(CBS News) Turn-by-turn voice navigation may be at the heart of Apple's decision to leave Google Maps out of its latest iOS update.
Apple released iOS 6 on Sept. 19. The new mobile operating system dropped the Google Maps app, which had been included in the iPhone since its initial release in 2007, opting for its own Apple Maps app instead.
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The move was controversial because immediately following the update, users complained of getting lost, not seeing landmarks and the lack of public transit directions.Continue »
(CNET) In Apple's continuing trademark battle with Amazon over its use of the "App Store" name, the Internet retailer has asked a federal judge to dismiss Apple's false advertising claim.
The dispute stems from a lawsuit Apple filed in April 2011 accused Amazon of misappropriating the moniker for which Apple applied for the trademark in 2008, a week after the company launched its iPhone App Store. The lawsuit sought and injunction against Amazon's use of App Store to describe its digital download store.
Apple amended its complaint last November to include claims of false advertising. Apple contended that since the Android tablet was unveiled a year ago, Amazon began altering its "Amazon Appstore for Android" moniker to de-emphasize the "for Android" suffix in ads for the device.
But Amazon argued in a filing today with the U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., that the term has become generic and as a result can't be considered misleading, according to a Reuters report.
"Apple presumably does not contend that its past and current CEOs made false statements regarding to those other app stores to thousands of investors in earnings calls," Amazon said in its filing, referring to instances in which Apple CEOs Steve Jobs and Tim Cook publicly referred to competitors' online marketplaces as "app stores."
"To the contrary, the use of the term 'app store' to refer to stores selling apps is commonplace in the industry," Amazon said.
Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.
In a countersuit last year, Amazon argued that the term "App Store" is too generic and requested that Apple's lawsuit be dismissed. In July 2011, a judge denied Apple's injunction request, ruling it had not established the likelihood of confusion between the competing brands. But she also said she did not agree with Amazon's contention that the mark is purely generic.
The case is scheduled to go to trial in August 2013.
This article originally appeared on CNET
(CBS News) Apple may have jumped the gun on dropping Google Maps and launching its own map app. A recent report by The Verge claims that Apple could have kept Google Maps on its mobile devices for another year.
Apple released its mobile operating system iOS 6 last week. The new mobile operating system dropped the Google Maps app, which has been included in the iPhone since its initial release in 2007, opting for its own Apple Maps app instead.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple fans can now order the iPhone 5 online and pick it up at the Apple Store the following day.
The Personal Pickup service lets users place orders at the Apple Store online between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. for in-store pickup the next day. Once an order is ready, the customer will receive notification to pick up the product from the Apple Store.Continue »
(CBS News) Google has made no plans to launch a Google Maps app for the iPhone 5's mobile operating system iOS 6, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt told reporters in Japan.
Apple released its iOS 6 last Wednesday. The new mobile operating system dropped the Google Maps app, which has been included in the iPhone since its initial release in 2007, opting for its own Apple Maps app instead.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple announced Monday that over 5 million iPhone 5s have sold over the three days after its launch, selling out and topping its predecessor.
Apple's chief executive officer Tim Cook reported that the iPhone 5 has sold out, but that the company is working hard to meet consumer demands.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple released its newest mobile operating system Wednesday, iOS 6. While critics are praising many of its many new features, the Apple Maps app has been the target of much ridicule.
Users who have updated to iOS 6 have complained of getting lost, missing landmarks and lack of public transit directions. Reaction to Apple maps have ranged from cheeky tweets to the London Underground suggesting iOS 6 users pick up physical maps. Then there's the Tumblr blog, The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, which posts screen shots of Apple Map fumbles.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple's iPhone 5 went on sale Friday morning and as expected, lines formed around the world. But, the celebrated smartphone's release did not come without drama. From protesters in Paris to burglaries in Japan, the iPhone 5 has arrived to a global frenzy.
Australians were among the first to get their hands on Apple's newest smartphone. As to who was the first to purchase the iPhone 5? That is up for debate.Continue »
The app has been faulted for misidentifying cities, using incorrect icons, and even failing to display certain locations. Many of the complaints so far seem to be coming from Europe.
For instance, Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has asked Apple to remove the airline icon for Airfield House. The problem? Airfield House is not an airport but a farm, according to Ireland's Breaking News. Shatter may be worried that pilots relying on Maps may think the spot is an airport and end up landing on a bunch of cows and pigs.
Of course, one would hope a pilot would use a better navigation system than the one included on an iPhone. But the concern is still valid, especially if a pilot runs into equipment failure or needs to make an emergency landing.
Several locations in the U.K. have been moved or are missing from the app, reports the BBC News.Continue »
Less than a day after iOS 6 was made available, Apple's mobile operating system has been jailbroken.
The iPhone Dev-Team -- a group of hackers who target Apple products and who do not work for the company -- is reporting today that its Redsn0w tethered jailbreak will work with Apple's iOS 6. However, according to Redmond Pie, which was first to report on the news, only the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and fourth-generation iPod Touch will work with the jailbreak.
That iOS 6 was jailbroken already shouldn't come as a surprise. Dating all the way back to iOS 4, hackers have been able to jailbreak Apple's operating system less than a day after its launch. Last year, in fact, they took aim at the iOS 5 beta release, and jailbroke it in hours.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple's iMessage may be experiencing outages, according to users tweeting about service outages on Twitter.
The messaging service is available on iPhones, iPads and iPod touches and was recently added to Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Apple's system status shows no signs of an outage, however a steady stream of users on Twitter have reported disruptions in service.
"Retweet if your iMessage is not working," @dreamchaserzeek tweeted Monday. The status update was re-tweeted over 700 times, and counting.Continue »
(CBS News) Apple fans have already started lining up for the iPhone 5 at the flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.
According to CNET, people began lining up at the Apple Store on Friday, a week early. Lining up early for the iPhone has been a tradition for Apple fans since the launch of iPhone 1. Each year, however, an increasing number of enterprising people have populated the line.Continue »
iPhone 5 buyers won't be getting a Lightning to 30-pin adapter on the house after all.
Reports that the new phone would come with the adapter surfaced today after some of Apple's online stores listed it as packaged with the iPhone 5.
The information on Apple's U.K. iPhone 5 order page specifically said that "your phone includes a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter for connecting 30-pin accessories to devices featuring the Lightning connector."
But it seems Apple committed a bit of a gaffe here. Customers who called or chatted with Apple reps about the adapter eventually learned that the information was wrong.
The company has since removed all references to the free adapter from the pages in question. An Apple sales rep confirmed to me by phone that the adapter is not included with the iPhone 5.Continue »
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