No surprise here. I've recently started reading Android related blogs and forums.
Stories are always spun to be pro Android. Everyone else is wrong... especially, Apple.
A common thread now is that Apple must litigate, since it cannot compete / innovate in the marketplace.
That comment goes a bit far, but the concept is right on the money.
10 years ago, Microsoft was the big mean bully and now it's undeniably Apple while Bill Gates forks over money to starving kids in Africa as fast as it can.
Apple will continue to be immensely profitable, but it will never hold down a majority marketshare for an extended period of time in computing devices. Their bully attitude either scares off customers, or it invites antitrust investigations. In this case it's highly likely to result in patent reform, given the absurdity of the patents here.
This was a monstrous mistake by Apple and it's doing a ton of damage to its image outside of the "fan" community. If you read mainstream media article comments, they're overwhelmingly incredulous that Apple would stoop to such lows.
Apple makes killer products. All it needs to do is make them. Stuff like this makes people increasingly philosophically against Apple, because it makes it look like if Apple had its way, you would have to buy their products. Rather than competing in the marketplace, they're trying to drive everyone else out of the market with underhanded tactics.
I know almost everyone here won't see it like that, but that's the point. People here won't. "Fans" won't. Apple will always have a dedicated fanbase that loyally buys its products. Where Apple has repeatedly fallen down in the past is getting mainstream acceptance. The iPod was a success because it was decidedly pro-consumer -- it made everything easy, they pushed to remove DRM, there was nothing else in the same league and they kept it one step a head not by litigation, but innovation.
Somewhere along the way they've lost it. Now they're litigating while innovation is stagnating (relative to Apple's standards, not industry). Their devices are increasingly becoming hostile to the consumer with the App Store restrictions, publisher bullying (eg, Kindle fiasco), crusades against jailbreaking, having cool features that only work within the Apple ecosystem, etc. There's nothing criminal about this, to be sure -- but it's also a sure fire way to maneuver yourself out of a majority marketshare position. We saw it with smartphones, and we will see it with tablets as well.
But maybe Apple is okay with that. Apple is immensely and astonishingly profitable. Good for them, if so. But that still makes them a bunch of dicks for trying to restrict consumer choice in the marketplace with an army of lawyers.