Key victory for Apple

It was a pretty good week for Apple, and users of Apple’s Mobile Operating System iOS, as both decisions in court and updates of some third party apps went their way.

First off, Apple won big in California as a federal court jury awarded the company $1.05 billion in damages after ruling Samsung infringed on six of Apple’s patents. This was a back and forth battle that has been going on for quite some time now and has seen product bans in many countries and several states in the US, with even a ban on both companies’ in Korea.

The damages awarded to Apple fall short of the company’s requested $2.5 billion, but still rank as one of the largest intellectual-property awards ever recorded. Also, the jury found that Apple did not violate any of the patents Samsung presented at the trial.

It took the jury just over 22 hours (spanning three days) of deliberation to find that Samsung infringed on six of the seven patents Apple presented and found willful infringement by Samsung in five cases, the lone patent the jury found invalid was a patent covering the physical design of the iPad.

For this Apple was awarded $1.05 billion in damages, and the possibility of a worldwide sales ban has seen the company’s stock take a hit, dropping seven per cent the day after the decision was rendered, marking the largest single-day decline in just under five years for the company.

Other wins came later that week when Facebook (finally) updated its slow, freeze-happy, and universally panned iOS app.

“We’ve rebuilt the app so it’s faster and easier to use,” the company said of version 5.0, and I must say it is a much welcomed update.

Before the app was pretty to look at but dreadful slow and more a burden to use, with some notifications and comments just disappearing at will. The app was so poor that although it had one of the highest number of downloads from the Appstore it also had one of the worst rating at one point – a one star rating.

But quickly after the update, which not only looks but feels cleaner and more grown up, the rating quickly jumped up to three and half stars, and continues to get better.

Facebook also followed up with an update for their Facebook Messenger application (version 1.9), which adds support for more features such as Facebook smiley faces, iOS Emoji, and Timeline View. In addition, the application now shows how long ago the person you are messaging was active, perfect for Facebook stalkers and over protective significant others.

The Timeline View feature allows the user to tap on the name of the person they are messaging through the Facebook Messenger application to view that person’s Facebook Timeline. If you are one of those people who has tons of Facebook friends, this feature can be helpful if you forget who it is that you’re messaging and give you a chance to refresh your memory. It also serves as a quick shortcut to browse your friends’ Timeline,

So all-round a good week for Apple and iOS social users, but not so good for Samsung. Let’s see if the judge shows any mercy with the product bans as this would really hurt a good company.

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