“When asked about similarities between the design of HP’s new Ultrabook and Apple’s MacBook Air, an HP executive dismissed concerns that Apple could sue,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.
“Stacy Wolff, vice president of Industrial Design at Hewlett-Packard, did admit that there are similarities between his company’s new Envy Spectre XT laptop and Apple’s MacBook Air,” Marsal reports. “But according to Engadget, he said that’s more due to the way technology has developed than Apple driving design in the industry.”
Marsal reports, “‘Apple may like to think they own silver, but they don’t,’ Wolff said. ‘In no way did HP try to mimic Apple. In life there are a lot of similarities.’ …He noted that HP’s new Ultrabook is rubber-coated at the bottom, and it is made of magnesium, compared to Apple’s use of CNC aluminum.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because Apple cornered the market on precisely-milled CNC aluminum unibody construction, HP cloners had to settle for an inferior approximation. Like they do with their operating system.
Marsal reports, “He also highlighted a brush pattern on the Spectre XT that isn’t found on the MacBook Air. ”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Slavish.
Oh, wait: They took the black bezel from Apple’s MacBook Pro and slapped it onto their fake MacBook Air. Quelle différence!
Behold, the HP FakeBook Air:
At least they named it right: “Envy.” Apple envy, obviously.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]