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Apple Settles Lawsuit With Parents Who Said In-App Purchases Were Too Easy For Kids

Apple has settled the class action lawsuit brought against the company by a group of parents who claimed that in-app purchasing took advantage of their children, who racked up large bills without knowing it. According to the lawsuit, children had made in-app purchases for as much as $300 without realizing what they were doing.

According to the terms of the settlement, most members of the lawsuit will receive a $5 credit to the iTunes Store. Those members of the lawsuit who incurred charges of more than $30 will get a credit or can apply for a full refund

In March 2011, Apple  made it more difficult for kids to make in-app purchases, as such purchases now require a user to sign in to their account. (Via Apple Insider).

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Film Shot with iPhone Wins Oscar, Apple Debuts iPad Ad

Last night was the first time that a film shot using an iPhone won an Oscar. Searching for Sugarman, the documentary about the bizarre fate of Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez, won the best documentary Oscar at Sunday’s ceremony. The film was partially shot with the iPhone Super 8 app.

So it was an appropriate event for Apple to show off the latest commercial for the iPad. The ad, which we have embedded above, highlights the device’s tools for both creating and viewing movies.

TUAW has more: “It’s not the first time Apple has made an appearance at the Oscars. Apple’s showings at the awards show stretch all the way back 2007, when the first Apple iPhone commercial made its debut.”

Maybe next year there will be a movie shot on an iPad up for an award.

Apple Releases First iPad Mini Commercial

The launch of the iPad Mini yesterday marked the beginning of both speculation about Apple next product (I’m thinking the iPad Maxi with a 13″ screen) as well as new commercials. Apple commercials are usually clever and/or funny, and the first one iPad Mini is no exception.

I’m sure you recognize the song played in the commercial. It’s called “Heart and Soul”, and I’m sure you’ve seen it played before by 2 people. That makes it the perfect song to introduce the second, smaller iPad Mini, don’t you think?

Apple Introduces $329 iPad Mini

Apple introduced an iPad Mini, a fourth generation iPad, a new version of iBooks, a new version of iBooks Author, and various Macs, in a press conference today.

The iPad Mini is “as thin as a pencil.” It has a 7.9-inch screen and is 7.2 mm think. It has the same resolution as the iPad 2 at 1,024 x 768. It is “as light as a pad of paper,” said Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller.

The idea behind the design was not to downsize an iPad, but to redesign a new experience with the smaller screen in mind. In the presentation, Schiller pointed out that the display area on the iPad Mini is a third larger than that on its Android competitors and 50 percent larger than Android for surfing the Web. ”The iPad Mini is every inch an iPad,” said Schiller. It goes on presale this Friday and starts at $329.

The fourth generation iPad  is faster and lighter than previous models. It comes with a new A6X processor, a 720p Facetime camera on the front of the device and the same new image processor and lightning charger found on the iPhone 5.

Apple live streamed the event on Apple TV. During the event, Apple CEO Time Cook said that Apple had sold its 100 millionth iPad last week. “That’s 100 million in just two and a half years,” said Cook. He also pointed out that iPad accounts for 91 percent of web traffic on tablets. Read more

iPad Mini Coming on Tuesday?

Apple will host another press conference on Tuesday, October 23, leading many to speculate that we will finally see the iPad Mini after months of rumors.

Follow this link to read all our iPad Mini rumor coverage. ”We’ve got a little more to show you,” read the cryptic invitation. Ars Technica has an image of the invitation, sent one month after the tech company unveiled the iPhone 5. Check it out:

It has long been rumored that Apple would introduce a 7.85-inch version of the iPad this year before the holiday season, even though the company’s release cycle for the iPad typically happens in the springtime. Unsurprisingly, Apple has not commented publicly on the iPad mini, but the rumor mill has pointed to it not having a “retina” class display like the current version of the (full-sized) iPad. There are also rumors that Apple may introduce updated Macs during the event.” (Image via)


iPhone 5 Event Scheduled for September 12

Apple has sent journalists invitations to a September 12 event.

As you can see by the invitation image embedded above, the shadow seems to imply that an iPhone 5 will be unveiled at the San Francisco event. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our coverage of rumors and videos about this new device. (image via)

VIDEO: iPhone 5 Versus iPhone 4S & Samsung Galaxy S III



iPad Sales Increased 84% Last Quarter

Apple sold 17 million iPads in the third quarter of 2012, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Nevertheless, Bloomberg noted that profit was $9.32 a sharem, below Wall Street estimates: “Analysts had predicted profit of $10.37 a share on revenue of $37.2 billion, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg.”

At the same time, the company sold 26 million iPhones, those sales increasing 28 percent. Apple’s revenues were $35 billion for the quarter, with a tidy quarterly net profit of $8.8 billion.

Apple’s CFO Peter Oppenheimer had this comment in the release: “We’re continuing to invest in the growth of our business and are pleased to be declaring a dividend of $2.65 per share today … Looking ahead to the fourth fiscal quarter, we expect revenue of about $34 billion and diluted earnings per share of about $7.65.”

Mac App Store Will Launch Within 90 Days

The Mac App Store, which Apple announced today along with its demo of the new OS X Lion, will launch in November.

While the new OS won’t be out until next summer, Steve Jobs is quoted on Engadget as saying, “We don’t want to wait for Lion. We’re going to put it out on Snow Leopard, and will open within 90 days.”

Get your eBook apps, digital story apps and so on ready for the desktop!

Apple Reports 35 Million Books Downloaded From iTunes : Top Stories Of Summer

In a press conference on September 1st, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that iTunes users had downloaded 35 million books on iTunes.

Tech blog GDGT quoted Jobs as saying: “People have downloaded over 11.7 billion songs from iTunes, and we’re just about to cross 12b. Over 450 million TV episodes, 100 million movies, 35 million books, and over 160 million accounts with credit cards and 1-click shopping in 23 countries.”

Welcome to our Top Stories of Summer 2010 series. For those literary folks who spent the summer on their yachts or at their summerhouses, we are rounding up the 15 most popular eBook stories of the season.

Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit : Top Stories Of Summer

With all of the new tablets coming out this fall touting their fancy eReading abilities, one wonders if we’ll see more ridiculous lawsuits against them since they are not just like books.

Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in California that came on earlier this summer, from consumers who feels that Apple’s claim that “reading on the iPad is just like reading a book,” is false. It was filed in July claiming that because the iPad overheats after prolonged use and its poor visibility in sunlight prevent it from living up to Apple’s marketing promise.

Welcome to our Top Stories of Summer 2010 series. For all our readers returning from summer homes and Caribbean yacht trips, we’ve created a short list of the 15 stories you may have missed during this long busy summer for the eBook industry.

Here is more about the Apple lawsuit from the complaint: “Indeed, according to the website, ‘[r]eading on iPad is just like reading a book.’ However, contrary to this promise, using the iPad is not ‘just like reading a book’ at all since books do not close when the reader is enjoying them in the sunlight or in other normal environmental environments. This promise, like other portions of APPLE’s marketing material for the iPad, is false.”