Originally Posted by Dave_S
What company do you think spent large sums of money developing innovative new features? It certainly was not Apple. They simply combined the best of ideas from prior art at other companies. There is nothing wrong with that when Apple does it, so why should it be wrong for other companies? The point is not to just
copy, but to create an improved
copy, that is progress. Apple and Samsung and many others have been doing just that. Apple just hates to be outdone in copying from the past to create the future.
Steve Jobs himself said "Good artists copy great artists steal". Link
Exactly, that's what I have been saying. The RDF is too strong though, people can't see that the iphone rests on the shoulders of all previous smartphones. Apple improved what was there, but did not magically invent the smartphone.