Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th May 2012 18:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Speaking of HP, the company replied to a question if they copied Apple for their latest ultrabook, the Envy Spectre XT. "There are similarities in a way, not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed. Apple may like to think that they own silver, but they don't. In no way did HP try to mimic Apple. In life there are a lot of similarities." It's an ultrabook, a category of laptops defined by Intel. Coincidentally, Intel also developed the internals of the MacBook Air. These products are looking relatively similar because their internals have been designed by the same damn company. Get over it.
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It's not like people back then couldn't conceive of such things, just look at scifi.

More than that: there were products, working examples of form factors quite a bit smaller/lighter than "Compaq's 20kg portable monstrosity of a computer from the 80s" and quite similar to present laptops - clearly we already had a good idea of how we want a portable computer to look like, that we want it smaller/lighter/thinner. (the design actually made in the 70s, nice magnesium case) & (kinda related to what's discussed - but note visible differences)

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