Somehow I always feel that Android's looks are a 'cheap imitation' of iOS's interface, now this isn't directly related, but couple this with the Oracle's lawsuit against Google/Android (which many insiders believe that Google is almost certain to loose heavily) ....... I guess Android's troubles probably are just starting.
Sure their product is successful and popular, they are also nice to use. But it doesn't give them the right to sue everyone and impose ban on other company's product. Apple's original iphone and ipad are by no means new concept, touch screen device and tablet computer exists long before them. But it is exactly as you said, their product is interesting; Apple makes good interface to make them fun to use, raising interest for the consumers for touchscreen phones and tablets on the market. When there is enough demand for touch screen screen product, many phone company reboot their lineup of touch screen product, some have to invent them. Ever heard of convergent evolution? Look it up. Although they started differently, to achieve the same level usability, they have to appear similar on the outside, while what is underneath is different. You wouldn't want a touch screen phone that is triangle and need to use your toes to control wouldn't you? I am not saying no one copied Apple, but I don't think the big brands did, and copying is limited to shanzhai phones only.
Apple's action is a tactic to disrupt competitor's momentum. They are doing this because they though they should own exclusive right to sell touch interface device (why shouldn't they think so, they popularize it and it is only natural they protect their interest). However, the world won't work that way. Imagine Ford, a company popularizing family automobile can ban other company from producing car because it has 4 wheels and looks boxy, what kind of world we will be living today?
Edit: And why was the comment from another user before this post deleted, I was having a discussion and now it look like I am talking to myself.
I have no idea, who deleted that comment and why. Must be some moderator, and it is always a good idea at least to give reason why comment x was erased.
I remember when I saw the original iphone/iOS interface first time around, I felt that Apple nicked some ideas from SPB shell for WinMo. Similarly Android definitely has nicked many ideas from other platforms. But that doesn't mean they can copy / paste whatever they want to and cook their own OS, then give it for free, and make money from ads / or other means. That is the reason why Big G is in-trouble with Oracle and many other companies.
Similarities in interface aside as you pretty much nailed the issue there, but copying of others' IP is totally different thing, IMO it amounts to broad day light robbery.
Having said this, the patents business is in shambles as well, with mindless registration of useless patents. I wonder if someone come to them and tell them 'I have a unique way of farting' ....... will they register it as a valid patent ?
Yes, the Apple lawsuit for copying design and look is total ***. This case is still on trial in the court and we will have to wait for the jury and judge to decide. I have to agree with you. Patent law is broken because you can patent something with very loose definition without much technical detail, which means many inventions in the future may breach your IP, even if the other person is doing something different.
But the point of a company is not to serve the people. That is the job of the government and the public servant (and they are not doing it right no matter which country you are in). A company needs only answer to their share holders and if they are not monopolizing the market or price fixing, you cannot sue them for antitrust and break it up because of capitalism free market.
It is something that will never bee fixed, capitalism or socialism or any other form of government or company past, present and future will always be greedy, try to copy, lazy etc because it is human nature.
That is a very fair argument. But problem lies in that 'greed' part of this system, there is absolutely no 'limit' on how much a profit is 'right / ethical' as such. Hence, when the corporations grow larger, so is their greed + deceit.
I don't buy this 'small government is good none-sense' it needs to be right-sized to have ability to effectively govern. Markets simply can't 'self regulate', funny thing is many fools haven't learned this despite several bubbles since 1980s Reaganomics inception, starting from Loans and Savings to 2007's financial meltdown. Hence, it is the government's responsibility to enforce such laws/rules/policies to protect its citizens from such malpractices.
Anyway its another debate for another time, I am at work and soon will be heading for a meeting. So will check back later on this . Regards