Xiaomi's president strikes back at Apple's Jony Ive, offers him a free Xiaomi smartphone

Xiaomi's president strikes back at Apple's Jony Ive, offers him a free Xiaomi smartphone

Last week, Apple's lead designer Jony Ive directly accused Xiaomi of blatantly copying the looks of iOS for its MIUI interface. He said that it's not only lazy, but also a theft of intellectual property. Subsequently, Jony Ive admitted that he might have overreacted and been too direct, but the damage had already been done.

Thus, it was just a matter of time before the latter recuperated and came up with an answer. Lin Bin, the co-founder and current president of Xiaomi, calmly and nonchalantly addressed Ive and suggested that he could send a Xiaomi device to Apple's creative pundit as a present.


Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are already available for pre-order in China, Xiaomi's home playground, where they'll officially land on October 17. It seems that Cupertino's new phones bask in quite the popularity there.

source: The Register

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65 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

LOL....

10. engineer-1701d unregistered

love it hahahahah screw you jon, you steal from every device out there

14. engineer-1701d unregistered

on top of that the ios is a simple copy of the samsung os from 2006

27. HildyJ

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not to mention the whole flat "material design" look is what PC users used to call "normal" because shadows and such chewed up precious CPU cycles.

60. chocolaking

Posts: 495; Member since: May 22, 2012

xiaomi the shameless company copied what samsung has done. i meant, samsung copied apple. so, xiaomi is just doing what samsung did and take it to the next level.

64. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Very well said Lin Bin, such professionalism. Apple Inc. also copies, they just denied the fact. When the first smartwatch was introduced, no one bats an eye but when Apple reveals its own smartwatch, Apple fans then said it was innovation. SRSLY?

52. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

apple need to fire jony ive... they should hire a good designer

65. kenshin9880

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

then apple will die yo............. XD

2. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

No need to back track. It is, what it is lol.

3. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

He imitates the trollface perfectly tho

4. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I think Xiaomi should learn to limit the amount of "inspiration" from other designs. Miui is user friendly and all, but the blatant copycat is so obvious it's hard to sell Xiaomi devices where patents mean jack squat. Come on now... how hard is it to make your own icons? Both Huawei and ZTE already moved on to me original UIs so I am positive it's not something Chinese phone oems "must" do to sell their products nowadays.

8. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

If you do a background check you will find out that its actually Iphone that copies xiaomi U.I.

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Only if you are reading Hugo Barra's blog. MIUI v5 is an iOS 6 knockoff, and MIUI v6 is an iOS 7 knockoff. Every tech site has called Xiaomi on this.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Xiaomi has been known to be a big iOS copier. That is quite true. Users used to add MIUI to their devices because they wanted it to be more "iphone like". Havent looked at it in a while to see if it still is, but it definitely used to be a blatant rip off. Either way, I love the bit of trolling from Lin Bin.

41. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Go do your research again

39. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

go do your research again

5. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

*to make

11. TerryTerius unregistered

... Considering aluminum is extensively used in supercars (Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren, Spyker, Aston Martin), hypercars (Pagani & Konegseigg) , jumbo jets (Boeing), uber-luxury vehicles (Bentley & Rolls Royce), military vehicles (armor plating, vehicle chasis, jet fighters/bombers), and construction... I'd take issue with the statement that aluminum is a "cheap metal".

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

its a cheap metal thats light weight also carbon fiber and alloy's are used now plus other metals, the aluminum is cheaper then the polymers and does not handle hits meaning more money in apples hand.

26. TerryTerius unregistered

In context, the reference seems to be a slight at the quality of aluminium as a material, not its price. Considering its light weight, high strength to weight ratio, ease of shaping it into forms and its immunity to rust... Its hard to think of a metal that can be mass produced enough at a similar cost to realistically replace it. It isn't expensive, but it isn't a cop-out or terrible material. It's used by everyone for a reason. Carbon fiber is indeed coming down in price, and Aluminum

28. TerryTerius unregistered

And aluminum* has subjective aesthetic properties that Carbon Fiber simply doesn't. But that's more personal taste than fact.

44. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Where I come from, we make beer cans out of aluminum. If you actually took a second to look it up, you'd learn that "aircraft grade" aluminum has nothing to do with the tensile strength of the material, it's ability to avoid scratches, or anything that Apple tells you it does. The only difference between "aircraft grade" aluminum and the run of the mill stuff is that aircraft grade aluminum can be extruded during manufacturing without as much cracking. Do you want to know what else is made out of the premium material aircraft grade aluminum? Window frames. Rain gutters. Yeah, it's a a cheap metal.

47. TerryTerius unregistered

I'm very much aware of the differences, and they're not all the same grade of aluminum. Instead of making a sweeping statement and assuming my ignorance, you could look at what I a was saying. That aluminum is not an inherently "low quality" metal.That was the entirety of my point, which you completely and totally skipped over. It's in how you use it, but I guess you're too busy wanting to make a point you didn't even attempt to pay attention to the words -_- If nothing else, you just further pointed out its versatility, and didn't in any way detract from my point that it's used in a broad spectrum of products, and not done so because of its cost. When cost isn't an issue and it's still chosen as the go-to metal for extremely expensive constructs and products (which is why I listed examples of high-end or strategically important systems) over other metals, that alone makes my point. But whatever, you're right if it makes you feel better. I'm done talking about aluminum. Have a great day though :)

51. TerryTerius unregistered

I don't even know why you specifically focused on "aircraft grade" aluminum as your example. But I can counter-point that by noting its use in car-frames, engines, as armor plating in military-grade vehicles and as aircraft frames is SPECIFICALLY because of its strength to weight ratio and other qualities. Not because of cost. Granted, it may be blended with other metals to adapt their qualities but that still doesn't detract from my point. So... I don't even get why you're focusing in on one specific application out of the many I supplied. And congratulations on developing beer can technology.

63. vincelongman

Posts: 5628; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol the irony in your comment The 'best' supercars, hypercars, uber-luxury vehicles, military vehicles, construction, sports equipment, aeroplanes, rockets don't even use metal, not to mention aluminum The 'best' use composites Polymer (plastic) matrix reinforce with fibers made from carbon fiber or kelvar or glass Though aluminum is still used as its cheaper than other metal/alloys such as steel and titanium But if it was viable, almost everything would be made out of composites (plastic + fiber) since they are almost better in all aspects

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

So much FUD. Lucy Koh never worked for Apple.

16. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

There is a fine line between blatantly copying and drawing inspiration from something. Drawing decent inspiration in a sense drives technology forward by taking an idea and refining/improving it with your personal touch (meaning not trying one's best to make it a clone), but ripoffs does nothing to the same effect - which is often an attempt to leach on others popularity. Honestly, Xiaomi being renowned in China I don't see why they see the need to copy and paste everything Apple does anymore. Heck, in a couple of years they're already guaranteed to make their mark worldwide. Of that list however I do think you are on to something about Apple Pay lol

18. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

We all know iOS isn't clean in the "innovation" department but it doesnt mean all other mobile OSes are discounted in the fact. They have copied each other one way or another. Its not news anymore who copied who, but who sells more with their own side of innovation. Then suing comes to place

32. TerryTerius unregistered

If companies were a bit more honest about the fact that they borrow from one another and develop off each others ideas instead of zealously denying it, you'd clear up a lot of that. On one hand, you have to set limitations because you want to defend your product and revenue stream by preventing clones popping up everywhere... But as you say, no-one has clean hands. Especially Apple who believes absolutely no-one deserves credit for good ideas but them and only they are allowed to be "innovative".

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