rednival wrote: »
It irritates me that people claim everyone copies Apple and give Apple a pass at the things they have copied. Apple is a master at improving and innovating existing products and they deserve all the credit in the world for doing so. Rarely have they invented them. Even the iPad is an improvement of the tablet PC concept that never went anywhere until Apple got a hold of it. The iPhone was an amazing innovation, but Apple didn't invent the smartphone. They just made it cool.
On the contrary, I clearly said (and you even quoted it), "Apple is a master at improving and innovating existing products and they deserve all the credit in the world for doing so". That innovation CLEARLY involves inventing new features, but rarely have they completely invented a whole new product out of thin air that was not based on an existing product or idea. Even multi-touch screens were around at least a decade before Apple made them popular.
Frankly, I don't understand your complaint. I am saying Apple is a master at fixing and perfecting products that no one else can get right. They invent new market segments through that innovation. NO ONE was buying tablets before the iPad. Only businesses bought smart phones before the iPhone.
Besides, my main point was to wait and see what Amazon offers up before commenting that it is going to be a copy. And if they do copy Apple but pay royalties, what does it matter? As I stated, I don't think Amazon's goal is to innovate tablets or smart phones but to grow and innovate in the retail space. I think what Apple and Amazon are doing is already quite different. I don't foresee them trying to be a major device company. You don't see Amazon putting aggressive ads on TV for Kindle Fire that bash the iPad. The Kindle Fire appears to be marketed as a gateway to all that Amazon offers in books, entertainment, and software. I wouldn't expect them to market a phone any differently.
Apple is more interested in creating the coolest gadgets on earth. Period.