What now, ATT? You cannot sell or give away iPhone 4 or 3GS, or iPad 3G or iPad 2 3G.
This, compliments of the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Somehow these older versions of these iDevices have been found to have infringed on Samsung’s Johnny-come-lately Android phones and tablets.
Have you used (or attempted to use) the older Samsung phones and tablets; you know, the ones with styluses that an adult cannot wrap her fingers around because it’s too narrow; the ones that look suspiciously like the Original iPhone?
The Samsung phones that use Android “look at the operating system that I just thought of” that Eric Schmidt misappropriated while sitting on Apple’s Board of Director from 2006 to 2009.
Hmm, the 3G was introduced in 2008. Coincidence?
It was the iPhone 3G and its world-changing iOS 2.0 that created the App Store. A year later, iOS 3.0 was released with the iPhone 3GS.
In terms of functionality and operability, one cannot see how Samsung’s copy-cat design can have been found to have infringed on the pre-existing Apple products.
What the technology underlying the patents say, I cannot tell.
But the ITC ruling means that the AT&T giveaway of older iDevices as a ruse to sell cellular contracts has been stopped dead in its tracks; at least until (and if) a federal appeals court or the President reverses the ruling.
So Apple and AT&T have been given the “fair shake” that is the mission of the ITC, to protect American companies from unfair foreign competition.
I guess the West Coast has been redefined to include Seoul.
Whatever the outcome, this ruling by the ITC is just another skirmish in the ongoing war of mobile devices.
Who ripped off whom? Or is it a case of simultaneous invention?