Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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MOS6510
Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes and with hindsight the tech battle moved to mobile stuff, but mobile phones were and are a risky business to get in to. In 2007 Nokia and RIM were big players and a load of "others" were in the game too.

Most mobile phone makers aren't doing very well. Had the original iPhone been a bust, it's second generation may not have created enough buzz to make it sell like it did.

If Apple now wants to build television sets I suspect it will be even more difficult to do. Even though phones and televisions kind of share the same price segment people are less likely to replace a working television. I would only do that if it was something I couldn't resist, meaning it would have to be a television+++.

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Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

That is why everyone is surprised Apple want to make TVs, the current Apple TV device and devices like Nexus Q are much more likely to be sold. As they are an addon which makes it an easier sell.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

The Nexus Q is very unlikely to be sold. ;-)
http://www.osnews.com/story/26234/Nexus_Q_delayed_pre-orders_will_s...

Apple is yet to announce their television. So far it's just a rumor, but it's one of the strongest yet.

My guess, if it comes, it will be US only at first. No doubt it will feature downloadable content and subscriptions. Apple needs to get all the big parties on their side in the US, see how it goes and then try to pull it off in more countries.

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