Apple - Cisco War Over iPhone Continues
The struggle between Apple and Cisco over "iPhone" is getting nasty as Cisco appears to be announcing to the world it has no desire to let go of its ownership of the name. According to the NY Post, Cisco bought a full page ad in the NY Times to toot their horn over its upcoming iPhone, in case there was any doubt about where this war over the name is going. Cisco's ownership of the trademarked name "iPhone" has been the focus of weeks of talks between the two tech giants. It has been a cloud over the recent release of iPhone at MacWorld.
Apple fans will surely frown on the function before form version of iPhone by Cisco. It's a wi-fi phone that is Skype compatible using Wireless-G, WIP320. Cisco's iPhone will scan for a wi-fi access point before it fully boots its operating system. Not nearly as pretty or elegant as Apple's, Cisco's iPhone is set to be released in June of this year and it's been a long time coming - Cisco has owned the iPhone name since the year 2000. One possible and peaceful outcome of the Cisco/Apple name game is Apple releasing products that are compatible to each other under Cisco's iPhone name. The talks have been going on for weeks but still no conclusion. Cisco has agreed to extend the deadline of its lawsuit against Apple in hopes to reach some agreement.