Surprises

by Joseph Weisenthal




iOops, Apple Didn't Actually Get The Rights To The Name iPhone

from the not-so-fast dept

In the weeks leading up to yesterday's big announcement there was a lot of talk about how Apple couldn't even use the name iPhone because it was a registered trademark of Cisco. Thus, it was as big of a surprise as any that Apple's new converged cellphone/iPod was indeed called the iPhone. The word out of Cisco was that the night before the announcement, they sent Apple the final terms of a license that would allow Apple to use the name, and that they expected a signed agreement right away. Well, apparently Apple didn't get back to Cisco quickly enough, and now the networking giant is taking Apple to court, seeking to prevent Apple from using the name. It seems likely that this is a threat to make sure that Apple takes Cisco's demands seriously, and that things will get worked out before the lawsuit goes to trial. Still, it's really astounding that Apple would make such an important announcement without having this matter long squared away.

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    Darkcyde, 10 Jan 2007 @ 7:49pm

    The (Apple) iPhone is an extremely anticipated leap in the mobile device industry by incorporating the most widely used digital products into one hand held solution. A widescreen Video iPod, a cellular telephone, a wireless internet browser, a "Multi-Touch" screen, a seemless design and incredibly simple and smooth interface is exactly what I want in my next mobile device. I've owned everything from a tungsten to an ipaq h6315 to a Treo 650 to a moto Q and nothing compares to the videos of the iPhone. Pure and simple intelligence alone can tell you that this is a big deal for Apple and it is going to shape the market once again. As the iPod shaped the music industry the iPhone will shape the mobile connectivity device industry.

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