Originally Posted by Nope oO
So Apple innovating with improving the phone and PC is called copying even though those those innovations never existed previously but when Samsung clones exact features, it's called taking inspiration?
Prior to the Powerbook 100, most laptops had no pointing device (trackpad, trackball, trackpoint, trackbar) integrated, and those who did, hung it off the left or right side. The Powerbook 100 established the first design that places the keyboard near the hinge, and the pointing device near the user, with palm rests surrounding it. The result was a laptop where you could type and move the cursor without moving your hands away from the keyboard.
The GUI as you know it today, was invented by Apple. Apple invented the idea of menu bars, pull down menus, the trash, the idea that windows should be able to be overlapped, and the idea that when you interact with a widget it responds immediately on-screen(amongst other things). When you clicked on an icon you got a pop-up menu: this was the intermediary between the user’s intention and the computer’s response. Jobs’s software team took the graphical interface a giant step further. It emphasized “direct manipulation.” If you wanted to make a window bigger, you just pulled on its corner and made it bigger; if you wanted to move a window across the screen, you just grabbed it and moved it.
Xerox didn't invent or own the idea of the mouse either. The PARC researchers copied the idea from the computer scientist Douglas Engelbart, at Stanford Research Institute, fifteen minutes away on the other side of the university campus. Engelbart dreamed up the idea of moving the cursor around the screen with a stand-alone mechanical “animal” back in the mid- nineteen-sixties. His mouse was a bulky, rectangular affair, with what looked like steel roller-skate wheels. If you lined up Engelbart’s mouse, Xerox’s mouse, and Apple’s mouse, you would not see the serial reproduction of an object. You would see the evolution of a concept.
Google didn't invent the web search engine. But their contribution to the field (PageRank) was significant enough to establish a whole new level of search engines.
Facebook didn't invent online social networks, but they evolved it to a point where it was usable by the common folk and not hideous (myspace).
Apple evolved the PDA, cell phone, and touchscreen technologies into a new level of smartphones. Samsung tried to loosely mimic the iPhone.
There's a difference between copying and evolving. Recognize it. http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-samsungs-step-by-step-guide-for-how-to-copy-an-iphone-2012-8?op=1