Originally Posted by lkrupp
What are you talking about? We already have this situation. You choose iOS and an iPhone or you choose a blatant copy of it. That's your choice today. What we want is true choice, not picking the real McCoy or a cheaper knock-off. There is a choice between iOS and Windows 8. At least Microsoft tried.
Since they are still allowed to make a phone with rounded rectangles, which is a natural shape evolution, especially, if you are making a touch phone, which is another natural evolution. The latter design, primarily to addresses the disadvantage of a physical keyboard in that it is language specific. With touch screen phones, a single hardware model can be modified in software to support many languages.
So if all of that is just natural evolution of the industry then that only leaves Android as the single reason that these phones look and behave so much alike, and also that their phones are marketed as ' just as good as an iPhone'. Android is the infringer not the rectangles.
Everyone is cheering for Apple going thermonuclear, except if this was Steve's thermonuclear, then they launched it at the wrong target. This was just a shot across the bow. The infringing thing won't stop unless Android is forced to stop copying iOS and that lawsuit will be painful to watch. Two of the top US companies going to court is bound to get ugly.
That will be thermonuclear, and there are never any winners in thermonuclear war.