If Apple was finally feeling like it had a solid win after getting paid $548 million in patent damages by Samsung—well, now it shouldn’t be so sure.The Supreme Court said today that it will consider what kind of damages should be warranted when a design patent is found to be infringed as the court takes up the blockbuster Apple v. Samsung case.After a 13-day trial in 2012, a jury held that Samsung’s phones infringed Apple utility and design patents. Apple was originally granted $1.05 billion, but that number was slashed down on appeal. Samsung paid $548 million late last year, but the company didn’t give up its right to one last appeal. A Supreme Court win could result in Samsung getting much of that money back.
Read on, source: Supreme Court takes up Apple v. Samsung, first design patent case in a century | Ars Technica
The FBI has come to a sudden and surprising all-stop in its legal war with Apple.Rather than compel the Cupertino giant to help it unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino killers, the Feds say they may be able to break into the handset without the company’s assistance after all.In a filing [PDF] submitted late Monday in a central California federal court, the Feds asked for a crunch hearing due to take place on Tuesday be vacated and proceedings be suspended at least until next month. The court has granted the request.The FBI will use that time to test an alternate method for unlocking the iPhone that will not involve, as it had originally sought, Apple building a specially crafted version of the iOS firmware.
Read on, source: FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer’s iPhone without iGiant’s help • The Register
An exploit has been discovered that causes iPhones and iPads to reboot when sent a string of malicious text.The bug was found on Reddit, reports 9to5Mac, but the exploit has since been confirmed by Apple. If the offending 75-byte sequence of unicode characters are sent via a text message, and appear on a user’s iPhone lockscreen, the device will crash and reboot.
Read on, source: Bug causes iPhones to crash when sent malicious text message