Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Number one, "Because 'everyone' does it, no one should be punished for it."
Number two: "Not only does everyone else not do it, here's a list of things that Apple did to steal from everyone else."
Number three: And the dumbest lie anyone could ever say about Apple.
That's a trifecta right there. Baseball has some nice rules about threes, I think, but maybe that's me.
#1: I'm not saying no one should be punished for it. Absolutely companies should be. However, to say one company is in the right when they themselves have committed the same transgressions would be wrong as well.
#2: Really? Show me a company (on the order of magnitude of the huge companies in this discussion here) that has not taken an idea from some other company in the past 25-30 years. It's usually your smaller companies that are still innovating without copying someone's work. Android has "innovated" upon Palm, Windows and iOS technologies. Windows Phone has "innovated" upon multiple things from Android, Palm, and iOS. Palm even took ideas from the Newton years ago and "innovated" with them.
#3: http://www.zurb.com/article/801/steve-jobs-and-xerox-the-truth-about-inno: I'm sorry, using what someone else has invented and improving upon it, then calling it "innovation", is still stealing someone else's idea and that is exactly what he did. It didn't matter if Xerox was or was not marketing the computer the way that Jobs thought it should have been. Xerox was still selling a product (granted at the wrong target audience). Plain and simple, he took someone's idea as a base,expanded upon it, called it "innovation" and the rest is history. He still took those ideas from Xerox. It was called "innovation" because he "changed" certain aspects of it and improved upon it. However, these were NOT his ideas originally. That is true innovation. Taking what you have in your own head and making it a reality. Not looking at some interface and saying "yeah, let's move this here, add this, change this color here, and then add a bar across the top!"
If Apple is going to sit there and attack others for "innovating", then Apple should put themselves into the same shoes as the others. They haven't. They have pilfered technology and ideas (like "everyone" else has) and then turned around and claimed they are "innovating". Well, if that is the case, then everyone else should be getting a free pass also on this "innovation" bandwagon.