Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mimic!

If you haven't been following the news on the Samsung -vs- Apple lawsuits in the US (and just about everywhere else), Apple recently scored a huge victory taking Samsung to the cleaners for copying Apple products.

Having used an iPhone4 and Galaxy S2, I don't think it takes much of a supergenius to realize that the Samsung products do greatly resemble Apple's.  That Samsung had been producing parts for Apple for years also would explain why Samsung might be inclined to simply make a product very similar to Apple's, since merely following the blueprint on something is much easier than drawing one up yourself.  That Korean products have long been considered cheap copies, albeit often improved and more functional, over original designs isn't really shocking news to most adults who have spent any time thinking about it.

Anyway, this morning June was in full on rant mode about how she now hated her iPhone, and that it was terrible that Samsung had to pay so much in damages to Apple.  She insisted she only bought her iPhone as I said it was better than the Samsung product, and then she began to go on about how lacking in functionality her Maps program is compared to her friend's on a Samsung product.

I said she needed to simply download the appropriate app, problem solved.  She got angrier, saying she'd have to pay for it on the iPhone.  Are you sure?  Did your friend have to pay for the app on the Samsung product?  She didn't respond, and I thought it prudent to stop sounding like an Apple fanboy and go to work.

While some may say the result may not be the best for the tech industry in general, as now simple functionality of many products may be hindered, I don't buy this argument.  This next round of tech advances will probably feature complete hands free type gear, a complete redesign of how the tech is integrated into our lives.  Apple may have shot itself in the foot in the long run, since now Samsung, which has gotten huge thanks to slavishly copying foreign designed stuff for years, will now need to do some serious soul searching and change to make new and unique products.

Or they may simply get stuck in a rut, continue copying products, mired in a corporate culture that stifles innovation.  We'll see now, won't we?

Time for coffee.

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