"For just $45, you can bring home $10 worth of apples," Kate McKinnon said in a Saturday Night Live sketch poking fun at apple picking.
"Select from our varieties like huge soft," Aidy Bryant continued.
"Tiny hard," McKinnon said.
"And apple," they both said together.
That's a pretty accurate representation of what apple picking can feel like. You come home with a ton of different types of apples and have no idea what to do with them. Should you make apple pie? Apple sauce? Apple cider? Apple crisp? And what types of apples work best for each recipe?
Worry no more. We put together this guide to all the common apple varieties with the help of two apple experts. Arnold Wilkerson founded Little Pie Company back in 1985. The New York City bakery is known for their Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie, which is served all year long. "We had to source apples that would be available in New York year-round," Wilkerson said. "We were also looking for a nice firm texture and consistency with just the right amount of ripe apple flavor and bright acidity." They landed on Golden Delicious, a sweeter variety, and Granny Smith, a more tart variety. Mixing the tart and sweet apples is good practice when baking for a more complex flavor. But the two also have a firm texture that won't turn to mush in the oven.
We also reached out to James Rich, author of the cookbook Apple: Recipes from the Orchard. He is a big proponent of mixing apples when cooking. "The trick is to get the right mixture of varieties that will reduce to a sauce-like consistency and those that will keep their shape and texture for that all-important bite," he said. "For baking, you want something that will keep its shape. [For applesauce], the best varieties are those that break down and form a creamy, sweet sauce. My personal favorites for snacking on are varieties that are super crisp and tart."
Down below, you'll learn about 15 common types of apples and which applications they work best for—baking, snacking, sauce, cider, and more. Just remember, for the best-tasting dishes, use a combination of sweet and tart apples.
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Given that it’s in early access, Baldur’s Gate 3’s performance impressed and could Strengthen in subsequent releases. Much less impressive was a noticeable performance drop the longer the Mac was on. After an hour of constant play, Tomb Raider benchmarks and in-game frame rates dipped by as much as 10 fps. You either have to put up with that or deliver the Mac a little rest. Fortunately, another issue—poor performance after switching AAA games—was rapidly fixed with a reboot. (We suspect, but cannot confirm, a 16-GB MacBook Air wouldn’t have this problem, due to having more RAM headroom.)
Windows Games on Mac
Apple ditching Intel also complicated running native Windows content on a Mac. Options remain, but none are good. Beyond adding complexity (where your games live; installing multiple versions of Steam), you hamper performance, because these games don’t run natively.
Parallels Desktop is the most user-friendly and powerful choice, and handily installs Windows 11 automatically. CrossOver doesn’t require Windows, but needs more fiddling with to get games running. (There’s also PlayOnMac, a free option riding on CrossOver’s coattails.)
Getting Steam on Parallels Desktop and CrossOver is dead easy; finding games that work, less so. Broadly, 2D titles are most likely to work well. Old favorites Death Ray Manta and Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 played flawlessly during testing. But when we tried 3D effort Pinball FX3, it failed entirely in CrossOver and was akin to a slow-motion replay in Parallels Desktop.
You might have more luck, depending on the games you favor. GTA V, for example, plays at over 50 fps on the M2. But that’s a pretty old game. So if you want to fire up an existing Windows collection on your MacBook Air, go for simpler fare or higher-end titles that are several years old. For newer Windows games, get a PC.
So: Is Apple’s M2 MacBook Air Any Good for Games?
Whether you think the M2 MacBook Air is good for games depends on the games you care about. With AAA titles, there are clear problems. The hardware is largely capable, but the ecosystem and throttling let it down. Too few games are optimized for Apple silicon, sustained performance is questionable, and even Apple’s WWDC announcements whiff of the late 1990s, when Mac users took whatever scraps they could—which usually meant getting a handful of Windows games years late, and for more money.
Speaking of money, for the price of an M2 Air, you could buy a PC that’s more suitable for games. So buying an Air primarily for games would be an odd choice. And if you demand more raw power and would consider upgrading from an M2 Air to an M1 Pro or M1 Max machine, the price difference alone would net you a PS5, Xbox, or Steam Deck. Any of those would be more suitable for AAA gaming.
But despite what gaming obsessives might otherwise claim, AAA titles don’t encompass all games, and an M2 MacBook Air, as we’ve shown, supports many fun titles. So if you just want to play the odd game to relax, enjoy casual fare or streaming, or aren’t too picky regarding AAA games, the Air will serve. And if you’re into classic games, OpenEmu remains the most polished and user-friendly emulation system around on the desktop.
If you were hoping for a dramatic overhaul of the Apple Watch 8 when it debuts later this year, you’ll be disappointed: the latest rumours suggest that the smartwatch’s look will be mostly unaltered from the current model.
If you are looking for the “basic” or “standard” version of the wearable, this comes from ShrimpApplePro. If Apple does issue a premium version of the watch, it’s possible that some visual changes will have been made.
Flat-edged designs were said to be in the works for the Apple Watch 7, but the 2021 model looked a lot like the devices that came before it. The Apple Watch 8 seems to be the next logical step in this direction.
There are a few more insights from the same source concerning the Apple Watch 8. All existing replacement bands should be compatible with the new versions, since they are expected to come in the same 41 mm and 45 mm sizes.
No additional sensors seem to be planned for the watch, and the colours that are on the way are rumoured to be silver and graphite in stainless steel, as well as midnight, starlight, red, and silver for the aluminium model.
According to reports, the Apple Watch 7 was unveiled on October 15; however, prior models were released in September. As a result, we should expect the new wearable to arrive somewhere in September or October.
Apple’s decision to stick with the present design of the Apple Watch 8 may be frustrating, but the current look of the wristwatch is traditional and iconic, so there is no need for the company to modify it.
All the bands and chargers and accessories for the Apple Watch that have been released throughout the years are also included. Changing the device’s form factor implies that it doesn’t fit into the present ecosystem of goods as readily or as snuggly.
Hopes are high for a new product from Apple this time around. A tough or extreme version of the Apple Watch is said to exist, and this might potentially alter the wearable’s looks in some way.
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The Mac Studio, according to one source, may be killed out in favour of a more powerful Mac mini, according to a latest claim.
Apple is expected to release two new Mac mini models in the autumn, according to Gurman. The boxy Mac that was initially announced in 2005 will be available in M2 and M2 Pro models. In addition to the current Mac mini, which is a top-of-the-line Mac, Apple also sells an M1 version of the Mac Pro, which is also a top-of-the-line Mac. Both of them will be phased out in favour of the M2 and its Pro variant.
Rumors of a Mac mini M1 Pro have been floating around for a while now. But with the formal launch of M2 chips this month, that is no longer the case. It is unlikely, according to Gurman, that the Mac mini’s design will be altered. The latest M1 and Intel-based Mac mini come in silver and space grey.
Gurman believes that the first-generation 2022 model of the Mac Studio will be the last version of the premium Mac ever built. Explaining, he continues “For me, the most pressing issue is whether or not the Mac Studio will ever be upgraded. As a result of its high price and narrow market, it provides the impression that it is a short-lived Mac. Having a Mac Studio and a Mac Pro is redundant, in my opinion.”
This year’s well-received Mac Studio was able to do two things at once. With its 27-inch Studio Display, the iMac’s bigger form factor was replaced. It also provided Cupertino time to develop on an Apple silicon version of the Mac Pro, which was a benefit of the launch. As soon as the next several months, we’ll know more about it.
As far as Gurman is concerned, Apple will have two autumn events this year. New iPhone 14 and Apple Watch Series 8 are expected to be unveiled by Apple in September. Then, in October, Apple is expected to unveil a new line of iPads and Macs.
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Of all the Apple tools available, iMessage might seem like the one most designed for teenagers, friends, and families. The ease it offers when sharing media, stickers, emoji, GIFs, for example, make it the ultimate consumer product.
But it has steadily involved into a powerful business messaging solution and collaboration tool. You could even think of it as a basic – and free – alternative to Slack or Microsoft Teams. That’s a view that will only get more real with iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, which will extend iMessage’s enterprise capabilities when they arrive this fall.
iMessage has been around for more than a decade and it offers quite a few advantages over standard SMS and MMS messaging. It boasts media and file support, group chats, read receipts, the ability to integrate content from a range of other apps, and tight integration across all of Apple’s major product lines.
Some latest additions make it even more useful to business users. Last year, Apple introduced a new Shared with You feature that displays content received in the Messages app directly in an associated app.
URLs are automatically displayed in Safari, for example, and songs or albums in Apple Music. Along with broadening this feature across platforms (including macOS Ventura), Apple will extend support for third-party apps and direct in-app collaboration.
More on that in a bit. First, let’s look at what you can do now.
Messages in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and Monterey
While iMessage will get serious collaborative boosts in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, let’s look at how to use Messages in the Apple OSes that exist now.
There are three major pieces to any business-worthy chat and collaboration platform:
Secure communication. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted to a degree that meets regulatory compliance for rules like HIPAA in healthcare, as is FaceTime.
Support for group communications. Although individual chats are important, businesses need group communications and message threads, which iMessage has supported for some time. Group chats also allow you to message the entire group or specific individuals and support inline responses so that you can easily respond to (and see responses to) specific comments in the message thread.
Status notices. Knowing that people have (or have not) read your message can be critical. Seeing whether they are in the process of replying is also extremely helpful. iMessage supports both of these functions.
For a business tool to succeed, however, requires more than these basics. The ability to pin message threads and the option to mute notifications about specific threads are both key features for workers who need to manage business conversations.
The ability to share media, content, or files is also important. While the Messages app for iOS/iPadOS 15 supports photo and video sharing as well as the sharing of links and other network addresses, it doesn’t, at first, appear to support file and document sharing.
It can be done, though. And, even if it’s not obvious, it’s easy. You just can’t do it directly from the app. Instead, use the Files app. Tap and hold a file and then choose to share it from the pop-up menu that results. You can also share files from within the app that created them using a standard share sheet.
In both cases, Messages pops up as an option for sharing. Sharing in macOS is even simpler: Drag a file into the chat in Messages. You can also right-click on the file’s icon in the Finder and select share. Or you can share from within app that created the file.
Once you share a file with the group chat, everyone in the chat receives the file and can comment and discuss it in the message thread. This provides a baseline for collaboration.
Everyone can see and discuss the same documents or files in real time. In many cases, this sort of discussion is easier than relying on features like Track Changes and Comments within a productivity app, because the discussion is interactive and it avoids cluttering the document with large numbers of comments and responses.
To ensure that you have easy access to communications wherever you are (and on whatever device you’re using), Apple provides Messages in iCloud.
This backs up all your conversations into iCloud, ensures your messages are synced across devices (including new devices as they are set up), and allows you to access your messages through iCloud’s web interface if you don’t have access to your Apple devices. You can also extend Messages in iCloud into business environments through services like Apple Business Essentials and Managed Apple IDs.
In addition to using it as a business communication solution, you can pair Messages with FaceTime to offer your team real-time video and audio call capabilities. FaceTime will let you share your screen in real time and display apps like Keynote or PowerPoint. As with Messages, business environments can tie it to Managed Apple IDs.
Although generally not positioned as such by Apple, this combination of features solves many of the communication and basic collaboration needs of most business users.
It isn’t as purpose-built as Slack or Microsoft Teams, but the functionality is nonetheless there and at no additional cost; that makes it a viable option, especially for smaller business environments when used with Apple Business Essentials.
Coming soon… Messages as a collaboration powerhouse
While iMessage as a platform already offers serious communication and collaboration options, macOS Ventura and iOS 16/iPadOS 16 will expand these in a couple of significant ways — particularly when it comes to integrating Messages collaboration with third-party apps.
The first expansion is in the Shared with You feature. Currently this feature allows a handful of Apple’s stock apps to retrieve content from Messages and make it readily available in the appropriate app: links in Safari, articles in News, images or videos in Photos, songs and albums in Music, shows in the TV app, and podcasts in the Podcasts app. This makes it easy to review a message without worrying about storing the attached items so you can find them later.
Currently, Shared with You is limited to six apps and a relatively small number of content or media types. Apple last month announced at WWDC, though, that this feature is coming to third-party apps.
So any developer will be able to add support for it to their app for whatever types of content are appropriate. The same Shared with You shelf design (the area in the app’s interface where items from Messages are displayed) will be available.
This has big potential for those of us using these tools in a business context. During a workday, it’s possible to share a wide range of media and file types through Messages, across numerous threads.
Being able to review your messages and easily retrieve the shared content through the native apps later allows for extremely streamlined workflows and the ability to switch easily between the shared content and the message thread where it originated. This makes reviewing and responding directly to the message about a piece of content simple. And it also helps prevent you from missing content as you scroll through message threads.
The second, and even more powerful, expansion is the integration of Messages directly into apps that support collaboration.
When an app with a collaboration feature (say one that supports Track Changes such as Word or Pages) is integrated with Messages, a collaboration workflow can be kicked off in the app. The document can be shared through Messages (as well as FaceTime) with individual users or a group.
When a collaboration is shared with a group, each member will receive a copy of the document through Messages. As each person opens the document, their actions will be reported back to Messages as well as to the app. This occurs on the device(s) of each person in the group.
Messages will report to all users whenever someone makes a change to the document and will provide a link directly into the document where the change was made. Users can comment directly in line with the change notice to discuss the edits.
If a user has the document open, they will be able to see all the users currently interacting with or editing the document. This allows you to do real-time communication and editing simultaneously. If multiple users are accessing the document in real-time, they can also convert the collaboration into an audio or video FaceTime call that incorporates screen sharing and group editing.
These features drastically expand on the existing Track Changes and Comments features that many business apps already support, and they marry this functionality to the existing collaboration capabilities in Messages and FaceTime. The result is a single cohesive experience for communicating, sharing content, group discussion, and collaborative editing.
What’s particularly powerful is that this will deliver developers that may not have explored collaboration features a relatively easy path to adding real-time collaboration to their apps, expanding beyond the somewhat limited set of business and productivity apps that have implemented some versions or Track Changes like Office or iWork.
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The Apple Watch Series 7 is deeply discounted for. But before you buy one, you may be asking yourself: Which size is best, the 41mm or the slightly more expensive 45mm?
If you need help deciding which one's right for you, then we're here to help.
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Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (41 mm) (green), $279 (reduced from $399)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) (blue), $309 (reduced from $429)
On one hand, there's no science to choosing between the 41mm and 45mm case. Even Apple says the selection process comes down to "personal taste." So, ask yourself some basic questions. Like, do you want a bigger display screen (which is actually the line's biggest display screen yet)? Then you probably want the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 (pictured). As an added bonus, you'll also get more pixels, and, in some instances, larger display text.
Do you want a watch that's a lighter lift? A watch that's closer to what you're used to? Then you may want the 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 (pictured). That model is a few grams lighter than the 45mm model, and roughly the same size as the largest Apple Watch Series 3 model (42mm).
Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (41 mm), $279 (reduced from $399)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm), $309 (reduced from $429)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) GPS + cellular, $406 (reduced from $529)
There are also dollars-and-cents considerations in an Apple Watch purchase: The 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 (pictured) costs less than the 45mm Apple Watch Series 7.
The 41mm model, which starts at $399 on Apple, is on sale for $279 at Amazon during Amazon's Prime Day deals.
The 45mm model, meanwhile, goes for $429 and up at Apple. But you can get it on sale today for $309 at Amazon, the lowest price we've seen it. But don't delay -- this Prime Day discount probably won't last forever.
The cellular-enabled version of the Apple Watch Series 7 is also on sale -- it's $406 at Amazon.
According to Apple, the 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 is sized for wrists between 130 mm and 200 mm. (That's roughly 5 inches to 8 inches, if you're rusty in the metric system.)
The 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 is sized for wrists between 140 mm to 220 mm, or, roughly 5.5 inches to 8.5 inches.
The 45mm model also has a extra-large band option; that band is for wrists between 160 mm and 245 mm, or, about 6 inches to nearly 10 inches.
Something else to consider: Some makers of Apple Watch fashion bands only make models for the smaller, 41 mm version. Then again, some make them for both versions, so just be sure to check. Apple's own Milanese loop fashion band, for instance, is available for both the 41mm and 45mm models.
Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (41 mm), $279 (reduced from $399)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm), $309 (reduced from $429)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) GPS + cellular, $406 (reduced from $529)
Apple Watches are very versatile. Looks-wise, not only can you swap out Apple Watch faces to match your mood, outfit and activity, but you can also switch out the bands as well. These Apple Watch bands let you keep the look of your Apple Watch fresh and appropriate with their different colors, style and material. Plus, swapping them is a snap -- literally.
Grab a five-pack of these super-affordable, Apple Watch-compatible silicone bands to switch up your smartwatch look anytime. They're on super-sale for Amazon Prime Day. The bands come in four sizes, and seven colors.
Oyodss Apple Watch bands (5 pc.), $8 (reduced from $20)
This breathable sports watch band has a hook-and-loop fastener for easy adjustment. This official Apple Watch accessory comes in six colors, and works with 41 mm and 45 mm cases. Only select colors are on sale.
Apple Watch sport loop band, $46 (regularly $49)
This official Apple Watch band is made with soft, buttery Granada leather. It features a durable, stretch-resistant layer that Apple says is the same material NASA used to make the landing airbags for the Mars rover spacecraft.
The watch band is compatible with 42 mm and 44 mm Apple Watch models. It's no longer currently on sale.
Apple Watch modern buckle band (red), $132 (reduced from $149)
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Just about anyone will love these budget-minded Apple AirPods. They're not the latest model, but they're still one of the most sought-after earbud models on the market.
These AirPods boast more than 24 hours total listening time (with the wireless charging case), a foolproof, one-tap setup for Apple device owners and a low-latency wireless connection (for full immersion when consuming movies and music).
Apple AirPods (2nd generation), $90 (reduced from $159)
Upgrade your old AirPods to the Apple AirPods Pro. Compared with older models, these AirPods fit active noise cancelation technology, water resistance and hearing health tracking in a more-compact, better-fitting design. They're also lauded for their great sound quality. But all this quality comes at a steep price -- specifically $250. That's why the deal we found at Amazon is a big deal.
Now at $170, the Apple AirPods Pro are a great deal for those with some flexibility in their budget.
Apple AirPods Pro, $170 (reduced from $249)
The Apple MagSafe Battery Pack magnetically attaches to your iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro, providing a portable, wireless phone charge. If need be, your MagSafe Battery Pack and iPhone can be charged at the same time. Listed at $99 at Apple, you can save 20% buying an Apple MagSafe Battery Pack at Amazon.
Apple MagSafe Battery Pack, $80 (regularly $99)
Buy the sweet, immersive Apple AirPods Max direct from Apple, and you'll pay $549; buy the wireless, over-the-ear headphones via Amazon, and you'll pay $449.
Apple AirPods Max, $449 and up (regularly $549)
The 10.2-inch iPad 9, released in 2021, is the most affordable of Apple's iPad offerings. It offers a 8MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts stereo speakers, too. This iPad is powered by a A13 Bionic chip. It boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and is compatible with the Apple Pencil for drawing or note-taking.
Available in two colors; prices vary. The sale prices listed below are for the space gray iPad 9 with Wi-Fi-only connectivity.
Apple iPad 9 (64 GB) (space gray), $299 (reduced from $329)
Apple iPad 9 (256GB) (space gray), $429 (reduced from $479)
Want to protect your new tablet investment? Get the 64 GB Apple iPad 9 bundled with a two-year subscription to Apple's protection plan, Apple Care+. That bundle's on sale on Amazon, too.
Apple iPad 9 (64 GB) (silver) bundled with Apple Care+, $368 (reduced from $398)
Introduced in 2022, the 10.9-inch Apple iPad Air 5 is the latest in the lightweight iPad Air line. The iPad Air 5 offers performance up to 60% faster than the prior model thanks to Apple's turbo-charged M1 chip. The device boasts a 12MP wide-angle back camera that supports 4K video. It also offers touch ID, and Apple's Liquid Retina display.
Available in five colors; prices vary. The sale prices listed below are for the space gray iPad Air 5 with Wi-Fi-only connectivity.
Apple iPad Air 5 (64 GB) (space gray), $559 (reduced from $599)
Apple iPad Air 5 (256 GB) (space gray), $679 (reduced from $749)
The iPad Mini 6 is a compact tablet with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina display screen. Released in 2021, the Apple tablet is powered by an A15 Bionic chip with neural engine technology. It features a 12 MP wide-angle back camera, and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It boasts landscape stereo speakers.
Note that the Apple iPad Mini is not compatible with Apple's external Magic Keyboard. It can, however, be used with other Bluetooth-enabled external keyboards.
The iPad mini is sold out at Amazon at last look, but Walmart still has them in stock. And at a great price too: You can pick one up for $409.
Available in four colors; prices vary. The sale prices listed below are for the iPad Mini (2021) with Wi-Fi-only connectivity.
Apple iPad Mini 6 (64 GB), $409 (reduced from $499)
Apple's high-end tablet, the iPad Pro features an 11-inch Liquid Retina XDR display, a pro camera system and a Thunderbolt port for lightning-speed data transfers. Looking for a traditional laptop experience? It's compatible with Apple's Magic Keyboard.
Available in two colors; prices vary.
As with other iPad models, the iPad Pro 5 with cellular connectivity is more expensive than the Wi-Fi-only device. But if 5G is the connection you're craving, then the extra expense may be worth it.
The sale prices listed below are for the space gray iPad Pro 5 with Wi-Fi-only connectivity.
Apple iPad Pro 5 (128 GB) (space gray), $699 (reduced from $799)
Apple iPad Pro 5 (256 GB) (space gray), $849 (reduced from $899)
The Apple Pencil is designed for drawing or writing on the Apple iPad. The second-generation device is the latest Apple Pencil. It is compatible with all the latest models of the iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad Mini. It's not currently on sale anymore, but things change fast, so check back often.
Apple Pencil 2, $129
If you want to add a keyboard to your iPad, consider Apple's Magic Keyboard. It connects to the iPad through Bluetooth. It's not currently on sale, but it's worth the investment.
Apple Magic Keyboard, $99
The Apple Smart Folio protects the front and back of your iPad. When you open the Smart Folio, your iPad will automatically wake. Smart Folio covers are available for all sizes and models of the Apple iPad. Prices may vary by color. They're not currently on sale, but worth the price.
Apple Smart Folio for iPad Pro (12.9") (deep navy), $99
Apple Smart Folio for iPad Air (10.9") (English lavender), $79
Apple Smart Folio for iPad mini (8.3") (electric orange), $59
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In the latest bizarre twist to the patent infringement battle between Apple and Ericsson, the Cupertino company has responded to the iPhone ban in Colombia by claiming that its human rights have been infringed.
The company requested emergency relief in Colombia just days after being warned by a US judge not to abuse the court system there by filing emergency requests for non-emergencies …
The executive summary is that 5G iPhones and iPads use patented technology owned by Ericsson. Apple has been licensing this technology, but is unhappy with the amount it’s being charged for that licence, so has stopped paying.
This means the company is currently infringing Ericsson’s patents, and the Swedish company is seeking iPhone bans in a number of countries – that is, injunctions against the import and sale of 5G iPhones and iPads.
Ericsson succeeded in getting the first of these, in Colombia. The court ordered all iPhone sales in the country to cease, and required Apple to ensure its resellers were aware of the ban.
Apple responded by filing an emergency motion in the Eastern District of Texas in attempt to obtain damages from Ericsson for its losses in Colombia. It is also filing various counter-claims against Ericsson.
If you want to understand the background in more detail, we summarized it here.
As Foss Patents reported, the Texas judge rejected Apple’s motion – but also admonished the company for misusing the emergency motion process for a non-emergency matter.
Judge Gilstrap doesn’t think it constitutes “imminent, irreparable harm” to Apple that it may–as a result of enforcement actions in other jurisdictions–have to sit down and negotiate a license with Ericsson. The Texas FRAND case will go to trial in December, and no later than September, Apple and Ericsson have to engage in formal mediation […]
There’s also a procedural issue. Apple should have brought a regular motion as opposed to an emergency motion. “Emergency motions are to be filed only in truly extenuating circumstances and should not be used as a means to secure an expedited briefing schedule and hearing before the Court,” Judge Gilstrap clarifies–and “finds that Apple has misused and misapplied the rules for emergency motion practice in this Court.”
The judge told Apple’s lawyers that if they did the same thing again, he would not be amused.
“Further such conduct will warrant, and likely result in, sanctions against [Apple].”
Undeterred by a warning from a US judge for misusing court proceedings, Apple has taken a truly extraordinary step back in Colombia. Foss Patents again:
Apple leaves no stone unturned in its efforts to get Ericsson’s Colombian iPhone/iPad injunction over a 5G standard-essential patent (SEP) lifted, and is now accusing Ericsson, its lawyers, and the court that ordered the injunction to violate basic human rights, invoking even Art. 8 of the famous Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I wonder what’s next–voting rights for iPhones?
Apple is seeking emergency relief against every single party involved.
Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads:
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Patent expert Florian Mueller is unimpressed by Apple’s theory that this applies in this case.
This obviously doesn’t mean that every time you disagree with a judge, this article applies […]
No-one has left an Apple executive undressed in Colombia, or taken a blood trial without permission. By extension, Art. 8 UDHR “also covers your right to develop your personal identity and to forge friendships and other relationships. This includes a right to participate in essential economic, social, cultural and leisure activities.” (emphasis added)
The unlicensed use of patents, however, is not exactly an “essential economic activity” protected by Art. 8.
Apple is particularly upset by Ericsson’s lawyers writing to Apple resellers, ensuring they are aware of the ban on selling iPhones – which, notes Mueller, is quite the interesting objection given that Apple’s lawyers did exactly the same thing in a patent dispute with Samsung.
The iPhone maker does not dispute any of the facts. It acknowledges it uses Ericsson’s patented tech and admits that it did not renew its license and therefore is currently infringing the patent. It seems to be hoping that it can apply enough legal pressure to force Ericsson to agree to a lower payment, while the Swedish company is doing the same in reverse by seeking iPhone bans.
The bottom line here is that both companies are vulnerable. Ericsson, because simultaneously cutting its income streams from product sales and patent royalties leaves it in a financially precarious position. Apple, because the financial consequences of iPhone sales bans in major markets puts at risk enormous sums of money.
One would think both companies would recognize the sense in settling the dispute in a meeting room, rather than a series of courtrooms around the world, but so far there’s no sign of compromise from either side.
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There's no need to spend a fortune on all kinds of beauty products, since apple cider vinegar is full of benefits for skin and hair.
A basic ingredient in many time-old beauty recipes, it can soothe sensitive skin, make hair shinier and rid oily skin of impurities.
Known for giving a tangy touch to summer salads, and for relieving certain digestive problems, apple cider vinegar is perhaps less known for its skin benefits.
However, it's certainly not lacking on that front, and can be used to deal with many skin and hair woes at minimal cost. So for anyone with sensitive, oily or mature skin, or even dull hair, apple cider vinegar is made for you.
Primarily composed of water, apple cider vinegar is nonetheless rich in nutrients, organic acids and mineral salts, which deliver it a thousand and one virtues for the skin.
It is also a powerful antibacterial agent that helps rid the skin of impurities (pollution, makeup) while fighting against blackheads and other blemishes. On top of that, it purifies the skin and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, providing a clearer, brighter complexion.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a lotion or toner to tackle all these problems.
In the morning and evening, after removing your makeup and cleansing your skin, simply apply it to a cotton wool pad and sweep it over your face. Note that it's better to dilute the vinegar with a little water, or to buy a vinegar-based lotion or toner directly, so as not to harm sensitive skin.
Soothing and anti-aging
Rich in beta-carotene, and therefore in antioxidants, apple cider vinegar is also an ally for mature and tired skin, especially since it promotes cell renewal. As such, it's perhaps no surprise that this vinegar has often been compared to an elixir of youth in the past.
Used regularly, it could help reduce wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging, while considerably improving the appearance of skin.
Apple cider vinegar is also a must-have during the summer season, soothing itching caused by insect bites – especially mosquitoes – and acting as a repellent.
While it has long been considered a time-old remedy for sunburn, in this case, it's better to seek the advice of a medical professional, as cider vinegar can aggravate the most serious burns.
Healthy, shiny hair
Apple cider vinegar has many benefits for hair. Not content with being the number one enemy of limescale, thanks to its acidic pH, it also smooths and tightens the cuticle to make hair stronger and shinier.
Once again, it's best to dilute the product with water, rather than pouring the bottle of apple cider vinegar directly onto your hair.
If the smell of this beauty must-have can put some people off, its many and varied virtues should soon win over anyone who's yet to try it. – AFP Relaxnews