Why the ‘Boycott Apple’ Movement is Dumb

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The #BoycottApple hashtag was trending hard on Google+ last week.

No, I’m not talking about the boycott-Apple-to-save-Chinese-workers, the boycott-Apple-because-they-discriminate-against-Iranians or even the boycott-Apple-because-they-support-gay-marriage movements.

I’m talking about the boycott-Apple-because-they’re-using-the-courts-to-compete-against-Android-devices movement.

Specifically, the call to boycott is based on anger over Apple’s successful attempt to ban both the Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone and the Galaxy 10.1 tablet. An appeals court temporarily lifted the ban on the phone yesterday, but upheld the tablet ban.

Here’s why the call for a boycott is misguided and futile. 

It’s based on the myth of Apple exceptionalism

Boycott Apple advocates pretend to believe what they do not (or should not) believe, which that companies that don’t sue over patents don’t sue because they’re nice, or virtuous or believe in the free exchange of ideas.

The reality is that they don’t sue because they don’t have a case.

When companies have a patent case they think they can win, they sue. In fact, Apple itself is currently defending itself from patent infringement cases brought by China’s Zhi Zhen Internet Technology, and Silicon Valley’s Noise Free Wireless.

And Apple has been sued in the past by Nokia (which won the case), and others.

And Apple isn’t the only company suing over alleged patent infringement by Android or Android devices.

Nokia, for example, is suing Google and Asus. And Microsoft got Motorola devices banned in the US for infringing patents.

Publicly held companies pursue their own interests, and the interests of their shareholders. The truth is that patent lawsuits are trivially inexpensive for big companies to pursue, compared with potential benefits. There’s no downside to suing over patent infringement if you think you might win.

When companies file lawsuits that are frivolous on their face, they go nowhere or are tossed out of court. When Apple and Motorola were going at it last month, the judge got fed up and told both parties to get out and not come back.

The bottom line is that, yes, Apple sues when it thinks it can win a patent-infringement case. And so does every other company.

It’s based on the myth that Apple is not exceptional

While Apple is not exceptional in pursuing its interests in the courts when it can just like any other company, Apple is, in fact, exceptional in other ways. Let’s start with the least controversial.

Apple is very different from, say, Samsung, in the number of product lines it sells. For example, Apple has one phone and Samsung has dozens. Samsung phones mix and match features and technologies, and Samsung is far more promiscuous in the application of ideas on different phones. Samsung phones have many form factors, user interfaces, input approaches, design features.

This variety by Samsung both increases the likelihood that another company will believe that Samsung is violating a patent, and also reduces the impact on Samsung of being sued or having one of their devices banned.

Extreme device variety also “waters down” Samsung’s focus on any one feature or technology. For example, while Apple has to concern itself over the patentability of, say, “slide to unlock,” Samsung may have to worry about “slide to unlock,” “pinch to unlock,” “clap to unlock,” “unlock to unlock” and “never unlock.” (I’m making up these techniques for unlocking, but you get the idea.)

Just to pursue this further: the ban on Samsung’s phone in the US barely registers on the company’s overall revenue or profit. Samsung not only makes a gazillion phones and tablets, they also make refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, cameras, stoves, printers and so on.

However, if the iPhone were banned in the US, the company would buckle under the impact. Apple has just one phone. And that phone represents a massive percentage of the company’s revenue.

Because of this, Apple must win in the absurd patent game as a necessary condition for their survival. They invest massively in R&D, register patents early and often, and pursue patent claims with extreme prejudice.

It’s based on the myth that Apple doesn’t innovate

The more controversial point about Apple exceptionalism is that Apple is, in fact, exceptionally innovative. They really do invent a lot of stuff and they really do pioneer a lot of truly new design ideas. I dare anyone who disagrees with me on this to visit Patently Apple, randomly read at least 10 posts, then come back and tell me Apple doesn’t innovate.

More germane to the patent system as it exists, Apple uses the system. They not only innovate, they do so early and fully patent every possible invention or idea.

Apple not only patents ideas that they intend to build into products, they patent ideas that they might, someday, conceivably and possibly build into products.

In other words, Apple is not only innovative, they are proactive and masterful at playing the patent game.

It diverts opposition from the real problem: The patent system

The Boycott Apple people tend to be confused about what they’re criticizing when they criticize Apple.

For example, when critics say that Apple didn’t invent this technology or that technology, they think they’re criticizing Apple when in fact they’re criticizing the patent system.

What they’re saying is that Apple’s methodology for which they were granted a patent is overly broad, and should not apply to slightly different methodologies or the whole idea should not be patentable.

In other words, they’re disagreeing with the rules.

Patents are a zero sum game. If Apple doesn’t apply for and then defend a patent, someone else will and ban Apple products. Those are the rules.

And so in order to defend itself, companies like Apple play by the rules because to not do so would be suicide.

The horrible truth is that all phones theoretically violate patents. Every smart phone contains literally thousands of patentable ideas, many of which are claimed by multiple companies or individuals.

And patents are bought and sold like pork futures, with the intellectual property rights for these ideas being granted to whichever company has the money to buy and defend them.

All smart phone companies have to deal with the same shitty patent systems, both in the US and abroad.

The rules are known, or should be.

So when a Samsung gadget gets banned, it’s Samsung’s fault more than Apple’s. They have dangled this object of desire in front of consumers, but failed to do what’s necessary to keep it on the market, either because of the patents they didn’t file, or the timing of those patents, or the inadequacy of their case in court or whatever.

Even though Samsung is more at fault than Apple, the real villains are the patent systems, especially the US patent system. It’s understaffed, underfunded and overwhelmed. The rules are the wrong ones. The US patent system is a train wreck and needs to be fixed.

Focusing on Apple suggests that the solution to our patent woes is for Apple to voluntarily not use the existing patent system, to be nice, leave money on the table and stop being greedy.

That’s an absurd idea. But more specifically, it’s a lost opportunity to focus anger over the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the real problem and the real solution, which is an overhaul of the patent system.

It’s just haters talking to each other

In addition to being misguided, the Boycott Apple movement is futile. It will have no impact on Apple, Samsung, Google, the industry and on users.

Why? Because almost all the Boycott Apple people are Apple haters anyway — devoted Android fans who wouldn’t be caught dead carrying an iPhone.

Boycotts only work when they convince buyers not to buy, and have no effect when they merely provide non-buyers with another reason not to buy.

The Boycott Apple people aren’t crazy. Something is wrong, and something should be opposed. But the thing that is wrong is the patent system, not the companies who are forced to play by its obsolete and irrational rules.

 

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  • adamjayreid

    Great article. Hit every nail on the head

  • JonnyLito

    Obviously you’re missing some points. S. Jobs said they would sue to destroy their competition over this and Apple is carrying out that wish, blindly. The patent system surely has problems but this war Apple is waging is misguided and more harmful to consumers. It ends with Apple negotiating fair price licensing which they refuse over misguided loyalty to a bad idea. This will be remembered as a dark period for Apple.

  • gnomehole

    Too bad the rabid Fandroids won’t be reading this article… I’ll help by tweeting it with the ban hashtag and maybe one of the idiots will take the time and read.

    Obviously you’re missing some points. S. Jobs said they would sue to destroy their competition over this and Apple is carrying out that wish, blindly. The patent system surely has problems but this war Apple is waging is misguided and more harmful to consumers. It ends with Apple negotiating fair price licensing which they refuse over misguided loyalty to a bad idea. This will be remembered as a dark period for Apple.

    Misses… point… completely… and shows how blind Apple haters can be.

    I don’t pretend to understand every patent war that happens, but I do wonder if I were a programmer or designer if I wouldn’t want my product protected and not free to simply copy at will. Maybe licensing is a better method (Microsoft) since nobody seems to care about that… but calling out Apple is truly hypocritical at best, moronic is more accurate.

  • Tallest_Skil

    S. Jobs said they would sue to destroy their competition over this

    There’s little worse that can be done to the name of a dead person than to lie about things he said.

    Get it right. Then come back.

    …harmful to consumers.

    I’m starting to think that many people don’t have a clue what being a consumer means, much less what competition is.

  • Floris

    These boycott things are simply put: stupid. Nothing much else to say about that.

  • rhonin

    I read this article based strictly on the headline. Sad. The article. The author could have done so much more to inform instead of inflame.
    This litigative nonsense (yes, nonsense) by Apple and others needs to stop. When you look at the benefit that is being driven by these, there is none. Being first to market for this technology segment and reaping the benefits could be accomplished without the use of almost all of the patents being leveraged. It is out of control patent proliferation.
    Tallest_Skil is so wrong, this is seriously hurting consumers. Where the “hurt” is being felt most strongly is not the Apple, the Moto, the Samsung etc.. but the middle sized guy, the little guy. These folks have been slapped directly in the face with the statement that SCREAMS; develop something successful that could impact us and we will tie you up legally, in knots till you are bankrupt or give in. Great ideas are held back, shelved, never being developed and rolled out to us, the consumer. Limited growth.
    The “boycott” can be labeled many ways. What it is indicative of is the growing “distaste” people are developing for this litigative process. This distaste is growing beyond the users, the consumers, to governments, regulatory and judicial agencies. This is just the start of the feedback that is commencing. When activities like this start, they target the biggest. In this instance, it just happens to be Apple.

  • ConstableOdo

    Just in case there are any fAndroids reading this article… Suck it, fAndroids. Hate Apple all you want because it won’t amount to spit. Apple will continue to sell tens of millions of iPhones every quarter which isn’t much compared to the total number of Android smartphones sold every quarter, but it’s enough to keep Apple raking in most of the smartphone profits.

  • rhonin

    As a side note, I tried 2x typing this on my iPad and the comment system locked up part way through each time. Had to do it on a pc. For a “Mac” site, I was surprised at the functional issue.

  • kelsjon3

    I feel this is mostly a well-written article. I do feel, however, you’ve gotten a bit juvenile with your generalities and name-calling near the end of it, Mike. I was previously unaware of the so-called ‘Boycott Apple’ movement, but it seems in line with the feelings I’ve been developing over the past several months about Apple. I own an iPad and my wife uses an iPhone. I picked it out for her- and I’d do it again. I will not argue that Apple creates thoughtful, well thought out designs. I will even go as far to point out that they completely raised the bar for both the mobile and desktop experience. Arguably, we all have Apple to thank for that.

    Here’s the ‘but’:

    I don’t feel pinch to zoom, slide to unlock, click a number on a web page to make a call, over-the-air updates, paint a phone black, etc. should be patent-worthy ideas. These examples are the obvious path to take when you package the processing power the iPhone has, a touch screen, and a graphical user interface.

    The cotton gin was a good patent. Velcro was a good patent. The transistor, the television, a process that makes a physical material significantly stronger are all examples of investments in r&d that should be protected.

    The patent system’s short-comings seems to be a widely agreed upon point. It is certainly in Apple’s best interests to protect itself from patent trolls by gaining its own portfolio of patents as it develops new products. It does not need to exploit every opportunity to use these ridiculous patents to block competition. Our market depends on competition, and Apple does everything it can to stifle it. And, yes, the end result is less innovation.

    Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right. Just because “there’s money on the table”, doesn’t mean it’s yours.

    Apple seems to think that because they raised the bar, no one else should be allowed to come near it.

  • Kenton Presbrey

    Oh fAndroids…Boycott Apple because Samsung violated their patents?? Yeah that makes a whole lot of sense.

    I’m sure if it was the other way around you would be saying boycott Samsung right? Because you are all just looking out for the consumers. It has nothing to do with your deep seeded hatred and jealousy of Apples success. What a load of bullshit.

    I still remember when the notification center came out in iOS 5 and the internet was exploding with angry fAndroids. Thats what its like for us CONSTANTLY. “S-Voice” thats so original Samsung…I’m sure you put a ton of R&D into that. Morons.

  • Tallest_Skil

    This litigative nonsense (yes, nonsense) by Apple and others needs to stop.

    You’re right. No one should be able to protect their intellectual property.

    When you look at the benefit that is being driven by these, there is none.

    Look harder, then. Having your eyes open helps.

    Tallest_Skil is so wrong, this is seriously hurting consumers.

    Mind elaborating, then?

    …but the middle sized guy, the little guy.

    Then they need to do what Apple did ten times over and create something different from what is already out there or they can go under.

    Great ideas are held back, shelved, never being developed and rolled out to us, the consumer.

    Such as what? Apple protects the ideas it developed. Meaning the ideas that are not being held back. Apple does not go after ideas they haven’t developed. Meaning the only people holding THOSE ideas back are the ones that refuse to use them.

    Limited growth.

    Meaning what?

    The “boycott” can be labeled many ways.

    “Uninformed” being the most popular.

  • AndrewMclave

    rohnin. i think the system your talking about probably was working 100%, its just you trigger the bullshit detecter (patent pending) every time you type something! why dont you suck a fart out of my ass instead? that might help you with your problem! as an aside, i wrote this on a Macbook Pro! i had no problem!

  • gomisensei

    I agree that the patent system in the US is horribly broken. But tell me then, what has apple innovated since the iPhone? Each new iteration of both hardware, and software has had only incremental minor improvements, very few of which were actually original. All the litigation is an ALTERNATIVE to innovation, after the fact, and seems to me to be a less costly method of getting the consumers money than by innovation, which is much more costly to Apple, but much less costly to the judicial system, and the consumer. When was the last time any organization related to Android used IP litigation to protect their cashflow? I can’t think of any, except counter-suits or to prevent being sued. You know why? They don’t need to, because they innovate, and lawsuits would only take away from that.

    Here is what Steve Jobs said…

    “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.” and “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,”

    He didn’t say “I’m going to beat them by making a superior product”, he didn’t even IMPLY that. He has also said several other things that come across as hypocritical about IP and ‘theft” of art, but you can look that up yourself.

    Consumers generally don’t appreciate companies trying to take choices away from them, they appreciate being able to select what they want, and for it to be more affordable. the “fandroids” have known this for a long time, but the rest of the world is slowly coming to realize this, and I see it every day. IN the end people who don’t want to get the message won’t, on both sides, but the goal of the somewhat misguided #boycottapple thing was to get the message out to those who have not already taken a side.

    On a related note, when I talk to employees at stores that sell mobile devices, they told me that they sell iDevices to people who come in asking specifically for them, but everyone who doesn’t know what they’re looking for ends up with an Android. Must be a Canadian thing…

  • RoDiMuSX

    So how is the Apple Kool-Aid tasting guys?

  • m_i_rite

    This article leaves out the fact that most of these patents should have never been granted in the first place and are most likely going to be thrown out.

  • gomisensei

    So how is the Apple Kool-Aid tasting guys?

    mmmmm, spermy

  • Chrisw_2003

    lol, so much hate from both sides. Siri wasn’t a apple product, if you read into the history of it. It was developed and introduced for Apple, Android and Windows phone until Apple bought the company that made it and then made it Apple only. So it would make sense for Samsung to develop their own now. Apple doesn’t do much for innovation anymore, Their phones lag about 1-2 years behind the rest of the world, as they focus on making sure they don’t have any issues with their OS or devices. It’s a neat concept but it locks innovation to a stand still for the most part. Apple didn’t invent the smartphone, the tablet or even the mp3 player. They just where able to sell it much better then a lot of other companies.

  • FirstOdin420

    The reason the #boycottapple movement will live in is because those of who aren’t fooled will never buy their crap product and laughable innovation attempts. Samsung, HTC and even Nokia at least strive to bring the people what they want. Apple has brandished 6 different phones, none of which even have 4G capability. Please don’t forget iSheep that Apples processors and screens are made by Samsung. Android has surpassed iOS in every aspect of the game and Apple can’t take being in 2nd place to, what Jobs called, a mediocre attempt to enter his world. Sounds a little cocky to me. Apple is realizing that their empire is crumbling due to the lack of innovation ans the increase in litigation to get what they want. You iWhores out there can keep your precious iPhones and I pads. I’ll be enjoying the the real world in Android. Peace out bitches.

  • TheRealFieldy

    What a load of biased bull. I’m not a member of the Boycott, but its not about being an Apple hater or an Android user. its about Apple just relentlessly suing other companies as part of its Strategy/Business model and this is people voicing their reaction to that…i.e. its not popular!

  • MAGZine

    “Because of this, Apple must win in the absurd patent game as a necessary condition for their survival.”

    Welp. This article is a joke. I actually had to stop midway and make sure that cult of mac wasn’t an Apple troll site. And the whole argument of “Apple has only one phone product, while Samsung has many phone products!” completely ignores scale and demand.

    While I do agree that the patent system is completely broken, I don’t agree that it needs to be “fixed”… software *patents* just need not exist. Copyright law exists. Trademarks exist. This should protect your IP. Saying that “I have one search bar and it search multiple places and this is a unique idea that would never have existed without my innovative nature” is utter bullshit, and completely ignore the creative nature of humans, and is a very anti-consumer sentiment.

    I’d like to see a rebuttle article written, not “Why the boycott apple movement is dumb,” but rather. “Why the writer of the boycott apple movement is dumb”. This article contains so many logical fallacies and invalid arguments it’s an outrage.

  • MAGZine

    I still remember when the notification center came out in iOS 5 and the internet was exploding with angry fAndroids. Thats what its like for us CONSTANTLY.

    Well there isn’t a patent infringement case going out over the notification center, now is there? 8)

  • crlamke

    You’re right. No one should be able to protect their intellectual property.

    Tallest_Skil, Are you just a troll or do you have something positive and thoughtful to say?

    Apple protects the ideas it developed. Meaning the ideas that are not being held back. Apple does not go after ideas they haven’t developed. Meaning the only people holding THOSE ideas back are the ones that refuse to use them.

    What is Apple protecting against? The pace of tech innovation and its benefit to the masses is proportional to the freedom of individual groups to develop new technology based on existing technology. Very few companies, including Apple, develop completely new technologies. Most, and especially Apple, refine technologies to make them better suited for consumer use. This is Apple with the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and even the original Mac. Those technologies existed before Apple used them. Apple made them better than what had come before. There’s serious value in that. It’s why I use Windows and Linux at work because I develop software on those platforms, but I use Macs and an iPad (along with Android) at home, because Apple’s tech allows me to get my work done optimally, better than Windows and Linux.

    Apple is harming innovation in the same way that Microsoft did before when it crushed companies who competed with it and refused to be bought out and does now when it uses FUD and lawsuits against competitors like Linux and other free software. Apple should focus on creating new value, not preventing others from using existing tech. It’s not in the public interest to allow companies to prevent others from using their ideas, especially relatively obvious ideas.

    Apple is acting legally but not morally. That is why some people want to boycott them. The original article here implies that all companies would behave this way if they could, but that’s not true. Apple presents itself as a shining example of goodness and light. This creates additional responsibility to act rightly even if that will diminish profit. If Apple is truly just about making money, then Apple is just the new Microsoft, the difference being it makes better products.

  • raju_srikanth

    Yup. The patent system. Next thing we know, they’ll patent “bending to take a shit”. Fuck that.

  • Skywaytraffic

    Trending hard on Google+?

    So what… 20 people used it?

  • moldor

    There are a lot of changes needed at Apple, this is but one of them. Some of the things that Apple are trying to patent are “in common use”, and the courts know this.

    I’m all for a company protecting their market by fair and LEGAL means, but trying to patent things like “multi touch” or “slide to unlock” is just stupid, and the Courts are stupid for allowing it.

    Yes, I’m an Apple user, but one who has recently switched from iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy SIII for one reason and one reason only – if I pay $1000 for a “smart phone” (which is roughy what they are in Australia) then it’s up to ME what I put on the damn device, not Apple. They should be forced to offer an “install non-AppStore applications” like Android do – leave the decision to the end user.

  • bradenmikaelcom

    Apple has copied so many things Android is already doing. Look at the iOS 6 announcement on Apple’s website. Also, the notification pulldown menu is a straight copykat move. How and why Apple gets away with calling that feature innovative is beyond me. I sold my iPhone, sold my iPad, and purchased a Galaxy Nexus phone (which is nothing like the iPhone, btw), and bought a Galaxy Tablet. Loving the freedom and ability to customize my device(s) unlike any iOS device I ever owned.

  • om3gam0n

    I find a bit hypocritical of Apple to be suing any company when Steve Job himself said ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas’

  • HarrowingLife

    You’re pretty deluded. Are you even aware that Apple lost a patent case LAST WEEK because the very thing was done years before on Windows Mobile… Bet you didn’t even know Touchscreen phones running WINDOWS MOBILE (Windows CE 1.0 – Windows Mobile 5-6, now Windows Phone 7/8) existed way before the iPhone was even announced. Ah well folks, just another Apple-fan-boy here, but then what do you expect. Just read the Site’s address.

  • floatingmonkey

    They [apple] invest massively in R&D, register patents early and often

    apple spends < 3% on R&D. google spends > 13%.

    also google owns thousands of patents but has never sued anyone.

    why? b/c its not in their DNA. they are busy inventing the future while bitches litigate.

  • adamoutler

    I read patently apple. I have to say that none of it is innovation. Most of it is crap which already exists. That site should be renamed PattentofficeFail.com. its a bunch of balogna.

  • Tallest_Skil

    also google owns thousands of patents but has never sued anyone.

    why? b/c its not in their DNA. they are busy inventing the future while bitches litigate.

    I find a bit hypocritical of Apple to be suing any company when Steve Job himself said ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal.’ We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas’

    I find it a bit idiotic to be quoting what Steve said while not being able to comprehend it.

    Tallest_Skil, Are you just a troll or do you have something positive and thoughtful to say?

    I’m certain you’ve heard of sarcasm. Certain of it.

    What is Apple protecting against?

    Intellectual property theft. I shouldn’t have to answer that question.

    Apple is harming innovation in the same way that Microsoft did before when it crushed companies who competed with it and refused to be bought out and does now when it uses FUD and lawsuits against competitors like Linux and other free software.

    That’s something of a run-on sentence, but no, Apple is in no way doing what Microsoft has done. Apple isn’t suing the people that honestly compete with them.

    Apple should focus on creating new value, not preventing others from using existing tech.

    And trolls should focus on coming up with a better argument than “innovate, don’t litigate.”

    Apple is acting legally but not morally. That is why some people want to boycott them.

    Then that’s their choice.

    If Apple is truly just about making money

    Every single company exists for no other purpose. At least your friends say that, so you may want to get on the same page.

  • linktrakker

    Good Article, but you need to realize that banning a product should not be the first solution to any litigation. If you truly feel that the galaxy nexus is just a small % of Samsung’s profits, then Apple didn’t have to request a ban on the product in the first place.

    The truth is that if the iPhone was genuinely the best smartphone out there, then it would have already taken the majority of the smartphone market. The iPad is a perfect example of it, no android tablet has come close to its implementation. Apple should just continue to better their iPhone to a point that android just cant provide that sort of experience. Unfortunately that’s not the case right now and banning products is absolutely not the solution. Let the consumer decide what is truly a worse product.

    If the Patent system is truly broke as you have mentioned, Apple shouldn’t be taking advantage of it. Again my point is let the products compete in the marketplace and let the best man win. Neither is requesting a ban on a product a true solution and neither is boycotting justified.

  • FilthyMacNasty

    It’s been fun these past few days listening to Fandroids whining about their Nexus tablets, but seriously, criticizing the very company that gave Samsung and Google the “inspiration” that enables Fandroids to carry around any one of a hundred or so models of Android handsets is like biting the hand that feeds you, or at least provides you with a phone that looks amazingly like an iPhone.

    This may be hard for some to understand, but Samsung and Google copy Apple. A lot. And Apple has every right to protect its property. These are big boys and girls going after each other in court, so don’t feel too badly for any of them.

    Now, even the most obstinate Fandroids deep down will admit to themselves when they’re alone that Samsung and Google have about as much moral fiber as a billy goat in heat. What would be the benefit of companies as unscrupulous as these two being allowed to just copy everything others have produced? Does anyone honestly think there wouldn’t be even less innovation in the industry than there is now?

    Well, good luck with your boycott, Fandroids. I’m sure that, thanks to you, there won’t be any long lines for the next iPhone. Let us know how it turns out.

  • gigolo

    Mike Elgan,
    I dont want to reply on your editorial BUT you have so many pointers that are NOT ACCEPTABLE..
    Please dont BE HYPOCRITE…
    Apple suing Android NOT just because of patents BUT because they like to kill the no. Smartphone OS in the world.
    I review and owns lots of APPLE products (not borrowed or given by a seller or the manufacturer) so, I’m NOT BIASED and siding with anyone.
    I deeply think and analyze all the details and history BUT i personally notice that since 2008, Apple started to sue all manufacturers of Android then they didnt stop till now.
    So, its NOT because of patent BUT because they want to monopolize the market (i know u know it)
    Saying the boycott of apple is DUMB is atrocious and just showing that you’ve been paid by APPLE to lessen the impact for their business.
    We can debate this thing the whole day BUT the main reasons of this problem is Apple (accept it or not)…

  • Bhagwad

    I like to think that companies CAN and SHOULD have a conscience. Which is why I give my money to companies that have more of it. Like Google.

  • joemama

    You make a few (moderately) good points; oversimplified, econ101, fanboyish points, but good points nonetheless. But you’re wrong about the final point. There are very few actual “fanboys” on either side. Most of us don’t actually identify with any brand; we identify with people, products, marketing, communication, and politics. And for those of us who don’t brand ourselves, the issue is not “which phone would I not be caught dead with?”– it’s “which phone am I getting next?” And you’re missing the point if you don’t think that some of us are a bit fed up with anticompetitive practices and fanboys.

  • _mark

    ok, if you can’t see what they’re doing is bad (you’re blind) but here’s another reason: apple does zero towards philanthropy of any kind. a multi-billion company that doesn’t give back to the community to make the world a better place while others like microsoft do so much. Apple is faulty on many levels. stop the nonsense. the boycott movement is 100% valid.

  • flitzy

    A bunch of nerds thinking they’re cool by using a “BoycottApple” hash tag despite claiming they don’t care about Apple? Yawn.

    Oh, wait.. it was on Google+? No wonder why nobody saw it….

  • adithyathaduri

    US patent system was some what vague and this patents may not applicable to most of the software issues as implementation is different than physical characteristics. Most of the #boycottapple was happening not because of Apple using absurd patents suing them but the same company copies/borrows/steals the ideas from others and blames the other companies who does that.

  • flitzy
    They [apple] invest massively in R&D, register patents early and often

    apple spends < 3% on R&D. google spends > 13%.

    also google owns thousands of patents but has never sued anyone.

    why? b/c its not in their DNA. they are busy inventing the future while bitches litigate.

    Yup, Google never sued anyone.

  • Tallest_Skil

    Apple suing Android NOT just because of patents BUT because they like to kill the no. Smartphone OS in the world.

    No, you’re just a moron. And I don’t use that lightly; you’re simply wrong in every possible sense of the word.

    I review and owns lots of APPLE products (not borrowed or given by a seller or the manufacturer) so, I’m NOT BIASED and siding with anyone.

    Of course you do. Just like all the trolls that say “I’m an Apple fan, but…” and “I own such-and-such Apple products, so I’m not a…”

    BUT i personally notice that since 2008, Apple started to sue all manufacturers of Android then they didn’t stop till now.

    Did you also “personally notice” that this is when Android came into the market? What the frick is wrong with you?

    So, its NOT because of patent BUT because they want to monopolize the market (i know u know it)

    And I know you’re an idiot. Apple does not want a monopoly. You have absolutely no proof of what you are saying, and it’s embarrassing to keep reading this drivel.

    Saying the boycott of apple is DUMB is atrocious and just showing that you’ve been paid by APPLE to lessen the impact for their business.

    Again, either you provide proof of your accusations or you risk being sued for libel. You can’t just say things and expect no consequences.

    apple does zero towards philanthropy of any kind. a multi-billion company that doesn’t give back to the community to make the world a better place while others like microsoft do so much.

    1. Microsoft does NOTHING. It’s Bill Gates who is the philanthropist.
    2. Apple has no obligation to do this whatsoever.
    3. Apple is not the only company with no public philanthropy program. You had better darn well be boycotting ALL companies that do not if you want anyone to take you seriously.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I like to think that companies CAN and SHOULD have a conscience. Which is why I give my money to companies that have more of it. Like Google.

    BA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Google! A conscience! That’s hilarious.

    The company that sued over FRAND patents, the company that did to Apple what Microsoft did over twenty years ago… has a conscience?! A HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

  • dbuus

    Have any of you people even bothered to spend 5 minutes reading up on the actual patents that got the Galaxy Nexus banned? This is not about S-Voice, it’s not about the design, it’s not even anything Samsung specific. The Nexus runs pure Android.

    Here are the Apple patents that got the Galaxy Nexus banned:

    1. U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 : This covers the idea that pieces of text that look like email addresses or phone numbers can be clicked on to give the user the choice to execute an action.

    2. U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604 : Apple is spinning this as the “Siri patent”, even though it was applied for in 2000, long before anyone had even thought of an iphone and an even longer time before Apple bought the Siri app. Look at the images in the patent, and you’ll see it actually describes the Spotlight feature of OSX.

    What it really covers is merely the idea that you can enter a search and get results from more than one source – in the case of the Nexus, specifically the fact that you can search both the web and the phone’s contents from the standard Android search app.

    3. U.S. Patent No. 8,046,721 : The slide-to-unlock patent. Basically covers the idea of moving a graphical element to unlock a phone…. any phone where you move any sort of graphical element in any way to unlock the phone infringes on this patent. The Nexus unlock method looks absolutely nothing like the slide-to-unlock on the iphone.

    Incidentally, European equivalents of this patent have been found invalid by judges in both the Netherlands and, just recently, in the UK.

    4. U.S. Patent No. 8,074,172 : The idea that you can get auto-correct suggestions above the keyboard when typing. Any phone or third-party keyboard app that has auto-correct infringes this patent.

    The thing all of these patents have in common is that they are merely IDEAS, not actual implementation, not a specific piece of code, not an actual algorithm.

    Basically, these are ideas that took 10 minutes to come up with, 20 minutes to implement in code, and 3 weeks to write the patent application for.

    NOW do you understand the outrage?

  • Ravified

    This is an even “DUMBER” attempt by an Apple fanboy to defend the almighty Logo he worships and pledges his life to. Answer this Out of all the tech companies which is the only company EVIL enough to sue a CAFE?
    Thats right, Apple had sued a Cafe in Germany in Oct cause apparently they think the logo of the Cafe is EXACTLY same as apple logo, anyone with even one eye can tell the difference but Apple lawyers are blind as most of the Apple fanboys are to Non-Apple tech..
    Defend this-
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/apple/8858333/Apple-takes-on-German-cafe-over-logo.html

  • Chrisw_2003

    Apple didn’t invent the GUI, Xerox did. The GUI on the iPhone looks a lot like my Window Pocket PC I had in 2005. There is only so many ways you can do a GUI. Icons, background and? This far now it shouldn’t be allowed to patent as no one has came up with a new idea in 40 years! If it wasn’t for Microsoft/Bill Gates, there would be no apple today after they ran themselves into the ground as they couldn’t come up with a decent business plan. Microsoft is going to be the main computer OS for a very long time, Android is going to be main smartphone OS. They are decent, work on pretty much everything and you can do what you want with them. This is a good setup if you want to be around for a long time as your customers can be themselves. Not locked into a you can only do what I(the business) think you can/you don’t own your product as that doesn’t really do much for most people unless you are a sheep who likes to be lead around and told what to think. I can’t think of anything original on a iPhone that apple didn’t copy. If you can think of one, post it please!

  • timacheson

    Remember, #BoycottApple is not just about Apple’s outrageous and extraordinary patent trolling, but sadly the Google fanboys only notice when it affects their agenda: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jan/29/apple-faces-boycott-worker-abuses

  • Aj Tk427

    I think some of you are missing the point.
    Take the “Slide to Unlock” patent. One of the more widely known and tends to be the one people argue about the most. So Apple patents slide to unlock. Please explain to me how Apple suing other companies infringing upon the patent stifles innovation? If anything this should drive innovation.

    Ok guys Apple has slide to unlock, lets “innovate” and come up with our own idea for unlocking a phone that makes Apples slide to unlock seem pathetic. There you go, innovation, instead companies are lazy, and copy the slide to unlock.

    Second, if Apple did not patent slide to unlock, and just let someone else patent it (and you know they would) do you think the other companies would not be suing Apple? Do you not think you’d all be calling Apple a bunch of lazy engineers copying the slide to unlock?

    It’s easy to bash on the company that has the patent and is suing the other companies that infringe, but if it wasn’t Apple, it would be some other company.

    While yes I do agree, things like pinch to zoom etc are really things that should not be able to patent, as the author pointed out, that’s the patent systems failings, not Apples, not Googles, not Samsungs. We as consumers should be lobbying our government to correct the system. Or, Boycott any company that is using the patent system to their advantage.

    But don’t sit there and moan about Apple, they’re all playing this game.

  • TristanThomas

    Here is the one question that tears down your entire article: Who has sued Apple, won, and imposed an injunction on their products?

    Most companies seek payment per device that has an infringement. Apple is the only one trying to ban every device that does not run iOS.

  • dbuus

    I think some of you are missing the point.
    Take the “Slide to Unlock” patent. One of the more widely known and tends to be the one people argue about the most. So Apple patents slide to unlock. Please explain to me how Apple suing other companies infringing upon the patent stifles innovation? If anything this should drive innovation.

    It stifles innovation because the patent is overly broad. It doesn’t just cover the slide-to-unlock method that is specific to the iphone, it covers any implementation where you “perform a gesture on an image to unlock the phone”.

    Ok guys Apple has slide to unlock, lets “innovate” and come up with our own idea for unlocking a phone that makes Apples slide to unlock seem pathetic. There you go, innovation, instead companies are lazy, and copy the slide to unlock.

    That has already happened. Look at all the hugely different lock screens on Android and other phones that all involve some form of gesture on an image. They look nothing at all like the lock screen on the iphone, and they have tons of different cool features. That’s innovation, but Apple can still assert that patent, because they involve touching/moving an image.

    If you haven’t seen any of the lock screens I’m talking about, try checking out various Android phone reviews on YouTube. They usually show the lock screen, because every manufacturer usually makes their own unique lock screen.

    Second, if Apple did not patent slide to unlock, and just let someone else patent it (and you know they would) do you think the other companies would not be suing Apple?

    They could still patent it and just use it for defensive purposes if someone else sues them first. OR, they could settle for patenting their own specific implementation, to protect themselves, instead of going for such a broad patent.

    Do you not think you’d all be calling Apple a bunch of lazy engineers copying the slide to unlock?

    I sure wouldn’t… basing your innovations on previous work done by others is the smart way to do it, and it’s the way most human accomplishment has come about in both art and technology. Everything is inspired by something else.

    I personally don’t mind Apple copying features from Android, like they did with notifications, WiFi tethering, multitasking, quick call responses etc. What I mind is when they copy features AND THEN turn around and say that Android is a stolen product, slavishly copied etc. and sue everybody.

    You can’t copy features from your competition and then sue them when they copy features from you. That’s hypocrisy.

    I think the whole discussion about who copied who, has gone completely off the rails in recent years. Everybody copies everybody else – we always have – and that’s a good thing! There’s no sense in reinventing the wheel. Check out the “Everything is a Remix” documentary. It provides a much needed dose of sanity in this age where the word “copy cat” is being thrown around all over the place: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/watch-the-series/

  • BumbleBritches5

    LOL My twin hates Apple, causes all kinds of arguments because she’s a fucking idiot.

  • geeknizer

    “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.” and “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,”
    Yea everyone who claims he didnt say so is dumb

  • roasted

    I can’t help but to say… I’m quite disappointed with the level of maturity that’s expressed in a substantial amount of these posts. Since when do we have to resort to calling other users of different products idiots, morons, etc.? Come on guys, show that you’re not 10 years old here. I know it’s earth shatteringly terrible that an Android user may exist out in the world, but come on.

    Further on topic, I like to think I’m rather agnostic about the operating system I use. I’m currently on a Linux system as I type this. A Macbook Pro is within inches of me. I have a VM of Windows 7 running some updates. Bottom line, use what works for the task at hand. Nobody is telling you cannot use your Apple products.

    In regard to the post: To drop a bomb here… to say Apple is exploiting the patent system could easily be classified as an understatement. I’ve been continually astonished at the level Apple is stooping to with these law suits. Now before you jump the gun to hit reply just to yell at me with further inappropriate names that have already been exhibited on these boards, understand something here. I’m not saying Apple doesn’t have the right to protect its property by any means. They certainly do. I just find it astonishing that they have some of the patents they do to begin with. I don’t see TV manufacturers suing each other because they have buttons on the bottom panel, are square in shape, and are a specific size. I don’t see car manufacturers suing each other because the next competitor is also using a steering wheel. Things like this need to be considered. If Apple truthfully has the right, for whatever reason, to hold the patent based on rounded corners, someone please explain to me how Chevy has the right to use a similarly shaped steering wheel as Ford. I mean, really.

    To not pick on Apple entirely here, there’s an entire arsenal of companies who are at fault for their recent patent trolling behavior. Oracle is easily another contender for entry into the top 3. Microsoft is undoubtedly another who has a standing reputation in the court room. It’s a problem with our broken patent system. The companies suing are one thing, but knowing the system allows it is something that is astonishing. I can only hope what I’m hearing about the patent system being reworked this year is true. Let’s not forget… at the end of the day, we’re all individuals to freely believe as our own. Let’s not get caught up with insulting one another based on our own personal beliefs.

    TL;DR – Apple, you’ve undoubtedly “utilized” designs and ideas from other companies without a care, but go to extreme lengths to protect “your own”. You may have the right to protect your property, however that doesn’t give you the right to act this belligerent. Your recent actions are an incredible disappointment.

  • jamz3243

    Decided to take you up on your dare…
    and well here is what I found out, they innovate every two out of ten ideas… not very innovating IMHO.
    here are the random ten articles I saw on the site

    1-Apple Wins Patents for Search, Mobile Device Navigation & More
    2-Apple Files Security, Display Luminance & Flash Memory Patents
    3-Apple’s Retina Display Patent Comes to Light
    4-Apple Wins Patents for iPhone Acoustic Testing Device & New iOS Unlock Feature-Apple Wins Patents for Inductive Charging & iOS Scrolling, Rotating & Resizing on Displays
    5-Apple Wins a Major Patent for iTravel & More
    6-Apple’s Special Project for a Video Telephonic Headset Wins a Second Patent
    7-Apple’s Next iPad to Sport IGZO Display & Single LED Backlight to Reduce Overheating
    8-Apple Wins Patents for Advanced MacBook Keyboard, Creating Music Playlists & iOS Application Windowing
    9-Apple Files Patents & Trademarks Covering a Camera Filter, iPhone Headset, Surround Panner, Flyover & Turn-by-Turn Logo
    10-Apple Invents Device with Removable Back Panel Optical Options

    1- google maps, mapquest and even metro navigator (CDMA cellphone carrier in Fl) beat apple to navigation and a long… long time ago. Further more google, yahoo, and even metropc’s custom search page also got search down some time ago.
    2- I think gnu and several other open source communities have been responible for the security many mobile devices have today, many devices have had a luminance display before this and flash memory is about as old as my grandmother.
    3- I will grant apple this one, I haven’t seen a major attempt in history to fit a large resolution in a medium sized screen
    4- I think the iphone will be the first acutic testing phone out there… unless someone already has an android app for that, that ios unlock gesture can already be done in android ics and I think there are adapters for both the iphone and android that allow for inductive chargeing. More over scrolling on a phone can already be done and rotating/resizeing displays is already possible on android
    5-itravel? more like a late entry google maps, mapquest, etc.
    6-isn’t google making something like this? I do know that there are already perhpetiuals that enable this on android and ios
    7- this one I’m not sure about but I think there are other mobile devices that either don’t need to use led backlights or just use one.
    8-what could they change on the keyboard? I will grant em that one, if you can reinvent the keyboard, you deserve it. Anyways application windowing on android has been out for a while and im not sure about the playlist creation (if anyone can enlighten me, this might be a third one.)
    9- camara filters are older than my grandma, both on cameras and mobile devices, nextly the iphone headset was ripped off some guy a while ago so not too innovating, don’t know what a surrond planner is (please enlight me), and flyover/turn-by-turn logo isn’t innovating seeing how there are apps for that.
    10- hmm… I’m not sure about this one many mobile devices already have removeable back panels (but usually for the battery) however if this does get produced it ‘might’ pass as innovating seeing how much apple doesn’t want us to look under the hood.

  • sarrosdai

    ConstableOdo: Here are a few websites showing the difference in sales between all smart phones. I have found consistently that Andriod continues to sell more than Apple.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-15/global-smartphone-sales-by-operating-system-summary-table-.html
    http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1622614
    http://www.statista.com/statistics/74592/quarterly-worldwide-smartphone-sales-by-operating-system-since-2009/

    I do find the battle to be silly between Apple and everyone else, but I don’t think it’s necessarily a fault in their company, but a fault in the patent system. I agree with roasted’s post about how the patents are being handed out for items that should not even be considered. I saw somewhere online that Apple is trying to patent the shape of their phone or tablet. That seems extreme to me, but if the patent system allows it, why wouldn’t they? They are a company and will try and make as much money as they can. It seems to me they are too scared to let anyone near their ONE phone or ONE tablet because they might make it better.

    I do not think the boycott apple movement will do ANYTHING to stop sales of Apple products or anything of the sort, because Apple and Android users will almost always stay with the same product. Apple appeals to a different group than Android.

  • drcmda

    I must say, i’m shocked reading all these articles and comments. There’s so much hatred flying around, i don’t understand where it comes from. As an enthusiast i will simply buy the product that is closest to my demands. I own several Apple products, MacBook-Pro and pretty much all iPods up to the latest touch, and for sure i’d not like to miss out on Android aswell and got that “infringing” little thing Galaxy Nexus, probably the best phone i have ever owned. These products are all great and im happy technology leaps forward. Why should i rejoice if any of those companies tries to stiffle the other by litigation? Over obviously vague patents. It does nothing for me, not even if i had invested in one brand only, as it can and will result in price fixing and less innovative mono-culture. I would be blind to ignore that talented people are working diligently in many companies, Apple, Google, Samsung, etc., inventing new stuff, building on existing ideas.

    Android users are pissed now because Apple tried to trim their decision, is it so hard to understand? People like to vote and chose themselves, thats what the free market is all about. If Samsung came and tried to ban the MacBook, over age old patents that they found in a dusty drawer, patents that a broken court system declared valid, i would be PISSED, wouldn’t you? Have a little pitty for those guys at least!

    I seriously think if this goes on we’re heading into a very dangerous direction. What we have here goes far beyond the innocent act of protecting an original idea. When in 10 years time startups will disappaer because they don’t even have the chance anymore to progress on existing technology, all because of a silly idea that plagued humanity for the last 50 years, intellectual property of basic inherent elements, no one would like it. If i open up a company tomorrow that uses todays mediums, tablets for example, to do something revolutionary but i can’t push it out because i get litigated from left and right because i use gestures like pinch and tap, not even the most one-sided enthusiast would think that is a great and healthy thing and will produce much progression and innovation. Things need to evolve, we didn’t come from a stone rolling downhill to a Porsche 911 in just a couple of days. Humans took ideas and made them better over time, the wheel evolved over hundreds and thousands of years but inherently its nature remained the same. Apple wants to stop this evolutionary principle by claiming an idea can belong to a single entity which may prevent other entities from progressing it? That’s just wrong. Instead of spending 96 million dollars, which i have in part entrusted them, in court to ban a better product (and yes, googles voice assistant is objectively better), they could have used the money to innovate.

  • flyintweet

    You iSheep are a barrel of fun. Thanks for your “inside scoop”. Very entertaining.

  • Tynach

    I think this picture sums it up perfectly:
    http://i.imgur.com/M10Uj.jpg

  • Tallest_Skil

    I think this picture sums it up perfectly:
    http://i.imgur.com/M10Uj.jpg

    It sums up perfectly that you don’t have a frigging clue what you’re on about.

  • SlickGrampgoblin

    “Companies don’t sue because they don’t have a case”

    This is logically flawed, you don’t know what would happen if they had a chance to sue because as you said, they haven’t had a chance. The fact that some companies sue when they have a chance, does not mean that all companies sue when they have a chance.

    “There’s no downside to suing over patent infringement if you think you might win.”

    Wait, why are you writing this article?

    “They invest massively in R&D”

    How long do you think it took to develop bounce back? A 12 year old from India could probably do it in the course of an afternoon for a few bucks.

    Why is Thunderbolt listed on Patently Apple when it was developed by Intel?

    “and fully patent every possible invention or idea.”

    This inherently is a reason to hate on them, and “they patent ideas that they might, someday, conceivably and possibly build into products.” just gives even more reason to hate them.

    “masterful at playing the patent game.”

    Maybe they should spend less time playing games and winning legitamately

    “For example, when critics say that Apple didn’t invent this technology or that technology, they think they’re criticizing Apple when in fact they’re criticizing the patent system.”

    I agree

    “Patents are a zero sum game. If Apple doesn’t apply for and then defend a patent, someone else will and ban Apple products.”

    Not if they get them and license them cheap or at zero cost. They could do something similar to CC

    “And so in order to defend itself, companies like Apple play by the rules because to not do so would be suicide.”

    No, as shown above.

    “The horrible truth is that all phones theoretically violate patents. Every smart phone contains literally thousands of patentable ideas, many of which are claimed by multiple companies or individuals.”

    This is why this is all ridiculous.

    “All smart phone companies have to deal with the same shitty patent systems, both in the US and abroad.”

    And some companies are more evil about it than others.

    “So when a Samsung gadget gets banned, it’s Samsung’s fault more than Apple’s”

    This is subjective, if you’re like me (which you clearly aren’t) you would say that Apple doesn’t have to sue. They can just hold the patents so that they don’t get bared from producing their own product.

    “Even though Samsung is more at fault than Apple, the real villains are the patent systems, especially the US patent system. It’s understaffed, underfunded and overwhelmed. The rules are the wrong ones. The US patent system is a train wreck and needs to be fixed.”

    Agreed

    “Focusing on Apple suggests that the solution to our patent woes is for Apple to voluntarily not use the existing patent system, to be nice, leave money on the table and stop being greedy.”

    Yes, and?

    “That’s an absurd idea.”

    In hell

    “But more specifically, it’s a lost opportunity to focus anger over the Samsung Galaxy Nexus at the real problem and the real solution, which is an overhaul of the patent system”

    Good point

    “In addition to being misguided, the Boycott Apple movement is futile. It will have no impact on Apple, Samsung, Google, the industry and on users.”

    Then why bother addressing it? Just let people be stupid and ignore them.

  • RottenApple

    So you are telling me that Apple fanboys will not complain or say a word if the AirMac or MacBook got sued as it copied the same form factors as other portable computers? Apple must have been the first to have a rectangular lcd on every desktop and laptop. I bet they also created the alphabet. Microsoft should sue and laugh at the inability to code a decent email program. I threw away my mac when it couldn’t even sync contacts on my blackberry. Either incompetent empoyees or they dumb things down so that there fanboys beleive that it is not an Apple issue. I even had to bring my mac desktop to 3 different stores for 2 months and explained that it is overheating issue and may be the video card. The last store said, it was a video card overheat issue. Apple is overpriced fanboy toys. Hope Samsung doubles the prices on screens and chipsets built into every iphone and ipad. Actually hope they have less quality contrl so that evrerything Mac craps out before a years warranty and forcing every willing person with money buy an Apple Cares t-shirt.

    So glad that my PCs I build have lasted for years. NIC and HDD failure here and there in the past 15 years building computers, but sure is cheaper than buying Mac brand. Oh, software on PC is much cheaper too. And I can watch flash videos of porn on my android tablet. :p

  • thegreek

    Yes we should have copyrights on phones that are square with rounded corners. Lolol the tshirt design should also be copyrighted. Tvs being rectangle should be copyrighted too you idiots. Apple was innovative in the 90s when those of you were talking smack about them are now finally caught up well the trendsetters have now moved to Anddtoid and your behind once again lolol. This limits competition and design and Samsung only lost because the jury was based in apples home turf. Have a case in Korea and see who wins. Oh wait they already did and Samsung one. No flash support lol Siri thinks Sams is something in my phone book lol. Not open like android not customizable like android. I guess it’s better for the slowest among us to have less options. Designers imitate fashion and fashion keeps changing. You don’t sue when someone paints a picture of a Picasso and sells it you are fools who are destroying this country by siding with the richest company in the world instead of with free market capitalism completion which pushes innovation. Google what patents apple stole from Samsung why don’t you cry about that. This is suck I’ve had power pc macs to the new iMacs now always had apple I like the underdog well that’s not apple anymore they are the new Microsoft or the new bully. I will boycott them and I was with them from the beginning when I was made fun if for buying them. Fair weather fans who are fools. Lol

  • Tallest_Skil

    Yes we should have copyrights on phones that are square with rounded corners. Lolol the tshirt design should also be copyrighted. Tvs being rectangle should be copyrighted too you idiots. Apple was innovative in the 90s when those of you were talking smack about them are now finally caught up well the trendsetters have now moved to Anddtoid and your behind once again loll.

    You are a complete idiot. Note that this is not an insult. You simply look at objective fact, ignore it, and say whatever you want. You are a complete idiot.

    This limits competition and design and Samsung only lost because the jury was based in apples home turf.

    Yep. And Apple won in South Korea because that’s… Apple’s… home… OH FRIGGING WAIT.

    Have a case in Korea and see who wins. Oh wait they already did and Samsung one.

    No. Apple won. If you can’t even spell ‘won’, I question your ability to produce sentient thought.

    No flash support lol

    Guess who’s phones, tablets, and all future devices until the end of time also don’t have Flash? YOURS!

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/09/tech/mobile/adobe-mobile-flash-wired/index.html

    Not open like android

    It’s open in exactly the same way as Android because Android is closed and you’re a moron who is incapable of independent thought or research.

    You don’t sue when someone paints a picture of a Picasso and sells it you are fools who are destroying this country by siding with the richest company in the world instead of with free market capitalism completion which pushes innovation.

    I think Kevin Murphy said it best: “Words WORDS words-words… words-words…”

    This is suck I’ve had power pc macs to the new iMacs now always had apple I like the underdog well that’s not apple anymore they are the new Microsoft or the new bully.

    And you’re the new idiot.

    I will boycott them and I was with them from the beginning when I was made fun if for buying them.

    Enjoy depriving yourself of intelligence, as well!

  • othelzer

    I Litteraly cut my teeth on a flow chart stencil for programers who coded in machine language and fortran and cobol unix , i watched the birth of home computers , I had my hands on P.C.’s and macs, i watched the wars between windows and mac. i observed the demographic of customer
    PC were explorers and for this discussion android is nay identical with role reversal, and mac users wanted the invisibility of the technology but the benifit of its power.
    now comes the mac samsung debate, while samsun develops the raw power, the apple is again developed by geeks for toads, thats OK Toads need love too, and as long as toads have money they have sway in a broken bureaucratic system that rewards popularity in the patent system and the legal system

    We who look have seen it before with the farnsworth /RCA patent war over television and with westing house and edison with the ac/dc patent war. and others to numerous to identify here. What it boils down to is democratic capitolism , we call that fassism ,yes fassism like in germany and nazi’s and hitler.
    if you dont like honesty and fairness in bussness, and do nothing to educate yourself and be involved in govermental oversight, then as i have said you know what you WILL get=fassism big bussness ran goverment

  • Tallest_Skil

    now comes the mac samsung debate, while samsun develops the raw power, the apple is again developed by geeks for toads, thats OK Toads need love too, and as long as toads have money they have sway in a broken bureaucratic system that rewards popularity in the patent system and the legal system

    No, that’s not correct in the slightest, you’re just an idiot.

    What it boils down to is democratic capitalism , we call that fascism ,yes fascism like in germany and nazi’s and hitler. if you don’t like honesty and fairness in business, and do nothing to educate yourself and be involved in governmental oversight, then as i have said you know what you WILL get=fassism big business ran government

    You’ll notice that my operating system couldn’t stand the number of spelling errors in the above and automatically corrected them. But that’s not the main point.

    The main point is that you just invoked Godwin. Which means you instantly lose. Even if what you were saying hadn’t been completely mindless, incorrect drivel, you would have still lost.

  • jamz82277

    The boycott Apple movement is not dumb. Your article assumes that Apple actually invented anything they sue over, when the fact is they don’t invent Anything. They take existing technology, patent it and say they invented it, then take to the courts to “defend” “their”… “Innovations”. What that should say is “try to stop competition over things they didn’t invent”. They did this with Microsoft once… Sued Microsoft over technology that wasn’t theirs (The GUI), and we all know how That turned out.. Don’t give me that BS that they invented the GUI either.. Oh and before you say they bought it from Xerox, either… They Stole it from Xerox, who didn’t say anything about it until they sued Microsoft over it… Then Xerox came in and sued Apple for suing Microsoft over something they STOLE. THEN Apple paid for the GUI tech from Xerox. This is what Apple does, though. They steal technology, claim they invented it, and then sue others over it. THIS is why the boycott Apple movement is not dumb. The company is the poster child for hypocrisy.