“Apple is not taking part in the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas but is present at the trade show through rip-offs of its products,” Daniel Ionescu reports for PCWorld.
“From MacBook Air-inspired ultrabooks, to iPad-like tablets, smart TVs, and cloud computing technology, you will find clones of Apple’s product lineup at CES 2012 – and this is just a taste of what’s coming up at the show this week,” Ionescu reports. “Ultrabooks, thin and light laptops, are expected to be the big thing this year, and unsurprisingly most of them look more or less like a MacBook Air, except they run Windows.”
MacDailyNews Take: As does the MacBook Air, making it the only real choice for any buyer with any sense whatsoever.
Ionescu reports, “Android tablets didn’t manage to overthrow the iPad from the top seller spot in 2011 — in fact, they barely managed to nudge it. So this leaves plenty of space for tablet manufacturers such as Toshiba, Acer, and Samsung to have a go again at tablet designs… But as often occurs with CES announcements, probably more than half of these Apple rip-offs will never end up in consumers’ hands. The project may be spiked by the vendor, or the product ships too late to matter anymore. Just because they resemble an Apple product doesn’t mean they are of the same quality; and consumers are increasingly aware of this, as shown by the continued dominance of the iPad and iPod in their market segments.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: CES 2012. Lawyers specializing in defending patent and trade dress infringement should be handing out business cards to the exhibitors.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]