Originally Posted by Jetz
The iPad is a new category? That's like suggesting that somebody who comes out with new display tech (say LED TVs) would be right to seek out a patent for rectangular displays using said tech. I'm sorry I don't agree with that logic.
You are not reading my post. I clearly said "the iPad is a tablet computer". Meaning it is not a market by itself and therefore not a category. What you've just wrote agrees with what you quoted me saying.
There were tablets before the iPad. The only change was the deployment of a consumer focused mobile OS. None of the hardware changes that came with the iPad were unforeseen (just not possible before due to cost). And a lot of commercial grade (non-consumer) stuff was already moving in that direction. Not to say the iPad wasn't revolutionary to consumers. But from a purely technological point of view, I'd suggest it was evolutionary. I don't even consider it to be as ground-breaking as the iPod clickwheel.
The iPad is about software as much as hardware.
People forget that before the iPad first came out, there were lots of folks suggesting that Apple should make a tablet that was a big iPod Touch. And it really wasn't that much of a surprise when they did. Indeed, that's exactly why detractors mocked it, "It's just a giant iTouch." So then to suggest that it's not an obvious leap is quite a stretch.
I believe everyone wanted a Mac OS tablet with iPhone like touch. I remember everyone was disappointed because it wasn't a Mac and it was "big iPod touch" instead.
Right. They upped the specs on the rear camera and added 4G connectivity. This is copying the iPad how?
They actually downgraded the camera from 8MP. Probably to make it thinner
I don't want to waste my time discussing with you if you think that Apple should be the sole supplier to humanity of any computer device with a touchscreen that's rectangular.
I'm going to ask you a straight-up question: Do you think ANY tablet that's rectangular and has rounded corners is a copy of an iPad? Yes or no.
I never said that everyone with a rectangular form factor and touch screen is a copy of the iPad. My point was that Samsung copies their competitors, in this case the iPad, and they deserve everything they are getting as a result. Even if it was on something weak like that community design. Like I said before, Apple have more patents to throw at Samsung. If this injunction get thrown out in appeal, which most likely will be, they will likely be found infringing on something else.
Apple only used that community design against Samsung. They don't seem to think it applies for their other lawsuits against Motorola and HTC. There is no reason to believe the Apple want to have a monopoly on rectangular tablets with touch screen.