Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:20 UTC
Legal This is probably not entirely surprising. The European Commission has announced that it is investigating both Apple and Samsung because they may have breached antitrust rules with regard to patents used as standard in the mobile phone industry - otherwise known as FRAND patents. While the EC states it's investigating both Samsung and Apple, it's likely the investigation focusses on Samsung.
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RE[4]: Comment by Tony Swash
by frderi on Sat 5th Nov 2011 21:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Tony Swash"
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Yes. iPod made it easier for normal people to put music on the mp3player. It changed nothing for me. I also had a harddisk mp3 player before the ipod.

I watched the market for a couple of years, wanting to buy an MP3 player. I'm choosy, and when I'm uncertain, I end up not buying anything. Back in the day when I first looked, you had either these tiny storage space devices with tiny displays, or bulky ones with enough space that weighed like a brick. When I saw the iPod, I knew instantly it was the device I had been looking for. At the time it was launched, it made the best trade offs between space and size.

Changes often occur because a device is used differently or a new technique becomes cheap enough.

Component price is closely related to its volume. Larger volumes make cheaper components. To achieve volumes, you need products which are appealing enough to customers. A new component is worthless without an application, it will just end up as being an interesting footnote in the history of components. So good products drive the component market more than most people realize.

If you want to use a device to listen to music, browse the web, have apps and be used as a phone how many choices do you have for formfactor?

Lack of imagination inhibits lack of possibility. You'll never find out if everyone just does the same thing. The Blackberry has internet, apps, and is a phone. It was a successful product in its day. Yet the iPhone didn't copy the Blackberry. they made a new design instead.

Just because most phone vendors were being stupid doesn't make Apple brilliant.

One could argument that brilliance is relative to one's surroundings, but thats another matter. ;)

When it comes to third party components, I do think it takes a not unreasonable amount of brilliance to recognize and value them, realize what they are capable of, and have the insight in putting them together in a new product.

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