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Apple Roundup: Design Boss's 'Most Important Work,' Siri, Patent Problems

Tickers in this article: AAPL
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The news at Apple(AAPL) is never boring. Today's top stories include design chief Jony Ive saying he's now in the midst of his "most important work," Siri being banned by IBM(IBM) and Apple failing to settle its patent lawsuits despite CEO Tim Cook getting involved.

Ive was interviewed by the U.K.'s Telegraph to discuss some of what he's working on, as well as his impending knighthood for his service and contribution to society.

Ive is responsible for designing the iMac, iPod, iPad and iPhone, but he had a tough time answering what his most important design was. "It's a really tough one. A lot does seem to come back to the fact that what we're working on now feels like the most important and the best work we've done, and so it would be what we're working on right now, which of course I can't tell you about," Ive said during the interview. As long as he lets me see the Apple TV sooner rather than later, I'm fine with that.

Apple brought Siri to the iPhone 4S in October 2011, and it became a hit to consumers, who used it to talk to their phones to find out information. IBM thinks Siri might have a big mouth, and is banning the voice assistant from its internal networks for security reasons.

IBM has barred Siri and the dictation features for iOS because they have to be converted to text, and the company is wary the information could be stored on Apple's servers.

Apple's iCloud is also banned, as IBM has its employees use MyMobileHub, a company-owned service. Dropbox, which performs the same functionality, is also forbidden.

Apple and its "frenemy" Samsung have not been able to come to an agreement on their patent infringement lawsuits, following two days of court-mandated talks.

The California trial between Samsung and Apple will start in June. Samsung argues Apple should pay royalties for using wireless transmission technology, while Apple says Samsung copied the iPhone and iPad designs.

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--Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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