Apple working on a crowd-sourced navigation system, a patent suggests
0. phoneArena 04 Jul 2013, 09:21 posted on
A patent application from December 2011 has just been posted by the US Patent & Trademark Office, describing a crowd-sourced navigation platform, much like Waze's (now owned by Google). This follows Apple's divorce with Google Maps and is sure to inject some life back into the iOS equivalent...
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2. wando77 (Posts: 227; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
So a direct copy of waze is ok for apple to do?
4. buccob (Posts: 960; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
It is ok for them to try and do something like this... What is NOT ok is to patent it as if they are first...
I hope Waze (Google) sue the heck out of them for this...
7. darkkjedii (Posts: 8877; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
If you take a breath, and then I take a breath...am I copying you?
8. tedkord (Posts: 3776; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I don't know. If you make rounded corners, then I make rounded corners, am I copying you.
The issue isn't the copying. Its the hypocrisy. You're a fair minded fellow. You have to admit that for a company that claims to loathe copying so much, its all they've done this year.
Even you commented on the flexible screen device patent.
9. darkkjedii (Posts: 8877; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
True Ted, but what I think apple is doing is implementing technology, that's becoming the standard. It's like Hyundai using V-8's when they use to only use 4 bangers. Crowd sourcing is becoming standard, and using will keep them current. Copying? It can be called that. Recognizing the standard? It can be called that also. What are your thoughts Ted?
12. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 199; Member since: 14 May 2013)
Thats not the problem, "copying" as they put it, is FINE (at least for me). Competition is always welcome.
The problem is that after "copying", Apple patents it and sues everyone that also "copies" and even those who used it first.
13. roscuthiii (Posts: 1658; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Implementing technology that's becoming standard is one thing... trying to get a patent for it after the fact is quite a different matter.
10. darkkjedii (Posts: 8877; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
And yes the rounded corners thing is ridiculous.
6. JMartin22 (Posts: 513; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
This company is full of nothing but dirtbags. They'll patent anything they can. They'll also patent things that they'll never do and then sue the firm that actually brings it to life. It's just so grimy what that company has devolved to.
11. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5457; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Jeeze just great another patent filing.