27 Feb '12, 9am

#Apple News: "Apple forced to stop push notifications service in Germany - TODAYonline"

MUNICH - Apple's German arm has been forced to stop automatically alerting iPhone users when they receive an email after it lost a patent battle to Motorola. It is being viewed as a significant development as it is the first time that the smartphone industry's high-stakes patents wars have affected iPhone users directly by restricting the capabilities of their handset. Push notifications for iCloud and MobileMe services were disabled last night, Apple told German users. To get their email, contacts and calendar updates, users will have to collect it manually or set their iPhone to make regular checks. It follows Motorola's victory in a court case last month. At the time, Apple dismissed the relevant patent as an "old pager patent" and vowed to appeal the decision. "Apple believes this old pager patent is invalid and we're appealing the court's decision," it said. Today it ...

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