Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 16th Dec 2010 21:57 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Legal Well well well well well, paint me red and call me a girly scout. I've been saying for months now that there's much more collaboration between Apple and Microsoft than their respective fanboys want to believe, especially when it comes to fighting Google and Android, which both companies partly do via patent suits. More evidence for this has emerged today. Remember CPTN Holdings, the consortium led by Microsoft which bought that bundle of patents from Novell? Which other companies are part of this consortium? EMC. Oracle. Apple.
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Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

"Apple is the most copied and imitated company in the tech world."

which is why everyone copied them after they invented the personal mp3 player.. then copied them after they invented the smartphone.. not to mention copying them after they where first to invent the table form factor and netbook..

most copied.. my ass


After the Mac all PCs ended up looking like a Mac. PCs didn't copy Xerox they copied Apple's product (i.e. the one that sold in quantity).

Apple invented the mp3 player that people wanted. If Apple had not got a patent protection on the click wheel all mp3 players would have click wheels.

After the iPhone other phones started to look like the iPhone. The Android changed its previous design for Android following the iPhone launch to look like the iPhone.

This is what Android looked like in 2007.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/11/12/a-visual-tour-of-androids-ui/

Here’s an actual hardware prototype from then.

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/android-hardware-in-the-wild/google-andr...

It didn’t look anything like an iPhone, nor like anything Apple would ever be interested in making. It looked like a BlackBerry or Windows Mobile phone — hardware keyboards and non-touch screens.

Now compare a 2010 Android design to a current iPhone.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/19/droid-incredible-review/

Don’t tell me the iPhone has not completely reshaped the design and UI of smart phones.

After Apple launched the iPad all other tablets (or at least the ones with a chance of selling in any quantity - i.e. not Windows 7 tablets) started to look and function like the iPad.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Yet.. in all those cases.. Apple copied someone else. The company is fantastic at designing products.

They are experts at looking at an existing market then delivering a refined product based on lessons from all the other existing products. Trying to cast them as the victim always copied from is a bit weak though.

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

There was nothing available in the market remotely like the iPhone before Apple created it. With that single phone launch Apple remade the phone industry and redefined what a phone could do. Every smart phone since has just been trying (and failing) to catch up. Mostly by copying iPhone.

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Don’t tell me the iPhone has not completely reshaped the design and UI of smart phones


It hasn't. There is zero innovative about Apple. You've fallen under the RDF so prevalent around Steve Jobs.

Fact is that everything ever done by Apple ever merely being refined copies of the hard work done by others before them, hailing small modifications as major breakthroughs, new variations on existing technologies as turning points and so on. Apple is simply one big hyperbole. You also forget all the production problems with the iPhone and all the usability flaws - but they don't fit in your perfect Appleworld, do they? ;)

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dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Aahh.. The Mac-fascists came around again. A wonder these zealots are.

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