There are two rather important bits today regarding the world of Android and Apple. Motorola was seeking an injunction against Apple’s iCloud and the German Mannheim Regional Court granted a permanent injunction. It refers to Apple’s iCloud push email service (as well as MobileMe) and any devices that can access it. The Motorola lawsuit was aimed at Apple Sales International (the Ireland-based European sales organization for Cupertino) and the decision is only enforceable in Germany (so it’s not Europe-wide). Users, as Florian Mueller notes, “will probably have to configure their clients so as to check periodically for new email, as opposed to getting BlackBerry-style updates pushed to them”.
According to Finanz Nachtrichten (Financial News), Apple has removed products like the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, as well as 3G-enabled iPads from its online store. This could come as a direct effect of the ruling mentioned above; however, Apple did not remove its latest model, the iPhone 4S. According to Apple, the decision to remove products only affects the German online store and users will be able to purchase those products from either retailers or brick-and-mortar stores. Motorola is trying to reinforce the above mentioned patents against Apple Inc., the American parent company.
Florian Mueller thinks that the decision to remove products is a direct effect of another ruling (and not the most recent, reported at the top). On December 9, 2011, the Mannheim Regional Court granted Motorola a preliminary injunction enforceable against Apple Sales International (the Irish sales organization).