Originally Posted by born2bwild
Not really, Apple tech enthusiasts have heard about it to. The story was posted on MacRumours and such.
People there generally agree that the similarity of the Zenbook to the MacBook Air was too great, and that's why Apple took action against ASUS.
It's still dumb, you don't see ASUS suing Dell or HP, Lenovo suing MSI, etc over laptops.
Originally Posted by Lime
Oh please people, the Zenbook is painfully similar to the MBA. I'm no Apple fan, but really?
And here comes the "Hate on the Apple haters" bandwagon.
Originally Posted by born2bwild
It's not about the thinness, it's more about the Zenbook's copying of the trademark slanted design that the Macbook Air has (along with the use of aluminum body, similar keyboard/trakpad layout and other things) which overall make it very similar to the MBA which preceded it.
I'm not saying I agree with the method Apple decided to take care of it though.
Okay, slanted design is a maybe. The rest is complete crap, a laptop looks like a laptop. Shock horror.
As for similar keyboards/trackpads...You do realise there's standards for that sort of thing? Seriously, Apple is just trying to keep a monopoly in the Ultrabook market, and trying to create one in the Smartphone and Tablet market with their lawyers. They really
need to get hit hard with the hammer of justice, it's worse than what Intel did to AMD.
Originally Posted by PoopaScoopa
FYI, the iBook wasn't the first laptops Apple introduced. Their model in 1991 looked like this:
They did have to copy the general look of what defines a laptop from existing models by other companies though. The evolution from big room sized computers to laptops was pretty predictable though as it's just a keyboard and screen:
No different to the evolution of say, tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks...Get thinner where you can and use stronger materials as stuff gets thinner and weaker ones can't really hold out anymore. So in other words, metal instead of plastic, slanted design (Because the battery and heatsinks are the thickest part of a laptop, place them at the back so the keyboard is slanted like any keyboard including the pictured one rather than it being flat and higher and have the connectors there because that's the easiest spot to fit them)
Seriously, how is anyone defending this? Lets be thankful Apple as they are now didn't make the first actual laptop, otherwise we'd be stuck with luggable computers
as opposed to a real laptop, simply because its a different design.
Originally Posted by tiger187126
7) finally, no one who is flaming apple would buy apple. you're not fooling anyone, you just want to find more things to hate so you can try to throw it in more people's faces that apple sucks. meanwhile they'll continue to make money hand over fist and people on OCN will continue to say ridiculous things like "asus could be as big as apple"
These are atrocious business practices and Apple really deserve to be fined a very
sizable chunk of cash, relative to their income and current assets for them.
And I've owned Apple products before and until now, I'd have considered their products still. (I had an 80GB iPod Classic)
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros
Apple - Threatens Pegatron that if they don't stop manufacturing the Ultrabook, they'll cut their iOS contract. (Shouldn't that violate their contract terms to begin with?)
Intel - Takes an impact because the Ultrabook won't be produced anymore, and threatens Apple that if they don't allow ASUS to fairly compete and sell the Ultrabook, Intel will stop producing chips for Apple.
I'd love it.
Apple - Moves OS X, etc to ARM instead of x86, just like they've done from the MOS Technology 6502, then the Motorola 68000 and then PowerPC.