Linked by nej_simon on Sat 11th Aug 2012 12:10 UTC
Legal "[...] tonight Apple entered into evidence in its trial with Samsung a document showing that it offered the South Korean company a licensing deal on some of its key technologies. Specifically, Apple offered to license the portfolio of patents if Samsung would pay $30 per smartphone and $40 per tablet." $30-40 per device is a lot of money for some trivial features (rounded corners, slide-to-unlock etc). No wonder Samsung declined.
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RE[2]: Unvitation?
by darknexus on Sat 11th Aug 2012 17:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Unvitation?"
darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

This is not about greed - greed with Apple comes from exploiting its customers. This is about using the legal system to prevent Samsung from competing. Apple know with competition they wouldn't be able to keep screwing their customers.

You know, I hear a lot about Apple "screwing" its customers. Let me ask you this: If I buy a product that I want that provides me both the software and the features I like to have, how precisely am I getting screwed? Apple is getting my money, I'm getting the product I want. Granted, I do not like everything that Apple does. I don't like the closed ecosystem of iOS. There are things about every company and/or platform that I don't like. I dislike the fragmented state of Android for example. The thing is, I knew that going in and had to weigh that in conjunction with other features I require, and I got an iPhone anyway. Explain to me how I'm getting screwed, please, without bringing f/oss ideology into the picture. Please explain to me how I've been screwed by Apple when, after weighing in all the factors, I purchased an Apple product that fit my needs better than the other products on the market.

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RE[3]: Unvitation?
by Gone fishing on Sat 11th Aug 2012 19:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Unvitation?"
Gone fishing Member since:
2006-02-22

See these headlines from Apple insider

Apple's iPhone twice as profitable per unit as iPad [50% per Unit]

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/07/27/apples_iphone_twice_a...

Apple may make more profit selling one Mac than HP does from 7 PCs

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/06/24/apple_may_make_more_p...

Just imagine how much more Apple would have made per unit if they had managed to ban HP from selling PCs on the grounds they had monitors or mice or something.

If Apple had had their way the personal computer, the smart phone would never been for the masses just a small privileged clique and they would have always made 60% or more profit per unit.

Apple make me feel all warm and cuddly about Microsoft and if you buy its products you support probably the nastiest company in the technology sector. If you care about openness, the freedom,to produce software open-source or proprietary, hardware, why you would by anything from this company beats me.

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RE[3]: Unvitation?
by RogerBryce on Sat 11th Aug 2012 23:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Unvitation?"
RogerBryce Member since:
2008-07-07

It's funny, but by saying you weigh in all the factors before buying a product, you're simply saying you choose whom you will pay to screw you. Apple.

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RE[3]: Unvitation?
by zima on Sat 18th Aug 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Unvitation?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

You know, I hear a lot about Apple "screwing" its customers. Let me ask you this: If I buy a product that I want that provides me both the software and the features I like to have, how precisely am I getting screwed?

Apple gloats about you being screwed, openly boasting having the highest margins ...and, the most perplexing of all: strangely many buyers seem to cherish that.

And then, we might also ponder how much of that satisfaction is about buying into positional goods (or even veblen goods, & http://news-service.stanford.edu/pr/2008/pr-wine-011608.html - overall, not very positive phenomena), or PR in general (where Apple often, well, lies: like the whole "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" campaign)

Edited 2012-08-19 00:07 UTC

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