Apple to attempt to patent human breathing?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by RubbishBBspeed, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. RubbishBBspeed macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2009
    I put this here as a mac peripheral. Is any one else becoming worried that Apple are becoming obsessive about patenting absolutely everything and anything to do with all perceivable means of computing device and computer interaction.
    It's become more apparent with the trending from Apple to deliver to market underspec products for there price, relying on the brand to persuade people there is value in over paying for over priced hardware and Apple have put profit before product.

    I just wonder with Mr Jobs going on medical leave has Apple become a danger to itself. Will supplied broken as standard become the new mantra for a brand that may have lost it's way.

    It's probably more relevant to hear from members whom have been Mac users for at least five years to hear if they have seen significant changes in the philosophy of the company and brand and wether they see themselves remaining devout customers.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Every company patents everything they can get through the patent office.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    The "Apple is overpriced" discussion is tired and worn out
    It is nothing new
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Every major electronics company (among others) patents things like apple does. They see a technology that they could possibly make in the future and patent it. Honestly, half the things apple patents will never see the light of day, and some of them seem like they may even be physically impossible to make. But they really need to kick the habit of overcharging for mid-spec machines and charging 4x the price necessary for upgrades. Then again, more people would buy them then, and we would probably have to worry about viruses.
  5. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    you forgot to add that more than likely 1/2 their patents would be unenforceable and tossed out. Apple knows this. Most tech companies know that a lot of their patents are not valid so they will never try to enforce them.
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    If you don't like the price or the morals or patents or whatever, don't buy the products. I know for a fact that I will not be getting another Mac unless prices drop.
  7. *LTD*, Jan 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    Isn't more and varied Apple gear a good thing? That's kinda the point. Apple usually makes good use of patents, and the result is tech we want to buy. This has been working very well so far. We like Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc., right? It only makes sense to have other forms of tech available that are designed by Apple. This is a good thing. Let them patent whatever they wish. Chances are, it'll probably results in pretty exciting products.

    I'm not sure what there is to "worry" about. I'd be more worried about having to be subjected to tech churned out by the competition, having grown accustomed to being pretty much pampered by Apple gear. And realistically, I'm quite a bit more worried about other things, like the cost of living, taxes, etc. Those are things to worry about. Not a tech company's patent portfolio. Especially Apple's.

    Yet these products drive the entire market. It isn't about specs anymore. It's about Apple ushering in new market realities based on very old (yet successful) ideas: create unmatched synergy between hardware and software. It's about Apple's entire platform. When you buy Apple gear, you're getting much more than specs. You're getting a superior User Experience, plus entry into Apple's ecosystem. There is currently no comparable ecosystem in existence in consumer tech. But if you limit your perception of "value" to sheer specs, then you're falling into the same trap the failing also-rans like Acer, HP, Dell, have already fallen victim to.
    I'm not even sure what this means. My iPhone 4 wasn't broken when I took it out of the box. It works just fine.

    Apple's brand is actually showing the way. It's the competition that remains lost. They're not attempting to copy Apple feverishly by sheer accident. Even the also-rans can recognize a good thing when they see it. Take Apple out of the mix and you're flung into, say, a pre-iPhone situation. Look at phones before the iPhone. Same for tablets, mp3 players, etc. Care to go back? I sure wouldn't.
    Mac user from July 1994 to June 2002. Then again from April 2006 to present.

    Yes, I've seen significant changes in the brand. Namely, game-changing products on the scale of the iPod. Apple's success - remember, they promote a closed, controlled ecosystem comprised of often more expensive products - should tell the tale in a market flooded with cheap gear that is high on specs, but low on the consideration that this tech is to be used by PEOPLE.

    The only ones that need to be worried are the doubters, the copycats, and the perpetually clueless and obese (i.e., Microsoft.)

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