Originally Posted by Riou
Steve Jobs: "Good artists copy. Great artists steal."
Pablo Picasso: "Bad artists copy. Great artists steal."
T.S. Elliot: "Immature poets copy; mature poets steal."
Why does Steve Jobs get credit for this quote? Apple-distortion field.
Probably because he was the only one to try to spin it as an acceptable thing?
Originally Posted by MPDpsycho
Not as good as Banksy tho
I think people get confused between Apple "doing it first," and Apple "revolutionizing" things. Apple has very rarely "done it first." Probably the only times in Apple's history of a company of "doing it first" was the inception of the "first" personal computer that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in their garage when they were teenagers. After that, after Apple became a larger company, there's really nothing more than just taking existing technology, tweaking it (usually aesthetically) and marketing it to make it popular. It's just the sad truth that people don't always know that just because something became popular doesn't mean it was the first thing to exist. I bet if you ask people these days what the first mp3 player was, or what the first smartphone was, you'll get a lot of responses with ipod and iphone. It's not correct, but it's a matter of perception (and lack of understanding).
As nathris showed, the general form-factor of the Macbook Air is nothing new, only made popular and advertised by Apple. If other companies are mimicking what the Macbook Air looks like, it's only our poor understanding/familiarity with historical products for thinking so.