When you play with fire, be prepared to get burned. That very much applies to the current relationship between Apple and Samsung. Both companies have been going after each other for quite some time now. Samsung has managed to win the latest round by getting a ruling against Apple in the U.S. The ITC has sided with Samsung in a patent dispute which could lead to older iOS devices getting an import ban in the U.S.
The decision could always be overturned upon appeal. Apple is not going to give up the fight easily. The iPhone 4, 3GS, and iPad 2 3G would be included in such a ban. The ruling will not affect the WiFi version of the iPad. The ban will go into effect unless there is a presidential veto or a successful appeal by Apple. It is highly unlikely that President Obama will interfere in this decision. At this point of time, it is safe to say that Apple and Samsung will continue going at it.
Apple will continue to push forward with its new products though. The company has just released OS X 10.8.4 that fixes many bugs. The update addresses:
- WiFi compatibility issues
- Microsoft Exchange in Calendar
- iMessage and FaceTime bugs
- many other bugs.
You can see the complete list of improvements on Apple.com. Apple is also expected to release a new MacBook Air later this year. The device is expected to be launched at WWDC. Other MacBook models will most likely be refreshed. Details remain a bit sketchy at this point.