Apple may or may not change without Steve. Assuming he was OK with suing the world instead of innovating, I won’t miss him. If I were his employer, I would not mind him quitting with no notice. I would say, “Good riddance!” Perhaps his replacement will realize that having half the world hate the company is not good for business. Think of all the people loving Android who see their “fix” in terms of importations from the Far East jeopardized by groundless legal suits. Are they ever going to feel the same about Apple? Nope. Cross Apple off their shopping list forever. How about the suppliers of Android/Linux hardware components? Are they going to want to support Apple when Apple is trying to take away their livelihood? Nope. What about the many distributors of Android/Linux? One even asked the US president to block the ITC on this. What about Google? Is Google ever going to want to cooperate with Apple on anything after 2011? Nope. Apple is sawing off the limb on which it rests, people being comfortable with Apple’s existence.
Apple’s suits are not about hardball or protecting Apple’s rights. The suits are about interfering with the market in which people have grown to appreciate having choices. Apple, wanting to take away choice, has become a Pariah1. Trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the market shows the lack of confidence Apple has in its own products and its greed to rake in short term profits no matter the costs. Apple is an immoral company, not founded on any principle of fair dealing. It’s lawsuits and advertising are based on lies:
- “If you don’t have an iPhone” you can’t do all kinds of things everyone can do with any networked computer and operating system,
- “We invented rectangular computers with touch-screens and X stole our idea”,
- “We own the trademark on App Store”.
- “Steve Jobs is our Guru from whom all wisdom flows…”, and
- “We invented the personal computer and GUI”.
See the Telegraph’s take on Apple v Samsung
The court in Germany, which first issued a preliminary injunction banning the importation of Samsung Galaxy tablets revised the injunction to be for Germany only and the court in the Netherlands gave the design patent short shrift.
I am sick of Apple. They were not the first to do anything but exploit the ideas of others. Rather than acknowledge with grace that they “stood on the shoulders of giants” they lie and gullible journalists and consumers accepted the lie. The reality is very different and thank Goodness we have Google, The Open Handset Alliance, FLOSS, and millions of good people willing to do the hard work of making the world a better place one system at a time.
1 Pariah – An outcast; one despised by society.