CHICAGO (CAP) - The Chicago Police Department has filed a lawsuit in federal court against Apple Inc., claiming the company's proposed iWatch violates the patent on their own "2-Way Wrist TV."
"These have been standard issue here for years," noted Police Chief Pat Patton, explaining that the department upgraded from 2-Way Wrist Radios to the 2-Way Wrist TV in 1964, thanks to the largess of local industrialist billionaire Diet Smith.
"Our men have gotten out of more scrapes thanks to these babies than you can imagine," added Patton, pointing to the cigarette-pack-sized metal box strapped to his wrist. "We have one detective alone who's used his 2-Way Wrist TV while apprehending dozens of crooks," including The Blank, Little Face Finney, Pruneface, The Brow, Shaky and Pear Shape.
"Oddly enough none of them had actual names," noted Patton.
For his part, Apple CEO Tim Cook said while he can't reveal details about the proposed iWatch, he could say it will bear little resemblance to the 2-Way Wrist TV. "For one thing, it won't have those two big metal knobs coming out the side," he said. "Or that little Geiger-counter window thingie at the bottom, whatever that's for."
He also noted that while Diet Smith Industries is based in Illinois and uses only American workers, the iWatch, like all Apple products, will be assembled entirely by Chinese orphans.
Industry analysts have noted that there has been tension between Apple and the Chicago Police since the late '90s, when Detective Richard Tracy arrested then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who at that time was going by his criminal alias The Turtleneck.
- CAP News Staff