Apple is probably one of the companies I have tried hard to like, I was even going to buy an iPad just a few hours ago (even though I hated its features lacking multi-tasking/no camera) but it seems like with the recent news that Apple is going to sue HTC, I might have to re-think and boycott Apple for another couple years. (My last Apple purchase was back in 2006 for an iPod Touch, I have boycotted their products since then, especially the iPhone because AT&T has a slow cellular network that also drops a lot of calls.)
Anyways, I think this lawsuit is basically in response to Google’s enabling of multi-touch on the Nexus One plus I really think Android is picking up a lot of momentum at the moment with world’s biggest cellphone companies like Samsung, LG, and others jumping on the Android bandwagon. It’s probably not overrated to say Apple should be scared but instead of innovating more to stay ahead, they’ve decided to fall behind and sue.
A good move on Google’s though, they make “software”, hence Apple sues the hardware manufacturer HTC, not Google.
Apple gets another thumbs down from me after series of thumbs downs. Sorry Apple fanboys but I am simply being real here and I care about those hardworking, average men and women, I don’t support companies that want to be truly evil and take over the world by being evil.
Okay, Google is on the verge of being evil with their Mobile Google Navigation that will be bankrupting TeleAtlas in few years but one thing for sure, TeleAtlas has been making a ton of money off their map royalties and there’s no reason why maps shouldn’t be in the hands of more open company like Google. I don’t feel bad at all, TeleAtlas has been sitting on map technology too long with no new innovation. Google Navigation will only make our digital maps better for the long run and TeleAtlas to get off their lazy butt and start innovating.
Another fact, Google Android OS is open source whereas iPhone OS is not. At least Google does a lot of good things supporting the open source community and people who have shared technology with others while Apple tries to be God by even rejecting Google Voice app from Google and other hard-working app developers for the main reason of making more money for Apple themselves.
I don’t understand how Apple PR/lawyers decided to sue HTC but it’s certainly a bad move on their part because they have nothing to gain. I am betting a hundred bucks that Apple will get nothing out of this other than bad publicity for their image. It’s not just me, journalists all over the world are with me on this one.
Plus, read all the comments people are writing, even true iPhone fanboys think Apple has gone nuts. (and probably right)
If Apple had never sued HTC then I would never have given Android a second look. I find that kind of delicious and wonder if it’s evidence of further Machiavellian scheming to keep eyes focused on Apple and Google, who may yet still be playing out a two-pronged attack against Microsoft (Google from the low-end, Apple from the high end).Anyway.Since I soon realised that HTC had made the Google Nexus One phone running Android OS, I started wondering if it would be a viable alternative to an iPhone when the time comes (likely to be some time this year – I’ll probably wait three or four months – perhaps). All my ‘cloud’ services run on Google after a disappointing year spent with .mac a while back. The Nexus One and Google services seem like a perfect match if the rest of the functionality of the iPhone is matched.
Now, let me show you proof why Apple doesn’t own any patents, they stole from Jeff Han at TED 2006.
Why Apple doesn’t own any Multi-Touch/Gesture Patents!
Yes, Apple did put the first mobile device into production but they did not invent multi-touch nor can they patent the “gestures”.
The very first time I saw multi-touch was this video Jeff Han at the TED back in 2006, not Apple.
When Apple first came out with iPhone, my first thought was, “oh, that multi-touch gesture I saw last year from Jeff Han at TED 2006, Apple copied it.”
Apple did not invent anything, they simply utilized existing technology and decided to patent it themselves geared towards mobile platforms. I just wanted to make that clear and credit for multi-touch should be given to Jeff Han if anything, especially for touch gestures, which are clearly seen in his videos months before Apple patented them.
I have a gut feeling Steve Jobs was at TED 2006 and that’s where he got the idea for the iPhone.
And yes, after I saw that video in 2006, about a year later, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone.
Check out the dates:
Jeff Han’s multi-touch at TED 2006 in February 2006. – link
Apple’s First iPhone Patent in November 2006 – link
Apple’s iPhone Introduction Date in June 29th, 2007 – link
My point? Don’t be evil Apple, no one like bullies.
Then Steve Jobs says this, which really makes me think that Steve Jobs really is a bully who steals other people’s ideas then tries so hard like a 4th grader that it’s his idea:
We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.
Everyone knows Apple didn’t invent multi-touch nor multi-touch gestures. The first time it was ever recorded online/offline was with Jeff Han’s TED talk/video. in 1991 by Pierre Wellner:
Seriously, if Apple was a school boy attending elementary school, Apple is the guy who makes his best friend do his project for him then decides to take all the credit for it.
My gut feeling is that Apple is doing this as a last resort, perhaps their iPhone sales aren’t making them as rich as it did a year ago, or perhaps the bad reviews of iPads making them use last, desperate measures. Whatever the case, everyone in the world sees Apple isn’t innovating here, they are suing others for what’s clearly not theirs but Jeff Han’s.
Even Google, who’s new Nexus One phone is manufactured by HTC says they will stand by HTC:
We are not a party to this lawsuit. However, we stand behind our Android operating system and the partners who have helped us to develop it.
Is my theory right or wrong here?
If my theory is right, then Apple should be paying a ton of royalty to Jeff Han. Too bad Jeff Han didn’t patent his invention.
I would love to hear your opinions even if you are an Apple fanboy, please just don’t use profanity(or language that offends others) for consideration of other readers.
Steve Jobs, if you are reading this, you can read about karma here, thanks.