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Apple sends its attack dogs after Samsung... again

Apple has been handed a number of losses recently in its lawsuits against Samsung in courts around the world. In late November, Samsung won an appeal overturning a ban on its Galaxy Tab 10.1. A German judge in late November then ruled against Apple after Samsung made changes to its Galaxy Tab 10.1 (the new revision was called the 10.1N) to skirt Apple's design infringement claims.
 
Naturally, those legal setbacks weren’t enough to dissuade Apple from following up with more lawsuits. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has started up a fresh round of lawsuits against Samsung in Germany's Dusseldorf Regional Court. The first lawsuit takes aim at 10 Samsung smartphone designs. The second lawsuit targets five of Samsung's tablet computers.
 
Google's Android mobile operating system has increasingly become a thorn in Apple's side as it has grown to dominate the global smartphone market. Samsung in particular is seen as a threat, as analysts expect Samsung to report the sale of 35 million smartphones during Q4 2011 compared to roughly 30 million iPhones for Apple.
 
Analysts are predicting Samsung's full-year 2012 smartphone sales to reach between 150 and 170 million units.
 
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs started the crusade against Android and vowed to pull out all the stops to steamroll Google's mobile operating system:
 
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. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
 
It now appears that even after Jobs' passing, the fight will continue for the foreseeable future. Most recently, Apple found itself on the losing end when Motorola won a favorable initial judgment saying that it didn't infringe upon three Apple patents.

Source: Bloomberg



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Apple, get away!
By Booster on 1/17/2012 10:20:45 AM , Rating: 2
By now it's obvious Apple has realized the iPhone is destined to become a niche smartphone. The tradeoffs you have to make to be with Apple are just too big. iPhones have tiny and fragile screens, cost a ton a money, are up to the teeth in DRM, you have to use bloatware like iTunes. Need I go on? Android is everything iOS is a more. No wonder it's winning.

Plus is you want an iPhone (sounds strange somehow, who'd seriously want it now ;-)), you have to pay a premium price since noone else makes them. This is Apple's Achilles hell - they want too much money for their products and don't let anyone else produce gadgets with iOS. Not everyone wants to pay a huge premium to buy an overpriced and very limited product. So go to court, Apple, it won't help you in the long run. A few years from now iPhones will be where Apple PCs have always been - with only a fraction of the market share.




RE: Apple, get away!
By Booster on 1/17/2012 10:39:40 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry, lots of typos in the above post. No way to edit.

To sum it up, what can an iPhone do that an Android phone can't? There just isn't such a thing. Maybe there aren't any Androids with square 3.5-inch screens? There are quite a few, but who needs them when you can enjoy a 4.2-inch goodness at a much lower price point than an iPhone?


RE: Apple, get away!
By AntiM on 1/17/2012 12:31:00 PM , Rating: 1
I wouldn't be so quick to put down the iPhone. Our managed services company supports both Androids and iPhones. the iPhone is much more stable, requiring fewer reboots and resets. That has been my experience anyway.


RE: Apple, get away!
By FaceMaster on 1/17/12, Rating: -1
RE: Apple, get away!
By Solandri on 1/17/2012 2:20:22 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I agree, Apple really should release a larger version of the iPhone, with a gorilla glass display. Oh wait, they have. I guess you'll blame that for being too large?

AFAIK, the iPhones have always had a 3.5" display. For a lot of people, this is too small. And it's not really just a critique of the screen being too small. It's a reference to the lack of choice when you buy an iPhone. I'd actually applaud Apple if they gave you the option of a larger screen. But at this point that would still leave iPhone buyers with a far, far inferior selection than Android phone buyers.

The fragility he's referring to are the numerous informal drop tests and stories you can find on Youtube and the Internet. For whatever reason, despite using Gorilla Glass, the iPhone/iPad screen seems more prone to shattering than the competitors' screens.

At first I thought this was just a natural consequence of there being more iPhones/iPads than any one model of phone or tablet. So naturally you'd expect to hear more reports of breakage. But Apple has been on the losing end of all the side-by-side drop tests I've seen.


RE: Apple, get away!
By SoCalBoomer on 1/17/2012 5:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
Primary reason is that only iPhone has the edges of the screen exposed while everyone else has a bezel.

Gorilla glass is extremely strong, but if you hit it from the edge, that's its weak point and it will shatter from there.

I'm horribly hard on my devices. My HD7 has been been dropped numerous times and the only harm has come to the bezel - it's dented, dinged, and scratched but the screen is intact.

It's a beautiful design, but not very practical or durable; at least not for someone like me who WILL break it! LOL


RE: Apple, get away!
By tamalero on 1/18/2012 10:24:15 AM , Rating: 1
That is why you do round corners to prevent the energy and pressure to concentrate there.


RE: Apple, get away!
By Tony Swash on 1/18/2012 6:50:44 AM , Rating: 1
quote:
By now it's obvious Apple has realized the iPhone is destined to become a niche smartphone.


Presumably the evidence for that is the fact that this quarter the iPhone 4s will be the top selling handset in the world, the iPhone 4 the second top selling handset and the iPhone 3GS the third top selling handset. last quarter the iPhone 4, an 18 month old model, was the top selling handset. Apple are doomed!

quote:
Plus is you want an iPhone (sounds strange somehow, who'd seriously want it now ;-)),


It seems more people than want any other handset.

quote:
A few years from now iPhones will be where Apple PCs have always been - with only a fraction of the market share.


What a terrible fate Apple suffered, reduced to being the world's fastest growing and most profitable PC maker.

By the way Apple make and sell more computing devices than any other company on the planet. They really must be doomed :)


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