It's dangerous territory to say that no one can ever create a similar product. That is utter nonsense....and Tylenol would be $3 a pill if that were so, Once a defacto standard has beed defined by penetration / dominance of the marketplace, to simply outlaw any competitive process is rediculous. Even Comcast and Time Warner are required to carry competitors' programming and broadband services under licensure. Apple should be told to license its "solely unique" flat screen / bezel etc...if others wish to use it. To say that others are successfully building new phones is a self deceiving lie. THey are simply the next targets of Apple. I love my IPhone and I pad and am considering a mac air, but shudder to think what this phone would have cost in the absence of direct competition.
It's maybe a minor thing for me to pick at, but Tylenol *used* to have a patent for paracetamol ( acetaminophen) that ran out almost 30 years ago. Back then they could have charged whatever they wanted, and did. it was a great success. They didn't have a monopoly on pain medication though.. there were several other drugs that have had just as long and great of a success... Ibuprofen and aspirin both trade on brand ( Advil and Bayer ) so much that people don't even know what the actual chemicals are... they just know it's a pain pill. But anyway... Tylenol is a brand today because of the great patent protection and marketing they had.
Like I said.... I'm not trying to argue this too storngly becuase I know the issues at hand are much different with chemical patents and there's absolute proof if someone rips off your formulation
Comcast and TIme Warner. I'm not sure I follow here...They are required to carry competitor's programming because of the defacto monopoly you get when you can only run one wire to someone's house. They are a quasi-utility. You don't see Dish Network having to do the same with Comcast.
And finally.. competition. I respectfully say you're confusing what the public wants right now with innovation. There' not only one way to make a sophisticated internet mobile phone. The reason people THINK the way Apple does it is required for one to be a success is because that's the first product that did it very well!
You don't HAVE to have a multi touch capacitive interface. You could have a verbal+eye tracking interface for instance. You can develop your own patents on this. You can to cross licensing deals. You don't HAVE to have a UI that looks like Apple's you can do alot of great things.
Yes maybe they are indeed the next targets, or maybe they'll get good licensing deals. Apple absolutely deserves this. Their patents are finite. They will end, it won't last forever. They are the rightful inventors. Why SHOULDN'T they get to profit off of it? Think back to pre-iPhone again.
in 2006, pre iPhone ...We were dazzled by the Balackberry getting rid of the side scroll wheel and changing it to plastic trackball! ooooooo! Or we got a new flip phone with 1 extra hour of battery life. wow. We had a new version of a Tero with an OS that seems to just get fatter and not do anything new.
ANn most importantly We had phone carriers that had no interest whatsoever in making their network have any speed on it.
The entire phone industry was lazy as hell with their incremental tweaking and gouging the consumer for the last 10 years. Apple stepped in and kicked their a**es and they all deserve to die for it.
Everyone but Apple was making what the carriers wanted.
Apple took a big gamble and innovated far beyond what any company in the entire world was willing to do. They deserve protection from leeches and "me too" devices.
I do hope that the lawsuits end all around and competition in ernest gets going again. It's a little bit ironic I think that this whole thing actually benefits Microsoft too. They never had a chance in the market until now. Android will get knocked down a notch from all the future licensing deals. Some phone companies may say ... hmm.. maybe we're better off doing a windows 8 phone. This "free" android, is costing us a lot of licensing.
It may be a 3 horse race in the next couple of years. I think that's a MUCH better alternative for the consumer.