Quick Note: HP Denies Cloning MacBook Air, Says Its Unafraid of Lawsuit
May 9, 2012 3:10 PM
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Company says it's unafraid of a lawsuit
It's hard to deny the similarities between the
metal unibody Envy Spectre XT
ultrathin from Hewlett-Packard Comp. (
) and the Apple, Inc. (
) MacBook Air.
The Spectre XT is the flagship model of HP's just-announced Envy ultrathin collection, whose roots trace back to acquired
VoodooPC's Envy laptops
, which first launched June 2008. The VoodooPC envy was one of the first non-Apple ultrathins to hit the market, coming just months after Apple's
Jan. 2008 MacBook Air launch
The Voodoo Envy didn't look much like the MacBook Air, but it's hard to deny that HP's line has trended towards Apple's with each release since. With the latest release the similarities were enough for HP's VP of industrial design Stacy Wolff to go on the defensive. He
, "[The Spectre XT's looks are] not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed. It is not because those guys did it first. It's just that's where the form factor is leading it."
He points to his design's rubber imbued bottom, slightly different keyboard, and brushed metal (as opposed to the MacBook Air's shiny metal) body as key differentiators. He calls the ultrabook "Genuine HP".
Stacy Wolff, HP [Image Source: Engadget]
The defensive commentary is a bit odd, but with Apple suing numerous companies [
] over alleged design violations, perhaps it's a legal-minded measure. Mr. Wolff indicated the design received his lawyers' stamp of approval.
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Copy ?. Why does it always has to imply or indicate copying ?.
6/6/2012 3:20:39 AM
"It is not because those guys did it first. It's just that's where the form factor is leading it."
Good answer!. It is light designing a sleek aerodynamic car. Nose, windscreen, sides are very similar. Not identical but similar looking. There might be a "perfect shape" for a wedge device but designer or engineers might tweak it to suit their component placement. So using the same methodology of design might just lead to very similar looking final product. Again, does NOT imply copying!.
It can be proven using a robotic program which autonomously designs according to specs leaving little if any room for errors. And not copying possible there!.
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