Apple’s Tim Cook throws some fighting words?

Apple’s Tim Cook throws some fighting words?
Apple has long been an innovator and premier creator of such great products as the iPod and iPhone. You don’t become number one by just sitting back and enjoying the ride. You have to constantly stay ahead of the game by quickly building a foundation around an idea or product. It looks like the next iPhone competitor, the Palm Pre, might be throwing some heat towards the mighty company. Yes it’s true that Apple came out of nowhere to take over a large share of the mobile industry and has long claimed their fame. During a recent congratulatory Q&A, someone asked acting CEO Tim Cook about competition from other smart phones with touch screens. And his reply to the question was, “We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP. And we’re going to go after anybody that does.“ The person went on to ask Cook if he was targeting Palm and insisted “I’m making a general statement…We will not stand for having our IP ripped off and will use any weapons at our disposal.” Now those statements seem a little harsh when you think about the original question being about competition. Palm's own John Rubinstein, former head of hardware engineering for Apple, is at the helm for the release of the Pre and knows Cupertino’s R&D process. In fact, Palm has hired a lot of ex-Apple engineers. Palm spokesperson Lynn Fox said, “Palm has a long history of innovation that is reflected in our products and robust patent portfolio, and we have been long recognized for our fundamental patents in the mobile space.” And responding to the statements made by Cook, Fox says that Palm is confident to use any of their tools to defend themselves. Cook’s words have definitely stirred up something with everyone over in Palm and we might see some heated stand-offs in the near future. Do you think this is an image Apple will be taking up? Let us know your thoughts.

source: iSmashPhone, Digital Daily

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26 Comments

1. JDubreno005

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 07, 2009

palm bring it! I want to play with this web based OS... But only on Big Red of course I mean if VZW's parent company Vodafone is getting a GSM variant, and sprint a CDMA company... Lets put the two together... A quad band 3G phone that is palm and can actually resurrect palm. The shares already doubled upon the announcement... Wouldnt palm want maximum market share..?

2. Blazeralb

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 11, 2009

agreed, come on verizon do something good for once

4. ewink

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

about time palm finally starts to pick up the slack. This finally looks like one of the first real competitors to apple. Palm definitely took a good long look at what makes the iphone so popular and improved it. Sure it is very similar to the iphone but how can apple expect anyone NOT to copy it. The big thing that COULD kill this phone would be SPRINT. The company just keep getting worse and worse and palm putting the pre on a sinking ship could kill it way too early. So we need the Palm to be put on VZW as soon as possible! The REAL palm pre! Not the Verizon approved, gps-and-wi-fi-disabled, version. If

8. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

you are aware that sprint has the best data network by far and its way ahead of the competition not to mention is already rolling out its 4g network! it would be a waste to have this phone on any other data network. which is the biggest downfall of the iphone and the g1 the phones are great but there carriers data networks are horrible

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

verizons 3g network is awsome. have it everywhere, whether the suburbs, whole east coast interstate or even in the boonies

11. The Godfather unregistered

lmao fantastic sprint is the same company letting go of 8000 MORE employees, great nework you got there.

13. Replika

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

Their 3g network is awesome. But plain and simple sprints is better. Faster speeds and covers alot more area. Verizon is good don't get me wrong but they constantly lock their phones and are notorious for it. They also focus almost soley on ad campagins and voice coverage. This is why sprint is the biggest government partner in the US. Honestly why beef up your voice network when you can just roam off verizons for free? :P BTW Everyone is laying off employees you got to remember ATT and Verizon cover landlines and internet and stuff in parts of the country sprint only has cell phone/data services. 8000 jobs isn't bad when you think of how many comcast and qwest have laid off so far in the last 12 months.

14. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Apparently Sprint is poor too. Verizon is the only one that can bring this phone to the top of the charts. Stop trying to front Sprint, becuase when you talk, there's nothing to back it up. Verizon on the other hand has 80 million customers, large area of coverage, fastest data network and is the top mobile company. So, stop trying SPRINT! You're just sinking even more everyday.

3. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

"We like competition as long as they don’t rip off our IP" I laughed my butt off when I read that. Apple is the king of making ripoffs of already established technology and then rebranding it as if it is somehow new.

5. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Maybe adding some liner notes such as specific things and who had them first might make your comment valuable, as it stands now it means nothing.

6. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Well, you sound like a pretentious jerkoff so I could care less what you think. Ever heard of the mp3 player? The touchscreen phone? Pcs in general? Yeah thats what I thought. Maybe if you spent less time trolling forums you wouldnt be such a douche.

7. JDubreno005

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 07, 2009

Nice one Legion *HOVA* what are you a jay-z jocker... I mean really

12. The Godfather unregistered

lets see the I phone was a complete rip of the Prada.....so yeah , can you say HYPOCRIT

15. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Why do people keep saying that. How did Apple copy from Prada? I don't understand why people keep saying that. The only similar thing I can see is the fact that they are touchscreen phones. Apple has one button on the front of the phone, unlike the Prada. The UI is completely different. Apple uses capacative technology for the screen, unlike the prada. iPhone used multitouch, unlike the prada. I don't really see any similarities here. And in my opinion, the Prada is a sorry excuse for a phone that apple copied. This is entirely different from other phones being made to copy the iPhone. Many touch phones have the same icon diaplay as iPhone, more phones are being capacative, every touch phone for some reason wants to be the iPhone killer, and palm actually hired head people that helped make the iPhone. These are two entirely different things here

17. LessthanZach

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 29, 2008

I agree. The iPhone was NOT the first touchscreen phone. It wasn't the first phone with an mp3 player. It wasn't the first phone with a web browser. What it is though : It is the BEST touchscreen available on a phone (which has been stated by the majority of all major consumer review companies). It is the BEST mp3 player available on a phone. It has the Best web browser available on a phone (HANDS DOWN). It also brings the best implementation of multi-touch, application downloads, accelerometer based gaming and apps, stringed messaging, and is hands-down a sexy looking device. Why rip it? Other devices are great too and I think we need to start appreciating the ground breaking products in the industry as a whole instead of ripping the other companies just because you own an iPhone or a blackberry or whatever. But as a point - I found it refreshing to see a phone that brought an OS that was built new from the ground up that was so well implemented into the hardware. I think that in its own makes the iphone very unique.

21. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wow glad my comment got legion and "The Godfather" panties in a bunch. Why don't you sallys just leave valid comments like e.n. and lessthanzach who can backup their claims instead of filling this site with worthless ranting of PERSONAL OPINIONS. If you're going to make strong statements have facts to back them up, otherwise you sound like some teenage girls just spewing at the mouth.

24. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Noone cares. Go away.

25. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

yeah and the prada came out after the Iphone

10. romaine1987

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Palm is going to do very well with this one but still wont take the iphone down ((dam i hate myself for say that)). The g1 almost had it on lock but nooooooo, they just had to make the phone ugly ((i still own 1 tho the OS is great)). I love my G1 but palm will do better than HTC because not only did they come with the OS they made a great looking phone, just not great enough to take down apple from the hall of fame ((don't think they can sell 1million just on the weekend))

16. ruhhablessab

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

I agree the PRE should be on verizon. why? its the #1 company and has absolutely nothing to compete with the iphone - they tried with the voyager, the dare and now the storm. ill admit each attempt got better and better... but still not enough. I believe palm can be the ultimate true iphone contender for the simple fact they had touch screen and 3rd party apps before ipods even became popular.... and they were probably 1 of the first people if not THE first to have qwerty keyboard on their handsets. I was a long time verizon subscriber, left to att for the old iphone, went back after 2 months....then 4 months later went back for the 3g... moral of the story, verizons service is the best...but their phones are getting boring... and the fun stuff being crippled sucks... also, the iphone is teh greatest phone ever made. I think they shouldnt make the pre a CDMA phone because they suck, but if you are going to do it...give it to sprint.. they can use the help right now... by keeping them around it helps new innovations that we can all benifit from.

26. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Becasue VZW did not front R& D costs on the pre like they did with the storm

18. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

This phone is going to be the bomb, I want to see what fruit has to say about it. I bet it winds up being like the Visual Voicemail

19. Nado92

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I think palm should go for it, they have been a little behind and deserve to get back in the game. Maybe apple should have treated their employees better

20. aheadofgame

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

In all actuality. Sprint is a good network....jus made a bad investment with nextel. That is actually taking their money.... trying to update that old network.

22. onedeep

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I Cant wait for this phone!!

23. ruhhablessab

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

yeah, i heard at one point sprint was going to sell its towers off then lease them back to save maintenence fees and to have more cash on hand. thats a smart choice. my first contract cell phone was sprint in 1999 a qualcom 1660 i think. a huge brick but man was that thing awsome in 99 lol. sprint was the first company to go digitial and create what everybody else has now... i think once they do their restructuring and lay off the 8000 (which is unfortunate) they have to trim the fat to get back on there... although taking over nextel wasnt the best move, it was kind of smart because now they have all of the old nextel corporate customers that are now mostly switched over to sprint phones with my company, we all had nextel i90s years ago and have over the years been switched to sprint... no more ptt!!

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