Well, well, well… what do we have here? One of the only benefits of long, mind-numbingly boring court-cases like the ones raging between Apple and Android OEM’s is that the court gets a look at inner workings of companies and then, so do we.
Recently, documents were uncovered and brought to court that clearly show that Apple’s holier-than-thou attitude needs to stop, and soon. Apple are now making some quite ridiculous claims. For example, that the direction of an unlock swipe can be patented and so are suing anything remotely to do with Android in a personal vendetta led by the late Steve Jobs.
In this case of Apple vs. Samsung, the defence argued that Apple’s crazy patents should be delisted, and that they themselves copied other manufacturers way more than they have let on. The court saw an early iPhone prototype where Apple seems to have taken some “inspiration” from Sony.
It was called Jony and as you can see from the picture, it even used Sony’s logo font, just replacing the S with a J. The Sony device, on the other hand, looks like this:
I love Apple and their products, but I am starting to get frustrated at the fact that their products are no longer original, and they are drawing a lot of “inspiration” from other companies these days, rather than innovating like they used to. Since the turn of the century though, they have not, and instead reverted to taking innovation from others and combining them, often in such a way that it eclipses the original’s design immensely. This has then lead to Apple’s recent successes. If they want to continue down this path, that’s fine, that’s how the business world works. But don’t try to blame others for “stealing” and then do exactly the same thing.
Source: The Verge