- 08 June 2012
- By John Howell
Just bloody stop it OK? That's what I would like to personally pass on to anyone working at Apple who has the power to stop the endless, envy inspired lawsuits against any technology company that releases a device that is better than one of Apple's (there are a lot of them out there and many more to come).
I recently vented my anger about Apple's war on Google's android here, but it doesn't seem to have done any good.
Apple's latest attempt to suppress innovation and cripple competition sees them again suing Samsung and HTC. These two companies have dared to release phones that are far superior to Apple's iPhone. The HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 phones have beautiful high resolution 4.8 inch screens, better cameras and features, use faster processors than Apple's dated iPhone 4S, work on high speed 4G and LTE networks (unlike the iPhone) and have open, intuitive operating systems that make the iPhone look like a pathetic, outdated, restricted toy.
According to Engadget, Apple filed a third challenge against HTC on 4 June that claims HTC is still violating its patents. If successful, HTC would have to stop selling 29 of its devices including the One X (and EVO 4G LTE), One S and One V.
Apple has also moved for a preliminary US ban against the Samsung Galaxy S3 (they've asked for the same ban on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus). Apple believes Samung violates two of its patents, including a data tapping patent (clicking on a link like a highlighted phone number for God's sake!) and basically claims that Samsung's voice recognition software, S-Voice, looks too much like Apple's Siri.
The fact that Samsung already has 9 million pre-orders for the S3 or that the HTC One X (and the 4G LTE version) are selling like wildfire has nothing to do with it (in an alternative universe anyway).
Apple's new CEO recently claimed he hates lawsuits and would "highly prefer to settle than to battle" and that he's "always hated litigation" and continues "to hate it." I guess he hasn't passed this message on to the 12,000 lawyers working for him, who keep suing companies and individuals around the world every five minutes. His statements are clearly crap. It's like claiming you really hate war and then five minutes later you drop nuclear warheads on five different countries. I really, really, really hate war, but I just had to drop those nuclear warheads and kill a billion people, as some of the populations involved kept making phones that were better than mine.
"I'm the only true innovator!" Apple seems to be shouting hysterically, like a child who wants another child's toys. "They're not allowed to build things too! Why doesn't everyone look at me? Why don't they believe my advertising and give up like I want them too? Why can't I make ALL the money?! Why?!"
Apple then starts to sob hysterically and needs to be given a piece of chocolate and a blanket to calm down.
Anyway, just stop it Apple, OK? Grow up. I'm sick of it.
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