Linked by Yoni on Fri 18th Jan 2013 21:56 UTC
Apple "Never mind the fact that the iPod turned the entire music industry on its head. Never mind the fact that most successful notebooks today resemble designs first popularized by Apple. Never mind the fact that the blueprint of the modern day smartphone remains the original iPhone. Never mind the fact that competitors are scrambling wildly to copy the success and design of the iPad. Forget all of these things, because when it comes to Apple, the 'what have you done for me lately?' mentality reigns supreme."
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Poor Apple
by Lobotomik on Mon 21st Jan 2013 10:41 UTC
Lobotomik
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2006-01-03

"Poor Apple unfairly judged with double standards" Wow, news indeed. But are Apple fair in their judgements of others? I would not say fair - I might rather say "often, tortious".

They have patented round corners in rectangles then asked for a billion dollars for infringing; they have copied from their competitors all sorts of stuff like notification interfaces, geotagging, social networking, instant messaging, instant email, videoconferencing, and mostly everything in cell telephony; they have lifted a whole OS verbatim from the public domain (Unix/Free BSD) and built their own product upon it while painting themselves like the only true creators; they have polished existing device classes (the MP3 player, the Smartphone), then claimed the market as their own invention. In short, they have added (very, very nice) coats of paint to what was already done, then demanded all credit. This might not win many friends in tech. It will in finance, though, as long as the stuff sells well.

Oh, It's OK, Apple, you copy, they copy. Everybody copies everybody else, then adds a little bit more: it's the only way progress moves. The most successful, like Apple, do it better, add more of their own, and package it better. You are doing great – you should keep going, and let everybody else carry on. But homesteading market and technology concepts will only lead to stagnation once you have copied everybody else's good ideas and your lawyers have put your competitors out of business and made them unable to come up with anything else new.

Is it unfair to be disappointed that the iPhone 5 looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 4s which looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 4? Maybe people are actually tired of black and white rectangles with rounded corners. Both in their pocket, in their backpack and on their desktop.

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RE: Poor Apple
by Tony Swash on Mon 21st Jan 2013 16:52 in reply to "Poor Apple"
Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

They have patented round corners in rectangles then asked for a billion dollars for infringing;


The patent you refer to did not form part of the Samsung legal action.

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RE[2]: Poor Apple
by Lobotomik on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 07:56 in reply to "RE: Poor Apple"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

So what? Who cares? They homestead tech, then fence their ranch, then shoot the other settlers because the river is THEIRS.

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RE: Poor Apple
by brichpmr on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 10:18 in reply to "Poor Apple"
brichpmr Member since:
2006-04-22

"Poor Apple unfairly judged with double standards" Wow, news indeed. But are Apple fair in their judgements of others? I would not say fair - I might rather say "often, tortious".

They have patented round corners in rectangles then asked for a billion dollars for infringing; they have copied from their competitors all sorts of stuff like notification interfaces, geotagging, social networking, instant messaging, instant email, videoconferencing, and mostly everything in cell telephony; they have lifted a whole OS verbatim from the public domain (Unix/Free BSD) and built their own product upon it while painting themselves like the only true creators; they have polished existing device classes (the MP3 player, the Smartphone), then claimed the market as their own invention. In short, they have added (very, very nice) coats of paint to what was already done, then demanded all credit. This might not win many friends in tech. It will in finance, though, as long as the stuff sells well.

Oh, It's OK, Apple, you copy, they copy. Everybody copies everybody else, then adds a little bit more: it's the only way progress moves. The most successful, like Apple, do it better, add more of their own, and package it better. You are doing great – you should keep going, and let everybody else carry on. But homesteading market and technology concepts will only lead to stagnation once you have copied everybody else's good ideas and your lawyers have put your competitors out of business and made them unable to come up with anything else new.

Is it unfair to be disappointed that the iPhone 5 looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 4s which looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 4? Maybe people are actually tired of black and white rectangles with rounded corners. Both in their pocket, in their backpack and on their desktop.


Once again, the broad brush you wield is stuck in a dark place....the iPhone 5 does not look and feel exactly the same as a 4S or a 4.....the subtle differences may be lost on you. Many of us are already tired of an Android weed field where just staying current is a veritable crap-shoot.

Edited 2013-01-22 10:19 UTC

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RE[2]: Poor Apple
by Lobotomik on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 19:56 in reply to "RE: Poor Apple"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

They are sure lost on me, though I use an iPhone 4 on a daily basis since two or three years ago, due to corporate demands.

I see the screen is now more Android like, but not much else. Oh, it is faster, wow. Improvements must be so subtle that only a jaded Android warrior like you, worn out in the long battle of Android updates will notice. The compulsory iTunes sucks as much as ever, and everything that was wrong, still is.

What was right, still is, but that is not much in the way of improvements, is it? And how come the wonderful Apple updates never brought me turn by turn navigation, and it has had to be Google who brought it to me?

Please, go out to take pictures with. your 10" iPad and come back when you develop some critical sense.

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