Now Samsung Is Ripping Off Apple’s OS X Dock For Their Windows 8 Machines

Now Samsung Is Ripping Off Apple’s OS X Dock For Their Windows 8 Machines

Samsung just doesn’t get it. They just got brutally dominated in the Apple vs Samsung trial for copying a ton of Apple UI elements, so what do they do? Go out and copy OS X for their Windows 8 machines.

Samsung has a cool new feature for Windows 8 called the “S Launcher” that looks and functions just like the Dock in OS X. They copied it so well, it even has a 3D semi-opaque tray that reflects the icons contained therein.

Describing the functionality of the dock, Yahoo! states you can “simply drag apps or files to it for easy access, tossing them off when you don’t want them anymore. Nothing groundbreaking in that, but it doesn’t hurt, either, and the icons are bigger than in the Windows taskbar.” You know, just like in OS X.

Stealing an idea like the dock is fine. Great companies steal, but they transform the idea into something that is their own. Microsoft’s Start Menu was inspired by the NeXT dock and Apple Menu System, but they made it look and function completely different.

Samsung’s designers have no taste, or ability to come up with an original idea that was inspired by others without just completely ripping it off. So until they fire all of their crappy designers who are content to create carbon copy Apple products and UI elements, Apple and Samsung are probably going to be locked into battle for years to come.

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  • lambaline

    Wow, shamelessly copying Apple once again.

  • bking2911

    This is their plan and they are not ashamed of it and they don’t care how much it cost them. And the sad thing is all the apple haters will not see it as such. I will never buy a Samsung product weather it be tv phone or home appliances.

  • mr_bee

    I’m pretty sure the dock is patented and that the patents go all the way back to NeXT computer and before. Samsung hasn’t got a hope in hell of winning any argument over it’s use.

  • Wirehedd

    I’ve been using a program called RocketDock for a few years now on all my Win Vista/7 machines to bring it as close to the OSX experience as possible. This really isn’t new but it is a bit dumb for Sammy considering the ass kicking they just took.

  • ddevito

    get a life, it’s a dock people.

  • ddevito

    This is their plan and they are not ashamed of it and they don’t care how much it cost them. And the sad thing is all the apple haters will not see it as such. I will never buy a Samsung product weather it be tv phone or home appliances.

    Your loss, they make the best TVs

  • ddevito

    Apple stole the dock from open source then claim it’s theirs, like almost everything else. Highway robbery at its finest. I’ll give Apple its hardware patents – fine, they’re the best hardware design company in the universe, so be it.

    But if they patented a dock then that is truly laughable.

  • thegraphicmac

    “Microsoft’s Start Menu was inspired by the OS X dock, but they made it look and function completely different.”

    WHAT? Are you freaking kidding me with that? The Start Menu was introduced in 1995 (Windows 95), LONG before OS X even existed.

  • TheGrammarPolice

    Two mistakes in five paragraphs…. The first one in the second sentence? You need a proof reader (or fire the one you have). Very truly yours,

    TheGrammarPolice

  • markrlangston

    Apple stole the dock from open source then claim it’s theirs, like almost everything else. Highway robbery at its finest. I’ll give Apple its hardware patents – fine, they’re the best hardware design company in the universe, so be it.

    But if they patented a dock then that is truly laughable.

    So your claim is Apple stole something that was “open source”. By “open source” I believe you’re referring to something that’s not protected by licensing or patents and is available to be manipulated and/or re-engineered because of the openness of the content.

    But the fact that Apple (or anyone else) would then spend the money, time, and resources to patent the idea, when no one else would, is laughable.

    Your logic is laughable.

  • BigLama

    I’ve been using a program called RocketDock for a few years now on all my Win Vista/7 machines to bring it as close to the OSX experience as possible. This really isn’t new but it is a bit dumb for Sammy considering the ass kicking they just took.

    Yeah i had that same or similar function on my vista laptop it was really neat.

  • BigLama

    I cant believe it! i cant imagine they couldnt tweak it, or rework it to match their style. instead they change the color and a bit here and there. I cant wait to see what happens here.
    also, wasnt microsoft windows before OS X?

  • Thaian Cezar

    “Microsoft’s Start Menu was inspired by the OS X dock” hahaha i mean, what?! inspired in 1995 by a product launched in 2001? well, i head a rumor that steve jobs used to secrete foreseeing sweat, does it explain everything? eh?

  • Buster

    WHAT? Are you freaking kidding me with that? The Start Menu was introduced in 1995 (Windows 95), LONG before OS X even existed.

    i should have been more clear. OS X’s dock came from NeXT, which was what inspired the windows start button, along with Apple’s Menu System.

  • daov2a

    There are tons of companies making OS X dock-esque applications that have this functionality and they have been doing so for years. To say Samsung is copying them at this point is a bit late and a misrepresentation of the facts. Dell, HP, and a number of OEMs have ‘dock’ applications that have a similar appearance and function. Not to mention the numerous Linux distros that have a direct resemblance to the dock or pre-date OS X’s introduction of the dock.

  • Mikael Hansen
    This is their plan and they are not ashamed of it and they don’t care how much it cost them. And the sad thing is all the apple haters will not see it as such. I will never buy a Samsung product weather it be tv phone or home appliances.

    Your loss, they make the best TVs

    I haven’t tried a Samsung TV, happy with my cheap Panasonic 50″ Full-HD :)
    IMO Panasonic balances perfectly price/quality.

  • davester13

    More Samsung “Innovation”!

  • Giannis Latousakis

    “Microsoft’s Start Menu was inspired by the OS X dock, but they made it look and function completely different.”

    WHAT? Are you freaking kidding me with that? The Start Menu was introduced in 1995 (Windows 95), LONG before OS X even existed.

    I believe he meant Mac OS dock. It was a tool bar on bottom of the screen and I believe it existed since OS 7 which is 1991 according to wikipedia. You can also hide it by clicking on its end. Cant remember if the buttons are fixed or customisable.

  • James Lee

    Wow, what a retarded website this is. Honestly, I have never seen so many crapple fanbois in one place. All article on this site are such junk, one wonders how retarded you fanbois must be to consume all the shit here.

  • ddevito
    Apple stole the dock from open source then claim it’s theirs, like almost everything else. Highway robbery at its finest. I’ll give Apple its hardware patents – fine, they’re the best hardware design company in the universe, so be it.

    But if they patented a dock then that is truly laughable.

    So your claim is Apple stole something that was “open source”. By “open source” I believe you’re referring to something that’s not protected by licensing or patents and is available to be manipulated and/or re-engineered because of the openness of the content.

    But the fact that Apple (or anyone else) would then spend the money, time, and resources to patent the idea, when no one else would, is laughable.

    Your logic is laughable.

    So…to recap…

    If Samsung copies something from Apple,
    who copied from Open Source,

    Then Samsung ripped off Apple?

    No Sir YOUR logic is laughable. Typical Apple fanboy

  • iSteve

    It’s not a surprise because the “Shamesung” designers are just lawyers with no creativity.

    Apple must drag those Motherf*** to court and make them pay.

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  • Sean Liu

    No, actually these docks have been available in Windows and Linux distros for a long time. This has nothing to do with copying Apple, and everything to do with Samsung trying to stick a start menu back into Windows 8, which is kinda stupid.

  • reag89

    ….whats the point in having a start menu in the dock??
    I cant see that working well

  • Designkai

    @Thaian Cezar The NeXT computer launched in 1988. Also to @James Dempsey, who cited a quote that ins’t actually in the article.

  • appleguyjoe

    You would think Samsung would learn its lesson! They are out 1 billion dollars because of them copying Apple and now they’re at it again. They are going to get sued again and Apple is going to go after the big guns next, Android itself. You can read more about the Apple vs. Samsung case at http://thechurchofapple.com/2012/08/25/and-the-winner-is-the-winner-of-the-apple-vs-samsung-case/

  • KrakenChaos

    Apple has a patent for it. It from NextSTEP, and OpenSTEP developed by Steve Co., Sun Micro System.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_(OS_X)

  • Furutan

    My comment seems to have gone poof… Let’s hope this is not a repeat:
    Back in the early 90′s (before Windows 95) and up until OS X arrived, the Apple Menu offered immediate access to all sorts of stuff and you could customize the heck out of it. Just nest some bulleted folders inside the Apple Menu folder and they would create hierarchal menus in the Apple Menu. You could put aliases of applications, documents or whatever you liked. When Windows 95 came out it was a shameless copy of the Apple Menu but appeared at the bottom left instead of the top left and it was (as it remains) pretty darned rigid. Another Microsoft rip-off was the app tabs along the bottom. Way before this, the Mac had pop-up tabs that could be effortlessly created and filled with apps, documents, tunes, URLs, whatever you wanted. In its efforts to avoid a lawsuit, the Windows version was hugely limited, as it remains today.

    One thing that I have seen over the years is an endless ocean of comments from Windows people who do not know a thing about the Mac but are (and have always been) eager to spout without knowing what they are talking about. I remember all the BS comments back in 1995 about how the PC had text to speech whereas the Mac did not. This is despite the fact that the Mac demonstrated text to speech just 30 seconds into its unveiling to the press in 1984 – eleven years earlier!!! I remember some knucklehead telling me how Windows 3.1 was so much better than the Mac, which was running System 7 – the operating system that Microsoft massively copied when they created Windows 95 (which was released years after System 7). If anyone wants to experience an nightmare, dig us an ancient machine with 3.1 on it. It was a horror show. At the time that PCs had to run an application in order to install fonts, you could simply drag and drop a font onto the Mac’s System folder and it would be automatically installed.

    The BS never stops. They spent a couple of decades bashing the Mac and now they are bashing iOS. Go back a century and this same sort of people were bashing blacks. Go back a couple of centuries and they were bashing immigrants from Ireland and Italy. This is caveman warfare being waged by a bunch of neanderthals. As long as intolerance reigns, they will always be with us.

  • Richard FS

    … also, wasnt microsoft windows before OS X?

    You’re new on this planet, right? :)

  • JasonV_

    The ripping off of Apple is so blatant at every level. It really makes Shamsung look like a shitty company with no shame. & Apple haters r like programed Androids who can’t think rationally even with evidence right in their faces. Most of’em sound like bumbling idiots.

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  • sulfidesmolder

    Wow, shamelessly copying Apple once again.

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GH9J05coDCE/T–gShttJxI/AAAAAAAABi8/9RByc8SyXto/s1600/the_dock.gif

    OS X’s style? It’s based around on the UNIX operating system, originally designed by AT&T employees in the late 1960’s. I know for a fact OS X was NOT around in the 1960′s. Sorry again Apple. UNIX has gone through significant changes since it first appeared, but OS X still roots itself firmly within low-level code from both UNIX and the offshoot FreeBSD project. Even some of the most well-known features of OS X aren’t Apple’s own invention, including the dock which made its first appearance in Apple’s operating system with OS X in 1999, but Acorn had done the same as far back as 1987. Not only was it one of the fastest home computers available at the time, but the Archimedes had one of the first docks built into its Arthur operating system, a whole twelve years before Apple.

    reference: http://www.arizonatech.net/2012/06/why-i-think-of-apple-as-patent-troll_3275.html

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