Originally Posted by salokin
Okay, this is a discussion based around HP's design decisions, not an empty reservoir to fill up with your undergraduate philosophy/economics knowledge faucet.
That being said...
As someone who has never (and probably will never) purchase an Apple product, everyone should at least give credit where credit is due. Apple has, for all intents and purposes, created a very desirable laptop which is both aesthetically pleasing and extremely functional. No, they didn't create black and silver color combinations or chiclet keys, but what they did do is bring it all together to create a great product. You must look at the product holistically, as their laptops are an amalgamation of a lot of nuanced things done right in dozens of laptops. We are all kidding ourselves that, had a Windows OEM created the macbook look before Apple did, we wouldn't all be gushing on and one about how awesome and amazing it is.
However, I think HP is right in their statement. It is obvious that some of the things Apple has done with their laptop (chiclet keys, backlit keyboard, light weight metal construction, high quality screens, good trackpads, good aesthetics) are where things are headed. Similar to how cars became more rounded, phones became smaller (but are now becoming bigger), and Analog sticks supplanted the D-pad in controllers, one companies innovation led to universal evolution. I think HP has created a new product which is converging with these new design principles but has also made it a unique device. No one (barring contenders for Darwin Awards) will ever spend $1000 on a laptop thinking it's a Mac when it's actually an HP. That simply doesn't happen. It seems to me like most people (in this context, Apple fans) who decry HP and others for essentially making better looking laptops are a little nonplussed over the fact that they paid a price premium for an equally aesthetically pleasing laptop with mediocre specs. Anyone who doesn't see the universal benefit of cheaper, good looking laptops with better specs is clearly polarized to one side already and possesses zealot-like fanaticism (as if the corporation one supports actually owes you anything and is inherently better than the other corporation one hates).
As a final note, I'd like to point out that not every OEM is rushing to copy Apple (or vice versa). It obviously makes business sense to see how the public reacts to any sort of innovation another company puts out and to either create their own iteration of said innovation (if it's good) or laugh and malign it (if it's bad). The original MacBook Air was a terrible piece of technology - slow, hot, and terrible battery life. Now, with the advent of ULV Intel processors engendering realistic adaptions of ultrathins, it makes much more economic and business sense to create an ultrathin laptop. Similarly, Apple once used PowerPC architecture (now they obviously don't), and Apple once said that no one would ever want/nor would they ever create a phone bigger than 3.5' (which is not only wrong, but their have been many rumors speculating they will create a bigger iPhone).
TL;DR The laptop is following the current design trends while being unique enough. Deal with it.