Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:27 UTC
Legal I'm guessing Apple is getting desperate, since its software patent lawsuits aren't doing particularly well. Moving on from software and design patents, the company is now suing Samsung over... Patents for mobile phone and tablet cases (more at The Verge). I think Apple has more offensive lawsuits than products now, so technically, "patent maker" is more accurate than "gadget maker" or "device maker". Fun times.
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RE: Tablets and Patents
by smashIt on Tue 20th Dec 2011 23:50 UTC in reply to "Tablets and Patents"
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Typically a Windows interface, stylus needed, large tablet with handles, grips, controls, buttons all over them. Basically a stylus controlled version of (typically) Windows. My Doctors office has used them for years.

those devices were designed for content-creation, not consumption

In comes the iPad. A new icon based tablet interface, touch screen, a single button at one end of the device, etc. Now they all look like that - or VERY VERY similar. Units that are either 4x3 or 16x9 screen ratios are setup the same way.

actually they all look like crunch-pads

and the crunchpad wasn't even the first device with this design

Edited 2011-12-20 23:51 UTC

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