Apple has been granted the U.S. Trademark for ‘Retina’ and the Game Center icon, reports Patently Apple
On December 4, 2012, the US Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple two Registered Trademarks. The first trademark covers the word “Retina” representing Apple’s brilliant Retina display that is currently integrated into the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and MacBook Pro. The second trademark covers the icon representing Apple’s Game Centre. Both were officially granted to Apple on November 27 and published today.
Apple has reportedly launched the iTunes Music Store in several new countries.
Twitter is a buzz with users noticing the new music store in their countries. So far it appears the store is now available in: Russia, Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, and South Africa.
Let us know if you notice the Music Store become available in your country.
Apple is rolling out new iTunes gift cards which can be set to any amount between $15 and $500, reports 9to5Mac.
Rolling out to your favorite supermarket or retail store this holiday season are new Apple iTunes gift cards which can be bought in any denomination between $15 and $500. We’re hearing that at least one supermarket chain and one retailler are putting these on the shelves today. You take these cards to the cashier and choose how much to put on them. When the cashier validates the card, the amount paid is tied to the number/code.
Previously you had to purchase gift cards in preset denominations that only went up to $100.
Apple SVP Eddy Cue has reportedly fired Richard Williamson, the man who oversaw the the company’s mapping team, according to Bloomberg.
Richard Williamson, who oversaw the mapping team, was fired by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, said the people, who asked not to be named because the information wasn’t yet public. Cue, who took over last month as part of a management shakeup, is seeking advice from outside mapping-technology experts and prodding digital maps provider TomTom NV (TOM2) to fix landmark and navigation data it shares with Apple.
Strong uptake of the iPhone 5 over the past 12 weeks has boosted iOS back to the number one spot in the US, reports Kantar Worldpanel.
“The last time we saw iOS overtake Android in the US was when the iPhone 4S was released and Apple managed to retain its lead for three consecutive periods. This time we predict that Apple will beat its previous high of 49.3% and achieve its highest ever share of the US smartphone market within the next two periods,” said Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Sunnebo also said, “Germany remains a tough market for Apple with its share falling by 5.1 percentage points over the past year. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has taken almost a quarter of the country’s smartphone sales over the past 12 weeks to boost Android yet further. In Italy, strong sales of the Nokia Lumia 610, the fourth best selling handset over the past 12 weeks, and the Nokia Lumia 800, the seventh best selling, have helped drive Windows’ share up to 11.7% – the highest across Europe.”