New Apple iPad 3 rumors surface while a potential ban in China looms
Apple already has its hands full with the pending release of the iPad 3 and the “employee hardship” investigations that are on-going. Now it seems that the company will have even more issues to face as an International company attempts to ban the import and export of all products baring the iPad name in China.
Apple has been battling over the iPad moniker ever since its creation back in 2010. Proview International Holdings is claiming that it owns the iPad name in China and is requesting the sweeping Chinese ban, which could cause serious problems for Apple.
The legal battle between these two companies isn’t anything new, it actually dates back to around 2006 when Apple obtained the name from IP Application Development, a company based out of the United Kingdom. The issue arose because Proview states it never actually signed off on the deal and that the name acquisition was only allowed because one of Proview’s subsidiaries completed the transaction. Carolyn Wu, a spokeswoman for Apple stated to Bloomberg; “Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China. Our case is still pending in Mainland China.”
Apple has attempted more than once to resolve the issue with Proview via the court system. Apple originally filed a complaint with the Shenzhen Intermediate Peoples Court in November of 2011 but the court rejected the case.
Reports say that Apple has now filed a case with the Higher Peoples Court of Guangdong Province. Proview has also taken action by filing a restraining order against Apple in an attempt to keep the company from using the name for future releases. This is not the first time that Apple has had trouble with its product names. Reports suggest that the names “multi-touch,” “iCloud,” and “App Store” have all been involved in legal battles or bargains with other corporations.
This news seems to be overshadowed by the latest iPad 3 rumors to hit the web. Sources say that the iPad 3 will likely support 4G connectivity via both Verizon Wireless and AT&T’s networks. The company is expected to make an announcement about their latest creation on March 7th, 2012. Earlier rumors already suggest that the high-definition screen for the tablet will feature a 2048-by-1536 pixel resolution. Sources also say that a quad-core chip is slotted for the device. Dubbed the A6, the chip is promising to bring double the processing power found on both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Individuals seem to think that the higher-resolution Retina display on the device will cause for a thicker case but other sources suggest that those opinions are wrong.
A team at the website iLab Factory apparently got their hands on what they are calling “iPad 3 prototype pieces.” These three pieces seem to fit together perfectly and although they appear to be similar to those of the iPad 2, they still carry some unique differences.
The “back plate” that the team discovered carries the same Apple applique as the iPad 2 but has a different looking porthole for the rear-facing camera and has a black gloss like rectangular bit near the top. The case is slightly thicker than that of the iPad 2 but only around one millimeter into the back plate. The screen that the group got their hands on is a Sharp manufactured 9.7 inch LCD and fits perfectly into the back plate but has a different “screw hole” alignment than that of its predecessor. The group also obtained a 30-pin connector that fits perfectly into the back plate and the LCD screen.
This suggests that Apple isn’t focusing at all on altering how its device looks but is instead focusing on that high resolution screen and other hardware improvements. Are you excited about the launch of Apple’s 3rd generation iPad?
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