September 12 is one of the most anticipated dates in regards to cell phone technology. Next week in San Francisco, everyone is anticipating that Apple will unveil its newest iPhone. No one has confirmed that it is definitely an iPhone event, but invitation pictured above has left little doubt.
Apple’s press event comes on the heels of a major legal victory against Samsung. After 21 hours and 37 minutes of deliberation, a jury ruled that Samsung had infringed upon several important patents, including the pinch and zoom as well as the bounceback patent. A jury ordered Samsung to pay $1.05 billion, which more than likely will end up in a legal back and forth. Since the jury found Samsung’s actions willful, Apple can now ask the judge to triple the damages up to three times.
Both Apple and Samsung released statements in regards to the verdict:
We are grateful to the jury for their service and for investing the time to listen to our story and we were thrilled to be able to finally tell it. The mountain of evidence presented during the trail showed that Samsung’s copying went far deeper than even we knew. The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy. We applaud the court for finding Samsung’s behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn’t right.
Today’s verdict should not be viewed as a win for Apple, but as a loss for the American consumer. It will lead to fewer choices, less innovation, and potentially higher prices. It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products. This is not the final word in this case or in battles being waged in courts and tribunals around the world, some of which have already rejected many of Apple’s claims. Samsung will continue to innovate and offer choices for the consumer.
Apple fans applauded the verdict.
Samsung and Android fans shunned the verdict.
Blackberry and Windows fans. Wait, do they exist?
Before I switched to my present HTC Evo 4g LTE, I owned a Samsung Galaxy S2. But even before buying the Samsung, I purchased the iPhone 4s. After owning the 4s for less than a week, I found the Android operating system more beneficial to my needs and returned the 4s. You can definitely say I’m Team Android. Will I ever return to an iPhone? As of right now, probably not. Since they have more money than the United States government, I’m pretty sure they can do without my $500.
Are you team iPhone or Android and why?