Apple certainly isn’t the first company to launch or even talk about a tablet. Microsoft launched the concept in 2001, and since then we’ve seen perhaps dozens of devices based on the design, including a Dell prototype just a few weeks ago.
So there’s no question that Apple isn’t first to the market. What’s unusual, however, is a claim that Apple actually copied an existing design.
That charge comes from the chief executive of Shenzhen Great Long Brother Industrial Co., who claims that Apple copied the design of its P88 tablet. All this is being reported by the Shanghaiist blog, which also links to a Spanish-language report in El Mundo, claiming that the company could sue Apple, if the iPad is ever brought to China.
“We are considering legal action, but we can not do much in the United States. But if Apple brings the iPad to China, we will be forced to denounce them, because it will certainly affect our sales,” said Wu Xiaolong, the company’s president said, in a statement translated by Google Translate.
“It is certainly our design. They’ve stolen because we present our p88 everyone six months ago at the IFA (International Electronics Fair in Berlin),” Wu Xiaolong added.
A lot of hot air? There was a great deal of concern about bringing the iPhone to China, potentially the world’s largest market. This may be something to watch.
Quote from www.pcmag.com