Apple has been very busy in leveraging the legal and innovative playing fields to become the sole (rightful?) owner of the tablet and smart phone markets. Apple’s Steve Jobs, as he was nearing the end of his life, swore: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank [at the time, this bank balance has swelled massively since Jobs uttered these words], to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” (Source: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson)
On the legal playground, Apple sued Samsung for $1 billion ($1,049,343,540.00) in patent infringement damages and won. It’s very much possible that Samsung will be paying Apple in installments in the form of creating products since, after all, word on the street is that Samsung has been the ones building Apple’s products this whole time.
Apple right now is also seeking the banning of 8 Samsung products. Whether or not Apple succeeds, this translates into Samsung being forced to drastically delay their production of their new Android phones and tablets.
Now that Apple “disarmed” Samsung, it has now has had the time to develop more competing products. In the wake of 7-inch tablet devices, Apple is coming out with it’s own 7 inch device, called the iPad Mini, a.k.a. the “thermonuclear device.”
The iPad Mini is expected to be launched this coming October, and might succeed in gaining market share in that niche. We will soon see the starting price of the Mini and that will ultimately determine how many get sold in today’s tablet-crazed market. Bottom line is this can only get more fun!