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Apple and Cisco Agree to Share 'iPhone' Name

22 Feb, 2007 By: Jessica Wolf

Apple's battle with Cisco for naming rights on the upcoming iPhone has ended in a draw.

According to reports, the two companies have settled the trademark dispute with the agreement that both companies will be able to use the iPhone moniker.

Apple and Cisco are even looking at creating areas of interoperability for the two different phones, according to Business Week.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the anticipated iPhone in January at the annual MacWorld conference in San Francisco. The cell phone/iPod hybrid gadget will be available in June, with calling service exclusively from AT&T's Cingular Wireless Network.

The iPhone has it all — music, phone service and Internet access, and runs a Macintosh operating system with a 3.5” widescreen display for optimum video viewing.

The phone has touch-screen technology and will synch up with iTunes for managing videos, music and photos, just like the iPod. The storage capacity, however, is much lower for the price, $499 for a 4GB iPhone and $599 for an 8GB version that will arrive later. A like-priced iPod-only device comes with significantly more hard disk space, 60-to-80 GB in the newest generation of models.

The day after Apple unveiled the iPhone, Cisco Systems — which holds the trademark on the name ‘iPhone' and launched its own iPhone-branded cell product from its Linksys division — filed a trademark infringement suit against Apple in Northern California.

Cisco had reportedly been talking about licensing the name to Apple, but had no formal agreement when Jobs began touting the new product.

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