Top iOS news of the week: Class action trial, patent protection, shifted selfies

The week in iOS: Apple hit with $350 million suit over iPod, patent grant to protect dropped phones, and shifted selfie camera.

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Apple set for trial over $350 million suit

The folks in Cupertino are getting ready to defend actions around DRM on the iPod as a $350 million class action suit is going to trial. The suit filed in 2005 alleges Apple locked music purchased from the company's store to only play on Apple devices.

This suit has been almost 10 years in coming to trial and could find Apple paying some hefty fees and fines.

Source: Apple Insider

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Apple granted patent for protecting dropped phones

A new patent granted to Apple may be one of the most useful, as it describes a system that causes a dropped phone to reorient during freefall to do the least amount of damage. It uses the phone's existing sensors new technology, and vibration motor to spin the phone to land screen up when dropped.

Cracked screens are all too common on dropped phones, and if this tech makes it into Apple products it would be quite cool.

Source: Apple Insider

Problem affecting selfie camera on iPhone 6

Users are reporting an issue with a misaligned housing that causes an artifact to appear on the edge of the front camera of the iPhone 6. It is apparently due to the front camera becoming misaligned with the housing.

Owners are reporting on forums that Apple is repairing and replacing iPhone 6 handsets that show the misalignment.

It's a minor issue but irritating to those with the shiny new iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 Plus doesn't seem to have this issue.

Source: Techradar

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iPhone capturing phablet market

In only its first month on the market, numbers show the iPhone 6 Plus has already captured 41 percent of the phablet market. Phablets are big phones (these numbers use 5.5-inch and larger screen) that are approaching small tablets in size.

Phones with big screens are becoming popular, and the iPhone in particular.

Source: Cult of Mac