A federal judge on Wednesday found Apple guilty of conspiring to raise the retail price of e-books. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote issued a 160-page document outlining the ruling and said a trial for damages will soon follow. The decision is being described as a win for U.S. government and various states which stand to receive injunctive relief.
Cote wrote in her ruling that at the end of the day, there is very little dispute about many of the most material facts in the case.
Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr persists that Cupertino did not fix e-book pricing. When Apple launched the iBookstore in 2010, it gave customers more choices and injected innovation and competition into the market. This, Neumayr said, broke Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. He concluded that Apple will continue to fight the false accusations and will appeal the judge’s decision.
The U.S. Department of Justice and state governments argued that Apple acted as a ringmaster of sorts in an effort to get book publishers to raise the rates of e-books. The goal was to change the overall business model and push Amazon from its throne as the market king.
All of the publishers involved in the case – Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Holtzbrinck, Penguin Group and Simon & Schuster – have already settled but Apple decided to stick it out and fight until the very end as Cupertino insisted they could not admit being guilty of something they didn’t do.
The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad and it’s much more than just a shrunken-down iPad. The iPad Mini packs a dual-core A5 processor, dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, a FaceTime HD camera, 5-megapixel rear iSight camera with 1080p recording and an optional LTE radio. The Mini sports a 7.9-inch display and 1,024 x 768 resolution. Battery life is estimated at 10 hours.
The 4th generation iPad sports a beefier A6X processor for double the CPU and graphics performance (versus iPad 3), an improved FaceTime camera that supports 720p resolution, the new Lightning connector, 802.11a/b/g/n dual-band Wi-Fi and the same image signal processor found in the iPhone 5.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
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