Apple, the Second Pariah of IT

No one likes a bully. I think that applies to monopolists and would-be monopolists in IT who do other than compete on price and performance to interfere with markets. Apple has been on my radar as a bully for a while”

  • Last year and this year Apple has demonstrated no respect for the law in responding to disappearances of prototypes caused by their own laxity.
  • Apple has taken to suing the world to prevent ordinary businesses from competing in the market. This is critical in IT as products come and go in a few months or a few years so a few months of delay may be insurmountable.
  • Apple sued Samsung in Europe over the design of the iPad v Samsung’s Galaxy tablet. This is preposterous as tablets have been around for millenia and there is nothing particular similar between the two. The injunction obtained interfered with Samsung at a recent trade show in Germany. Apple even doctored the photos of the product in evidence submitted to courts. Have they no shame? Have they no common sense to think they would get away with that nonsense?
  • Knowing they are not likely to win in court, Apple is trying to use the ITC to ban importation of Samsung’s products in the USA. Verizon asked President Obama to step in.
  • They are doing the same nonsense in Australia.

What’s wrong with this picture? A powerful business apparently doing well in the market stooping to prevent other businesses from making a living? Is Apple run by a megalomaniac? The world does not like a bully and will not continue to buy products from a bully if there is a choice and there are many choices these days. Samsung was one of Apple’s largest suppliers, too. Now they are suing Apple for infringement of patents related to cellphones which could bar the iPhone from being sold anywhere. Apple also sued HTC and Motorola. HTC is now suing Apple using patents Google acquired from Motorola. Apple is crazy enough to go out on a limb and saw it off.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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