Proceedings against Apple are quite common, and this week Ma was involved in two more disputes.
At first, the Immersion (a company that develops and licenses haptic feedback technologies) accuses the company of violating three patents (8,619,051, 8,773,356 and 8,659,571) by using technologies such as 3D Touch, Force Touch, Taptic Engine and vibration pattern for notifications and ringtones on iPhones 6s / 6s Plus and Apple Watches.
“While we are happy to see others in the industry recognizing the value of haptic feedback and approving it in their products, it is important for us to protect our business from infringement of intellectual property in order to preserve the ecosystem we build and the investments we make. we have done it in order to continue advancing the textile experiences. We will vigorously defend the intellectual property we develop when it is breached, ”said Victor Viegas (CEO of Immersion).
Interestingly, the company also sued AT&T on the grounds that it not only sells Apple products but also offers guides, guidelines and other materials that encourage and facilitate the infringement of its inventions. Although any operator can fit this description, only AT&T was mentioned.
The second dispute over the Error 53 that we talked about recently.
For those who do not know, this error appears after users of iPhones change the screen / Start button (with Touch ID) in unauthorized technical assistance. After the exchange, everything works normally; the problem happens when the user is going to update / restore the device.
The whole problem is that the parts used in the repair are not components from the original device. A, when the iPhone checks (during the update / restore) to validate these parts, the device displays the error 53 and simply stops working.
Apple argues that it disables the device to protect the Touch ID and the Secure Enclave (place where the fingerprint information is stored). According to the company, without validation verification, a Touch ID with some type of malicious code could be used to gain access Secure Enclave.
For Darrell Cochran (PCVA lawyer, responsible for the collective action) claims that Apple's argument is invalid since iPhones work perfectly for months after the repair until the validation check happens when updating / restoring. In addition, the lawyer says that Apple is wrong to not notify users about the consequences of the update / restoration in question.
In addition to new iPhones for affected users, collective action still requires a $ 5 million fine and a software update to remove these repair restrictions outside of an authorized service center (or at Apple itself).
Apple has not yet commented on the problem involving Error 53, but sources at MacRumors reported that some company stores have been authorized to change the Home screens / buttons of devices that have undergone repairs from unauthorized assistance in order to not generate more headache for customers.
(via MacRumors, AppleInsider)