Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:17 UTC, submitted by jello
Apple So, how serious is the legal battle between Apple and the various Android phone makers, really? Surely, it's just logical business sense that's behind it, right? Calculated, well-planned precision strikes designed to hurt Android where simply making better, more innovative products isn't enough? Well, no, not really. We already knew Steve Jobs took this personal - now we know just how personal.
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Alto and Star
by Nth_Man on Sun 23rd Oct 2011 07:59 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Jennimc"
Nth_Man
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2010-05-16

Indeed, Apple did not steal from Xerox. They
commercialized parts of the GUI ideas at Xerox, a
market Xerox wasn't interested in entering in the
first place.

"It was not a commercial product, but several thousand units were built and were heavily used at PARC, other Xerox facilities, and at several universities for many years."

So they licensed these ideas and Xerox took a stake
in Apple. They also put a lot of work in actually
implementing and making the ideas from Xerox in an
actual usable product. The Xerox Alto was a concept,
not a finished product.

You don't sell thousands of "concepts". Anyway, if someone does not take Xerox Star into account, he can also make all type of conclusions...

Xerox Alto:

Price:
Never sold but often given away. Star, a commercial derivative of Alto eventually retailed for $16,595 in 1981

Units Shipped:
2,000 inside Xerox and to universities & research centers.

[There's more in http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/xerox-alto/]

The Xerox Star:

Introduced:
April 27, 1981

Price:
Retailed for $16,595 in 1981 [Before Apple Lisa and Apple Macintosh]

Units Shipped:
Tens of thousands

[There's more in http://www.digibarn.com/collections/systems/xerox-8010/index.html]

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