Originally Posted by sranger
I understand trademarking, but this is a patent issue....
I know Apple wants to halt all competition in the tablet market, but I worry about what effect this will have on their product. No viable competition usually means no good innovations. For example do you think Apple would be dramatically improving it's notification system ( copying Android who copied WebOS ) if there was no competition?
From the perspective 33 years of dealing with Apple, Observing how they operate, Using their products:
Apple thrives on competition -- as long as it doesn't appropriate their IP. Competition gives Apple the chance to "strut their stuff". Boom!
Apple is driven by what they want (with Steve having a major vote) in a product. That's why, time after time, they enter an existing market and offer a revolutionary product that redefines the category,
microcomputer :: Apple ][ Personal Computer
personal computer :: Mac
nothing :: LaserWriter and Desktop Publishing
all-in-one computer :: iMac
personal audio player :: iPod
[not-so] smart phone :: iPhone
tablet computer :: iPad
I suspect that we will add AppleTV and Personal Entertainment Device to that list before too long.
They've had their misses too -- Apple///, Lisa (kinda') AppleTalk and the Jointly announced iPad HiFi and leather iPad case.