Originally Posted by dasanman69
Apple's real innovation is how the user interacts with a device and how well the device responds. They polished what already existed hardware wise but the but the OS is what really makes the device stand out from the pack.
Exactly. Apple didn't invent the mouse, neither did Xerox, but Apple took the existing design, made it better and incorporated it into the first home pc. It's been a household staple ever since. Appledidn't invent the usb port, but it made it a household name. Apple didn't invent the mp3 player, tablet or phone, but it innovated the existing idea into something that everyone wanted and every company wanted to copy. Now we are seeing the exact same thing happen in the ultrabook's. Everyone is copying Apple's design, some more than others *cough* Asus *cough*.
And it is the way that Apple builds the existing products at people actually want that gets patented. Samesung is mearly one of many southeast Asian companies that are attempting to steel what they can off of Apple and then hopefully play the legal game to their benefit.
I've said it before and I'll say it again... Samesung will come out with their newly designed tablet exactly 3 months after Apple shows off the iPad 3. They learned their lesson after the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 fiasco. Samesung went back to the drawing board after seeing the iPad 2 and low and behold the orginal 10.1 got dumped.