The Apple Peel, which promises to deliver wireless mobile broadband to your iPod Touch and effectively change your iPod Touch into a make shift iPhone, may face backlash from the Cupertino, California iPhone and iPod Touch maker. According to a report from DigiTimes, the Peel connects to the iPod Touch via the dock connector, but its maker doesn’t have the proper license from Apple to do so. According to the report in DigiTimes:
Apple Peel is an iPod case that includes a mobile baseband chip and related hardware to enable voice and text messaging. However, the device interfaces with the iPod touch using Apple’s 30-pin dock connector, but does not have the necessary licenses from Apple to do so, the paper noted. Thus Apple is likely to take legal action against its sale, the paper quoted local analysts as saying.
Apple has started going after accessories maker that connect to its devices. Recently, Apple went after battery maker HyperMac for utilizing its MagSafe connector to attach an external battery pack to the company’s portable notebook line of computers.
In the case with the Apple Peel, the device has been noted by early reviewers to work in handling voice, SMS, and mobile data communications, but those reviewers also note that the phone and SMS functions are unstable.
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