Mostly legal news this week, for those of you interested in catching up on Apple's recent courtroom doings.
- Apple has called the DOJ lawsuit against it and a pair of major publishers charging price fixing in the ebook market "fundamentally flawed." It's definitely a weird lawsuit. The DOJ's position seems to be that somehow this is unfair competition for Amazon, but a win would deliver control of the ebook market back to Amazon, essentially breaking up alleged price fixing in favor of a previously monopolistic power. Oh, and if it's price fixing, it sure didn't work. From 2010 to 2011, average ebook prices of bestsellers were down by some measurements.
- In Apple vs. Samsung news:
- The companies were ordered to meet to try to settle their patent infringement suits, but failed to reach an agreement.
- In a nice turn of phrase, and some good legal brief-based needling, Samsung has accused Apple's legal experts of "slavish adoration" of Cupertino and its products.
- Apple has filed for another injunction to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 pulled from the shelves.
- In less lawyerly news, an iPad version of Microsoft Office is reportedly on tap for November.
- Some loose consensus seems to be growing around the idea that the next iPhone will sport an 1136 x 640 screen, perhaps at 3.999 inches.