[citation][nom]alidan[/nom]no i get it, they basically made the tablet market, i know they didn't invent it, but they made the tablet appealing to people that mas producing a tablet is now a realistic venture, apposed to previous attempts that were... well... lack luster and easily forgotten. imagine you made something, and than other people coppied you (yea i know, but for the sake of this argument, dont go there) and there was next to nothing you could do... what would you do, give them a hug and say awesome, competition. or would you try to stop them by any means necessary?i dont support apple, and i hate them, but i at least get where they are coming from.[/citation]
No what Apple did, and does, is took a already existant product and made it trendy. Their iPods were inferior in many ways to Creatives Zen series. In fact Apple copied Creatives GUI like interface idea which Creative sued and won. Nothin in any of Apples products is original in any way. They just know how to appeal to the masses while sucking every last penny possible out of them. Its like the iPhone 4S. No 4G, normal glass, and locked doen like crazy. Compare it to any of the current high end Android devices, all that have 4G, Gorilla Glass and open.
As for someone copying, there will be an idea and then there will be similar ideas. What I find offensive in all of this is that the courts took Apples doctored photos into evidence at all. That alone is a mistrial.
Plus look at it from Samsungs side, Apple has long been using Samsungs CPU for their modile devices in what looked like a good partnership. Then Apple turns around and sues Samsung. It would be like Apple suing Intel for something, which I wouldn't be suprised if they do at some point.
In short, Apple has become nothing more than a patent troll. I understand patenting an idea, like x86 or such but Apple is just full of it.