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We're not attorneys and I'm not talking about during trial. This was months ago and that's an average (guesstimate) over many months. I'm sure there were many many over 12 hours. I'm lazy and it's all I can do to work an 8 hour day so this engagement would have killed me for sure.
As someone on my FB feed pointed out, Samsung basically paid $1B for an advertisement that their products are the exact same as Apple's, only at half the price.
Not really that unexpected in the Northern California court..
Worst thing is this just lets Apple get away without having to innovate for another few years. As long as they can keep receiving patents for things that others were doing earlier and enforce them, everyone is going to be hurt. Seriously - phone with rounded edges, icons on a grid? Many companies innovating and forcing others to innovate is much better for the consumer. I guess iMessage, pull down notifications, SIRI, etc will soon force additional damages from Blackberry and Android. I guess we're all doomed to eventually have to use the same toy phone.
Do you honestly think this will result in Apple saying "f#@% it! let's just sit on our asses for a few year!" In an industry where if you don't keep up with innovation, you get massacred?
Apple hasn't really done anything innovative in the past few years. They kept up with hardware updates and they made a voice interface for existing functionality.
Oh and they took an iPhone and gave it a 10" screen. Revolutionary.
Look for a lot more of this kind of thing as Apple goes on a patent-buying spree.
Yea, and they didn't even really innovate Siri... they bought the company that created Siri and then integrated it into the OS.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by PantsEnFuego 20 months ago
list all the companies in that space that are more innovative.
(I'm not an Apple fanboy and don't really care about this, but just saying...)
And here's what Samsung is really worried about.
Apple has submitted a list of eight Samsung products it wants pulled from shelves and banned from the U.S. market.
I felt like I should have issued an amber alert for myself, just in case
Apple has gained the market share that they have mostly by being the first to market with quality, stable products and ubiquitous content offerings. Frankly (as someone who owns both iOS and android devices) I cannot say that their iOS devices are much more potent than they were 5 years ago when they came out. They get a little faster, the camera gets a little nicer, the screen gets a little sharper. That's about it....and that's fine, because to some extent that allows the apps to be the star of the show.
The inertia that iTunes and the app store have mean that few people are going to abandon it (and the apps they have already purchased) and others will be drawn to it because Apple has a Walmart-like influence on mobile content.
On the other hand, Android handset makers have done a much better job of evolving its UI and hardware offerings, almost to the point of leaving consumers dazed and confused (and also at the expense of reliability in some cases).
This post was edited by PoorMike 20 months ago
Any way I can use this to return my nexus and it's piece of shit screen?
They have been sitting on their ass the last 2 years..name something they innovated during this time? The new phone will probably have a bigger screen, LTE, NFC, turn by turn navigation, etc. Basically if you look at the prior year's Android and Windows phones you can figure out what Apple will put into the next iPhone.
With their dedicated following, they don't need to innovate. All they need to do is make minor improvements each time, and they will sell like hotcakes. This is why they stagger their "improvements." In the new iOS, finally Facetime will be available over data. Why was it wifi-only before? So they could stagger out features that make people think they need to upgrade. The first iphone had SMS but not MMS. No way Apple just couldn't put the MMS functionality into their phone. People who jailbroke the phone realized the feature was available, just disabled. It was a "feature" in the next iPhone. Siri was available as an app for the older iPhones before the 4s. Apple buys them out, and uses it as a "new" feature for the 4s, and says only the newest 4s hardware can handle Siri. People with the 3GS and 4 were using it fine without problems, now they had an app they couldn't use. If they want to continue using Siri, they have to upgrade to the 4s. An iPhone is good enough for 75% of the population - but that doesn't make it an innovative or advanced phone. Many things in iOS are done in an unintuitive way - but people learn a way around it and deal with it even if it's not the what would come naturally. Just like a coach that won a natty - Apple enjoys the advantage of people believing whatever they say. They are also the best marketers in the world, bar none. Take the changing goalposts of their marketing term "Retina Display." Back when they were one of the only phones with 300 ppi, they coined this term to set their phone apart. Steve Jobs set 300 ppi as the number where further detail didn't matter and considered "Retina Display." It was genius. Later, more and more phones starting having over 300ppi and it was no longer a competitive advantage for apple. So then what? The "New" iPad had the Retina Display even though it was 264 ppi. And now the MBP has a Retina Display at 220 ppi. So they are able to change the goalposts whenever they deem fit. And it works, people now brag about their "rMBP" all the time.
Interesting. That's slimy as shit if true
"Turgeon has 3 key guys on current roster - Allen, Dez, and Jake - that have not improved." -Orioleterp
FaceTime was wifi only because of the carriers, not because of Apple.
the 4s has a dpi of 326 and the highest android phones have a dpi of 319 and it took them a year to get to that point.
Also, retina is a marketing term used by Apple. Every company does that crap, there is a lot to bitch about with Apple and I don't think this is one of them.
Also the new MBP Retina display is gorgeous, marketing term or not.
This coming from someone who is typing this on a Dell running linux, a windows phone 7 (nokia 900), and Ipad sitting in front of them.
"Two years after the original iPhone was released, Apple has finally met feature parity with most smartphones (and “normal” phones!). The original iPhone was first open for sale on June 29th, 2007, for $599 (4GB) and $699 (8GB). That version of the iPhone didn’t have cut & paste, Notes syncing, universal search and MMS support, among other things. Today, you have all that and more."
"Prior to October's iPhone 4S release, Siri was available as a standalone application in the App Store. As you would expect, this older version of the Siri software worked on devices such as the 3GS, so when Apple pulled the app and integrated Siri directly, and exclusively, with the iPhone 4S hardware many were confused.
Why limit this neat feature? Some have suggested that it was purely a marketing one. We don't know for sure, but recent hacks have shown that older hardware can handle Siri just fine. Either way, Siri0us differs from earlier hacks in that it doesn't require any 4S UDID's, files or special keys. If you have a jailbroken device, you can download the hack via Cydia, install it, and start talking, as shown in the below clip:"
Jobs: "300 is limit of human retina"
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by terpfan001 20 months ago
Apple is a slimy as shit company.
I say this with an iPhone 4 in my pocket, they make good products, but they're slimy as shit.
This was true, not any more.
When iOS 6 is released, 3G/4G facetime will only be available on iPhone 4s and iPhone 5. They are intentionally crippling facetime on iphone 4. They will also disable turn by turn navigation on iPhone 4. Why? Apple just wants to give you another reason to upgrade.
Everything said in recent posts makes perfectly good business sense.
They don't have to upgrade a 2 year old phone if they don't want, and their phone will work just the same as it did the day they bought it.
Now lets compare that to Android phones that are 2 years old. How many versions behind are they without some mod that the average user will never know about? Motorolla who is now owned by Google is going to announce their new phone (new Razr) and the NEW phone is shipping with an older version of Android. They must be evil and scummy.
On top of that my wife took her out of warranty iphone 4 to the apple store last week because the sensor that turns the screen off when you are on the phone stopped working. I told her it was worth a try, they checked it and went it in the back. Two minutes later she had a new iphone4 in her hand.
That is another reason they sell huge amounts of phones even with the issues talked about above.
My problem is not that Samsung openly copied the GUI (they did, the memo sealed the deal) but rather the fact that Apple was able to patent "rectangular phones with rounded edges." It is absolutely ridiculous and Apple abuses the shit out of our shitty patent system daily. Hey - let's put a patent on screens that don't scratch and corners that are rounded! Another Edison moment for the brains at Apple!
Carrier testing is mostly responsible for delaying os upgrades. Google branded phones get the new OS almost instantly. Aside from that, I've never heard of android taking way a feature from one version to the next.
Show me a completely above the board, ethical, and trustworthy company, especially once they get to the multi-national size of something like Apple.
They don't exist.
Google isn't standing for this bullshit. Shots fired.
Google is now directly seeking a ban with Motorola on sales of Apple products including the iPad, iPhone, and Macs in the United States.
This post was edited by historicus 20 months ago
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