Patent lawsuits! Samsung! Apple! Bombs! Bullets! Warfare! Blood! Death! At this point, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where the battle between Apple and Samsung doesn’t end with a nuclear weapon being dropped on their respective headquarters. Today, Samsung has added the iPhone 5 to their patent lawsuit with Apple, expanding an already bursting-at-the-seams case. With the iPhone 5 dropping tomorrow, it’s hard to imagine this stopping the impending release, but you just know that Samsung wants to avenge the blocking of their Galaxy Tap 10.1.
Here’s what Samsung had to say officially:
“We have always preferred to compete in the marketplace with our innovative products, rather than in courtrooms. However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal measures that will limit market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
Although Samsung’s actions won’t put a damper on the record breaking release of their next smartphone, people are already starting to poke holes in iOS 6, namely it’s incredibly broken Maps app. In fact, there’s an entire Tumblr dedicated to gaffes and some are downright embarrassing. Has Apple bit off more than it can chew by trying to beat Google at their own game?
What are Apple’s future plans for batteries? Right now, batteries in their devices are non-removable, buried deep inside away from meddling hands. However, they’ve recently patented a “universal battery charging system,” which is described as follows: “a rechargeable battery may be adapted to negotiate with the coupled electronic device for an agreed range of power parameters at which power will be transferred to the device and to configure the rechargeable battery to provide power at the agreed range of power parameters.” In other words, batteries that can be charged and swapped out between a number of devices. Is this the future? A world where you can remove the battery from your iPad to save your iPhone? It would be out of character for them, but why else would they be doing this?