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reverse engineered up the wazoo as other phone manufacturers needed to put out a competitive model. Fearful of Apple's patents, you might recall that the early so-called iPhone killers like the LG Voyager or the Samsung Instinct (non-smartphones, by the way) or even the Motorola DROID, did not come to market with multitouch and pinch-to-zoom. Eventually, a software update brought the capability to the Motorola DROID.
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Apple's litigious ways
16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 2741; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
A necessity in order to protect your products and your business.
18. joey_sfb (Posts: 1859; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
I really think apple have done themselve in. The negetive publicity generated by those lawsuits are priceless for their competitors.
End result, more sales for other phone brandings. I for one has stop buying apple products for i will never support a company that favor litigation over innovation.
23. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Understand that Apple's public perception has not changed. The general public doesn't go to tech websites unless they are looking for reviews. They don't care about what the company does, they only care about the product. Example, do you look up the news of what Nike is doing right now? BP? General Motors? MGM Casino & Resort? No. You use their products and go home. The people that do look up the news on those companies are enthusiasts.
Apple's stock is going down because everyone wants to see them sell like they did a few years ago and it's just not possible. There was a day when the iPhone was as good as it got. Apple has competition now and although they continue to have record years, they aren't making huge gains like they did when their competition was the G1 or Windows Phone 7. Investors are the reason Apple's stock went down...not the general public.
26. LionStone (Posts: 406; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Disagree. It's seen in comments every day. It's seen every day in the form of people buying a 'different' smartphone now, whereas before it was all about the iphone. It's all over the news all the time as well and in the papers. People don't have to go to tech sites anymore to get the lowdown. There are 'tech' segments on the news and the articles in the Business section of the paper.
Apple stock going down is trifold, because for one: yes, they peaked and second: their competitors have passed and 'are' passing them now, and three: bad publicity from lawsuits.
28. ZeroCide (Posts: 661; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
Of course not you all just drink the apple flavored kool-aid.
19. networkdood (Posts: 5237; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
does anything owned by APPLE really OWNED by APPLE?
3. cripton805 (Posts: 897; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
I think Apple has a department that HAS to sue. These lawsuits keep them on the headlines (cheap advertising) and all while degrading other manufacturers.
Apple is playing with them. Apple wants to control the other phone makes even if their product is original. HTC for example. HTC has been around for a while and have kept similar design through most of their devices.
20. jroc74 (Posts: 3624; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I kinda agree. I think most companies have company lawyers...but for some strange reason Apple's lawyers are sue happy. Is it Apple or their lawyers? Either way it is crazy...
Anytime they wanted to sue Motorola for the Xoom...for hardware?? Somethings wrong.....seriously....
4. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Should probably make this into a tv series...
5. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@Alan: Hold on a second here. While I don't disagree that other OEMs looked at the iphone's seeming cosumer appeal and success in offering similar designs (which were on the market or in development before the iphone say the light of day), the iphone itself was a product of reverse engineering, blatant copying, and willful infringement, in essence apple decided to make an ipod phone, copied others' tech to do it, then started suing the original makers (or licensees thereof) that tech. Or have you forgotten the great apple vs. Nokia trial where apple got pounded to the floor (and had Nokia enforced its patents as aggressively as apple sies theirs, we wouldn't have had any more iphones)?
9. cripton805 (Posts: 897; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
This is not the point of the article. Hes not trying to prove anything to you. Hes
simply following the trial.
21. -box- (Posts: 3536; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I am well aware of that, but Alan lets his bias show through too often, which is unbecoming on what should be an unbiased article about legal proceedings. It's more than OK to have opinions, but in journalism, especially legal journalism, such things should be kept from reports duh as these
6. Topcat488 (Posts: 974; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
The Real Face of Apple: The Accuser = The Devil = A Apple in the hand, is the forbidden fruit.
24. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
I'm sure I'll get thumbed down...but I can't help it...
The Apple (which was never specified other than fruit) was from the Tree of Knowledge. From which man gained his intelligence.
The snake was not named as the devil and is in fact one of those stories of why nature is the way it is (the snake crawls on its belly because god cursed him to be that way). Christians like to make the association...but the Bible doesn't.
The Accuser was actually the character of "Satan" not the Devil or Lucifer. Although Christians like to mesh the two, Satan works for god as a prosecutor against man, but is still very my in god's company. Lucifer is the fallen angel that opposed god and was cast out of heaven. Lucifer means Morning Star, Satan means accuser or opposer.
27. Topcat488 (Posts: 974; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
I won't thumb you down, although what you're saying are half truths... Much like what the Devil did, at the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil... Their eyes were opened to see their nakedness and they hid from God, it was God that made them clothes, not they themselves... They was still dumb, still learning.
That ole Serpent was the Devil- You mentioned God cursed him, "WHY"... Re-read that part of your Bible please...
The Accuser is Satan, he is the Devil, his name is Lucifer. It means "Day Star" not "Morning Star" Jesus Christ is the "Morning Star"!!! Satan the Devil does not "work for God"! The Angel of Death "Azrael" works for God... He's not the Devil.
May God bless you fanboy...
30. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Leave it to Christians to get their own religion incorrect. I never said anything about whether knowledge was good or evil...just that it occurred and man gained his knowledge. That was completely true. I also never said man clothed himself. So yeah.
You're making the association between Lucifer and the snake, not the Bible. I'd challenge you to read your Bible.
Also again...Satan is in god's employ. Lucifer was cast out of Heaven. They are two different characters. Like...watch ANY documentary on Angels/Demons and every Biblical Historian will mention that even early Christians separated the two.
Read you Bible or get the short versions here:
31. Topcat488 (Posts: 974; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
OK, Mr. JeffdaBeat man gain his knowledge, and that knowledge made Adam&Eve ashamed that they were naked. But still not smart enough to make themselves clothes. "Genesis 3:20"
You're right i'm assuming that Lucifer (Satan) seduced our first parents into sin, from in the snake "Genesis 3:1", Adam ruled all the animals but God put enmity between it (serpent) and man... Why?
Don't be fooled, in the end that great dragon will be cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan... Revelation 12:9, Matthew 12:26.
You say Christian get their own religion incorrect, hahaha Whatever!
7. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 373; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)
page 3 last line, "Samsung says designs apple is suing over actually stolen from sony" o_o? didnt know that one. Sony can sue samsung but doesnt, now thats how competotors should compete without lawsuits. LEARN APPLE!
14. tedkord (Posts: 3778; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
The claim was that Apple stole the designs from Sony. Its not too far fetched, either. Sony and the LG Prada.
8. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
well apple won a battle but not the war their lost in court in japan ,UK,germany,nertherland an more to come all for the same reason
10. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
I Think developers should develop an app for ios called "i-sue" and keep updating everything apple sued from the beginning of time. You Never know there could be a lot of things we missed about apple.
11. sats.mine2k4 (banned) (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
Summary: Don't buy apple stuff and fuel litigation against innovation...
29. ZeroCide (Posts: 661; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
There is NO innovation from apple anyways.
13. BREvenson (Posts: 190; Member since: 17 May 2012)
And all of this within two years...can't wait to see how the next two years unfold. I'm sure we'll see a few of Samsung's upcoming devices added to the suit, and we'll see almost as many Apple devices released to less and less excitement as time goes by. Seriously, how many phones/tablets can you release within a year that bear very few improvements over the previous ones? If I was an Apple fan, I would be outraged and insulted.
But that's just me going off on a tangent here. The "thermonuclear war" that Steve Jobs wanted has just begun, and I don't see it ending anytime soon.
15. ilia1986 (unregistered)
And this is why me and many others hate apple so much.
17. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)
Oh please you're a huge apple fan.
22. ray77 (Posts: 121; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
apple has whiffed again in its attenpt to get a court to ban sammy productin the U.S. an has today the U.S.Circuit Count of appeals in Washington,D.C. said it will stand by an earlier ruling reject apple request to ban US sales of the samsung galaxy nexus Smartphone. Apple had asked the court to reconsider its earlier decision..in other word the latest move is a Big Blow for apple... love this an apple lost again lol
25. Nobuga (Posts: 9; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
Apple is just for eating, not for buying.