Editorial: The (Apple) Crying Game
Apple has won an injunction against Samsung today, specifically pinpointing the Galaxy Nexus, with Judge Koh starting: “Apple has articulated a plausible theory of irreparable harm” due to “long-term loss of market share and “losses of downstream sales.”
Why did she say this? Apparently she found a plausible cause within – get this – search functionality. That’s right folks, searching killed the Nexus for now. I can imagine Google running to the case soon to see if their proprietary information is affected as well.
This absolutely can’t sit well with anyone who has been following the game back and forth with lawsuits between these two giants who feel the urge to play schoolyard slap fights. It’s an embarrassment to the legal system, and an obvious attempt to leverage the court as a tool against competitors.
Apple has done everything – literally – to stop Samsung’s rise as a leader in high-end, excellent display, devices which can cut at Apple’s marketing efforts. Slowly but surely, their top spot with camera quality is dwindling and the screens are fairly at par. We can argue the theoretical differences that each display brings, but at the end of the day, the naked human eye wins.
This kind of desperation by Apple shows a darker side of the post-Jobs era; nothing truly innovative is coming soon. Everything that’s been mentioned by Apple to date have been improvements, no true innovation. Steve would have handled this differently. He wouldn’t freak out like Apple has into a desperate lawsuit ditch which shows just how damaged they are.
My biggest hope in all this has to be that a good guy is needed, and I hope Samsung steps up.