Now that Google Maps is back on the iPhone, users have plenty of map choices to use. While I prefer Google Maps by a long shot, there are (amazingly) some who like Apple Maps better. Their primary reason: Apple Maps’s systemwide integration into iOS.
However, a legitimate gripe about Apple Maps is that it doesn’t offer transit directions in the same seamless way Google Maps does. Thankfully, Apple built in support for third-party transit direction app shortcuts in Maps. Now with Google Maps back on the iPhone, users can have the best of both worlds: Apple Maps for iOS integration and Google Maps for transit directions.
Apple’s Passbook has a surprising set of fans; app developers.
A Wired post this morning describes how a variety of companies have seen uptake of their apps skyrocket once Passbook compatibility was added. As an example, beauty retailer Sephora saw 38,000 more downloads of its app than usual on the day Passbook launched, and on that day 10,000 of its “Beauty Insider” loyalty cards were added to Passbook. That number is now at 375,000, and Sephora is also using Passbook for gift cards.
Apple won another round yesterday in a patent suit brought by Motorola Mobility against the Cupertino company. Motorola had complained to the International Trade Commission (ITC) about Apple’s use of a proximity sensor in all versions of the iPhone, stating that it owned that patent. ITC Judge Thomas Pender ruled that the Motorola patent is invalid, and that Apple didn’t violate it in designing the iPhone.
This is the latest skirmish in the ongoing patent fight between Apple and Google, which purchased Motorola Mobility for US$12.5 billion mainly for a stash of 17,000 patents. Google hopes that those patents will help defend Android phone designs against infringement claims being made by Apple.
Apple has sent an email to e-book publishers selling in European iBookstores noting that the “most favored nation” clause has been suspended until December 8, 2017, setteB.IT notes on Twitter. The change removes the phrase from the book-selling contract, which prevented publishers from selling e-books via other distributors at a price lower than Apple’s.
The European Commission has been conducting an anti-trust investigation of e-book pricing, and the group reached a settlement with Apple earlier this week. This change is seen as a result of that settlement.
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