The ongoing patent dispute between Samsung and Apple recently led to a ban on past iPhone and iPad models in the United States. Just a month ago, the International Trade Commission (ITC) found the Cupertino-based company to be guilty of patent infringement, restricting the sales of the iPhone 3G, 3Gs and 4, as well as the 3G models of the iPad and iPad 2. The ban is set to take effect on August 4th.
Interestingly, some of Apple’s technological rivals have decided to stand up for the punished firm. Companies including the likes of Microsoft, Intel and Oracle are claiming that bans linked to standards-essential patents should not be permitted unless the circumstances are extenuating.
Regardless of this support, it’s unlikely that the ruling will be overturned. According to betanews, an ITC ban has not been upended since 1987; a decision which once again permitted the importation of Samsung memory chips. This time, the power is in the hands of US Trade Representative Michael Froman, who has already been contacted by major phone carriers Verizon and AT&T in an attempt to plead their case.
Many might think that with the iPhone 5 already released, the older versions might be inconsequential to Apple. After all, Apple no longer sells the iPhone 3 or 3GS, anyways. However, contrary to popular belief, the iPhone 4 is still selling extremely well due to its attractive price point. As a matter of fact, between April and June of this year, the iPhone 4 amassed nearly 18 percent of all iPhone sales.
Although the loss of revenue is certainly bothering Apple, the ban should have little long-term effect on the company. Consumers and the media now have their sights set on the upcoming iPhone 5S. For all intents and purposes, the iPhone 4 will be old news in a few months.
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.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
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