Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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There are components, and there are arrangements. You invent a component, and you innovate an arrangement. This is why Apple is called innovative: they're known more for original arrangements than for original components. They've invented quite a few things, too: LisaOS introduced pull-down menus and drag-and-drop, while MacPaint originated the paint bucket and lasso select tools. A lot of original ideas come from QuickTime.

Most of the popular anti-Apple comments around here either ignorantly or intentionally equivocate invention and innovation, and whether correctly naming it or not, they assign little or no value to innovation. That little value, of course, being monetary: that Apple shouldn't be entitled to anything besides what the market voluntarily gives it (if even that) for having created the industry's smartphone template. Of course there's personal value in Apple's multitouch inventions and presentational innovations; we all enjoy the benefits of these newfangled phones, whether Apple got anything back from us personally or not.

There is no hypocrisy in buying inventions to build innovations, and then reacting legally when your innovations are copied. Of course there's Nokia tech in the iPhone: Nokia has been building industry standards for decades, and they have to license them in a fair and non-discriminatory way, no matter how much they want Apple's technology back in return, because you can't build a phone -- any phone -- without them. You can build a phone that doesn't rip off the iPhone whole, however. Android partners, Samsung especially, simply choose not to.

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