I’ve been unhappy with Apple for decades and this recent case against Samsung is a good example. I know there are a lot of Apple apologists out there. These are the same people who made excuses for Apple’s use of sweat shop labor. On this point, I have a question: why is it necessary for Apple to save a couple of dollars per unit? Would they really lose any sales if a $169 iPod was $172? I doubt it. And that is all it would cost to have made these units in the United States, or at least under more humane conditions.
But the main thing is that Apple has been a pox on the high tech industry. Microsoft was a problem because they slowed innovation due to their dominance and incompetence. Apple has managed the same thing with all of their “look and feel” lawsuits. This is rich coming from a company that while innovative in their packaging has never created any innovative software or hardware.
I’m not a partisan in the Apple-PC wars. I just don’t care. Give me a computer and I will use it. So I think I’m objective when looking at the industry. And in this Apple-Samsung lawsuit, Apple sucks. Matt Yglesias makes most of the argument today:
The part of the argument that Yglesias doesn’t talk about is how UI elements free up consumers from being stuck with a particular company. Using his excellent analogy about cars, if you knew how to drive a Toyota, you would be far less free to move to GM because you wouldn’t know how to use its steering system. This is madness. What’s more, these software patents are bullshit. They stop innovation; they don’t encourage it.
Shame on Apple.