After Steve Jobs wowed the crowed at Macworld in January by introducing the iPhone, he had some serious business to take care! The problem? Cisco had the name iPhone trademarked years ago, which left Apple dealing with a trademark-infringement lawsuit which was filed in federal court shortly after the Macworld announcement.
Long story short, Cisco and Apple decided to work together and share the name. Amazing huh? Speaking to the Associated Press, Zeus Kerravala who’s a network infrastructure analyst with Yankee Group says that there’s a possibility that the two could work together with Cisco’s Lynksys division creating a device where users could call in to record podcasts, and then they’d automatically be uploaded to iTunes.
“If the two actually can work together, then the combination of the two is obviously more powerful than the two butting heads,” says Kerravela. “There’s no company out there that understands network service like Cisco. And you could argue no other company understands user experience like Apple.”
Of course this is all speculation, and not a peep has been heard from Apple or Cisco over this deal, other than an announcement that they had agreed to “explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communication.”
So who came out on top with this one? Apple or Cisco? I say Cisco because they had the ball in their court, and I’m sure Apple was willing to do just about anything to get this settled.
Note: If you’re wanting to take a look at Cisco’s iPhone, click here for the product page.
News Source: The Associated Press [via Yahoo]