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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

March 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Apple news bites: $15 for iPhone owners, patent wars, TV …

There are more than enough Apple stories to make blog cobbler today.

Here’s a quick roundup:

Apple’s easing off the vow by Steve Jobs to go “thermonuclear” on Google and destroy its Android platform, according to a great Business Week report on Apple’s patent war. It notes that Apple’s litigation backfired in some ways, revealing that Apple’s iPhone and iPad designs weren’t as original as it argued, and the company’s now looking to settle with its largest target, Samsung, after failing to skewer HTC.

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Owners of the iPhone 4 can now apply for $15 payments obtained through a class-action settlement over the phone’s flawed antenna design. The site for filing claims is now live, Engadget reported.

Apple received a patent yesterday that may be related to its rumored TV device, according to Patently Apple. The same report speculates that Apple partner Hon Hai Precision’s investment in Sharp is also leading up to production of the Apple TV sets. This is bubbling up as Apple CEO Tim Cook is touring one of Hon Hai’s notorious Foxconn factories.

But one analyst is now saying that the hallowed Apple TV may not arrive until 2013 instead of late 2012 as some had hoped. Unfortunately that means the endless speculative stories will continue that much longer.

Google’s making more money on the iPhone than it is on Android, which has netted the search company a relatively tiny $550 million from 2008 through 2011, according to filings in the Oracle patent suit that were reported by The Guardian. Google apparently makes four times as much from the iPhone platform, but smartphones are still peanuts compared to the PC platform where Google makes almost all of its money with advertising, the report notes.

The grand finale: A report on iFans.com notes that Apple has stopped mimicking the “your entertainment, everywhere” slogan of Microsoft’s Zune music service.

An excerpt:

“It was unknown if it was purely a coincidence or if Apple had blatantly copied Microsoft, but the Cupertino-based company has seemingly discovered the copycat situation and changed the slogan to read as “entertain all the possibilities.”

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