Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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RE: It's a good point
by JeffS on Fri 26th Aug 2011 18:19 UTC in reply to "It's a good point"
JeffS
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2005-07-12

I think the article has a bit of revisionist history going on. If not that, the author is viewing the case with apple covered glasses.

The big thing that originally made Macs so great, and Microsoft later copied, was the GUI, driven by mouse clicks.

But guess what. Apple didn't invent the GUI. They stole it from Kodak, who had developed it in their labs.

But when Apple implemented it, they did so on the high end of pricing. Then IBM turned around and licensed PC technology to OEMs, which initially used DOS (from MS - actually MS acquired DOS for cheap from someone else), and MS and third party OEMs made "good enough", and cheap, PCs. Then they implemented GUI (Windows) on top of DOS (again, good enough for the times), and did so cheaply, and made it accessible for the majority of consumers.

Yup, Microsoft has most definitely made "good enough" copies of other people's products for most of it's history.

But Apple has never innovated in a vacuum. They've always copied other people's ideas, but took more of the premium, highly refined, higher priced route. Macs, iPods, iPhones - none were first to market. Heck, they didn't even invent multi-touch. They just made it better/slicker/sexier/easier.

And look at this whole iPad tablet design patent blocking Samsung in EU. What a joke. There's an article running at ZDnet today, showing the tablets in the original Star Trek (1960's folks), looking strikingly similar to iPads.

Kudos to Apple for making highly refined, desirable products that are extremely well marketed, and people are willing to pay a premium to get.

But they have never been original innovators.

So they can stuff it when they act like they're great innovators and deserve complete ownership of markets.

And I'm saying that as an iPhone and iPod owner.

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RE[2]: It's a good point
by olefiver on Sat 27th Aug 2011 23:52 in reply to "RE: It's a good point"
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2008-04-04

But guess what. Apple didn't invent the GUI. They stole it from Kodak, who had developed it in their labs.
Think you're thinking about Xerox PARC...

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