Let’s get one thing straight; I’m not completely anti-Apple. In fact, I’m currently typing on a MacBook, I have an iMac at home, my mp3 player is an iPod touch, and I used an iPhone for years. So there you go.
But that’s not to say I wouldn’t enjoy seeing Apple getting a good kicking. There’s something about them that really riles people up. Perhaps it’s the we’re-so-sexy-and-we-can-do-whatever-we-like air of complacency. Something like that.
Anyway, Apple is currently in full-on belligerent mode at the moment, and it seems inevitable that it’ll end up with a big shiner at some point. Behold the many battles Jobs and his cronies are currently embroiled in:
This week it came to light that Apple had filed a lawsuit with Samsung, claiming that the Korean manufacturer had copied the “look and feel” of the iPhone and iPad. The paperwork mentioned both the Samsung Galaxy S and the Samsung Galaxy Tab (presumably that’d be the already-released 7in version and not the upcoming 8.9 and 10in tablets).
Ironically, Apple is one of Samsung’s biggest clients, and hence massively reliant upon them to provide components for its wares. As such, it mightn’t be such a good idea to rock the boat. Mind you, these lawsuits are a dime a dozen, so we doubt Samsung is terribly bothered.
iOS and Android are currently jousting for the coveted position of King of the Mobile Operating Systems. It’s a fight that Google’s Android will inevitably win, given the fact that it’s used across such a wide range of handsets.
Apple did, however, manage to get one up on Google this week. It’ll soon launch a cloud-based music service with the all-important support of record labels, something Google failed to secure. Ouch.
Apple’s cloud-based music service trumps Amazon’s, as the latter’s is essentially a digital storage locker. However the book giant might get the last laugh if the rumours of an Amazon tablet are true. Analyst Sarah Rotman Epps reckons Amazon is better placed than anyone to take on the iPad.
Apple is also unhappy about Amazon’s use of the term Appstore in its Android Market thingy. Note that Amazon’s Appstore is one word; not to be confused with Apple’s App Store. Ahem.
Microsoft reckons Apple’s claim to the term “app store” is outright ridiculous. They argue that the term has become generic, and a bitter – and very often pedantic – war of words has ensued. All fully documented legally, of course. Including Microsoft’s claim that one of Apple’s filings contained a font size that didn’t comply with the relevant guidelines. Seriously.
The two are also going head-to-head in mobile OS world. Some analysts think Microsoft might even punch Apple into second place by 2015. Time will tell…