With the iPhone trademark settlement behind them, Apple and Cisco “could partner in the near-term on lower-profile projects that leverage the respective strengths of the world’s largest networking equipment company and the new darling of digital entertainment,” Jordan Robertson reports for The Associated Press.
“Some of those efforts, they said, could include integrating Cisco’s Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology into Apple’s iPhones, which are currently designed to operate only over the cellular network; improving the ability of Apple computers to work securely with wireless home routers from Cisco’s Linksys division; or generally developing ways for both companies’ products to work seamlessly with each other,” Robertson reports.
Robertson reports, “Analysts cautioned against expecting any type of major concessions from Apple concerning its proprietary technology, citing the vague joint settlement statement from the companies that raised more questions than it answered. ‘As far as concessions go, from Apple’s point of view, is there a downside to making their products work better with Cisco’s networking gear? I don’t see a downside for them,’ said Charles Golvin, principal analyst with Forrester Research Inc. ‘If anything it makes their products that much more attractive.'”
Robertson reports, “Gene Munster, senior research analyst with investment bank Piper Jaffray & Co., said talk of collaboration is ‘noble language’ but he is not expecting any blockbuster joint products to emerge from the partnership. ‘Apple wanted that to be the impression because they get a lot of pressure for being closed,’ he said, adding that he suspects money played a more crucial role in the negotiations than either company let on. He estimated that Apple paid Cisco between $25 million and $50 million for rights to the name.”
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If you really want to work with Apple, we can think of several better ways than by attempting to blackmail them for chump change, but we can’t think of a worse way. Jobs, if he does anything at all, will probably allow Cisco to collaborate on choosing floor wax for employee restrooms or something equally important.
MacDailyNews Note: Officially: “Under the agreement, both companies are free to use the ‘iPhone’ trademark on their products throughout the world. Both companies acknowledge the trademark ownership rights that have been granted, and each side will dismiss any pending actions regarding the trademark. In addition, Cisco and Apple will explore opportunities for interoperability in the areas of security, and consumer and enterprise communications. Other terms of the agreement are confidential.”
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