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[7]: two sides of the coin
by lustyd on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 00:09 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: two sides of the coin"
lustyd
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2008-06-19

The tablets you're thinking of sold in the hundreds or maybe thousands, the iPad has sold in the tens of millions - they had 100% market share because the ones you're thinking of were so insignificant they don't even count towards the stats. It was the same with the iPod before, a bunch of geeks did buy MP3 players (me included) but then apple launched the iPod and expanded the market to the point that previous sales were insignificant. This is similar to the way that nobody talks about Desktop Linux market share, there just isn't a large enough number to bother representing it overall.

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RE[8]: two sides of the coin
by MOS6510 on Fri 23rd Dec 2011 14:02 in reply to "RE[7]: two sides of the coin"
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2011-05-12

I even doubt those pre-iPad tablets were even sold to consumers.

Did you ever met anyone with such a tablet? I only saw one once. They had it at a company I worked one day a week. They called it the presentation laptop as it was used to connect the beamer to, except they never actually did and it was just sitting there on a shelve.

Despite my geeky nature I never bothered to turn it on or even pick it up. It did look fat 'n' heavy.

But my guess is they were only sold to companies for specific purposes.

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