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1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple's Future

1960s Braun Products Hold the Secrets to Apple's Future
could someone, in sincerity, explain how apple is the only one allowed to 'take inspiration'? it seems that wherever apple has trod, all others are copycats and guilty of infringement. i understand the issue of patents and patent law (as screwball as that may be currently - each company is exploiting it equally), but i don't follow the logic that apple is the epitome, the peak of design, which other companies must not even approach. for instance, let's say the sentence read: Ive's designs for Apple hold all the clues not only for past and present technological products, but their future as well would not this be a better situation? microsoft took the idea of a gui (which apple itself copied), htc took the idea of the iphone and reformed it just slightly, doubletwist copied itunes, android borrowed from linux, apple took from nokia ... should not the best be emulated, copied, elevated to the highest point? #whitenoise #meanderings

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