Apple likely to win in federal price fixing case on e-books
Experts are saying that Apple is likely to emerge victorious from a Department of Justice case regarding price fixing on e-books.
Apple was accused of conspiring to fix and raise prices on e-books along with five major publishers. The DOJ has been investigating the issue since last year and officially filed its lawsuit yesterday. The entire filing is included below, and since its filing, sixteen U.S. states have joined the suit.
Last year, Apple switched its pricing structure with publishers to an agency model, allowing those publishers to set their own prices on e-books while giving Apple a standard cut of the revenue. However, the deal also stipulates that e-books sold through the iTunes store cannot be sold at a lower price anywhere else on the Internet.
A cadre of law professors has explained to Cnet reporters that precedents for the DOJ’s case may actually give Apple the upper hand.
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At the Intel Developer Forum that took place yesterday, Intel’s VP and GM of the PC Client Group Kirk Skaugen revealed ( 14:30 mark) that Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge Processor is built for Retina display computers, “if OEMs choose to use it.”
‘Retina display’ is a marketing term coined by Apple to describe a screen where you can’t discern pixels at an average usage distance with 20/20 vision. It is curious that Intel’s VP used an Apple term to describe high density computer displays for the broader market.
Apple is set to use Intel’s Ivy Bridge processor in its next line Macs, making it an opportune time for to introduce its Retina display technology into the Mac line. The Ivy Bridge processor, without help from discrete graphics processors, can power 2560×1600 displays (as Skaugen said), which is four times the current resolution found in the 13? MacBook Pro. That would look pretty good on 13-inch displays of Apple’s Pro/Air.
Apple’s bigger, high end notebooks have typically had help from discrete graphics processors. To make bigger displays “Retina”, Apple would likely need to add more GPU processing power.
The update also adds a sharing option for 1080p video on compatible iOS devices, includes multicam metadata in XML project export, and assigns stereo as the default audio channel setting for new projects. ($299.99 new in the Mac App Store, free update, 1.38 GB, release notes)