Originally Posted by Gatorguy
You can't honestly feel Apple was taking all the risk if you think just one step beyond. Who gambled on designing components for which there was no guaranteed market? It wasn't Apple. Who had the guts to pursue display technology that might not even be workable or successful? It wasn't Apple. Who took the risk of buying land, designing and building billion dollar+ factories and engineering the dies, presses, labs and assembly lines to build products that they hoped to find an expanding market for? It wasn't Apple.
Also, who cut the trees off the land those factories are built on? And who built the chainsaws those people used? And who mined the ore used to build those chainsaws? And who discovered the mines, filled with its precious, precious ore? Come on, are you serious with this crap?
You don't give credit to the inventor of glass for the lightbulb, even though curved glass and crude lightbulbs existed before Edison. He put the right sh*t together, he gets the credit (no comment on the whole Edison/Tesla thing here, please).
Tablets and tablet components existed before Apple put them together the way they did to make the iPad. But it took Apple doing it right before all these tablets that happen to look exactly the same as the iPad to start showing up. You obviously aren't stupid; don't insult yourself by acting like they didn't virtually create this market and are being ripped off by copycats.