Apple Marketing Chief critical of Android operating system

Apple’s marketing chief Phil Schiller launched a rare attack on Google and Samsung and the ‘fragmented’ Android operating system which he believes means that up to 50% of people with Android phones are on an operating system at least two years old.

Apple releases a 6.1.1 update for iOS

Apple has released an update to iOS to fix performance problems that led Vodafone in the UK and 3 in Austria to warn iPhone 4S owners against upgrading to the new software.

Apple pipped by Exxon Mobil

Apple shares have fallen to such an extent that it has been overtaken by oil giant Exxon Mobil as the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company. Apple’s stock fell 2.4% to $439 a share for a market value of $413bn. Exxon’s value is currently around $418bn. Apple shares have fallen almost 40% since hitting a record $702 in September 2012.

Apple and HTC settle differences

Apple and HTC have settled all their outstanding disputes over patents, ending an estimated twenty cases around the world that began in March 2010. The two firms have signed a 10-year licence agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one other, so maybe now they can concentrate on innovation rather than litigation.

Management shake-up at Apple

Apple has announced a major shake-up of its management, with two senior executives to leave the company, and follows embarrassing problems with its new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.

iPad Mini is here

Apple has finally unveiled its latest offering, a 7.9in tablet, the iPad Mini. The device is 7.2mm thick and weighs 300 grams. The entry wifi-only model, with 16GB storage, will cost £269 in the UK and will be available on 2 November. The iPad Mini is expected to compete directly with cheaper similar-sized tablets recently launched by Google, Amazon, Samsung …

More rumours about the iPad mini

If rumours are to be believed, and there have been plenty circulating recently, the Apple iPad Mini will start at €249 (£201) for an 8GB version and go up to around €649 (£520) for a 64GB version with WiFi and mobile connectivity. That’s quite a price tag for a 7″ tablet. There has been no news from Apple themselves, all …

iPhone 5 released

Apple has introduced the iPhone 5, the latest version of its best-selling smartphone. It is taller, thinner, lighter and has faster mobile broadband (4G) access and an upgraded camera.

Dutch court rules against Apple

A Dutch appeals court has rejected Apple’s claim that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 infringes its design rights and follows a ruling last year in which a judge threw out Apple’s call for an injunction against its rival’s tablet in the Netherlands.

Another skirmish in the Patents War

In the latest round of the Patents War, a US judge has ruled that Samsung’s tablets infringe patents owned by Apple, but warned that Apple needs to prove the validity of those patents if it is to win an injunction preventing the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.