iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:09:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ericsson expands its patent lawsuit against Apple Inc. to Europe Sat, 09 May 2015 13:55:28 +0000 Read More]]> Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) has been sued by Ericsson for refusing to pay royalties for use its intellectual property. Ericsson claims that Apple Inc. has infringed on the company’s intellectual property relating to “fundamental technologies”, that enable mobile devices to communicate, by not paying royalties.

Apple Inc. is no alien to lawsuits and counter lawsuits. The most talked about lawsuit the company has been involved in is against Samsung. Time and again we hear that companies sue Apple for alleged infringement in the U.S.. However, this time Ericsson has beefed up its attempt to make Apple pay royalties by suing the company in Germany, the U.K, the Netherlands in addition to U.S. filings.

Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s chief IP officer said, “Everybody needs to take a license for the technologies we are providing to them”. He further added, “It’s a very serious thing, regardless of who the company is.”

Apple Inc. had singed a licensing agreement with Ericsson and paid royalties for use of its intellectual property until the license expired in mid-January. Failed talks over renewal fees is likely the cause behind Ericsson now seeking court ruling in this matter.

When the news about this lawsuit broke Ericsson shared took a huge leap of 6.3 percent. The company ‘s market value has risen to $38 billion.

Apple in its complaint in January mentioned that Ericsson, “seeks to exploit its patents to take the value of these cutting-edge Apple innovations” and referred to their tactic as “abusive licensing practices.”

Legal battles aren’t new in tech industry and we will just have to wait and see how this one turns out. Many intellectual property activists have highlighted the need to reform patent litigation given the massive scale and implication of these lawsuits.

]]> 0 iPhone 4 Components Cost Around $188 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 17:58:18 +0000 Read More]]> iSuppli, have produced their component analysis for the iPhone 4. They roughly estimate that the component costs (BOM – Bill of Materials) for the iPhone 4 are about $188 US.

It is important to remember that this figure is simply to buy a bag of iPhone 4 bits. It does not include, R&D, Patent Licensing, Software / OS, Manufacturing, Shipping or Packaging.

The most expensive component in the iPhone 4 is unsurprisingly the 960×640 pixel touch sensitive LCD display assembly from LG. That comes in at around $28.50.

After that the Apple A4 SoC (the iPhone 4’s brain) is estimated to cost around $10.75.

Most other components, such as the gyroscope and accelerometers really only cost a few dollars each. But there are a number of these kinds of components in the new iPhone 4!

$188 is in line with the cost of the iPhone 3GS, which was rumoured to have a Bill of Materials of $179 when it was introduced. The “BOM” for the 3GS has now dropped to around $134.

Do you think the iPhone 4 is too expensive now you know how much its bits cost? Let us know your view in the comments.

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