Linked by Yoni on Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:56 UTC
Apple "Never mind the fact that the iPod turned the entire music industry on its head. Never mind the fact that most successful notebooks today resemble designs first popularized by Apple. Never mind the fact that the blueprint of the modern day smartphone remains the original iPhone. Never mind the fact that competitors are scrambling wildly to copy the success and design of the iPad. Forget all of these things, because when it comes to Apple, the 'what have you done for me lately?' mentality reigns supreme."
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Poor Apple
by Lobotomik on Mon 21st Jan 2013 10:41 UTC
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"Poor Apple unfairly judged with double standards" Wow, news indeed. But are Apple fair in their judgements of others? I would not say fair - I might rather say "often, tortious".

They have patented round corners in rectangles then asked for a billion dollars for infringing; they have copied from their competitors all sorts of stuff like notification interfaces, geotagging, social networking, instant messaging, instant email, videoconferencing, and mostly everything in cell telephony; they have lifted a whole OS verbatim from the public domain (Unix/Free BSD) and built their own product upon it while painting themselves like the only true creators; they have polished existing device classes (the MP3 player, the Smartphone), then claimed the market as their own invention. In short, they have added (very, very nice) coats of paint to what was already done, then demanded all credit. This might not win many friends in tech. It will in finance, though, as long as the stuff sells well.

Oh, It's OK, Apple, you copy, they copy. Everybody copies everybody else, then adds a little bit more: it's the only way progress moves. The most successful, like Apple, do it better, add more of their own, and package it better. You are doing great – you should keep going, and let everybody else carry on. But homesteading market and technology concepts will only lead to stagnation once you have copied everybody else's good ideas and your lawyers have put your competitors out of business and made them unable to come up with anything else new.

Is it unfair to be disappointed that the iPhone 5 looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 4s which looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 4? Maybe people are actually tired of black and white rectangles with rounded corners. Both in their pocket, in their backpack and on their desktop.

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