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Apple has never been one to bend to some users' wishes to launch a low cost version of its iPhone, even at the risk of hemorrhaging customers to cheaper alternatives on Android such as Samsung. Clearly, the luxurious 'oomph' factor that the Apple brand exudes is too precious for them to give up in exchange for some extra sales. The much rumored 'cheap' iPhone 5C proved to be anything but cheap, and was an incredible anticlimax to all the prelaunch buzz about it being an iPhone anyone and everyone could afford. As a result of its policies, Apple has traditionally had middling sales in highly price sensitive markets, especially in emerging economies like India. As a result, they have found a compromise, and that's by relaunching the completely outdated iPhone 4 in India at a low price to compensate for the sales it's been losing by its pricing strategies. Read on below the break to know more.
Samsung and Apple have faced each other off in an unending saga of patents litigation cases that have spanned the world. While Apple managed to get the blockbuster $1 billion fine out of the Korean giants for the high profile design patent infringement case, the latter did manage to get a win against Apple by getting pretty much all of its older devices banned in the US. That’s not the case anymore though, so you've got to read on below the break to know more!
In a seemingly ridiculous move, Apple has applied for trademark for the leaf portion of its iconic logo. The application was filed through the legal firm Edwards Wildman in the European Trademark Registry on 3rd December.
Apple has been universally panned for being a patent troll, using generic and vague patents to sue other companies and subsequently subdue competition. By obtaining this trademark, Apple wants to be able to defend the leaf portion of the logo in Europe. If awarded, this trademark will cover several classes of products such as computer, footwear, educational stuff, move streaming services and jewellery. According to sources, Apple has also applied for the same trademark in China, although there has been no news if the trademark was awarded or not.
On the other hand, Apple has been awarded a design patent for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The patent covers the distinct design of the iPhone 4 and 4S, both of which have glass cover on front and back. It should be noted that this patent will not be used in the ongoing legal battle against Samsung. Apple also obtained a design patent of its iCloud icon, which features a cloud etched on a brushed aluminium plate.
It seems Apple is acting quickly to grab as many patents as possible, attracting criticism on the way.
On Wednesday, Apple will be announcing the iPhone 5, per an invitation that was sent out with a giant “5” shadow. While the world awaits the announcement in great anticipation, perhaps one of my favorite parts of a new iPhone announcement is the lower price of the older iPhones!
Prices have already begun dropping! Best Buy has slashed the iPhone 4 price down to $49.99 (regular $99 from Apple). Apple, along with its resellers (including cell phone carriers and retail stores) will definitely drop the price of the current iPhone 4S upon release of the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, discounted iPhones directly from Apple typically only sell in the lowest capacity. Therefore, the only discounted iPhone 4 from Best Buy is the 8GB model. The same idea will most likely persist when the iPhone 4S is discounted; only the 16GB model will be available.
Of course, you could alternatively buy from a 3rd party source. For example, consumers who will look to upgrade to the iPhone 5 may sell their iPhone 4 or 4S on sites like Craigslist or Amazon. Giving up the new features of the most current generation could save you a substantial amount of money when upgrading. Although, an older generation might not be for everyone. It all comes down to putting a price on the new features that the iPhone 5 will offer. Is the extra money worth it?
If the iPhone 5 follows the current price model, it will start at $199 on a 2 year contract.