Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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"So, what is new/original about, say, the iPhone? I dare you to name 3 concrete features, ideas, or technologies about the iPhone that were new. Just three.

Usable (i.e. pleasant to use) mobile browser? Opera didn't even compare.

The whole touch interface? Yes there were touchscreens, but they simply were not up to the iPhone standard in usability.

capacitive touch screen? OK I'm not certain but I don't remember other touchscreens using this before iPhone.

App store? you have to admit, they got this right!

iPod functionality in a phone? I have a Samsung D900 and trust me, Samsung were FAR behind on this front.

You just proved my point. None of these were new. None of these were invented by Apple (some were even bought, like multitouch). App Store? Nothing new, something like that already existed for mobile Java applications or the Sidekick. Apple didn't invent the capacitive touch screen. It was created in the academic world, built by LG. In fact, LG was the first to ship a phone with a capacitive touch screen (the Prada, I have one).

See my point? Apple doesn't invent. Apple takes other people's ideas, and makes them better. That's a great skill, and they're definitely market leader there in mobile. However, that's not inventing.

Edited 2011-12-21 16:09 UTC

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