Now Samsung slavishly copies Apple’s Mac mini

It’s getting difficult to keep up with the pace of Samsung’s slavish copying.

John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac, “Samsung’s predilection for shamelessly ripping off Apple’s design is well documented at this point.”

“If Samsung’s ever going to quit ripping off Apple’s design team and make their own damn products, they show no sign of abating, as the latest product design to be ripped off by Samsung is their new Chromebox, which looks almost identical to the Mac mini: a tiny aluminum box with a black circular opening at the bottom,” Brownlee reports. “Unbelievable.”

Samsung's Mac mini ripoff

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Maybe Samsung doesn’t understand what copying means? Something’s getting lost in the translation, that’s for sure.

You want to know what’s really unbelievable? That, after half a decade, at least, of Samsung’s slavish copying, Apple continues to do billions of dollars of business with Samsung. Apple, which has enough money to build or bankroll anything they want, like a chip fab, or a touch screen display factory, or anything they could ever need.

“Oh, you copied our iPhone, our iPod touch, our iOS home screen, our icons, and our Mac mini? Here’s another three endless German lawsuits and, oh yeah, by the way, a $10 billion contract for touch screens.”

Something just does not compute here. If you get mugged, do you buy the leather for a new wallet from your mugger while pressing charges? If you’re Tim Cook, you do.

Apple could have – and should have – dropped Samsung like a bad habit years ago. Not one red cent should be going from Apple to Samsung today. It’s a travesty. It’s poor planning. And it’s bad business. The only conclusion we can draw is that Tim Cook, operations genius, boxed Apple in and is now stuck; beholden to a den of thieves. That sort of “decision making” doesn’t bode well for Apple’s future. It really doesn’t.

Here’s the question Walt Mossberg should have asked Cook onstage at D10: “Excuse me, Tim, but WTF are you still doing any business at all with Samsung?”

Wouldn’t you love to hear the answer to that one? Walt could use Keynote to flash all of Samsung’s knockoffs of Apple’s designs on the big screen behind Tim while he sputtered and stammered.

Next shareholders’ meeting or conference call, somebody might want to ask Mr. Cook that one.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


  1. I think Apple could run a very effective ad campaign showing Samsung’s slavish copying. It’s not like Apple to do something like this but it may be warranted now. It’s absolutely ridiculous. A good ad campaign can paint Samsung in a very bad light and may get people to reconsider buying copycat devices.

  2. Does anyone have legit numbers on what Apple buys from Samsung every year?
    It really would be strange if those numbers aren’t trending downwards over the past five years.

    But OTHO, those components have to come from somewhere and Apple has introduced 3 or 4 major product lines in the last five years–iPhone, iPod touch, various other iPods, AppleTV and of course the iPad.

    But I have to mostly agree with MDNs take.

  3. Your supposed photo of a Mac Mini does not look like any Mac mini I have seen or can find. Weird if you ask me. Look at the Apple store or any other images and you will see there is little resemblance. If the mini looked like that Sir Jonathan would be blushing and Steve Jobs would be in a heavenly rant.

    1. lol sean… you’re not serious, are you? Take a look at the bottom of a mini before you put your foot in your mouth. That black disc unscrews so you can get inside the machine or change the ram.

  4. Another question cam be put as . . .
    Why does Samsung supply Apple with critical parts and keep them in business when Apple is always suing them?

  5. It seems that patents r not worth the paper & the money it cost to get one anymore. It take so much more money defending & the time to go through courts. That Samsung could have sold millions before the court heard them out. Then a judge could throw out the whole case. It’s just not worth it in my opinion. Just look at soon of the case before the courts today.

  6. I totally agree to everyone here that so far posted a comment. Apple is the leader in their field and Samsung is slowly going down the tubes like the other electronics manufacturers. I feel they are trying to blur the line between them and Apple to confuse the regular consumer. Yes, Apple will go to the courts to fight them but that takes time, it will give Samsung a chance to sell a few to keep their heads above water until the court tells them stop selling them. I also feel that Apple is working on a way to slowly move a way from Samsung as a supplier. Right now Samsung is making Apple happy by suppling what ever Apple needs. But, I am sure, that Apple is exploring other avenues to find new suppliers that can replace Samsung. Another thing to look at it is: “Copying is the greatest form of flattery”.

  7. It’s not unassailable logic. There’s a lot of technology behind designing and manufacturing screens and chips. Apple would have to develop all of that too while avoiding infringing on many patents on those as well.

    Apple has to invest in other suppliers, which it is doing, help other suppliers develop superior IP to Samsung, which it is doing, and move gradually away from Samsung, which it is doing!

    Do we all wish it could be faster, YES, and I’m sure Tim Cook would be the first to say so.

  8. Apple has been investing an awful lot of money in capital equipment of late… I would not be surprised to find that at least some of that investment is aimed at reducing their reliance on Samsung. Chip fabrication, in the US, for processors or memory may be part of Apple’s plan. Tim cook hinted at this recently…

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