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Friday, February 23, 2007, 08:00 am PT (11:00 am ET)

Briefly: iPhone Euro prep, Final Cut update, trademark filings

Apple this week began evaluating repair depots for its iPhone launch overseas. Meanwhile, an update to the company's Final Cut Pro video editing solution is making the rounds. And six new trademark filings, covering primarily Leopard technologies, have turned up this month.

Apple scouts iPhone repair facilities

Representatives for Apple this week were said to be casing out a Unipart Trade Logistics-operated mobile phone repair centre in Europe to determine whether it would be suitable to handle iPhone repairs.

The Nuneaton, England-based depot is reportedly used by UTL to handle after-market hardware and software faults from other mobile phone manufacturers and network operators.

European iPhone availability is expected in late 2007 with availability in Asia to follow in 2008.

Final Cut Pro 5.1.4

Apple this week released an update to its Final Cut Pro video editing software solution.

According to a brief set of release notes, Final Cut Pro 5.1.4 [38MB] delivers important bug fixes to resolve plugin issues.

This update is recommended for all Final Cut Pro 5.1, 5.1.1, 5.1.2 and 5.1.3 customers.

Recent Apple trademark filings

According to checks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Apple this month filed for six new trademarks on terms relating primarily to its upcoming software technologies.

In addition to filings for marks on "iTunes Store" and "Cover Flow," the Cupertino-based company is also seeking the rights to trademarks on Leopard-related technologies "Core Animation," "Spaces," and "Xray."

For those who don't recall, Xray is a new timeline-based performance visualization tool Apple is rolling out with Leopard, which offers developers the ability to see how their application works in a completely new and intuitive way.

"It let's you watch CPU, disk I/O, memory usage, garbage collection, events, and more in the form of graphs tied to time," Apple wrote in a description of the new application. "For example, you can track UI events in real-time and see how they affect I/O activity and CPU load at the same time. And, once the data has been collected, you can scan back and forth through your application's run and see exactly what occurred, and when."

A sixth trademark request by the company was made on the term "Objective-C," in reference to the reflective, object-oriented programming language use primarily amongst Mac OS X programmers.