Every week, Apple makes news with technology developments, business deals and, more often than not, controversies.
That’s where our weekly "Core Bytes" column on Apple comes in. We’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our favorite backyard tech giant.
Don’t Call it the “Steve Jobs Patent”
A judge barred Apple attorneys from referring to U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949 as the Steve Jobs Patent, as the patent has commonly become known. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) tentatively invalidated the patent that was at the center of infringement cases involving Samsung and Motorola, according to multiple reports. Twenty claims are involved in the patent that includes "touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics".
jOBS Film to get Sunset at Sundance
Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 17-27, 2013, is jUMPING on the Apple bandwagon with its announcement that it will close the festival with the showing of the Steve Jobs movie jOBS starring Ashton Kutcher, according to reports. Kutcher was been spotted in Los Altos at the childhood home of Jobs where filming occurred over the summer. The Times of India reports that the film’s director says Kutcher’s performance of Silicon Valley’s hometown boy is “remarkable” and “formidable.” We’ll leave it to those who really knew Jobs to tell us how close Kutcher comes to the portrayal of Jobs.
American as Apple Pi
After decades of manufacturing products overseas Apple is moving a small portion of the Mac business back to the states, reports ABC News. For economic reasons, not patriotic American as apple pie reasons, the company is moving a small portion of its production process back to the U.S. to the tune of $100 million. Apple CEO Tim Cook told Bloomberg, “We've been working on this for a long time, and we were getting closer to it. It will happen in 2013," Cook said. Some parts of Apple products, such as the glass on the iPhone is manufactured in Kentucky, and Cook has said in interviews that he would like to bring more manufacturing to the U.S.