Apple’s Jony Ive, on Xiaomi’s style and products that are… “Inspired” by Apple.
There is a danger…I don’t see it as flattery. I see it as theft. (Talking about copying desings in general). When you’re doing something for the first time and you don’t know it’s going to work. I have to be honest the last thing I think is “Oh, that is flattering. All those weekends I could’ve been home with my family…I think it’s theft and lazy. I don’t think it’s OK at all.”
Xiaomi is shameless about trying to be as Apple-like as can be, and while you all know how I feel about Apple’s tendency to claim it invented and owns everything, with Xiaomi Apple certainly has a very strong point.
It is amazing how many things on the “cult list” that now applies to apple.
Violating one of the simple rules of business — if you’re on top, NEVER acknowledge the competition even exits.
Admittedly, Apple is NOT on top of the market, Android phones are… but that’s for people who don’t give a flying purple fish about the Apple kool-aid and it’s culture of mouth-breathing effete second generation money nitwits. Apple is on top of the “marketspeak” glittering generalities and culture of foppishness.
As such acknowledging that the ONLY thing that makes your products any different is being copied, actually NOT a smart move even if it’s true…
Unless of course you’re in panic mode as what little relevance you have is fading away, meaning you can’t use the “culture of idiots” to convince people you have a higher quality when you don’t, that’s worth more money when it isn’t.
Edited 2014-10-11 02:43 UTC