Nothing to see here…

Indeed, the Senate investigation into Apple’s practices found no evidence that the company did anything but comply with tax law.

– John Paczkowski, AllThingsD

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Samsung: Us copy? Ridiculous!

AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski: Samsung compared the Galaxy to the iPhone in huge document.

The conclusion most of the times?

Authored by Samsung’s product engineering team, the document evaluates everything from the home screen to the browser to the built in apps on both devices. In each case, it comes up with a recommendation on what Samsung should do going forward and in most cases its answer is simple: Make it work more like the iPhone.

If you have any doubts that Samsung lavishly copied and stole from Apple, read their own account of it here.

A logical evolution…

John Paczkowski for AllThingsD:

In a trio of product timelines submitted into evidence and released to the public on Friday as part of the company’s case against Samsung, Apple tracks the evolution of Samsung’s smartphone and tablet designs against those of the iPhone and iPad and hammers home its view that Samsung “slavishly” copied them both.

@parislemon: Apple to drop Google Maps in iOS 6.

MG Siegler, writing for TechCrunch, pretty much confirms what has been floating around for the past few months:

Apple will drop Google Maps in iOS 6.

This is huge.

For Google Maps, winter is coming. Potentially.

As you’ve undoubtedly seen by now, with the upcoming iOS 6 software, Apple intends to replace the Google Maps aspect of their default Maps application with their own, in-house version. Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac was the first to report this news, and dives into more of the detail behind it, including the 3D aspect. John Paczkowski of AllThingsD confirmed the change. And after talking to my own source, I can beat the dead horse in confirming the switch.

Nice Game of Thrones reference. Be sure to click the source above: Some more goodies are revealed.

iPad 3. First week of March.

According to John Paczkowski of AllThingsD Apple will announce iPad 3 in the first week of March.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball believes it, and so does Jim Dalrymple of The Loop. That pretty much makes it a fact.

What do I expect?

I’m thinking iPad 3 will have the same form factor as the current model. It will have the same battery life, but with a faster CPU, GPU, and a high-def display. The cameras will be better too.
Will the processor be an A6? I wouldn’t bet money on it. It may just be an evolution of the A5. Four cores seem unlikely to me, because I believe that single-threaded perfomance has a lot of room for improvement still, so two cores should be plenty if Apple has spent the time to get more out of them, which I think they did.
The GPU, just like last year, will be the real surprise. It will be able to power the “retina display” easily. The display will have a 4-times improved pixel count up from the current level of 786.432 pixels to 3.145.728 pixels. This will be the biggest selling point of iPad 3.
I predict that Siri will be a part of it, and that the Smart Covers of the current model will fit the new iPad. The price of the new iPad will stay the same.

As for the iPad 2…
It seems very likely that Apple will keep it around as the “low cost model”, just like they’re doing with the iPhone 4, and 3GS. It will probably start at 299 USD for the 16GB WiFi model. This will pretty much bury the “competition”.

I don’t have any “insight” or “sources” for my predictions, just common sense. We’ll see how that works out.