, the import ban becomes effective. In arguing for a stay, Apple notes that an appeal has already been lodged with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and believes the outcome of the case will be an invalidation of Samsung’s asserted patent. If the CAFC rules in favor of Samsung, the South Korean electronics company can collect damages in another suit pending in Delaware, according to Apple.
We’ll have to wait and see which company comes out on top of this patent struggle as the war between the two continues.
Source: GigaOm via AppleInsider
07-10-2013, 02:54 AM #2
I really hope Samsung win. Apple deserve to loose bigtime with the way they treat everyone. They have already killed off the iPad1, the iPhone 1, the iPhone 3G and just about to kill off the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 so what are they complaining about? They can no longer sell devices they have already killed off anyway?
07-10-2013, 05:46 AM #3
07-10-2013, 07:56 AM #4
I think ( and he can correct me if I'm wrong) he means apple sues everyone for everything they believe/think they have rights to. They are in court CONSTANTLY over stuff. For them to get slain over something they COPIED is A-Ok in my book. Am I an apple fan? yes - am I a Samsung fan? Yes. 100% of my home entertainment equipment is Samsung, while my tablets, mine and my wife's phone are iPhones/iPads.
I love apple - just don't agree with their business practices.
07-10-2013, 08:35 AM #5
07-10-2013, 09:59 AM #6
Apple WANTS to sell the i4. It's offered free with cellular contracts- thus an easy way for a consumer to cheaply enter the "world" of Apple. If the OP had read the story before posting he would have noticed that Apple is fighting to KEEP the i4 available. BTW, if I want to go out and buy a 2003 Chevy new, from the dealer, I can't. I can't get a warranty for one from the dealer, either. And parts may be harder to find. Yes, my car would run, but the manufacturer no longer "supports" it. And no one would take such a car to a Chevy dealer for repair. You would take it to an independent repair shop. How is that different from Apple dropping support for devices that have run their course (in Apple's view)? Yes, Apple can be pushy, trying to get us all to buy new devices. But so is every other company in the world. That's how companies make money. Of course, it's easy to blame Apple for all problems and faults, but it is also a very simplistic view of how business works.
07-10-2013, 10:11 AM #7
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07-10-2013, 10:55 AM #8
These guys seem to think that Apple is the only company suing. Hello, this is Apple related news, you're going to read about lawsuits pertaining to Apple. Go on an Android forum and you will see lawsuits relating to android phone manufacturers and Google.
Why do people spend so much time going to sites that don't pertain to them just to talk trash? It really makes you look pathetic. These same people are always trying to justify theirselves. Get a life, seriously.
07-10-2013, 12:25 PM #9
07-10-2013, 04:02 PM #10
Smith01 your an idiot. The way Apple treats people is with Grade A service. FACT.
07-11-2013, 03:59 PM #11
Fact: ITC found Apple guilty of stealing patented technology from Samsung and not paying for it.
Fact: Ban will go into effect unless The President orders a stay, Obama most likely will not do so.
Unfortunately Apple already have something ready to go in case this happens, the cheap iPhones should be rolling out the factories around the time the ban takes effect.
07-11-2013, 08:55 PM #12