Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash
by Fergy on Sat 5th Nov 2011 20:14 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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Have you ever used MP3 players from the time before the iPod came out? I have.

Yes. iPod made it easier for normal people to put music on the mp3player. It changed nothing for me. I also had a harddisk mp3 player before the ipod.
If it was completely obvious, why didn't anyone else think of bringing it to market in the way as the iPhone did?

Changes often occur because a device is used differently or a new technique becomes cheap enough. If you want to use a device to listen to music, browse the web, have apps and be used as a phone how many choices do you have for formfactor?
Just because most phone vendors were being stupid doesn't make Apple brilliant.

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