Samsung Is Now Shamelessly Ripping Off The Design Of The Mac Mini

Samsung Is Now Shamelessly Ripping Off The Design Of The Mac Mini

Samsung's new Chromebox (left) looks awfully familiar, huh?

Samsung’s predilection for shamelessly ripping off Apple’s design is well documented at this point. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the iOS homescreen. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the iPod touch. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the Smart Cover. Here’s Samsung shamelessly ripping off the iPhone 3G. And here’s Samsung even ripping off an actress from an iPhone commercial.

If Samsung’s ever going to quit ripping off Apple’s design team and make their own damn products, they show no sign of abating, as the latest product design to be ripped off by Samsung is their new Chromebox, which looks almost identical to the Mac mini: a tiny aluminum box with a black circular opening at the bottom. Unbelievable.

  • Markus Strömberg Thuresson

    Yeah, Apple invented the square! Leave it alone Samsung!

  • ApplePr0n

    ^ let’s be honest. This is a slight stretch, but Samsung has definitely copied in the past. Look up galaxy tab and iPad side by side. Even the same charger

  • Aaron

    This could be a sign of Korean culture. Recently, South Korea purchased a rocket from Japan, built by Mitsubishi. It had the Mitsubishi logo and the Japanese flag painted on the side. By the time it launched, the Japanese flag was removed and the Korean flag took its place. Interestingly, they left the Mitsubishi logo…

    I’ve been to South Korea twice and EVERYTHING that I could find was made in South Korea, with one exception: A urinal, made in USA. They have a very strong national pride and quite a bit of xenophobia, but they also don’t want to use anyone else’s products, even if it means they have to copy copy copy. 
    South Korea’s economy is big enough they can stop copying and start innovating, but the culture still isn’t there. Like China, the cultural acceptance of copy copy copy has to be resolved before they can become innovators themselves.
  • johnsmith1

    I’m shocked at people that don’t believe Samsung has shamelessly ripped off Apple. Look at all the evidence on all the links posted with this article, if you can’t see it then you must be blind or you’re in denial. I find it despicable to steal other people’s ideas and designs. And on top of it all, Samsung has the nerve to sue Apple for patent infridgements, shameless Samsung…

  • joewaylo

    Yep. Google is shameless. Next thing they’ll shamelessly copy would probably be the iPod Nano that people wear on their wrists. Unless they already did that.

  • Srose428

    Besides the port layouts its a straight rip of the mac mini body.  Good thing the specs absolutely blow.

  • al friede

    no doubt they continue to rip off apple’s design, but i actually prefer the darker color of the samsung box, and wish that apple would do two things – offer macs in black [again] and change the ugly white keys on the keyboards to black to match the keys on the mbp!

  • kevin_dublin

    I’m sorry, but if you look at it top on, which 99.999% of people do, it looks NOTHING like a Mac Mini!

  • NeverEndsWell

    Wow.  Talk about stones.

    *sigh*

  • Tim Lanfair

    When will the court system catch up with these thief’s,, its just getting ridiculous…from ultra books, to tablets, to phones, to smart covers,, great corporate strategy,, lets just copy the most successful company in the world,,, and we will do great! heres a new idea,,, innovate! 

  • Applbloze

    Enough with the whining already,all corporations steal from one another…yes,including Apple! Don’t write me off as some troll,I’m 100% pro Apple but Apple’s hands are dirty too!

  • infin1023

    Not just Samsung, look at Hyundai’s Genesis Sedan, have you seen it before? A bit of Mercedes + BMW + Lexus…Korean just the old time Japanese, they just copy everything they seen.

  • Andrew John

    Apple should stop releasing new products for one year and let’s see if Samsuck come up with anything different in that time. I dout it, but then what else would you expect from a brain dead, corrupt company like Samsuck. Aren’t Koreans just a copy of the Japanese anyway? They know no bounds.

  • ThatsWhatsUp

    wow samsung is a joke.  if i was apple i would sue them into oblivion

  • venger9

    Another day, another Samsung rip-off. Doesn’t surprise me. Apple will always do it better anyway. It’s not always the first, but does it better most of the time. Samsung sells a cheaper lower quality imitation. The iPhone 5 will blow the Galaxy S III out of the water because it will be the biggest phone launch in history. Customers will decide who does it best, as they should in a free market society.

    Ever wonder why Apple doesn’t sue Motorola or Acer or whoever is not Samsung for design infringements? Because their products actually look different!!! Samsung manufactured Apple’s chips and displays and turned around and copied the design of their products. If that’s not a stab in the back I don’t know what is. You shouldn’t shit where you eat. Samsung needs to be burned in the courts or they will continue to shit and eat from the same orifice.
  • baby_Twitty

    SamSuck.

  • ksuyen

    Samsung has made their mission to copy every single details from Apple. They like it, they want it, they do it, but should they?

  • Pablo_01

    Those who cannot innovate duplicate. 

  • Macnetar

    Samsung makes generic, disposable junk. The end.

  • Samoel

    I keep wondering how long it will take for people to start realizing that the apple vs samsung and vice versa is just a show for the public. Seriously, consider the amount of free advertising both companies has gotten because of their “feuds”. The amount of money spent in courtrooms is nothing compared to the free multi-national advertising/publicity they get in return.

    The lawsuits are publicity stunts.
    One sues the other = Free advertising
    The other sues back = Free advertising
    They try to work it out = Free advertising
    They fail working it out = Free advertising
    Sometimes a product gets banned, you can still buy them = Free advertising
    They make a small change and the products gets unbanned = Free advertising.
    And so the cycle repeats while going on in different countries.
    Almost everytime one sues the other, you get information or pictures about both products

    Samsung will be a supplier for Apple as long as they both benefit from their propaganda sqquabling.

    There is always going to be a demand for alternative products to Apples.
    If you can’t beat them, join them and save yourself from monopoly issues as well.

  • AndreGSNE

    I can’t believe it here. This is supposed to be a “news” site for Mac and you’re putting up so called “articles” on copying where no where else gives a damn? And the people here, you know what’s wrong, is that you only see what Google or Samsung copies and not what Apple copies, E.g notification center in iOS 5. One more thing, Apple innovates? Don’t kid yourself, they innovate in marketing to cheat you consumers to pay for things packaged in a fancy way and put a huge price tag. I hope you guys wake up.

  • markrlangston

    Google’s guilty too. As you already pointed out, they blatantly copied LaunchPad but they also copied Windows 7 with the SnapAero feature and task-bar. Almost like it’s no big deal to totally rip off other software designs that look EXACTLY the same. Not even attempting to take the same idea and giving it your own spin. No, these design cues are a complete carbon copy. 

    I would love to be in the R&D room when they’re coming up with designs. I imagine a wall of pictures of Mac products from every angle, they pull a few down, start tracing, and then hand the sketches over to manufacturing. 
    It’s no secret that companies copy (or are “inspired”) by other companies’ work but the Chromebox — and the latest update to Chrome OS — borders on the pathetic. 
  • Sean Durkin

    The supposed mac Mini photo is not one. UGLY. This posting is plain incorrect.

  • worm

    Does anyone realize that you’re looking at the bottom of the Mac Mini and the Chromebox?  It’s something no one will even see.

  • JackJones

    “Good artists copy, great artists steal!”

  • JackJones

    Another day, another Samsung rip-off. Doesn’t surprise me. Apple will always do it better anyway. It’s not always the first, but does it better most of the time. Samsung sells a cheaper lower quality imitation. The iPhone 5 will blow the Galaxy S III out of the water because it will be the biggest phone launch in history. Customers will decide who does it best, as they should in a free market society.

    Ever wonder why Apple doesn’t sue Motorola or Acer or whoever is not Samsung for design infringements? Because their products actually look different!!! Samsung manufactured Apple’s chips and displays and turned around and copied the design of their products. If that’s not a stab in the back I don’t know what is. You shouldn’t shit where you eat. Samsung needs to be burned in the courts or they will continue to shit and eat from the same orifice.

    What free market are you talking about ? The one where Apple it trying to block Samsung products from entering the country just because it is afraid of real competition and is abusing the stupid patent system ?

    I have to tell you though, the S3 is here to stay and Apple’s goal right now is to be able to keep up with Samsung, because right now Samsung leads and Apple follows.

  • howie_isaacks

    Apple may be releasing some new stuff this next week, so Samsung is about to get more great new ideas! This is really pathetic considering that Samnsung is actually a very creative company, and they make great products (except for their Spin Point laptop hard drives).  Why can’t they compete with Apple using their own ideas?  I don’t get it.

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