Originally Posted by Horse Head
In all respect ASUS did copy the Mac Book Air and they even copied the Ipad < both too a certain extent. But, what Apple just did is out right wrong, but that is business as usual!
Apple had no choice; the ASUS Zenbook is the Mac Book Air killer. None of my local stores can keep the ASUS Zenbooks in stock. The ASUS Zenbooks usually sells out in the first 2 too 3 days when they come in. Some of the online retailers (Ones with actually store fronts) got overwhelmed by pre-orders (back orders) and had to put not available up.
Apple most-likely will go after the ASUS Transformer Prime to, because they will see it as the iPad killer. It took me almost a week to get one. And I only got one because I got lucky (Went into the store the day they came in and by that night they were sold-out, but I got one). The ASUS Transformer Prime is hot right now; they’re selling out the same day. In-fact, demand is so high in my area for the ASUS Transformer Prime that some stores even sold the display models. I even thought about buying the 64G iPad before I got the Prime, but no Adobe Flash support and too many limitations.
Back to the Zenbook. The ASUS Zenbook is far superior to Apple’s Mac Book Air. The Zenbook is way better built and offers equal or better components at a better price.
Apple really only has the iPhone left. The iPhone is nice, but it’s becoming dated. People like new things and Apple really hasn’t evolved much in the last few years.
Ultimate thing people have to understand is; Apple computers are PCs. PC is short for Personal Computer! The only real difference between Apple and the other guys is the OS! But, wait! I’m running Apple’s OS on my custom built PC (For Testing Reasons). Also, Apple has some of the nicest and sleekest looking laptops and portable devices on the market, but that is coming to an end, as most people can see.
In the end, I would have to give Apple credit, because they did make the Smart Phone, MP3 Player, and Mobile Tablet popular through innovative designs and marketing. But, all things must evolve or cease to exist. The MP3 Player was more of a geek toy, and then Apple came along and changed that! Thank You Apple!
Except this logic does not work at all, look at Microwaves, Kettles, TVs, Cars, Computer Cases, DVD players (I mean the kind for TVs), guitars, etc. Slight redesigns (For example, Fender Stratocaster versus Jackson Soloist) are accepted without people suing the other company or blackmailing them. Seriously, this is the only
market where a company is suing other companies for such broad reasons, no-one should be in support of this...When you buy a TV (And you're not an enthusiast) you don't have to worry about looks because nearly all of them are dark grey or black rectangles (For the 16:9 screens) with a badge saying something on the front and inputs on the back. Imagine if I put that in a patent and started suing companies...That's essentially what Apple has done with the iPad.
This time it'd be more inline with someone making a 4 wheeled car after the Benz Patent-Motorwagen (ie. A natural evolution and new market, just like Ultrabooks) and then Karl Benz suing them so we can only get automobiles from him and getting away with it. That'd be great, wouldn't it? Because it's exactly the same as what you're defending right now. If they see someone that can beat their products, legally they should really just you know, try to compete with advertising, etc. I must repeat myself: No-one should defend this, if they love freedom and low-prices.
Originally Posted by tiger187126
you just proved his point. all of what you say makes no difference to joe consumer.
does it work the same way out of the box that it works now?
does it have a clean and intuitive UI?
does it look good and does everyone else have one?
apple made their bones with good looking, simple to use products that have enough features to create a need in a market that didn't have one before they released their products.
and don't confuse ease of use with user stupidity. some people have better things to spend their time on than working on a sub par product to make it functional.
Battery life does make a difference to joe consumer, if you believe otherwise then I'm honestly just going to laugh and not bother replying. Not to mention, choice also matters...Why do you think Android is outselling iOS these days?
As for your points...Yes, yes, yes (In the case of the SGSII, half of my friends group (Of which I am the only really technical one) has SGSIIs after they saw how awesome mine is), please stop assuming all Android devices are as bad in terms of mainstream adoption as the HTC Dream was.
Linux is more prevalent in the server and third world than Windows and WP7 was barely selling anything until the new Nokia came out.
MS used dirty tactics to gain a foothold in the third world...Cool, except Linux will have a massive advantage in that it's free.
Originally Posted by dejanh
Sure, maybe a bit. Primarily they want to avoid lengthy litigation and lawsuits that (knowing Apple) would surely ensue should the Ultrabook segment actually start seriously encroaching on Apple's market share. Also, they did not tell Asus to stop. They just approached a manufacturer and asked them to stop.
Pegatron is a subsidiary of ASUS, so they effectively did approach ASUS.