Posted 10 Aug 12Ashleigh Allsopp,
Absolutely. I think if you look at the smartphone market pre iPhone (Nokia N95) and post iPhone (Samsung S3 and every other phone on the market) then you can't miss the impact Apple had. Every phone now looks like an iPhone. Samsung is the biggest target, but if Apple wins against Samsung it'll start on all the other phone manufacturers.
Some seem to confuse invention with implementation. Sure, Apple didn't really invent most of the tech in the iPhone, but they legitimately bought it or used tech that was standard in the market, mixed it together in a unique way that made a phone substantially better than anything else on the market. So in that sense they did invent the iPhone.
Do we think companies be allowed to copy other companies, and if so to what extent? Do we want to live in a tech world where if a company comes up with a singular way of doing something; no other company can follow it's lead? Or one that is a total free for all.