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Apple sues indie director over Apple-Man film title


The movie is a super-hero satire about a guy who can levitate apples (the fruit).
The movie is a super-hero satire about a guy who can levitate apples (the fruit).
Photo: Apple-Man-Vasyl Moskalenko

Apple is no stranger to aggressive legal actions meant to protect the company’s image. In its latest move, the company filed a lawsuit against Ukrainian indie film director Vasyl Moskalenko, who wrote a comedy film titled Apple-Man.

And no, the film, currently in production, does not talk about the Cupertino tech giant or its products. It’s a superhero satire about a guy who can levitate apples. You see, in a bit of classic superhero movie plotting, his DNA got blended with DNA from the fruit.

Apple says Epic’s legal challenge is all about reviving interest in Fortnite


Epic Games mocked Apple with a ‘1984’ parody.
Epic has been battling with Apple since last summer.
Screenshot: Epic Games

Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple is less about App Store rules and more about reviving “flagging interest in Fortnite,” according to a court document filed Thursday by Cupertino’s lawyers.

In a court filing with the US District Court on Thursday, Apple argues that Epic just wants “to free-ride on Apple’s innovation” by being allowed in the App Store without having to pay Apple a cut of earnings.

Man sues Apple after iPhone X explodes in his pocket


iPhone XS Max
Bigger and better for your eyes.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

An Australian iPhone owner whose day job is working as a scientist at the University of Melbourne is suing Apple after his iPhone X exploded in his pocket.

Robert De Rose says that he was sitting in his office in 2019, with the iPhone in his pocket, when suddenly he felt an intense pain in his thigh. He was left with second-degree leg burns after the incident.

Lawsuit slams Apple for profiting from casino apps


Slot machine image
Lawsuit seeks damages from Apple.
Photo: Carl Raw/Unsplash CC

Is Apple helping facilitate an illegal gambling den by running the App Store? That’s the accusation made by a new lawsuit, claiming that freemium casino apps are running wild in the App Store — and Apple’s taking a piece of the action.

The plaintiffs in the case are two social casino app users. Each has spent upward of $15,000 on casino app in-app purchases.

Lawsuit accuses Apple of misleading about iPhone demand in China


Apple's relationship with Foxconn on the rocks
Tim Cook meets with a Foxconn worker in China.
Photo: Apple

A class action lawsuit against Apple claims that the company hid news of declining iPhone demand in China, thereby triggering billions of dollars lost on the part of investors.

The case, brought against Apple by a UK pension fund, has been given the go-ahead by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers. It concerns comments made by Tim Cook during an investor call back in 2018.

Apple faces another lawsuit over iPhone XR’s ‘inferior’ Wi-Fi antennas


The iPhone XR will feature Haptic Touch. But just what is that?
Some iPhone XR owners really aren't happy with their purchase.
Photo: Apple

Apple on Monday was hit with a second class-action lawsuit over iPhone XR’s “inferior” Wi-Fi antennas.

The company is accused of hiding the fact that its more affordable handset, released in 2018, shipped with a 2×2 MIMO antenna array, while the pricier iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max packed a 4×4 MIMO array.

Apple may owe you $25 for throttling your iPhone


jet black iphone 7 plus
The iPhone 7 is one of the device listed in the settlement.
Photo: Apple

Apple has reportedly reached an agreement to pay up to $500 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which it was accused of secretly throttling iPhone CPU speeds.

According to Reuters Apple reached a preliminary agreement for the lawsuit on Friday night. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila still has to approve it, but if the settlement goes through, some U.S. iPhone owners could get paid $25 per iPhone that Apple throttle.

If you owned one of these iPhones covered in the lawsuit, a check might be coming your way: