The recent report that Apple's late cofounder Steve Jobs hoped to encourage wireless router makers to include a "guest network" option so Wi-Fi's footprint could be spread exponentially is helping focus more attention on Hotspot 2.0, which enables seamless roaming between Wi-Fi networks and also enables seamless data roaming between Wi-Fi and cellular networks. But recent comments from industry executives indicate Hotspot 2.0 has yet to gain widespread adoption, though its impact could be expansive in the future.
Apple and rival Samsung Electronics agreed to abandon all of their existing patent litigation against each other outside of the United States. However, the companies have not reached any kind of a formal settlement surrounding their patents, and the battles will go on in U.S. courts.
Apple will unveil its next iPhone at an event on Sept. 9, according to multiple reports, giving a set date to the culmination of months of speculation about what is expected to be a major update to Apple's premier product.
Even as Amazon announced the availability of more channels and apps on its new Fire TV, a sour note sounded for one streaming device maker. Apple TV sales are slowing, even as the market continues to grow, a new Strategy Analytics report says.
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Strategy Analytics added its voice to warnings that smart device shipment growth is slowing, noting that increases in smartphone shipments in the current quarter are at their lowest level for five years.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents that bankrupt Nortel Networks offered up for auction in 2011. And while the majority of the portfolio's patents have still not expired, there will be a surge in patent expirations starting in 2017, according to a new independent analysis of Rockstar's patents.
Apple's plan to release a major upgrade of its over-the-top device, Apple TV, has apparently hit a snag, with the Cupertino, Calif., technology giant stuck in an impasse on content rights.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere believes the carrier will be able to pick up new subscribers this fall when Apple launches the iPhone 6 this fall because T-Mobile does not have a large existing base of iPhone subscribers.
Samsung remained the dominant force in smartphones in the second quarter, with an average of 74.6 million units shipped according to figures from three research companies.